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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

Basics of the Reformed Faith: The Covenant of Works

Kim Riddlebarger
In Hosea 6:7, the prophet records the word of the Lord as follows: “But like Adam they [Israel and Judah] transgressed the covenant; there they dealt faithlessly with me.” Based upon this declaration it is clear that Adam stood in a covenant relationship to his creator while in Eden, and…
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Basics of the Reformed Faith: Creation

Kim Riddlebarger
As C. S. Lewis was fond of saying, “God likes matter. He invented it.” Although people can easily overlook this important theological connection, the Christian doctrine of God demands a corresponding Christian doctrine of creation. There are three important elements to consider when reflecting upon how Christians should understand the…
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7 / 22 / 2011

Basics of the Reformed Faith: The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

Kim Riddlebarger
Far too often we hear people speak of the Holy Spirit as an “it,” not a “who.” One reason why this is the case is that the nature of the Holy Spirit’s work is to bring glory to Jesus Christ, not to himself. This is why J. I. Packer calls…
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7 / 15 / 2011

Basics of the Reformed Faith: The Deity of Jesus Christ

Kim Riddlebarger
Like Jews and Muslims, Christians are monotheists. But unlike Jews and Muslims, Christians are also Trinitarians. We believe that the one God is triune, and is revealed as three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. When it comes to the Son (Jesus Christ), the Bible everywhere affirms that Jesus…
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7 / 8 / 2011

Basics of the Reformed Faith: The Holy Trinity

Kim Riddlebarger
Basics of the Reformed Faith – The Holy Trinity It is common to hear people claim that Christians, Jews, and Muslims all worship the same God. Not true. Unlike those who worship Allah, or those Jews who claim to worship the God of Abraham, Christians worship the true and living…
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4 / 27 / 2011