Prepared to Preach

In 2 Timothy 2:15, Paul writes, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” There are several things the church needs to hear about this text. In the first place, the Christian ministry must be populated by men who work…

Born to Reign

Prior to Jesus’ crucifixion, Pilate asked Jesus about His kingdom. The Lord Christ answered, “My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36). Christ’s kingdom certainly includes the world as He has all authority in heaven and on earth (Mt. 28:18), but Christ’s kingdom did not originate from the world. In other words, Jesus Christ…

The Covenant of Grace

The genius of Particular Baptist covenant theology is seen in the 2nd London Confession of Faith 1677/1689 (2LCF) Chapter 7. In paragraph 1, the general necessity of God’s working through covenant is stated. It is because of “voluntary condescension on God’s part” that he establishes the covenant of grace to bring the “reward of life”…

The Covenant of Works

The covenant of redemption was pretemporal; the covenant of works was established by God for Adam and his posterity in the Garden of Eden. The Westminster Confession of Faith 7:2 (WCF) gives a helpful summary statement of the covenant of works: “The first covenant made with man was a covenant of works, wherein life was…