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Forgiveness of Sins - by Michael Phillips
The Apostles Creed - Part 9 of 10
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Matthew 9:2b
Jan 16, 2005 pm - Philip Melanchton was Martin Luther's best friend, and excepting John Calvin, the most important theologian of his time. Back then, theology was still Queen of the Sciences. If you had a good mind, you studied law or medicine, but if you were a top-notch thinker, you studied God. That's how it was in the 16th Century. With all the best brains working in theology, you'd think this would be a golden age for the study of God. But it wasn't. The doctrinal books of that time were, for the most part, rubbish. Do you know why? Because theologians chose learned speculation over practical edification. While they had a lifetime to split hairs over how Jesus Christ is present at His Table, they had hardly a minute to study His cross with wonder and gratitude. Melanchton was appalled by the theology of his day, and went about changing it-not its content, so much, but its outlook. In his best known book, he wrote, 'To know Christ is to know His benefits'. In other words, you don't know who Jesus is until you know who He you. To Philip, our Lord was not a topic to be examined, but a Savior to be adored. This brings me to our study of the Apostles' Creed. For the last several months, we've ... More >>>

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