What Does it Mean to Believe in God?

For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” – Romans 4:3   Sometimes the people who are supposed to know the most about God, know the very least of him. Sometimes the people, who we might think would believe in God the most, really believe the least. Perhaps this sounds counterintuitive, but the truth is that this has been the case throughout the history of the church. History is littered with examples of men and women who had been raised to believe in God, who had been trained to know all...

Do we have free will? Yes.

Do we have free will? Occasionally the question is answered in this way: Calvinists don’t believe in free will, while Arminians affirm free will. Well, I am a Calvinist, and I think we do have freewill. I am not alone. The early and orthodox reformed would agree. But perhaps I am mistaken. After all, Martin Luther wrote a treatise on the Bondage of the Will! Yes, he did. And in it, he argued that we cannot do works of righteousness. And the title of the work—De Servo arbitrio—better translates as the “bounded choice.” This title refers to our inability to...

Peter Vermigli

What is the Binding of Satan?

What is the binding of Satan talked about in Revelation 20? If we use Scripture to interpret Scripture, it would seem to refer to the inbreaking of Jesus’ reign and rule in his first coming. In Mark 3:27 Jesus says: “But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. Then indeed he may plunder his house.” (Mark 3:27 ESV) Jesus said this to explain his own ministry. He was able to exorcise demons, heal and save precisely because he had bound the strongman. Jesus said something similar in reference...

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