Can Christians have assurance of salvation? The Westminster Confession (18:1) states “such as truly believe in the Lord Jesus, and love him in sincerity, endeavoring to walk in all good conscience before him, may in this life be certainly assured that they are in a state of grace, and may rejoice in the hope of… Read More Theological Certainty: Assurance of Salvation
Spiritual Refining: A Treatise of Grace and Assurance, Sermon 6, by Anthony Burgess “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (2 Corinthians 13:5) “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” (Mark 9:24) What… Read More True Assurance vs Presumption
Thomas Manton Commentary on James 2:24 Works, vol. 4, pp. 260-265. You see then how by works a man is justified, and not by faith only (James 2:24). “You see then” — It is either a consectary [that which follows] out of the whole discourse, or out of the particular example of Abraham; he alludeth… Read More Sola Fide: Do Paul and James Contradict?
Edward Leigh Body of Divinity Seventh Book, Ch. 10 Whether Faith alone doth justify God justifies judicially, Christ’s blood meritoriously, Faith instrumentally, Works declaratively (Rom. 3:24, 28; Rom. 4:5; Mark 5:36; Luke 8:50; Acts 13:39). The Papists, Socinians and Remonstrants all acknowledge faith to justify, but by it they mean obedience to God’s commandments, and so make it a work, and… Read More Justification By Faith Alone
Excerpted from his book, A Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism Of Faith The subject of faith is introduced next in order: 1. Because it is the means by which we are made partakers of the Mediator. 2. Because the preaching of the gospel profits nothing without faith. In speaking of faith, we must enquire: I.… Read More Of Faith: Justifying and Non Justifying | Zacharius Ursinus
Samuel Rutherford, The Covenant of Life Opened, pp. 268-270. Question 4: To what things must we be crucified? Answer: Galatians 6:14, To all things created, to the world; we condemn and despise and hate the world, and the world does value us nothing. 1. Mortification to Self 1. There is a deadness to self which… Read More Mortification of Sin | Samuel Rutherford