II. The visible Church, which is also catholic or universal under the Gospel (not confined to one nation, as before under the law), consists of all those throughout the world that profess the true religion;[2] and of their children:[3] and is the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ,[4] the house and family of God,[5] out of which there is no ordinary possibility of salvation.[6]

– Westminster Confession of Faith (1646), 26.2

57d986c9dc24e_edwards630“They shall see every thing in God that gratifies love. They shall see in him all that love desires. Love desires the love of the beloved. So the saints in glory shall see God’s transcendent love to them; God will make ineffable manifestations of his love to them. They shall see as much love in God towards them as they desire; they neither will nor can crave any more. This very manifestation that God will make of himself that will cause the beatific vision, will be an act of love in God: it will be from the exceeding love of God to them that he will give them this vision, which will add an immense sweetness to it. When they see God so glorious, and at the same time see how greatly this God loves them, what delight will it not cause in the soul! Love desires union. They shall therefore see this glorious God united to them, and see themselves united to him. They shall see that he is their Father, and that they are his children. They shall see God gloriously present with them; God with them; and God in them; and they in God. Love desires the possession of its object. Therefore they shall see God, even their own God; when they behold this transcendent glory of God, they shall see him as their own. When they shall see that glory, power, and wisdom of God, they shall see it as altogether engaged for them; when they shall see the beauty of God’s holiness, they shall see it as their own, for them to enjoy for ever; when they see the boundless ocean of God’s goodness and grace, they shall see it to be all theirs.”

– Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)

“The people of God have their fulness, and although a large portion of men either neglect, or reject, the grace of the Saviour, yet there is a certain Special Universality of the elect, and foreknown, separated and discerned from the generality of all, that a whole world might seem to be saved out of a whole world; and all men might seem to be redeemed out of all men.”

-Ambrose (c. 340-397)

This quote is striking as it aligns with the later Calvinist doctrine of particular redemption (‘limited atonement’), that is, Christ died not for every human being who has ever lived, but for those chosen by God from the foundation of the world. By His blood, Christ dies for and ransoms a world out of the world, and that bought world takes its place at the end of time.

Ambrose, incidentally, was the pastor of Augustine (354-430), one of the Church’s greatest theologians.

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Rom. 6:17 Pero gracias a Dios que, aunque antes eran esclavos del pecado, ya se han sometido de corazón a la enseñanza que les fue transmitida.

Los fundamentos son extremadamente importantes. Una casa sin fundamento seguramente se derrumbará al suelo. Un árbol sin raíces no se mantendrá derecho en una tormenta. Así que nos empeñamos en establecer los fundamentos de la fe cristiana. ¡Edifique su vida sobre estas verdades fundamentales, y su vida estará de pie a través del tiempo y hasta la gloria eterna! Entonces sigamos estudiando las verdades básicas, esenciales de la fe cristiana, para que usted entienda, para que crea, y para que viva feliz para siempre.

Ya que hemos considerado el propósito del hombre, la Biblia, Dios—su naturaleza, su unidad y sus tres personas—su plan básico, además de la creación y la providencia, ahora hemos de enfocarnos en la segunda área de la verdad cristiana fundamental. Esto es lo que llamamos la Caída.

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Many stories are told, many perspectives get coverage – all in the name of fairness. But what of stories like this?

San Marino Castle Fortress RockII. La iglesia visible, que también es católica o universal bajo el evangelio (no está limitada a una nación como anteriormente en el tiempo de la ley), se compone de todos aquellos que en todo el mundo profesan la religión verdadera, (1) juntamente con sus hijos, (2) y es el reino del Señor Jesucristo, (3) la casa y familia de Dios, (4) fuera de la cual no hay posibilidad ordinaria de salvación. (5)

1. 1 Corintios 1:2; 12:12,13; Salmos 2:8; Apocalipsis 7:9; Romanos 15:9-12.
2. 1 Corintios 7:14; Hechos 2:39; Ezequiel 16:20-21; Romanos 11:16; Génesis 3:15; 17:7.
3. Mateo 13:47; Isaías 9:7.
4. Efesios 2:19; 3:15.
5. Hechos 2:47.

– Confesión de Fe de Westminster (1646), 25.2

A tremendous story about a radical, Lebanese Muslim finding Jesus – and becoming a conservative Lutheran pastor to boot! I was struck by the close similarities he drew between the works righteousness of Islam and the old Roman bondage from which Luther was set free.  “By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast” (Eph. 2:8-9).

Here are a couple of good, basic introductions to expository preaching, if you are unfamiliar with it. Very simply, expository preaching is the authoritative explanation and application of the biblical text within its context.

 

 

Well, apparently evolution has failed to make us invincible behind the wheel. So humans have retooled themsellves to give Darwinism a little boost. This better (?) human being is able to roll with rolls, to bob and weave with head-ons. Only, I think there’s one design flaw. This better human cannot procreate because he is so repulsive.

I’ll stick with Intelligent Design. God makes perfect humans – able to build vehicles, make them safer, find romance, and perpetuate the race. No accident!

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