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If the Lord’s Supper is a means of grace through which the Holy Spirit brings to the souls of believers the benefits of Christ’s body and blood and, as a result, souls are nourished, then we ought to think seriously about its frequency. The frequency of the Supper is also a question worth pursuing in light of our study. The Supper is a sacred, covenantal meal. It is a means  [ Read More ]

The Garden as the place of the first mountain in a series of mountains

In G. K. Beale’s The Temple and the Church’s Mission, he says, “The prophet Ezekiel portrays Eden on a mountain (Ezek. 28:14, 16). Israel’s temple was on Mount Zion (e.g., Exod. 15:17), and the end-time temple was to be located on a mountain (Ezek. 40:2; 43:12; Rev. 21:10).”[1] The fact that the Garden is viewed as the place of the first mountain is very interesting in light of the Bible’s  [ Read More ]

Walk in love. What does that mean?

Paul says, “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma” (Eph 5:1-2). What does it mean to “walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us”? Here is an attempt to answer that important question.

Public worship over private?

Dr. David Murray has listed Daivd Clarkson’s 12 Reasons why public worship is better than private worship here. This may be a shock to some. However, read the list and think through your Bibles. You may come to see the wisdom and beauty of Clarkson’s point. In Clarkson’s sermon, which I read many years ago, he says something like this: “Public worship to be preferred over private; so it is with  [ Read More ]

The Ten Commandments? I object; not repeated, not binding!

If the law in Jeremiah 31:33 refers to the Ten Commandments, why didn’t God repeat them word-for-word in the New Testament exactly as they come to us in the Old Testament? “If repeated then binding; if not repeated, not binding,” so goes the argument. Again, this appears to be a sound objection, but is it really? God already revealed the Ten Commandments twice in the Old Testament (Exod. 20 and  [ Read More ]

Obey the law given at Sinai? I object!

“The Mosaic law in the Old and New Testaments always refers to the entirety of that law, the whole thing, the whole law of the Old Covenant, the law for ancient Israel.” “Since Christians are not under the Mosaic law as a whole, then they cannot be under it in any of its parts,” so goes this objection. “So the law in Jeremiah’s prophecy (Jer. 31:33) cannot have anything to  [ Read More ]

All Ten Commandments? I object!

“This would mean that the fourth commandment carries over into the New Covenant.”  Well, my short answer is, “Yes, that is certainly true.” The essential principles of all ten of the Ten Commandments carry over. Time to work and time to stop work for the purpose of special worship are both necessary if we are to please God. But, someone says, “The fourth commandment is not repeated.” Neither is the  [ Read More ]

The scope of Scripture: concluding thoughts

According to Reformed orthodoxy, then, Christ is the scopus (target) toward which the whole of Scripture tends. This view of the scopus of Scripture was closely related to their view of the relation between the testaments. The relationship between the testaments was seen in terms of a promise/fulfillment, figure/reality, type/anti-type motif.[1] Hence, “the New Testament may be understood as the interpreter of the Old.”[2] Revelation was progressive, self-interpreting, and consummated  [ Read More ]

The Terminology connected to the Lord’s Supper in the New Testament (VIII) – Practical Observations 3

Part (VII) here.  The Lord’s Supper: memorial ordinance The Lord’s Supper: present communion   The Lord’s Supper has a present, spiritual benefit to it. “Is not the cup of blessing which we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread which we break a sharing in the body of Christ?” (1 Cor. 10:16). We commune together in or share together the present benefits of his blood and  [ Read More ]

Scope of Scripture: Kelly Kapic on John Owen

Kelly M. Kapic says of John Owen:   For Owen, all Scripture points to Christ, for “the revelation of the person of Christ and his office, is the foundation whereon all other instructions of the prophets and apostles for the edification of the church are built and whereinto they are resolved” (Works, 1:314-15). Owen attempts to avoid allowing the original context and meaning of any Old Testament passage to be  [ Read More ]

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