Westminster Larger Catechism Study

The Risen Christ is Our Hope

Mike another timely post….

“Dualism was prevalent then as it is now. This belief system comes from Greek philosophy which taught that everything physical was evil to some degree while the spiritual was seen as intrinsically good. Therefore, the idea that eternity would be spent in physical, resurrected bodies was disgusting or repulsive to them.”

My current reading in the Westminster Larger Catechism explicitly addresses the teaching about the body, in God’s creation decrees Q17 and in the resurrection Q86-90. Worth a read, but too long to quote here. Best if read along with Rev. Johannes Geerhardus (J.G.) Vos’ commentary. (He’s often confused with his father who had the same first and middle names just reversed and was an important reformed leader in the early 20th century…. “…Dutch-American Calvinist theologian and one of the most distinguished representatives of the Princeton Theology. He is sometimes called the father of Reformed Biblical Theology.” (WP) His son’s Commentary is quite useful in the study of the neglected Catechism.

It was first published beginning in 1946. Your readers can can read about it here, (If he was alive today I am sure he would be right here as one of the Solid Biblical Bloggers we read.) Here is an opening introduction to the archives of his “Posts”.

“A Very Vocal But Simple Publication”
“In 1979, Dr. J.G. Vos wrote: “When I returned from missionary service in the Far East in 1941, I found the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America at a low level of awareness of true biblical Christianity…. After conferring with a good many men and considering and praying about it a good many times, I decided there needed to be a very vocal but simple publication to set forth the true faith of the church.”

Dr. Vos decided to address the problems proactively. In 1946, he began Blue Banner Faith and Life, a magazine that provided a steady diet of biblical and theological instruction. The first issues were mimeographed on a hand-cranked machine.

Fifty people initially subscribed, but that number would increase to 1275 over the next 33 years.” One can check it out online today here…


Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and…

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