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July 30, 2015

Larger Catechism, #99, pt. 2

The Larger Catechism Question 99 99. Q. What rules are to be observed for the right understanding of the ten commandments? A. For the right understanding of the ten commandments, these rules are to be observed: That the law is perfect, and bindeth everyone to full conformity in the whole man unto the righteousness thereof, […]

June 29, 2015

Larger Catechism, #99, pt. 1

The Larger Catechism Question 99 99. Q. What rules are to be observed for the right understanding of the ten commandments? A. For the right understanding of the ten commandments, these rules are to be observed: That the law is perfect, and bindeth everyone to full conformity in the whole man unto the righteousness thereof, […]

April 16, 2015

Jesus is Answerable to Every Condition

William Jay’s Morning Exercises has been a rich blessing. I began his meditations this year for the first time. Having worked through Spurgeon for several years and then using Voices from the Past for about three years, I wanted to try something new this year. Though Jay’s reflections are longer than Spurgeon’s, I have benefited […]

January 15, 2015

Larger Catechism, #98

The Larger Catechism Question 98 98. Q. Where is the moral law summarily comprehended? A. The moral law is summarily comprehended in the ten commandments, which were delivered by the voice of God upon Mount Sinai, and written by him in two tables of stone;[420] and are recorded in the twentieth chapter of Exodus. The […]

November 16, 2014

Cain’s Complaint, Genesis 4:8-16

Genesis 4:8-16 God warned Cain to rule over his sin (v. 7). Sin, however, took over Cain and he killed his brother. The Bible does not offer us his exact motivation but we need none. Cain’s own sin acted out and he remains guilty for his murder.   Let us learn well how sin can […]

October 12, 2014

God’s Garden, Genesis 2:8-17

These verses give considerable attention to the description of the garden. We may be tempted to view this garden as simply the setting for the story of Adam and Eve (i.e., the setting for the Adamic probation). Yet, all these details about the garden, its creator, stipulations, descriptions, etc. suggest something more may be involved. […]

October 11, 2014

Pious Sorrow

The great Princeton theologian Charles Hodge wrote the following to his brother who had just lost a son: “Pious sorrow, that is sorrow mingled with pious feeling, with resignation, confidence in God, hope in his mercy and love, is [in] every way healthful to the soul; while melancholy is irreligious, and is a cancer to […]

September 14, 2014

Larger Catechism, #97

The Larger Catechism Question 97  97. Q. What special use is there of the moral law to the regenerate? A. Although they that are regenerate, and believe in Christ, be delivered from the moral law as a covenant of works,[414] so as thereby they are neither justified[415] nor condemned;[416] yet, besides the general uses thereof […]

September 8, 2014

Larger Catechism, #96

The Larger Catechism Question 96 96. Q. What particular use is there of the moral law to unregenerate men? A. The moral law is of use to unregenerate men, to awaken their consciences to flee from wrath to come,[410] and to drive them to Christ;[411] or, upon their continuance in the estate and way of […]

September 3, 2014

Larger Catechism, #94-95

The Larger Catechism Questions 94-95 94. Q. Is there any use of the moral law to man since the fall? A. Although no man, since the fall, can attain to righteousness and life by the moral law:[402] yet there is great use thereof, as well common to all men, as peculiar either to the unregenerate, […]

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