Here at the VFT blog we will be featuring a regular column called Notable Quotables that will showcase thoughtful and insightful theological observations by Reformed theologians, past and present. One of the things we emphasize at WSC is learning from the theological giants of the past. Any time we come to the Scriptures, we have to realize that God through Christ and the Spirit has sovereignly gifted preachers and teachers of the church with ability to understand and communicate the wonderful treasures of God's truth.
What this means is that we must humbly acknowledge that we have much to learn from others who have been given the wonderful gifts of God's Spirit. We can, in a word, stand on the shoulders of giants so we can get a better view of the wisdom and truth of God's word.
We hope that you find the quotes from Reformed theologians helpful and edifying. Here's our first notable quote:
Justification is the very hinge and pillar of Christianity. An error about justification is dangerous, like a defect in a foundation. Justification by Christ is a spring of the water of life. To have the poison of corrupt doctrine cast into this spring is damnable. It was a saying of Luther, “That after his death the doctrine of justification would be corrupted.” In these latter times, the Arminians and Socinians have cast a dead fly into this box of precious ointment.
Taken from, Thomas Watson, author of, A Body of Divinity (1692).