Assurance

Assurance

Theology Gals | Episode 146

This week Coleen and Rachel talk about assurance. Many Christians struggle with assurance of salvation at different times in the Christian life. As Christians, we can have assurance.

Episode Resources:

Assurance and the Westminster Confession of Faith by Rachel Miller

Can I Have Assurance? by R. Scott Clark

What is the Gospel? Michael Horton

“The Greatest of All Protestant Heresies”? by Sinclair Ferguson

What Does “Simul Justus et Peccator” Mean? Nathan W. Bingham

A Debtor to Mercy Alone – song

Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

2 Thessalonians 2:13 God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and of the truth.

Ephesians 4:23-24 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Romans6:4, 6, 14 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. . . knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. . . For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Romans 8:15-17 1 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

Romans 1:17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH

Galatians 3:10-11 For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, n“Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” 11 Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.

Romans 8:1-4 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.1 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you2 free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. 3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin,3 he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Romans 8:31-39 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.10 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 6:1&2 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?

Romans 6:13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness

Philippians 1:6 For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

Heidelberg Catechism 

Lord’s Day 1

  1. What is your only comfort
    in life and death?
    A.
    That I am not my own,
    but belong with body and soul,
    both in life and in death,
    to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ.
    He has fully paid for all my sins
    with his precious blood,
    and has set me free
    from all the power of the devil.
    He also preserves me in such a way
    that without the will of my heavenly Father
    not a hair can fall from my head;
    indeed, all things must work together
    for my salvation.
    Therefore, by his Holy Spirit
    he also assures me
    of eternal life
    and makes me heartily willing and ready
    from now on to live for him.

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Federal Vision: A Gospel Issue

Federal Vision: A Gospel Issue


This week Coleen and Rachel discuss Federal Vision. In this part one episode, the ladies focus on the history and doctrines of Federal Vision and explain how Federal Vision is a threat to the gospel. 

Episode Resources:

Resources On The Federal Vision Theology – Heidelblog 

For Those Just Tuning In: What Is The Federal Vision? R. Scott Clark 

Resources on Norman Shepherd – Heidelblog 

Background on the Curr Salvation Controversy by R. Scott Clark 

Salvation by Grace Alone Through Faith Alone in Christ Alone by Rachel Miller 

Back to the Reformed Confessions and Catechisms by Rachel Miller 

“Reformed” is Definitely Enough:

A critique of Douglas Wilson’s book, “Reformed” is not Enough”

By Dr. C. Matthew McMahon

URCNA Report on the Federal Vision and Justification

OPC Report on Justification 

RCUS Study Committee on the Federal Vision’s Doctrine of Justification

Just In Time For Reformation Day: The Return Of The Federal Visionists (And Their Allies) by R. Scott Clark 

Heidelcast 131: The Heidelcast Is Back And So Is The Federal Vision

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Theology Gals Rewind – The Gospel for Indebted Women and Everyone Else

Theology Gals Rewind – The Gospel for Indebted Women and Everyone Else

On this week’s episode of Theology Gals, Coleen and Angela discuss a recent viral article from Lori Alexander that said men prefer debt free virgins without tattoos. They also discuss other errors from websites and books directed at Christian women. This episode is not just for the ladies. Our Christian men need to be aware of the types of things Christian women are hearing. 

If you’re a woman that happened upon this episode, you’re looking for hope, maybe you’ve been hurt by some of the things we talk about here, I encourage you to listen to this message The Gospel for Those Broken by the Church. 

Episode Resources:

Does God Require Women To Be Debt and Tattoo-Free Virgins? by Brooke Ventura 

An Open Letter to the Author of “Men Prefer Debt-Free Virgins Without Tattoos” by Erica Wilkinson 

Purity Culture with Rebecca Lemke | Theology Gals | Episode 52

Created To Be His Help Meet review by Tim Challies & Part 2

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Sufficient Hope with Christina Fox

Sufficient Hope with Christina Fox

This week Coleen and Angela talk with Christina Fox about her new book Sufficient Hope. 

 

Episode Resources:

Sufficient Hope: Gospel Meditations and Prayers for Moms by Christina Fox 

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Law & Gospel | Best Of Episode

Law & Gospel | Best Of Episode

This is a best of episode. We’ll return next week with new episodes. On this episode of Theology Gals, Coleen and Ashley discuss law and gospel. Why is understanding law and gospel important?

Episode Resources:

Yes Virginia, There Is A Law-Gospel Distinction by R. Scott Clark

Law, Gospel, And The Three Uses of the Law (1) by R. Scott Clark

Law, Gospel, And The Three Uses Of The Law (2) by R. Scott Clark

The Three Uses of the Law by R. Scott Clark

Law and Gospel by Michael Horton

Concerns About The Rhetoric: “X Is A Gospel Issue” by R. Scott Clark

The Indicative and The Imperative A Reformation View of Sanctification by Michael Horton

Calvin on Law and Gospel by Michael Horton

Heidelberg Catechism

Theology Gals – Lordship Salvation with Pastor John Fonville

“Ignorance of the distinction between the Law and Gospel is one of the principle sources of all the abuses which corrupt and still corrupt Christianity.” –Theodore Beza

“There is no point upon which men make greater mistakes than upon the relation which exists between the law and the gospel. Some men put the law instead of the gospel: others put the gospel instead of the law; some modify the law and the gospel, and preach neither law nor gospel: and others entirely abrogate the law, by bringing in the gospel. Many there are who think that the law is the gospel, and who teach that men by good works of benevolence, honesty, righteousness, and sobriety, may be saved. Such men do err. On the other hand, many teach that the gospel is a law; that it has certain commands in it, by obedience to which, men are meritoriously saved; such men err from the truth, and understand it not. A certain class maintain that the law and the gospel are mixed, and that partly by observance of the law, and partly by God’s grace, men are saved. These men understand not the truth, and are false teachers.” -Spurgeon

The Churches of the Reformation from the very beginning distinguished between the law and the gospel as the two parts of the Word of God as a means of grace. This distinction was not understood to be identical with that between the Old and the New Testament, but was regarded as a distinction that applies to both Testaments. There is law and gospel in the Old Testament, and there is law and gospel in the New. The law comprises everything in Scripture which is a revelation of God’s will in the form of command or prohibition, while the gospel embraces everything, whether it be in the Old Testament or in the New, that pertains to the work of reconciliation and that proclaims the seeking and redeeming love o God in Christ Jesus (Systematic Theology, [Grand Rapids, 4th edn. 1941], 612).Louis Berkhof

For Paul often means by the term law the rule of righteous living by which God requires of us what is his own, giving us no hope of life unless we completely obey him, and adding on the other hand a curse if we deviate even in the slightest degree. This Paul does when he contends that we are pleasing to God through grace and are accounted righteous through his pardon, because nowhere is found that observance of the law for which the reward has been promised. Paul therefore justly makes contraries of the righteousness of the law and of that of the gospel [Romans 3:21 ff.; Galatians 3:10 ff.; etc.] (Institutes, 2.9.4)

Also Mentioned:

Justin Peters The Hurt of Healing

Justin Peters Interviews Costi Hinn

Episode Music from Castle Pines

 

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