Tag Archive | Jesus

He Saves All He Pleads For

Hugh Binning, Works, p. 348:

Yea, he is so fully qualified for this that he is called Jesus the Saviour; he is such an Advocate that he saves all he pleads for. The best advocate may lose the cause, either through the weakness of itself, or the iniquity of the judge; but he is the Advocate and the Saviour, that never succumbed in his undertaking for any soul. Be their sins never so heinous – their accusation never so just and true – their accuser never so powerful; yet they who put their cause in his hand, who flee in hither for refuge, being wearied of the bondage of sin and Satan, he hath such a prevalency with the Father, that their cause cannot miscarry. Even when justice itself seems to be the opposite party, yet he hath such marvellous success in his office, that justice shall rather meet amicably with mercy and peace, and salute them kindly (Ps. 85:10, 11), as being satisfied by him, than he come short in his undertaking.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/he-saves-all-he-pleads-for.89572/, Comment 1


Why the “Mythical Jesus” Claim Has No Traction with Scholars

Larry Hurtado:

The overwhelming body of scholars, in New Testament, Christian Origins, Ancient History, Ancient Judaism, Roman-era Religion, Archaeology/History of Roman Judea, and a good many related fields as well, hold that there was a first-century Jewish man known as Jesus of Nazareth, that he engaged in an itinerant preaching/prophetic activity in Galilee, that he drew to himself a band of close followers, and that he was executed by the Roman governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate…

The “mythical Jesus” view doesn’t have any traction among the overwhelming number of scholars working in these fields, whether they be declared Christians, Jewish, atheists, or undeclared as to their personal stance.  Advocates of the “mythical Jesus” may dismiss this statement, but it ought to count for something if, after some 250 years of critical investigation of the historical figure of Jesus and of Christian Origins, and the due consideration of “mythical Jesus” claims over the last century or more, this spectrum of scholars have judged them unpersuasive (to put it mildly).

Read more: https://larryhurtado.wordpress.com/2017/12/02/why-the-mythical-jesus-claim-has-no-traction-with-scholars/

True Christians Come Unto God


He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. — Hebrews 7:25

True Christians come unto God. They are not as many, who turn their backs upon him: —who ‘go into a far country,’ like the prodigal son: —’who go out,’ like Cain, ‘from the presence of the Lord:’—who are ‘alienated, strangers, and enemies in their mind by wicked works’ (Col. 1:21). They are reconciled to God and friends of God. They are not as many, who dislike everything that belongs to God, —his Word, his day, his ordinances, his people, his house. They love all that belongs to their Master. The very footprints of his steps are dear unto them. ‘His name is as ointment poured forth’ (Song of Sol. 1:3). —They are not as many, who are content with coming to church, or with coming to chapel, or with coming to the Lord’s table. They go further than that. They ‘come unto God,’ and in communion with God they live.

But, more than this, true Christians come unto God in a certain peculiar way. They come unto God by Christ, —pleading no other plea, mentioning no other name, trusting in no other righteousness, resting on no other foundation than this, —that Jesus hath lived, Jesus hath died, Jesus hath risen again for their souls:

I the chief of sinners am, but Jesus died for me.

This is the way by which the true Christian draws near to God.

—from J.C. Ryle, Old Paths, pp. 410-11.

Did the Early Christians Believe Jesus is God?

Kenneth Samples, God Among Sages:

But just what did the earliest Christians believe about the nature and person of Jesus Christ? A major textual breakthrough over the last couple of decades has al1owed scholars to see more dearly what the earliest Christians believed about Jesus Christ, particularly as expressed in their church services.

Biblical scholarship (in this case, a type of form criticism) has discovered primitive Jewish-Christian creeds, confessions, and hymns woven into Scripture. The early Christians in their worship services used these compact confessions of faith long before the New Testament was written. As New Testament scholar Ralph Martin explains, “The church of the New Testament is already a believing, preaching, and confessing community of men and women. This implies the existence and influence of a body of authoritative doctrine … which was the given and shared possession of those who formed the nascent Christian communities in the world of the Roman Empire.”1

1. Samples, Kenneth Richard. God Among Sages: Why Jesus Is Not Just Another Religious Leader. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2017. 71. Print.

Source: http://apologetics-notes.comereason.org/2017/03/jesus-didnt-become-god-earliest.html

The True and Living Faith

Martin Luther on John 16:3:

The true knowledge of God and of Christ has often been defined. It is not an idle, empty thought or dream, as reason is able to think of God and Christ on the basis of hearsay, and as it pictures Him and acts toward Him according to such thoughts of its own. No, it is the true and living faith, which understands the words of the Gospel and, in accordance with those words, knows Him and the Father’s will and heart. It knows that the Father sent Christ, His Son, to deliver the world from sin, God’s wrath, and eternal death through His blood and death. It tells man that Christ accomplished all this, gained forgiveness of sin and eternal life, and surely bestows this on all who believe in Him. Thus the knowledge of God and of Christ are bound together and are one knowledge. As has been repeatedly said, the Father is known solely in Christ and will not and cannot be attained and met or worshiped and called upon apart from this Mediator.

Therefore all depends on this article about Christ, and he who has this article has everything. In order to be able to abide by it, the Christians must be engaged in the most strenuous warfare and must fight constantly. Therefore Christ and the apostles have good reason to insist on it everywhere. Although the other doctrines are also based on Scripture – for example, Christ’s birth from a pure virgin – it does not stress them as much as it does this one. When St. Paul champions this doctrine of Christ’s birth, he does not even call the mother by name; nor does he mention the honor of the virgin; he states simply (Gal. 4:4) “born of woman.” But when he informs us that we receive grace and salvation, not by works and the Law but only through this Mediator, Christ, then he speaks exhaustively.​

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/the-true-knowledge-of-god.91137/, Comment 1

The Connection Between Christ and Believers

Hugh Binning, Works, p. 240:

There is that connection between Christ and believers, that wonderful communication between them, that Christ did nothing, was nothing, and had nothing done to him, but what he did, and was, and suffered, personating them, and all the benefit and advantage redounds to them. He would not be considered of as a person by himself, but would rather be still taken in with the children. As for love, he came down and took flesh to be like them, and did take their sin and misery off them, and so was content to be looked upon by God as in the place of sinners, as the chief sinner; so he is content and desirous that we should look on him as in the place of sinners, as dying, as rising for us, as having no excellency or privilege incommunicable to us.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/the-connection-between-christ-and-believers.89341/

You Shall Be More Surely Kept Than Before

Duerers Paradiesschlange 1507Hugh Binning, Works, pp. 114-115:

For as many as have the inward dreadful apprehension of this wrath to come, and know not what to do, know that to you is Jesus Christ preached, the second Adam, a quickening spirit; and in that consideration, better than the first, – not only a living soul himself, but a spirit to quicken you who are dead in sins, – one who hath undertaken for you, and will hold you fast. Adam, who should have kept us, lost himself; Christ in a manner lost himself to save us. And as by Adam’s disobedience all this sin and misery hath abounded on man, know, that the second Adam’s obedience and righteousness are of greater virtue and efficacy to save, and instead of sin to restore righteousness, and instead of death to give life. Therefore you may come to him, and you shall be more surely kept than before.

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/89019-The-second-Adam-better-than-the-first, Comment #1


John Calvin, commenting on Romans 5:17:

He had before declared, that the power of grace had surpassed that of sin: and by this he consoles and strengthens the faithful, and, at the same time, stimulates and encourages them to meditate on the benignity of God. Indeed the design of so studious a repetition was, — that the grace of God might be worthily set forth, that men might be led from self-confidence to trust in Christ, that having obtained his grace they might enjoy full assurance; and hence at length arises gratitude. The sum of the whole is this — that Christ surpasses Adam; the sin of one is overcome by the righteousness of the other; the curse of one is effaced by the grace of the other; from one, death has proceeded, which is absorbed by the life which the other bestows.

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/89546-Christ-surpasses-Adam, Comment #1