Romans – An Application of Chapter 1, Verses 2-4, Part 1

Doctrine 1: The secret, eternal, purposes of the Godhead are revealed to us in the Trinitarian nature of gospel redemption (verses 1-4)

1) The promise of salvation in Christ, is an eternal covenant decree, purposed by the Father

The Triune God is revealed to us in Scripture as One Being consisting of three distinct Persons. They are the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. All three are introduced in verses 1-4, as actively involved in gospel redemption. This is something revealed by Paul not only here in this epistle, but by him as well as other writers throughout Scripture. That is to say these three Persons appear regularly in Scripture, either together or separately in any given text. It was a matter of controversy in the early church to define the peculiar station or office each Person occupies within this Trinity. Jesus provides us a clue to solving this in the gospels. “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.” (John 15:26). We see an order of activity within the Trinity here in Jesus’ words. Continue reading

Romans – An Exposition of Chapter 1, Verses 2-4

Verses 2-4 – which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. Continue reading

Seventeenth Century Congregationalism – An Introduction

Preface

This paper is the product of a personal interest in the origins and principles of Reformed Congregationalism. It is a subject which has engaged my attention since I first obtained a newly reprinted copy of the Cambridge Platform, back in 1995.[1] It is part of the story of my development as a Christian over the years, since first believing in my Savior in the beginning of 1986. As Providence had it, I was led to associate with Baptistic churches. However, in my second year as a Christian, I was blessed to be led into a deeper understanding of salvation, from a Calvinistic and Reformed perspective. This led eventually to my association with the Reformed Baptist church. The mid nineties were a time that was especially developmental for me as a Reformed Christian. As I studied the 1689 London Baptist Confession, and the Scriptural foundation for it, I became a committed Congregationalist. This might be surprising for some people to hear. This is owing to the fact that modern day Reformed Baptists customarily denounce Congregationalism. They are in fact, very much like their cousins the Fundamentalists. That is to say, they are run by extreme authoritarians. Continue reading

God’s Covenant, Part 13 – Covenant Promise(s)

B-The Eternal Covenant

Having viewed God’s Covenant in the broadest sense of the term in regard to the promise of salvation, we will now attempt to examine it further, and in greater detail. The approach we will take is to break the subject down into its several different parts. Once this is done, then each one can be examined in the light Scripture. By doing this, our view of the larger picture will develop into a clearer and fuller image. Continue reading