Concerning Afflictions On The Just And The Unjust | Zacharius Ursinus

Excerpted from his book, A Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism   CONCERNING AFFLICTIONS There are three questions which particularly claim our attention in regard to afflictions: I. How many kinds of afflictions are there? II. What are the causes of them? III. What comforts may be opposed to them? I. HOW MANY KINDS OF AFFLICTIONS… Read More Concerning Afflictions On The Just And The Unjust | Zacharius Ursinus

The Providence of God in Preserving Scripture

We have written previously on The Preservation of Scripture that God has kept his written word pure for the Church through all ages in the Hebrew and Greek faithful copies (apographa). We continue in this post by precisely explaining how he did so “by his singular care and providence.” First we will briefly discuss the nature of providence, then distinguish… Read More The Providence of God in Preserving Scripture

The Difference Between Elders and Pastors

John Brown of Haddington, Systematic Theology, pp. 568-569. It is plain from Scripture declarations that Christ has appointed rulers in his church that are not appointed to preach the gospel (Rom 12:7-8; Heb 13:7,17). Different gifts qualify men for teaching and for ruling (Eph 4:7). Such rulers are necessary for the assistance of pastors (Gal… Read More The Difference Between Elders and Pastors

Christ’s Sevenfold Relation to the Covenant of Grace

The Trial and Triumph of Faith Sermon VII, pp. 75-82 [Christ hath a sevenfold relation to the covenant. 1st, He is the Covenant itself. 2nd, The Messenger. 3rd, The witness. 4th, The Surety. 5th, The Mediator. 6th, The Testator. 7th, The principal party contractor.][1] The parties of the covenant are God and man. Oh, how… Read More Christ’s Sevenfold Relation to the Covenant of Grace