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Basics of the Reformed Faith: The Order of Salvation

Kim Riddlebarger
When Christians speak of the “ordo salutis” we are referring to the “order of salvation.” While we should qualify any discussion of such an “order” by affirming that an omniscient God does not need to do things in sequential order as we do, nevertheless there is a logical order to…
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Basics of the Reformed Faith: The Law and the Gospel

Kim Riddlebarger
Although often identified as a Lutheran distinctive, the law-gospel distinction has been recognized by the Reformed tradition as well. Reformed theologians such as Louis Berkhof have spoken of the Bible as containing two parts–the law and the gospel. Although people often assume that this means the Bible has two testaments…
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Basics of the Reformed Faith: The Death of Christ

Kim Riddlebarger
As redemptive history unfolds in the Bible, the story of God’s saving purposes takes a number of surprising twists and turns. The New Testament opens with an angel announcing to a young virgin that God’s promised Savior was at long last coming to visit his people with salvation. Jesus was…
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1 / 31 / 2012

Basics of the Reformed Faith: Jesus as Prophet, Priest, and King

Kim Riddlebarger
The diagnosis is not very good: we are ignorant, guilty, and corrupt. But the prognosis is far worse. We are under the curse and face certain death. As fallen sinners ravaged by a threefold consequence of our sins, our hearts are darkened (Romans 1:21) and our thoughts are continually evil…
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1 / 24 / 2012

Basics of the Reformed Faith: Divine Image Bearers

Kim Riddlebarger
With the language of the eighth Psalm clearly in mind (“you have made [man] a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor” v. 5), Reformed theologian Cornelius Van Til once declared that Adam was created to be like God in every way in which…
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1 / 17 / 2012

Basics of the Reformed Faith: God’s Attributes

Kim Riddlebarger
Much indeed can be known about God from creation. We know that God is eternal, all-powerful, and good (cf. Romans 1:20). Yet, whatever we learn about God through nature (general revelation), will always be limited by the very nature of revelation through finite created things. In addition, such revelation is…
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1 / 10 / 2012

Basics of the Reformed Faith: Jesus Christ the Covenant Mediator

Kim Riddlebarger
Christians often speak of important doctrines in the abstract. People speculate about election and predestination, the extent of the atonement, and so on, without making any connection between these doctrines and the person and work of Jesus Christ. But the Bible does not allow us to do this. If we…
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Basics of the Reformed Faith: The Incarnation

Kim Riddlebarger
At the very heart of the Christian faith we find the doctrine of the Incarnation–Jesus Christ, the second person of the Holy Trinity and the eternal son of God took to himself a true human nature for the purpose of saving us from our sins. It is this doctrine which…
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8 / 19 / 2011

Basics of the Reformed Faith: The Covenant of Grace

Kim Riddlebarger
It has been said that covenant theology is at the center of Reformed theology. No doubt, this is correct. In Eden, all of humanity fell when Adam, the first of our race, rebelled against his creator and plunged the entire human race into sin and death. It will take a…
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Basics of the Reformed Faith: The Fall of Adam

Kim Riddlebarger
Most Americans operate on the sincere but completely misguided assumption that deep down inside people are basically good. When we compare ourselves to others, we might be able to measure up pretty well. Sure, there are some who we might begrudgingly admit are better people than we are, but we…
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8 / 5 / 2011