Monthly Archives: August 2013

The gift of faith?

35) Since we are redeemed by grace alone, through faith alone, where does this faith come from? All the gifts we receive from Christ we receive through the Holy Spirit, including faith itself. “For it is by grace you have … Continue reading

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Parakletos

Para means ‘next to’ or ‘alongside’. (A parachute is a device that ‘falls’ with you; a paramedic is someone who works alongside doctors) kaleo means ‘call’. Parakaleo therefore means (literally) ‘call alongside’ – but what might that mean in English? In … Continue reading

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The necessity for good works

34) Since we are redeemed by grace alone, through faith alone, must we still do good works and obey God’s word? Yes, because Christ, having redeemed us by his blood, also renews us by his Spirit; so that our lives … Continue reading

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Lessons from the book of Ruth

Tucked away in the Old Testament is a heart-warming little story – and in many respects an unusual one. Although the product of an unashamedly patriarchal society, it is a story about two women; and it is written almost entirely … Continue reading

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Salvation by faith alone

33) Should those who have faith in Christ seek their salvation through their own works, or anywhere else? No, they should not, as everything necessary to salvation is found in Christ. To seek salvation through good works is a denial … Continue reading

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Divine ambiguity

One objection that has often been pointed out with regard to the Christian faith is that Jesus himself “never claimed to be God.” Which is of course true – at least, not in so many (or few) words. And if … Continue reading

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Justification and sanctification

32) What do justification and sanctification mean? Justification means our declared righteousness before God, made possible by Christ’s death and resurrection for us. Sanctification means our gradual, growing righteousness, made possible by the Spirit’s work in us. “To God’s elect… … Continue reading

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