The divine transaction- the basis for the simple gospel

John Piper exmplains the gospel in wonderful transactional language.I will try to show that Christ has become our substitute in two senses: in his suffering and death he becomes our curse and condemnation (Galatians 3:13; Romans 8:3). And in his suffering and life he becomes our perfection (2 Corinthians 5:21). On the one hand, his death is the climax of his atoning sufferings, which propitiate the wrath of God against us (Romans 3:24-25); on the other hand, his death is the climax of a … [Read more...]

A Question of the Gospel

Rebecca Writes:: "Question: Is there a sense in which 'declaring the whole counsel of God' is the same thing as teaching the gospel? (I would base this question on Paul saying that it is because he had declared the whole counsel of God to the Ephesians that he would be innocent of their blood" My Answer: You are dead right Rebecca, there sure is … [Read more...]

The simple gospel of penal substitution according to Paul

ESV Bible Online: Passage: Romans 5 says it fantastically, Christ died in our place that we might be forgiven. He took Gods wrath away and by his one act made our righteousness possible. The only valid way of interepreting this passage is as a reference to some form of penal substitution.6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person'though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die 8 but God shows … [Read more...]

The implications of denying the simple gospel of penal substitution

Have just been reading Dabney on the atonement online. People wonder why many of us prefer theology by a bunch of dead guys to some of the modern stuff.Dabney catelogues many scriptural proofs of penal substitution and highlights Galatians 3:10-14 as one of the foremost texts: "For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, 'Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.' Now it is evident that no one is justified … [Read more...]

The gospel according to John

My old friend and fellow conspirator Nick Queen at Patriot Paradox has posted on how the simple gospel is best summarised by John 3:16. He also makes the point that salvation itself comes through the agency of faith which I totally agree with. The other things I mention are simply the working out of what God has worked in. They are things that accompany salvation rather than cause it. In a sense the same thing could be said even of faith which I believe is a gift from God (see Ephesians ) … [Read more...]

Exposipost: Ephesians 6 The Full Armor

RazorsKiss has been encouraged by this passage on spiritual warfare … [Read more...]

More on Biblical inerrancy for the neo-liberals and their friends

I havent forgotten Sven and Richard et al and I will get onto interacting with them. But in the meantime, david has helped me out AGAIN by reminding me of two fantastic posts on biblical inerrrancy he did last year here and here. I hop they are of interest, and to be honest the approach to scripture is the foundational issue in my view. … [Read more...]

Biblical plays on words

These jokes will make you laugh or groan and were of course stolen from elsewhere- in this case an email that was sent to me.Q. What kind of man was Boaz before he married? A. Ruthless.Q. What do they call pastors in Germany? A. German Shepherds.Q. Who was the greatest financier in the Bible? A. Noah. He was floating his stock while everyone else was in liquidation.Q. Who was the greatest female financier in the Bible? A. Pharaoh's daughter. She went down to the bank of the Nile and drew … [Read more...]

Sola scriptura and the wrath of God

The World of Sven has clearly wrestled honestly with some of these issues which are starting to divide the online community of "God bloggers".It is interesting talking to my wife about this. She is very gracious and loving but cannot understand why people who would deny the notion that Jesus died to take away the punishment for our sins could be considered Christians.I choose to interact with people like Sven and Richard simply because I consider them first as people that I should reach out … [Read more...]

Be afraid….be very afraid Warnie is back!

World of Sven may have been getting fed up with my posting on blogging, but he and the neo-liberals may rue the day he reminded me that I had unfinished business with them!If he thinks that I have forgotten about all that in my latest obsession with organising the Christian blogosphere, he is wrong.I dont have time right now to hit back fully so I will post a link to his article so other people can do it for- but trust me, the neo-liberal basher is back. Whats more that rude parody which I … [Read more...]