The Great Doctrine of the Bible

“To reconcile is to remove enmity between parties at variance with each other. In this case God is the reconciler. Man never makes reconciliation. …The enmity between God and man, the barrier which separated them, is removed by the act of God.  …effected by Jesus Christ, that is, by his death.  …our reconciliation to God is made the source and cause of our new creation, i.e. of our regeneration and holiness. God’s reconciliation to us must precede our reconciliation to him. This…is the great doctrine of the Bible.”  –Charles Hodge “2 Corinthians” p. 142

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The God of All Comfort

“2 Cor. 1:3 “the God of all comfort” – This most merciful Father is the God, i.e. the author of all, i.e. of all possible consolation. God is the author of consolation not only by delivering us from evil, or by ordering our external circumstances, but also, and chiefly, by his inward influence on the mind itself, assuaging its tumults and filling it with joy and peace in believing.”  –Charles Hodge “2 Corinthinians” p. 5

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Let Out By God

“Affliction is compared to a prison, where the poor afflicted  creature is, as it were, confined, committed by God, and must not break prison, come out by the window, but the door. When we are let out by God upon submission and supplication, urging the satisfaction of Christ; as we are sent thither by God’s authority, so we come out by God’s love.”  –Thomas Manton, Psalm 119, Vol. 1, p. 449

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The Secret of Endurance

“The secret of endurance, patience, and waiting with expectation is submission to God’s providences until he brings us forth to the light, and we shall then behold his righteousness. …when we have come to the point of vindicating God’s ways by recognizing that he is holy, just, sovereign, and good, then we have the outlet, then we escape.”  –John Murray “O Death, Where Is Thy Sting?”  

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The Matter in a Nutshell

“Here is the matter in a nutshell:  …man is shown, not what he can do, but what he ought to do. …So the words of the law are spoken, not to assert the power of the will, but to illuminate the blindness of reason, so that it may see that its own light is nothing, and the power of the will is nothing.  …The entire design and power of the law is just to give knowledge, and that of nothing but of sin; not to display or confer any power. This knowledge is not power, nor does it bring power; but it teaches and displays that there is here no power, and great weakness.”  –Martin Luther “The Bondage of the Will” . 157

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Salvation Is Of God

“God has surely promised His grace to the humbled:  that is, to those who mourn over and despair of themselves. But a man cannot be thoroughly humbled til he realises that his salvation is utterly beyond his own powers, counsels, efforts, will and works, and depends absolutely on the will, counsel, pleasure and work of Another–God alone. As long as he is persuaded that he can make even the smallest contribution to his salvation, he remains self-confident and does not utterly despair of himself, and so is not humbled before God; but plans out for himself (or at least hopes and longs for) a position, an occasion, a work, which shall bring him final salvation. But he who is out of doubt that his destiny depends entirely on the will of God despairs entirely of himself, chooses nothing for himself, but waits for God to work in him; and such a man is very near to grace for his salvation.”   –Martin Luther “Bondage of the Will” p. 100

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Gods at War

“The world and its god cannot and will not bear the Word of the true God, and the true God cannot and will not keep silent. Now these two Gods are at war; so what else can there be throughout the world but uproar?”  — Martin Luther, “The Bondage of the Will” p. 54

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