How Then Should We View the Children?

One of the more difficult questions to settle--both from a biblical and historico-theological perspective--is that which concerns how we are to view the children of baptized, professing believers. On one hand, we can be quite sure that the children of professing believers are, no less than the children of unbelievers, "by nature, children of wrath" and heirs of the fallen Adamic nature--as the Apostle Paul affirms in Eph. 2:1-4, Rom. 3:9-20 and Rom. 5:12-19--under God's curse and thoroughly deserving of His wrath. However, on the other hand, we know from the same Apostle that the children of professing believers, who are nurtured in the pale of the church--whether Old or New Covenant--have unique privileges (e.g. see Rom. 3:1-6, Rom. 9:1-4 and Hebrews 3:1-6) and "would be unclean (lit. pagan) but are now holy" (i.e. set apart, in some sense) according to 1 Cor. 7:14.

One of the more difficult questions to settle--both from a biblical and historico-theological perspective--is that which concerns how we are to view the children of baptized, professing believers. On one hand, we can be quite sure that the children of professing believers are, no less than the children of unbelievers, "by nature, children of wrath" and heirs of the fallen Adamic nature--as the Apostle Paul affirms in Eph. 2:1-4, Rom. 3:9-20 and Rom. 5:12-19--under God's curse and thoroughly deserving of His wrath.

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The Power Of A Preface: Warfield On Kuyper

Books are a preacher’s whiskey--or so the saying goes. It doesn't take much to convince me that I need to add one more volume to my already full shelves.

Books are a preacher’s whiskey--or so the saying goes. It doesn't take much to convince me that I need to add one more volume to my already full shelves. I remember, years ago, taking a doctoral seminar on Calvin with Sinclair Ferguson at Westminster Theological Seminary. At the end of a gloriously long day of lectures, I found myself in the old WTS bookstore. Dr. Ferguson made his way there, too. As if I was his padawan learner, he allowed me to follow him around and observe a seasoned master of book-perusal. He was quick and knowledgeable.

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A Poor Man’s Rich Legacy, Part 5

Theme: A Fitting Summary

This week’s lessons teach us of the need to praise and trust the Lord for his deliverance in the midst of difficult experiences.

Scripture: Psalm 34:1-22

David is saying is that the fear of the Lord is doing right, that is, that it involves obedience. Moreover, since the fear of the Lord is the enjoyment of the Lord, the way to enjoy the Lord, to "taste and see that he is good," is to obey him. One commentator explains this by saying, "The good you enjoy (v. 12) goes hand in hand with the good you do (v. 14). It is an emphasis which answers the suspicion (first aroused in Eden) that outside the will of God, rather than within it, lies enrichment."4

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A Poor Man’s Rich Legacy, Part 4

Theme: Taste and See That the Lord Is Good

This week’s lessons teach us of the need to praise and trust the Lord for his deliverance in the midst of difficult experiences.

Scripture: Psalm 34:1-22

When I was living in Switzerland in the mid-1960s, I had a friend whose very favorite verse in the Bible was verse 8, at least the first half: "Taste and see that the Lord is good." She liked the strong physical quality of it and most likely, because she was liturgically inclined, viewed its best fulfillment as being in the communion service.

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A Poor Man’s Rich Legacy, Part 3

Theme: David’s Own Testimony

This week’s lessons teach us of the need to praise and trust the Lord for his deliverance in the midst of difficult experiences.

Scripture: Psalm 34:1-22

David’s experience shows that this is a psalm for poor men—and poor women too. It is a psalm for you if you are alone or destitute, perhaps having nothing at all, or are not even sure that you will live long. It is for you if you find yourself at the absolute low point in life, which is where David was. Or if you find yourself between a rock, which in this case was King Saul, and a hard place, which was King Achish. It is for you when everything seems against you.

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