The Difference Between By and Through

I have been reading through the historic Belgic Confession (16th c.) recently (as suggested by my wife, Kristy), and wow, it is gold! For example, Article XXII, makes a helpful distinction between being saved by faith as a meritorious work versus being saved through faith as an instrument. Here is how it reads: “Therefore we justly […]

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Sermon Audio and Notes • “The Inevitable Question” (Romans 5:20-6:4)

In case you missed it, here is the sermon audio (including notes) from the message this past Sunday on Romans 5:20-6:4. Here we begin making a transition from understanding the grace-foundations of our justification to experiencing the grace-dynamics of our sanctification. So we are at a hinge in the letter of Romans—a hinge that will […]

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Facing Charges

In my study today for Sunday’s message, I came across a statement in The Reformation Study Bible that I found helpful for those of us entrusted with preaching and teaching. Concerning Romans 6:1-14, the study note says, “So great was [Paul’s] emphasis on the freeness of God’s grace in the face of sin that his […]

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It is Hard Getting Used to Grace

Today I had lunch with a friend who made a comment that rocked me. He said something to the effect, “The key to sanctification is learning to get used to my justification.” That idea really struck me: I am called to get used to being the recipient of extravagant grace. I am called to get […]

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