Category: The Doctrine of God: Eternal Creator and Redeemer

God’s Self-Sufficiency: Embracing the Reality that God Doesn’t Need You

In 2009, my wife and I purchased a home in Atlanta, Georgia. Despite being a larger house in a nice neighborhood, it was what our realtor called “a handy man special”. It needed some serious TLC. The fact that dogs had used the walls to “mark” their territory and cigarette smoke seemed to hang around like an unwanted guest, made my wife initially refuse the deal. But, I assured her of my (never-before-seen) carpentry skills and off we went—paint brush and all! Trips to the local Home Depot soon began to drain my bank account. The items that needed...

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The Grace, Mercy, and Patience of God

God’s mercy, patience, and grace may be seen as three separate attributes, or as specific attributes of God’s goodness. The definitions given here show these attributes as special examples of God’s goodness when it is used for the benefit of specific classes of people. God’s mercy means God’s goodness towards those in misery and distress. God’s grace means God’s goodness towards those who deserve only punishment. God’s patience means God’s goodness in withholding of punishment toward those who sin over a period of time. These three characteristics of God’s nature are often mentioned together, especially in the Old Testament....

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The Providence of God

Over the past century, we’ve seen multiple attacks on the doctrine of the providence of God. The truth is though these attacks are unwarranted. The providence of God is a great comfort to the people of God. John Flavel, a prominent Puritan writer and author of The Mystery of Providence, said of Providence, “”It is the duty of the saints, especially in times of straights, to reflect upon the performances of Providence for them in all the states and through all the stages of their lives.” Clearly understanding this doctrine is vital. In this article, I’ll trace the doctrine...

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Patristic Contributions to Trinitarian Theology

The historical development of Trinitarian theology was anything but unencumbered and straightforward. Articulating and explaining how one God exists in three persons—who are equal in substance, essence, and glory from all eternity—was the primary theological task of the first five centuries. Heretical factions, such as Modalism and especially Arianism, played important roles in the doctrine’s development and codification as well as the vigorous and determined study of the Old and New Testaments. From Theophilus and Irenaeus to the Cappadocian Fathers and Augustine, the Patristic conversation unequivocally concentrated on the Trinitarian debate and was tantamount with the historical milieu, seen...

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Creation: Why, How, and When Did God Create the Universe?

Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Scripture begins with a simple, clear, and important declaration. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. There is no explanation of where God came from. We are simply told God did something, namely created all things. How one relates to that profound statement defines how they understand God, both intellectually and relationally, and how one approaches Scripture as a whole. Reject God as Creator and the door is opened for any number of philosophical ideologies that are eager to take root. Conversely, accepting...

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