Archive for March, 2014

Christ’s Life of Faith

Mark Jones:

Jesus of Nazareth was no ordinary man. He was the God-man, without spot, stain, or wrinkle in his human nature. But he still had a human nature, and because the finite cannot comprehend the infinite (finitum non capax infiniti), there was room for real advancement in his human nature. He knew no sin in his own experience, and the unity of his person—he is one person with two distinct natures—meant that he was unable to sin. Nevertheless, while he lived on earth during his stare of humiliation, he lived by faith, not by sight. Because Christ is the holiest man ever to have lived, he is the greatest believer ever to have lived (Heb. 12:2). There has never been, nor will there ever be, a more perfect example of living by faith than Jesus. Reformed theologians have historically agreed—though, I fear, we have lost this precious truth today—that Christ had faith for justification (i.e., vindication, Isa. 50:8). Of course, unlike us, he did not need to go through a mediator to be justified by his Father, for he was not ungodly like us (cf. Rom. 4:5). But he still needed justification, which culminated at his resurrection (1 Tim. 3:16), because of his accursed death (Gal. 3:13). By faith, he believed the word and promises of God. Furthermore, Christ did not exercise faith merely for himself; he also exercised faith for all those for whom he died, so that they may receive from him that particular grace. For there is no grace we receive that was not first present in Christ himself, particularly the grace of faith. As Richard Sibbes notes, “We must know that all things are first in Christ, and then in us.”

Antinomianism: Reformed Theology’s Unwelcome Guest? (P&R, 2013), p. 22-23.

Certainly worth pondering.


Drawing Near to God – Leviticus Series Intro (#0)

I have not posted in a long time, so, sorry.

A few things have happened since I last posted:

I got married to my lovely wife.

I subsequently moved out of my parent’s house to my first apartment.

I joined Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Carson, CA

I became an expectant father of a beautiful baby girl named Jane Elizabeth Sprague (still in utero).

I was made a Sunday School teacher of a bunch of 10+ year olds.

I just moved (today) to a new apartment (2 bedrooms!).

Lastly, my Sunday school class wanted to go through Leviticus, and so a new series is going to start in the next post, showing, in broad strokes what I will be going over with the class.