For a certain time, the judicial law stood in force…

Posted in The Law with tags , , , , , , on December 4, 2014 by Jultomte

“Thus far concerning God’s perpetual law (the moral law): now concerning the law of God for a certain time.

The law of God for a certain time, is that which was only for a certain time prescribed to the people of Israel, and is abrogated by the coming of the Messiah.
And that law is either ceremonial or judicial.

The ceremonial law, is that law which gave commandment concerning ceremonies to be observed in the public worship of God, which did serve to instruct the people of Israel, of the manner of their eternal salvation, by Christ to come.

The judicial law, is a law, which gives commandment concerning the political government of the Jews, that is to say, of the order and offices of magistrates, judgments, punishments, contracts, of the distinguishing of governments given and published for this end, that justice, and public peace might be of force among citizens, and the laws of God might be delivered from contempt.”

“The proper freedom of the faithful under the new testament, is specially called by some Christian Liberty, because it belongs to the faithful alone under the new testament, who in the strict signification of the name, are called Christians, for difference of the ancient believers commonly called Jews.

And that is twofold, freedom from the laws of Moses, ceremonial and judicial, and freedom in indifferent things.

Freedom from the law of Moses ceremonial and judicial, is that by Which Christians are loosed from the observation of these laws, namely, so far forth as they only pertain to the law of Moses, and the tutorship of the ancient people, Act. 15. I Cor. 9.19. 2 Cor. 3.17. Heb. 9.10.

For such laws as belong to the law of nature, and which have bound all nations, are not abrogated.”

From Amandus Polanus’ (1561-1610) “The Substance of Christian Religion” in latin “Syntagma Theologiae Christianae.” The English version is a summarized form of the Latin work.

Spelling has been updated.

Don’t be brain sick. Just say no to anti-bacon laws.

Posted in The Law with tags , , , , , , , on December 3, 2014 by Jultomte

“Therefore the judicial law was positive, and therefore Christians are not compelled to govern their commonwealths in the same manner, in which the Israelites’ commonwealth was governed, but it is lawful for them to vie [i.e. match one thing with another] the political laws of their nations, which agree with the laws of nature, and the Ten Commandments, according to the commandment, Rom. 13.1. Let every soul be subject to the higher power.

What opinions do oppose this doctrine of the law?

7. Of those brain-sick heads, who will have Christian commonwealths to be governed only by the political laws of the Jews.”

From William Bucanus’ A Body of Divinity.

A todos los fieles de la nación española

Posted in John Calvin with tags , , , on November 28, 2014 by Jultomte

Juan Calvino, Institucion, prefacio

Mediten en el valor intrínseco del conocimiento de Dios por medio de Jesucristo, y el provecho que uno recibe de ello.

Del prefacio a la institución de la religión cristiana por Juan Calvino, traducido en 1597.

Abandon all hope ye who enter here!

Posted in English Grammar, History, Linguistics with tags , , , , , , on November 26, 2014 by Jultomte

The bane of every learner of English (native speakers included) is the vowel. English vowels can take on almost any value. For example, “ou” in the following words is pronounced in different ways:

  • Hour
  • Your
  • Rough
  • Ghoul

(More examples of “ou” could be given, I am sure – leave them in the comments if you like.)

Why are these words pronounced the way they are? BECAUSE REASONS! THAT’S WHY! In so many words, that’s what is told to those who would learn to speak English.

Well, if you have mastered English pronunciation in the year MMXIV then go back with me to the year MDCXCIII where you would have a hard time recognizing many of the words you’ve worked so hard to learn. In this case, we are only examining dipthongs, i.e., double vowels (like “ou” above). Try the test at the end, and prepare for failure. Like I said, abandon all hope ye who enter here!

Before you do, keep the following in mind:
Joseph Aikin, The English Grammar, 5

Joseph Aikin, The English Grammar, 1

Joseph Aikin, The English Grammar, 39-40

Joseph Aikin, The English Grammar, 40

Joseph Aikin, The English Grammar, 41-42

Joseph Aikin, The English Grammar, 42-43

Joseph Aikin, The English Grammar, 43

Joseph Aikin, The English Grammar, 44

Joseph Aikin, The English Grammar, 44-45

Joseph Aikin, The English Grammar, 45

Joseph Aikin, The English Grammar, 46

Joseph Aikin, The English Grammar, 47

Joseph Aikin, The English Grammar, 47-1

Joseph Aikin, The English Grammar, 48

Joseph Aikin, The English Grammar, 49

You gave up. I knew it.

Owen vs. Baxter on Active and Passive Obedience in Justification

Posted in Justification with tags , , , , , on November 14, 2014 by Jultomte

Richard Baxter, The Reasons of the Christian Religion
Richard Baxter:
“The Independents gathered a Synod at the Savoy, and there among their Doctrinals, or Articles of Faith, laid down two points Expressly contrary to Scripture: 1. That it is not Faith, but Christ’s Righteousness, that we are justified by; whereas it is both, and the Scripture often saith the contrary.”

John Owen, Excercitations Concerning the Name
John Owen:
“It is a strange thing that any man should take upon him such Magisterial Dictatorship in matters of Religion, to insinuate into Men’s Minds, and unjust accusations of others: For 1. When the Scripture speaks of Justification by Faith, doth any sound Divines or Christians understand it of the Act of believing, but that the object of Faith that Justifies, is the Righteousness of Faith, our own Righteousness, or Christ’s Righteousness; but this dispute is not our present Province. The Articles of the Savoy Confession saith, God freely justifieth us — not by imputing faith it self, the Act of believing, &c. Will you say, That God imputes the Act of believing for Righteousness, in Justification of a Sinner before God? If you will, there’s more good Protestants will condemn this as your Error, then will say there is any Error in that Article of the Savoy Confession; I am sure we have Scripture enough against you; but this is one of your Arminian Errors.”

Richard Baxter:
“That Christ’s Righteousness imputed is our sole Righteousness; whereas the Scripture doth name also our inherent and practical Righteousness.”

John Owen:
“Why do you not speak out now, but intimate an Error? Doth the Scripture name inherent Righteousness for Justification? I know what you would be at, you are for your Evangelical Works to come in Cheek by Jole with the imputed Righteousness of Christ for Justification; and you are inforced to it, because you will bring in the To Credere, one may as well come in as the other; And in this Doctrine I must tell you, you have laid the fairest Bridge for Popery to come in, that ever any Protestant Divine hath done this hundred years. And that’s your Popish Error.
I will rehearse the Savoy Confession in its own words, which is taken verbatim almost, if not quite, from the Assembly’s; so that you charge the latter, in charging the former.”

Savoy Confession of Justification, Chap. XI.

Those whom God effectually calleth, he also freely justifieth, not by infusing Righteousness into them, but by pardoning their Sins, and by accounting and accepting their persons as righteous; not for any thing wrought in them, or done by them, but for Christ’s sake alone; not by imputing Faith it self, the Act of Believing, or any other Evangelical Obedience to them, as their Righteousness, but by imputing Christ’s Active Obedience unto the whole Law, and Passive Obedience in his death, for their whole and sole Righteousness, they receiving and resting on him and his Righteousness, by Faith, which Faith they have not of themselves, it is the Gift of God.

“This Article we stand by, and will defend against all men that shall oppose it as erroneous.”

Isaac Chauncy, A Theological Dialogue, 48 Owen and Baxter

It just has to be true! Because…well…

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags on November 13, 2014 by Jultomte

Thomas Wright, The Passions, 317

No one is exempt.

Dr. Carl Trueman on the Doctrine of Scripture

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , on November 1, 2014 by Jultomte

Trueman Conference

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