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“Christ in the Promise, Christ in the Word”

Justification at its most basic is straightforward. A man recognizes that he is a sinner. He judges himself to be guilty for his sin before God. He looks for a source whence he can obtain the righteousness he does not possess. He finds it offered to him in the gospel of Jesus Christ. He trusts […]

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Translatio Deformis?

I return once more (with apologies) to “Traditio Deformis,” one aspect of which was treated previously here. This post too treats a rather technical matter having to do with translation. Prof. Hart wishes to make much of the fact that Romans 9.22 is expressed in the form of a condition. He writes: “And so, what […]

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“The Soul, in Its Very Nature Christian!”

Once again, on Tertullian. This post might be read together with some of Pastor Wedgeworth’s remarks earlier today. In ch. 17 of the Apologeticus, Tertullian surprisingly exclaims: “O the witness of the soul, in its very nature Christian!” (O testimonium animae naturaliter Christianae!). Is Tertullian to be numbered among the universalists? As an advocate of the […]

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Despising despite Mercy?

At the beginning of Romans 14, Paul warns the Romans not to judge one another over diet and days, and reserves the harsher term for the stronger judging the weaker: Τὸν δὲ ἀσθενοῦντα τῇ πίστει προσλαμβάνεσθε, μὴ εἰς διακρίσεις διαλογισμῶν. 2 ὃς μὲν πιστεύει φαγεῖν πάντα, ὁ δὲ ἀσθενῶν λάχανα ἐσθίει. 3 ὁ ἐσθίων τὸν μὴ ἐσθίοντα μὴ ἐξουθενείτω, ὁ […]

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The Final Cause of Civil Government in Romans 13:3-4

“[F]or the present we’re stuck with the world as it is. And if they couldn’t agree on a way to make an act of war impossible, then it is better to have some provisions for coping with the consequences than to have no provisions.” “Yes and no. Yes, if it’s in anticipation of one’s own. And especially no […]

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Is Retribution a Principle of Natural Law?

A few times in the past at TCI writers have addressed the matter of punishment. Pr. Wedgeworth’s essay on C. S. Lewis’ doctrine of punishment is a noteworthy case, and I build on that argument in various ways in my series on pacifism. I would like to briefly address this matter again, by providing one brief […]

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Origen on Imputed Righteousness

Despite his penchant for allegory and Platonic speculation Origen quite often produces insightful conclusions based on the literal meaning of the text in his biblical commentaries. Historians argue that it was partly his reading of Origen’s Commentary on Romans that inspired Erasmus’s Bible-centered philosophia Christi. It was perhaps Origen’s conclusion that the “priests” of the New […]

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Melanchthon’s Commentary on Romans & Proofs for the Existence of God

Many TCI readers will be pleased to know that the second edition of Philip Melanchthon’s Commentary on Romans published by Concordia Publishing House back in 2010 is now available on Amazon in ebook format for only $9.99. The second edition is a reprint of the first edition with Fred Kramer’s translation from 1992 which had gone […]

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Apocalypse Now, and Then

“Apocalypse,” or “revelation,” is a thread that runs through the first several chapters of the Apostle Paul’s Letter to the Romans. There are three particular instances I’d like to examine in this post. Two of them come in adjacent verses in the first chapter: 16 Οὐ γὰρ ἐπαισχύνομαι τὸ εὐαγγέλιον, δύναμις γὰρ θεοῦ ἐστιν εἰς σωτηρίαν παντὶ […]

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Extracanonical Transformation

Once more, the new heaven and the new earth. In an excursus on “The Renovation of Nature” in their commentary on Romans, Arthur Headlam and William Sanday note that, while the idea of a new heaven and a new earth is firmly rooted in the Old Testament, and especially in Isaiah 65 (as discussed here […]