The sense which penal substitution makes it does not make, in the last analysis, within the narrative of feudal systems of honor and shame. It certainly does not make the sense it makes within the world of some arbitrary law court. It makes the sense it makes within the biblical world.
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This wonderful salvation is for you. For you. It is a gift, precisely because we cannot earn it. It is precious, precisely because we cannot do without it. It is to be received, embraced, gripped, because it—and it alone—is life-giving. … Continue reading
Let your priests be clothed with righteousness; let your faithful people sing with joy. Ps. 132:9. Righteousness becomes the Christian. Right-eous thoughts, right words, right actions. Thoughts leads to words; words to actions. We are not “saved” because we do right … Continue reading
Gloria Patri: “World without end. Amen.” A world—more colorful, more diverse, more real—that we can’t even imagine.
Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan. Luke 4:1 Here is the divine pattern. The Holy Spirit is given at Baptism—filling us, empowering us to live our lives for God, But with Jesus there was … Continue reading
A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me, because I go to the Father. John 16:16 Although Jesus was referring to his imminent death and resurrection, we may draw … Continue reading
“When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay.” John 9:6 A metaphor for holy Baptism. The dirt moistened with … Continue reading
Blessed Lord, who has caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of your holy Word, we … Continue reading
When the Word comes together with the water, then the baptism is valid even if faith is lacking in the person being baptized. For my faith does not make Baptism what it is; rather faith accepts what Baptism is. It … Continue reading
Before the Roman Catholic Council of Trent met and proceeded to reject the doctrine of justification by faith alone that was being confessed and taught in the Lutheran, Reformed and Anglican Churches in Europe, theologians from the Roman and Protestant … Continue reading