Distinguishing between these various aspects of our redemption is a high delight of the soul, whereby we are moved and induced to joyfully praise God for the glorious salvation as we behold the beauty of the salvation He has wrought and conveyed to us in Christ. Thus, the purpose of this short article is to distinguish between three intimately related concepts in Reformed Theology – the effectual call, regeneration, and definitive sanctification. The argument is as follows – (1) the effectual call, regeneration, and definitive sanctification are all parts of the same substantial act of God wherein He, effectually and without a mediator, turns the soul of man from sin to Himself in conversion. (2) Though each of these aspects of conversion happen at the same time chronologically, they do admit of a logical order – i.e. the effectual call precedes regeneration which precedes definitive sanctification. In a word, the elect soul is called to life by God in God’s
9 Principles for Personal Hermeneutics Hermeneutics is the science of biblical interpretation. It aims at getting at the Scriptures true meaning. For true Christians, God’s Word is life because it presents to us Christ who is our life. It is of utmost importance, therefore, to interpret the Bible correctly. Below I’ve listed 9 principles for interpreting the Bible that I think are necessary and/or helpful to keep in mind when pursuing the actual meaning of God’s Word. Philosophical Hermeneutics is an interest of mine, so I’m likely to update this post as I continue to think through the subject. That being said, this is more of an ongoing meditation, less an attempt at a doctrinal treatise. (1) Analogia Scriptorum (Analogy of Scripture) The Scripture is a light unto our feet and a lamp unto our path. When God inspired Scripture, He inspired it for the church. Therefore, in its main message it is clear enough for a child to understand.
Simul Justus et Peccator: A Reformation Day Meditation By God’s grace I became a teacher this year. This past week, in one day, I taught on the parable of the tax collector and the Pharisee to a 7th grade class, the book of Leviticus to my 9th grade class, and the doctrine of salvation (Soteriology) to my 11th grade class. I was yet again amazed at the thematic and doctrinal unity of the Bible, particularly in it’s presentation of the great doctrine of our salvation: we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone – the great truths we celebrate on Reformation day. The particular focus of the parable of the tax collector and the Pharisee is God’s disposition toward the contrasted attitudes of the two men in question. The Pharisee is proud, self-satisfied, and looks down upon the Tax Collector. The Tax Collector, by contrast, is humbled, contrite, and looking to God for mercy. Though the
This segment is a part of the broader discussion which focuses particularly on the Metaphysics of Thomas Aquinas. Thomas’s Metaphysics
This is part one of a series on Thomism. Herein we discuss the definition, principles, and doctrines of Thomas Aquinas