Three Features of Free Grace

Tyler Kenney
Three Features of Free Grace

In Miscellanies #191, Jonathan Edwards defines free grace as the kind of grace in which "the abundance of the benevolence of the giver is expressed, and gratitude in the receiver is obliged." Then he outlines three ways through which this kind of grace—which he also calls gospel grace—is realized (spacing and italics added):

Now I think these three things do constitute the freedom of grace. . .

(1) When the gift is to an offender, without satisfaction paid by him. . . .

(2) When... Continue Reading

Enhypostasis: What Kind of Flesh Did the Word Become?

David Mathis
<em>Enhypostasis</em>: What Kind of Flesh Did the Word Become?

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us . . . (John 1:14)

Yesterday we looked at the doctrine of anhypostasis and said that the kind of humanity Jesus took in the incarnation was impersonal. He did not add a human person to himself when he took a fully human nature.

Now we turn to the flip side of the coin and ask, Where did the singular person of Jesus come from? Who is the one person of his two (divine and human) natures?

The doctrine of enhypostasis... Continue Reading

Anhypostasis: What Kind of Flesh Did Jesus Take?

David Mathis
<em>Anhypostasis</em>: What Kind of Flesh Did Jesus Take?

. . . [Being] in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men . . . (Philippians 2:6–7)

At Christmas we celebrate that Jesus became human that he might save us. Without ceasing to be fully divine, he took on full humanity.

But what kind of humanity did he take on? Was it a humanity that was already personal? Or did he somehow take on a kind of... Continue Reading

God Has Exalted His Name and Word

Jon Bloom

"You have exalted above all things your name and your word." (Ps. 138:2)

In the beginning was the Word
And the Word was with God and the Word was God
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory,
Glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Though he was in the form of God
He did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,
But made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant,
Being born in the likeness of men.... Continue Reading

Fear Not

Jon Bloom
Fear Not

And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people' (Luke 2:10).

The Bethlehem shepherds were afraid of the holy angel. That’s understandable. Holy glory naturally strikes terror into the heart of sinful people.

But the angel told them they did not have to fear. He was bringing them good news! Christ the Lord, their Savior, had been born in the city of his father, David. And this Savior would bring peace among those with whom God was... Continue Reading

An Open Letter to Clarence the Angel (from the Film It’s a Wonderful Life)

Michael Johnson
An Open Letter to Clarence the Angel (from the Film <em>It’s a Wonderful Life</em>)

Dear Clarence,

At the outset, please forgive me if this letter seems a bit disjointed. I’ve never written an angel before, so I’m a bit nervous!

What’s the occasion of this, my very first “Angel” letter? I realize it’s a tad tardy, but it’s regarding the movie that made you famous: Frank Capra’s iconic film It’s a Wonderful Life.

I’ve watched it for nearly every year I’ve been alive, and have even passed the tradition on to my growing... Continue Reading

Here's What's Often Missing When We Speak of the Final Judgment As Being According to Works

Matt Perman

I agree that the final judgment is according to works. We are justified—made right with God and given a title to heaven—by faith alone apart from works. This faith, though,always and necessarilyleads to good works, such that at the final judgment works can be necessary asevidencethat wehave already beenaccepted by God. So works are necessary as evidence, not basis.

One analogy may be going to a concert. When you are... Continue Reading

Piper Poem on Suffering

Josh Etter

What is God’s sovereign grace?

Not grace to bar what is not bliss
Nor flight from all distress but this:
The grace that orders our trouble and pain
And then, in the darkness, is there to sustain.

This poem was taken from the sermon by John Piper, “Sustained by Sovereign Grace—Forever”.

When Preaching Becomes Plagiarism

Tyler Kenney

When has a preacher crossed the line into plagiarism in his sermon?

Matt Perman, senior director of strategy at DG, has posted his response today at The Gospel Coalition Blog. Itfollows in a series on plagiarism that began earlier this week, which also includes posts byDon Carson, Sandy Willson,Tim Keller,Glenn Lucke and Collin Hansen (the last two forthcoming; read Hansen's introductionto the series).

After explaining his answer, Matt gives this encouraging takeaway:

Just be... Continue Reading