Part II – Understanding Christ’s Cry of Abandonment

Posted by on April 8, 2015 in Atonement, Catholicism, Death, Deification, Exegesis, Gospel, Imputation, Incarnation, Justification, Love, Perspicuity of Scripture, Protestantism, Redemptive History, Reformed Theology, Romans, Sola Fide, Sola Gratia, Theology of the Cross | 2,296 comments

Part II – Understanding Christ’s Cry of Abandonment

In response to the last post (Understanding Christ’s Cry of Abandonment), I have been asked about Pope Saint John Paul’s II comment on Christ’s cry, taken from one his Encyclical On the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering: One can say that these words on abandonment are born at the level of that inseparable union of the Son with the Father, and are born because the Father “laid on him the iniquity of us all”. They also foreshadow the words of Saint Paul: “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin”....

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Understanding Jesus’ Cry of Abandonment

Posted by on March 28, 2015 in Apologetics, Atonement, Catholicism, Imputation, John Piper, Justification, Nestorianism, Perspicuity of Scripture, Protestantism, Reformed Theology, Sola Fide, Suffering, Theology of the Cross | 563 comments

Understanding Jesus’ Cry of Abandonment

Now that Good Friday is fast approaching we can expect to see a surge in online discussion about Christ’s saving work on the Cross. In this post I want to discuss Christ’s ‘cry of abandonment’ from the Cross – “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mt 27:46; Mk 15:34) – because I feel this is one of the most misunderstood texts in all of Scripture. The historical Protestant (mis)understanding of Christ’s Atonement, popularly known as Penal Substitution, has led them to (mis)interpret this passage as saying Jesus was...

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The Biblical Basis of Man-Made Liturgy

Posted by on March 18, 2015 in Acts, Apologetics, Confessionalism, Evangelicalism, Perspicuity of Scripture, Presbyterianism, Regulative Principle, Sabbath, Sola Scriptura, Worship | 239 comments

The Biblical Basis of Man-Made Liturgy

Is a Christian free to worship God however he pleases? I think all of us would intuitively answer “No” to that question. Man’s duty to worship God is too important to just be a free-for-all. This is especially true for Christians who have God’s Revelation, particularly the Bible. The Confessional Reformed tradition (rightly) understands that man is not only not free to worship however he pleases (since this would ultimately tend towards man worshipping himself), but in fact man should not worship in any way not clearly laid out in...

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Reformed Theologians Get Busted by the Feds?

Posted by on March 2, 2015 in Apologetics, Catholicism, Covenant Theology, Imputation, Justification | 611 comments

Reformed Theologians Get Busted by the Feds?

The Reformed notion of Federal Headship states that all of mankind lives under the representative umbrella of a father figure, namely Adam or Jesus. They say the reason why God can consider all men subject to the consequences of Adam’s deliberate sin, even though we didn’t personally sin, is because God judges us ‘in Adam’. Likewise, when a person is saved, the Reformed say that person is worthy of the blessings of salvation, not for anything they did, but because of the perfect obedience of Christ, with God judging them to be ‘in...

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Clothed in Christ

Posted by on January 29, 2015 in Catholicism, Exegesis, Featured, Gospel, Imputation, Justification, Presbyterianism, Protestantism, Reformed Theology, Sola Fide | 1,512 comments

Clothed in Christ

*** The Following Article is by Nick *** I have often heard Protestants explain the Imputation of Christ’s Righteousness in terms of the believer being “clothed in Christ’s righteousness,” which they take to mean our sinfulness is covered over by Christ’s perfection, causing us to appear pure and holy before God (though ‘underneath’ the clothing we remain sinful). But as I came to look at how the Bible speaks of “clothing” I came to realize something very different than the Protestant notion of Imputation was being taught....

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Daniel and the Universal Kingdom

Posted by on November 13, 2014 in Apologetics, Catholicism, Church History, Ecclesiology, Eschatology, Featured, History, Protestantism, Redemptive History | 1,677 comments

Daniel and the Universal Kingdom

Daniel 2 contains a fascinating prophecy which speaks of God’s plan to set up a Kingdom upon earth that is not of human origin and will come to cover the whole earth. Christians as far back as the Early Church Fathers have interpreted this prophecy as referring to the Catholic Church being established by Christ, expanding all over the world, and lasting forever. After reflecting upon the prophecy, I see no other plausible interpretation. Let me explain my thoughts. Back at the Babylonian Exile, God caused the Emperor Nebuchadnezzar to have a...

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