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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Monday: A Psalm for the Sabbath

Theme: Our Praise and Delight

From this week’s lessons, we see the need for the righteous to praise God continually.

Scripture: Psalm 92:1-15

In most Reformed circles and in some others there is an ongoing debate about the right way to observe Sunday. Some see it as an extension of the Jewish Sabbath and call for an end to all work, except what are called works of necessity, like providing emergency medicine and fighting fires. This is called the Puritan view. Others regard Sunday as a day for Christian worship but do not forbid other positive activities. This view is sometimes called the continental understanding of the Sabbath.

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Friday: Under the Shadow of God's Wings

Theme: A Confirming Oracle

In this week’s lessons, we learn what it means to trust fully in God, and what the blessings are for those who do.

Scripture: Psalm 91:1-16

The last three verses of this psalm contain a confirming oracle of God in which the controlling pronoun switches from "you,” which dominated in verses 3-13, back to "I," as in verse 2. Only here the "I" is God himself. In these verses God adds his seal to what the psalmist has been saying. God promises three things to those who trust him.

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Thursday: Under the Shadow of God's Wings

Theme: The Believer’s Responsibility

In this week’s lessons, we learn what it means to trust fully in God, and what the blessings are for those who do.

Scripture: Psalm 91:1-16

Much of what is found in the third stanza of this psalm (vv. 9-11) is like what we have seen already. It tells us that "no harm will befall" us, and that "no disaster will come near your tent" (v. 10). But there are a few new elements.

Much of what is found in the third stanza of this psalm (vv. 9-11) is like what we have seen already. It tells us that "no harm will befall" us, and that "no disaster will come near your tent" (v. 10). But there are a few new elements.

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