Sunday, September 11, 2016

For The Lord's Day

“True faith – created in me by the Holy Spirit through the gospel – is not only a knowledge and conviction that everything that God reveals in his word is true, but also a deep-rooted assurance that not only others, but I too, have had my sins forgiven, have been made forever right with God, and have been granted salvation. These are gifts of sheer grace earned for us by Christ.” Zacharius Ursinus, 1534 – 1583

Ursinus is the author of the Heidelberg Catechism and a part of the German Reformation. The Catechism along with the Belgic Confession and the Canons of Dordt are known as the Three Forms of Unity – the confessional statements of many of the continental Reformed Churches, and some churches in our own country as well.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

For the Lord's Day

“Our need of Christ does not cease with our believing; nor does the nature of our relation to Him or to God through Him ever alter, not matter what our attainments in Christian graces or our achievements in Christian behavior may be. It is always in His “blood and righteousness” alone that we can rest. There is never anything that we are or have or do that can take His place, or that can take place along with him. We are always unworthy, and all that we have or do of good is always of pure grace.” - - B. B. Warfield, Works, vol. 7, p. 113