Category: Series Studies

The Spirit World: Introduction »

This entry is part 2 of 23 in the series The Spirit World

This entry is part 2 of 23 in the series The Spirit WorldIntroduction (This is a continuation of The Spirit World book series. This post assumes the prerequisite reading of earlier posts in the series.) Numerous are the terms used in scripture to reference the other-worldly spiritual abodes which remain unseen to the human eye.  [...]

The Boundaries of The New Law »

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series The Law and The Believer

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series The Law and The BelieverThe Boundaries of The New Law (The following is a continuation of “The Law and the Believer,” and assumes the reading of earlier prerequisite posts.) From the day of Pentecost, believers have experienced the full fruition of God’s ancient promise to [...]

The New Law: The Law of The Spirit »

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series The Law and The Believer

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series The Law and The BelieverAs was noted in the last post, according to Galatians 3, the law served as a tutor to point God’s people to Christ.  As youth, we were all required the continual tutelage of parents, teachers and godly adults to properly lead [...]

The Elements of the Gospel: Faith »

This entry is part 13 of 13 in the series Pastoral Soteriology

This entry is part 13 of 13 in the series Pastoral Soteriology(This post is a continuation of the Pastoral Soteriology Series.  It assumes pre-requisite reading of earlier posts, and will be followed by additional posts.) While grace is the overriding precondition of the gospel, scripture unyieldingly asserts that faith is the necessary component by which [...]

The Elements of the Gospel: Grace »

This entry is part 12 of 13 in the series Pastoral Soteriology

This entry is part 12 of 13 in the series Pastoral Soteriology(This post is a continuation of the Pastoral Soteriology Series) Grace:  The Overriding Condition of Salvation Understanding the nature of the atonement expressed thus far – that Christ fulfilled the substitutionary blood atonement system of the Old Testament – leads one to next evaluate [...]

Jesus: The Fulfillment of the Law »

This entry is part 11 of 13 in the series Pastoral Soteriology

This entry is part 11 of 13 in the series Pastoral SoteriologyUnderstanding the substitutionary nature of Old Testament atonement is perhaps the single most important revelation concerning the work Christ accomplished on the cross on our behalf.  While such knowledge of the Old Testament system is certainly not a prerequisite for one’s salvation, it is [...]

Yom Kippur – The Foreshadowing of Christ »

This entry is part 10 of 13 in the series Pastoral Soteriology

This entry is part 10 of 13 in the series Pastoral Soteriology(This is a continuation of the series entitled, “A Pastoral Soteriology.”  It assumes the reading of eariler posts.) The culmination of the sacrificial system of atonement in the Old Testament Law was demonstrated and applied in the yearly observation of “Yom Kippur,” or, “The [...]

Atonement in the Old Testament Law »

This entry is part 9 of 13 in the series Pastoral Soteriology

This entry is part 9 of 13 in the series Pastoral SoteriologyAtonement in the Old Testament Law As noted in the last post, the Penal Substitution Theory of the atonement is by far the best and most accurate understanding of the work Jesus provided on the cross according to the scriptures.  While the nature of [...]

The Penal Substitution Theory: On the Mark »

This entry is part 8 of 13 in the series Pastoral Soteriology

This entry is part 8 of 13 in the series Pastoral SoteriologyThe Penal Substitution Theory While all atonement theories examined thus far have failed at producing a biblically-based portrayal of the doctrine of salvation, Anselm had at least gotten close with his Necessary-Satisfaction Theory.  Building upon some of those very principles, the Penal Substitution Theory, [...]

The Necessary-Satisfaction Theory of Atonement »

This entry is part 7 of 13 in the series Pastoral Soteriology

This entry is part 7 of 13 in the series Pastoral SoteriologyContinuing our examination of numerous atonement theories which have circulated the church throughout history, it must be observed that thus far in this series there has not been revealed a tremendous amount of success in the packaging of such systems into understandable, yet valid [...]