Was the Old Testament Merely External and Temporal?

Wilhelmus à Brakel The Christian’s Reasonable Service, Vol. 1 pp. 457-463 The Existence of an Additional, External Covenant with Men Denied Question #2: Did God, either in the Old or New Testament, establish a different, external covenant in addition to the covenant of grace? Answer: Before we answer this question it is necessary to define… Read More Was the Old Testament Merely External and Temporal?

The Covenant of Grace Identical in both Old and New Testaments

Wilhelmus à Brakel The Christian’s Reasonable Service Vol. 1, pp. 451-457 The Covenant of Grace Identical in both Old and New Testaments  Question #1: When was this covenant of grace initiated? Answer: Due to a misunderstanding concerning the nature of the covenant of grace, the Socinians and Arminians, who are in this respect like-minded, claim… Read More The Covenant of Grace Identical in both Old and New Testaments

What is the Regulative Principle of Worship?

The Regulative Principle of Worship Defined We can only approach God on his own terms, not only for salvation, but also in worship. The Regulative Principle of Worship (RPW) is the doctrine that everything of religious significance in worship must be prescribed in holy Scripture, either explicitly or by good and necessary consequence, such that “whatever… Read More What is the Regulative Principle of Worship?

Concerning the Mediator Between God and Man | Zacharius Ursinus

Excerpted from his book, A Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism   CONCERNING THE MEDIATOR The doctrine of the Mediator, which is intimately connected with the glory of God and our comfort, must be carefully considered for the following reasons: 1. That we may acknowledge and magnify the mercy of God, in that he has given… Read More Concerning the Mediator Between God and Man | Zacharius Ursinus

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