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Earlier this month was the third year of Veritas Conference, a weekend gathering of biblical like-minded churches in Southern California.  I have blogged about this conference in the past.  In 2016 the topic was on the Gospel followed by 2017 on Sanctification.  For 2018 the topic was on the Glory of God.

Here are the videos from the main session:


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Note: Currently the book is not in stock with Amazon but Grace Books do have this book on sale.

Sanctification The Christian Pursuit of God-Given Holiness Riccardi

Michael Riccardi. Sanctification: The Christian Pursuit of God-Given Holiness.  Sun Valley, CA: Grace Books, 2015. 78 pp.

This is a short book on sanctification by Michael Riccardi, the pastor of local outreach at Grace Community Church where John MacArthur is the Senior Pastor.  It is true that you shouldn’t just a book by its cover—nor by its size.  While it is only 78 pages long, the content of the book is packed with biblical truths that would sanctify readers.  Riccardi’s chief purpose in the book is to argue that beholding the glory of Christ is foundational and the motivation that fuel Christian sanctification.  His thesis is well argued and for the last two weeks since reading the book it has left me renewed and in awe of Christ’s glory and it’s connection with our sanctification.


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A guest post by Adam Kristofik


The Apostle Paul made a harsh reality known in the third chapter with the twelfth verse in his second letter to Timothy. The truth that was revealed was persecution for those who have desired to live godly in Christ Jesus[1]. God’s people were given a guarantee to suffer according to association with the Son of God. Jan Hus was well aware of this divine pledge.

Jan Michalov of Husinec is the most accurate name given to who is historically remembered as Jan Hus[2]; the Bohemian who was burned at the stake for heresy in 1412[3]. Hus was a scholar, pastor, exile, and heretic[4].

His scholarship, pastoral position, and exile would be trivial to debate compared to the enormity of his heresy for which led to his fiery tomb. What needs to be addressed are his heretical views. What would cause the church to burn a man of the cloth? The perceived question to ask is, “What belief(s) would deem this man a heretic?”

However, the “what” answer to this question pales in comparison to the “why” answer to a different question. The focus needs to not be on, “What did he believe to be considered a heretic” but “Why was he burned at the stake?” “What” brought him to the stake were accusations of heresy. “Why” he was burnt alive was for a greater purpose. No, the greatest purpose a human exists; the glory of God.

God’s divine right to be exalted in Hus’ execution needs to be magnified. If Hus were to have been convicted truthfully of a heresy, then God would have been glorified for an elimination of a bearer of false witness. Moreover, if Hus were to have been falsely accused and still burnt at the stake (which he was), then God would have been praised in this martyrdom. Either way it would be Soli Deo Gloria.

Having read through Herbert Workman’s translation of Hus’ letters, a divine comfort that fell upon Hus as his temporal flame was to ensconce him was apparent. It was almost as if Hus knew that this was to be his fate; this was shown in his eagerness to bear the burden of the flame. The tone of Hus’ letters towards his friends as that fateful day drew nigh seemed as if he was zealously awaiting his resurrected body via a burning passage to glory.

Those who are truly in Christ must acknowledge the full counsel of God. Knowing persecution is at the doorstep should always revert the believer’s soul towards one comfort that is God Himself. Trials are as inevitable as God’s rest for His people. Have complete solace in the One Who has orchestrated life since before creation the believer’s trials as well as the believer’s triumphs based solely on the Son’s ultimate sacrifice on the cross of Calvary.


[1] 2 Timothy 3:12

[2] Flajshans, M. Jan Hus: Dle svych prednasek ve “Svazu osvetovem”; Prague: Simacek, 1915, p. 23

[3] Fudge, T The Trial of Jan Hus: Medieval Heresy and Criminal Procedure; Oxford University Press, 2013, p. 1

[4] Fudge, T Jan Hus: Religious Reform and Social Revolution in Bohemia; I.B. Tauris, 2010, p. 9

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I. Introduction

a. Covenants were not given in a vacuum that is in the absence of other covenants.

b. The beauty of Christianity is the coherence of the multifaceted aspect of Christian theology.

c. Although not exhaustive, the ramification of Biblical Covenant in relations to other aspects of Christianity is explored here.

II. Hermeneutics

a. Hermeneutics concerns the rule and method of interpretation in general and the Bible in particular.

b. Relationship

i.      Hermeneutics in light of the Covenants

1. Covenants are the thread that goes through the entire Bible.

2. An understanding of the Covenants allow fuller contextual background in making sense of the passages.

3. Understanding elements of the Covenant illuminates Biblical passages:

a. How does God’s promise in the Covenants illuminate this text?

b. Does the passage reveal God’s covenantal blessings and curses taking place?

c. What is God’s Covenantal requirement here in this passage?

ii.      The Covenants in light of hermeneutics

1. How one properly understand the Covenants is the result of proper hermeneutics.

2. Understanding the Covenants begin with the basic hermeneutical principles used in beginning to interpret any passage of Scripture.

3. Historical-Grammatical approach still applies to passages that discuss about Biblical Covenants.

III. Apologetics

a. Apologetics is the art and science of defending the Christian faith as true and refuting error contrary to the faith.

b. Relationship

i.      Apologetics in light of the Covenants

1. There are Covenantal promises given which have been fulfilled.

2. There is an evidential value to these Covenantal promises that have been “prophesied” and “fulfilled”.

a. Example: Jesus Christ is the Messiah in light of the promise of the Davidic Covenant.

b. Example: Uniformity of Nature such as set days, months and season is accounted for within the Christian worldview because of the Noahic Covenant (Genesis 8:22).

ii.      The Covenants in light of Apologetics

1. Future Covenantal promises will be fulfilled because the Word of God is true.

2. The truthfulness of the Word of God is the domain of apologetics.

IV. Soteriology

a. Soteriology is the area of theology pertaining to Salvation.

b. Relationship

i.      Soteriology in light of the Covenants

1. Details of Salvation is slowly revealed in the Covenants.

Example: Salvation for the Gentiles is revealed in incipient form through the Abrahamic Covenant (Genesis 12:3)

2. The fullest expression of Soteriology in the Covenants is found in the New Covenant.

ii.      The Covenants in light of Soteriology

1.  Any proper assessment of the relationship between the Mosaic Covenant to the Abrahamic Covenant must take into account Scripture’s clear testimony of salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone (Romans 3:27-4:25; Galatians 3).

2. In light of progressive revelation, New Testament understanding of soteriology gives us a fuller perspective of one of the ways that Gentiles has been blessed through the promise found in the Abrahamic Covenant (cf. Romans 1:16).

V. Israelology

a. This is the area of theology that pertains to the doctrine of Israel.

b. Relationship

i.      Israelology in light of the Covenants

1. God is a Covenant keeping God who does what He promise.

2. Biblical Covenants proves that God still has a place for Israel in the future.

ii.      The Covenants in light of Israelology

1. Outside the passages mentioning the Covenants, what does the data of Scripture shows concerning the truth of the promises God covenantally made to Israel?

VI. Eschatology

a. Eschatology is the area of theology that pertains to last things and end times.

b. Relationship

i.      Eschatology in light of the Covenants

1. What are the Covenantal promise of God and concepts from the Covenant that will be fulfilled eschatologically?

Example: There is no unfolding of heaven without the “root of David” (Revelation 5:5)

2. In light of the Biblical Covenants, does Israel as a nation have a role in the future?

ii.      The Covenants in light of Eschatology

Can a Bible-centered eschatology provide any further insight as to when certain Covenantal promises be fulfilled?

VII. Sanctification

a. Sanctification is the initial act of God and the progressive work of God of setting believers apart for Him.

b. Relationship

i.      Sanctification in light of the Covenants

Believers can be sanctified in their hearts and obey God’s law because the New Covenant has promised God’s law written in their hearts (Jeremiah 31:31).

ii.      The Covenants in light of Israelology

Fulfilling God’s Covenantal requirement can only be possible because of God’s sanctification of believers.

VIII. Glory of God

a. The fame of God.

b. Relationship

i.      The glory of God in light of the Covenants

1. Worship- All the great truths about God’s Covenants should lead believers to worship God even more deeply!

a. Give glory to God for the revelation of His Covenants!

b. Give glory to God for what His Covenants promises!

c. Give glory to God for the great and deep truths of the inter-relationship of the Covenants!

d. Give glory to God for how majestically wise He is, to have the Covenants be tied in inter-relationship with other aspects of Christian theology!

e. Give glory to God for how majestically wise He is, to have the Covenants bear implications for the Christian life!

f. Give glory to God for how majestically wise He is, to have the Covenants bear implications for Christian thought!

g. Give glory to God for the beauty of the coherence of the Covenants and other aspects of theology!  The beauty of the great design He has in the intricate inter-relationship and implications of Covenantal truths with other spheres of study!

2. Hope- The Covenants should give believers hope

a. Because as part of the Word of God, the Word of God by design gives hope (Romans 15:4)!

b. Because God has given His promise!

c. Because God is Covenantally faithful!

d. Because the truth of God’s Covenantal promises is a part of the “defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you” (1st Peter 3:15)

ii.      The Covenants in light of the glory of God

1. No matter what the requirements might be in each respective covenant, “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1st Corinthians 10:31).

2. “Whatever you do,” including studying the Biblical Covenants, “do all to the glory of God!”

3. Studying the Covenants itself, no matter how trivial, boring and unimportant some non-Christians and even Christians might think it is, is totally relevant if it glorifies God since all we do should glorify God!  Glorifying God is also relevant!

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John Piper had this on his facebook (and I presume this was on his twitter as well):

John Piper Facebook

It was posted in response to Andy Naselli’s post on his blog about Viguier’s Thesis for his Master of Divinity and the definition of God’s Glory.

The glory of God for me is not something easy to define but something I finally felt I had a better handle on as the result of seeing it unfold in Redemptive History as the flow and outworking of the Old and New Testament.

I have asked Andy Naselli where he found the thesis and he said on TREN which is where I typically go to survey what thesis are on there of works of others.  I saw his comment section others have asked the same thing.

Apparently the author of the thesis, Philippe Paul-Luc Viguier, has made the PDF of his thesis available online!

You can download it by clicking HERE.

Thank you Philippe Paul-Luc Viguier for writing this thesis and also for making it available online!

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The Stone and the Glory Greg Harris

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A work that’s part-Messianic prophecy, part-devotional, and thoroughly solid in it’s Biblical exposition. Dr. Harris is a professor of Bible exposition at The Master’s Seminary and his book does not disappoint. You will be spiritually fed, worship Jesus more, and be better equipped in your ability to witness to Jews with Messianic Prophecies. This work explores the little known Stone or “Eben” prophecies in the Old Testament of the coming Messiah. I wished I read this work prior to my thesis. Dr. Harris makes great observations and noted verses that I was not aware of previously or thought through as carefully as he did. This work is a good example of applying good Biblical theology and how the Word of God marches forth and builds upon previous revelation and advances it more deeply. The chapter on the significance of the timing during the moment of Jesus on the Cross when the sun went dark is not to be missed–along with the chapter on Jesus’ temptation. Dr Harris’ treatment of Jesus temptation for forty days is one of the best I’ve read and a good example of how to skillfully bring the Old Testament to inform a New Testament passage. I highly recommend this work.

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