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Month: October 2017

Word For Word Expositions.

In a book called “Reformation Thought” Alistair McGrath writes, “Martin Luther arrived at his earthshaking conclusions imbued with biblical exposition. As a professor, he taught the book of Psalms verse by verse from 1513 to 1515, Romans from 1515 to 1516, Galatians from 1516 until 1517, the book of Hebrews from 1517 to 1518 and then the Psalms again from 1519 until 1521.” There is something to be said about being home in the Word of God.  Today is Reformation Day and we celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the posting of the 95 Thesis.  Luther was convinced of what he was doing because he was convinced by the Word of God.  He was familiar with the Psalms to an uncanny degree and his commentary of Genesis is considered a masterpiece as is the commentary of Galatians.  He said of his own method that “I study my Bible like I gather apples. First, I shake the whole tree that the ripest may fall. Then I shake each limb, and when I have shaken each limb, I shake each branch and every twig. Then I look under every leaf. I search the Bible as a whole like shaking the whole tree. Then I shake every limb – study book after book. Then I shake every branch, giving attention to the chapters. Then I shake every twig, or a careful study of...

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Reformation Shorthand

The Reformation was about Justification. Justification by grace through faith” is Confessional shorthand for “radical Gospel”.  “God, to whom man can find no way, has in Christ creatively opened up the way which man may and must go”. Martin Franzmann Share this on:...

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The Reformation in 85 Words

The Reformation of course was a dispute.  There is a difficulty when speaking of this epochal event in saying too much or too little.  Here is an explanation in 85 words. “This dispute has to do with the highest and chief article of all Christian doctrine (Justification}, so that much indeed depends on this article, which also serves preeminently to give a clear, correct understanding of the whole Sacred Scripture and alone points the way to the unutterable treasure and the true knowledge of Christ, and also alone opens the door to the whole Bible, without which article no poor conscience can have a constant, certain consolation or know the riches of the grace of Christ.”  Apology to the Augsburg Confession IV   Share this on:...

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God Is Everywhere It Is True – But Here He Is Present For You.

God is everywhere that is true.  One of the lasting points of the Reformation comes from Luther’s arguments with Zwingli over the Lord’s Supper.  In that argument there was the contention that God is everywhere even in a bowl of pea soup.  The omnipresence of God is an attribute that Christians have believed and the Od Testament folks before them.  That Christ reigns with God means that wherever God is there too, is Christ.  Christ is everywhere, but in the Lord’s Supper He is there for me and you personally. The gift of the Holy Supper gives us a strengthened faith, patience under trials, and of course the forgiveness of sins.  Bishop Ignatius of Antioch, described the Eucharist as “the medicine of immortality, and the antidote to prevent us from dying but which causes that we should live forever in Jesus Christ.”   It is strength and hope for the dying and so as someone once said, “You go to the Lord’s Supper as if going to your death, so that you can go to your death as if you are going to the Lord’s Supper.” Share this on:...

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