Call To Die

Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Follower of Christ, husband of Abby, member of Kosmosdale Baptist Church, and tutor/staff member at Sayers Classical Academy.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Augustine, Echoing the Nicene Creed (w/Filioque)

“We believe, hold, and faithfully proclaim that the Father has begotten the Word: that is, the Wisdom by which all things have been made, his only-begotten Son, one begotten of one, eternal of eternal, Supreme Good of Supreme Good. And we believe that the Holy Spirit is at the same time the spirit of the Father and of the Son, himself consubstantial and co-eternal with both, and that this totality is a Trinity in respect of the distinctive character of the persons, and is also one God in respect of the inseparable divinity, just as it is one Omnipotent in respect of the inseparable omnipotence; but with this provision, that when the question is asked about each individual [person] the reply is that each is God and Omnipotent, whereas when the question is about all at the same time, they are not three Gods or three Omnipotents, but one God omnipotent. Such is the inseparable unity in persons; and this is how that Unity wills to be proclaimed.” [City of God: Book XI, Chapter 24.]


Monday, November 12, 2018

Tom Nettles on the Double Procession of the Holy Spirit

"How does the Holy Spirit proceed eternally? What is the relationship of the Spirit to the Father and the Son?

"Well there was massive theological discussion between the church in the West and the church in the East, and the church in the West decided that for a biblical understanding of the language about the Father sending the Spirit through the Son, or the Son sending the Spirit, or the Spirit being called the Spirit of the Father and also being called the Spirit of the Son, and because of the functions of the Spirit in taking the things of Christ and showing them to us, glorifying Christ, etc., it was seen to be the necessary biblical witness that in their eternal relationship, the Holy Spirit, in order to maintain His distinctive spirituality and not sonship nor fatherhood, must be described as proceeding not just from the Father, but from the Father and the Son [in which there is] the perfect bond of unity. And they would say this is what is behind Paul being able to affirm in Colossians [3:14], "Love, which is the perfect bond of unity." [See Jonathan Edwards on this point.] This has to do with the Spirit proceeding from the Father and the Son as a continued manifestation of infinite love."


Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Systematic Theology Introduction (19): The Importance of Studying Systematic Theology

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” We become like that which we love. [A.W. Tozer, Knowledge of the Holy, chapter one, sentence one.]

See also:
"YOU Are a Theologian" and "You Are NOT a Theologian."