Craftiness of the Serpent and the Sovereign God: David

By Evan Knies

In 2 Samuel, David becomes King of Israel and the Lord makes a covenant with David. In Chapter 11, David sinned against God and against one of his servants (Uriah) by laying with his wife. Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife, becomes pregnant with David’s child. David calls Uriah home, asked him how the war was going, but wanted him to lay with his wife so that Uriah would think the child is his.

This action did not go how David planned and Uriah did not go down to his house. Uriah was concerned about his men in battle. David put Uriah at the front of the line in battle and Uriah died. David sins against Bathsheba in lying with her, Uriah by taking his wife and killing him. David sinned against God because he abandoned the covenant.

King David committed these acts and they did not go unpunished. David’s first child with Bathsheba dies. However, they have a second child named Solomon. Solomon will follow David in his footsteps and be the King of Israel. But more importantly, a King that does not fail his people will come from the line of Solomon. The gospel of Matthew mentions David’s sin by describing Bathsheba as the wife of Uriah (Matthew 1:6). In Christ, the true king has come and redeems a people for his namesake.

Craftiness of the Serpent and the Sovereign God: Acts 2

By Evan Knies

In Acts 2:23 Peter is preaching his sermon at Pentecost. He attributes the death of Christ to the hands of lawless men and the definite plan/foreknowledge of God. God is the cause of the cross. From the foundations of the world, it was planned that the Son would be crushed. When Adam rebelled, God gave Christ.[1] It was the will of the Father to crush His Son (Isaiah 53:10). God does not will sin, but it is subject to his rule.[2] The Cross of Christ was for the Father’s glory and our good. Since God is King of all, knowing all, He knew that man would rebel from the beginning of time. He had one plan in place and the Son carried it out. These evil acts are under God’s plan and God has brought good out of this horrible situation at the Cross.[3] These lawless men are responsible for their evil deeds, but God used wicked men to bring about the work of redemption by His Son.

[1] Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics, n.d., 3:65.

[2] Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics, n.d., 2:241.

[3] Feinberg, No One Like Him, 518.

The Godhead at Golgotha: The Cross in Trinitarian Perspective

By: Cade Campbell

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Introduction and Thesis: The Supreme Mystery

            J.I. Packer writes that the gospel, and particularly the gospel’s central event, the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, is the greatest mystery in the entire world. It is, he says, “a reality distinct from us that in our very apprehending of it remains unfathomable to us…which we therefore describe as incomprehensible.”[1] That statement seems correct, and yet it forces one to ask a very basic question: Why is the crucifixion of Christ the greatest mystery in all the world? Surely it is not because the act of crucifixion itself is outside the sphere of human knowledge. The mechanics of Roman crucifixion are fairly well known.[2] How a tortured man expires after being nailed to a stake is within the grasp of human knowledge. How then can Packer’s assertion be granted any merit? Continue reading “The Godhead at Golgotha: The Cross in Trinitarian Perspective”

Grace from the Whirlwind: The Henryville Tornado Five Years Later

By Cade Campbell

Today, March 2, 2017 is the five year anniversary of the EF4 tornado that struck Henryville, Indiana in 2012. Cade Campbell is one of the pastors at First Baptist Church Henryville and was there when the storm hit and in the days after. This article is adapted for the anniversary from an article that Cade wrote that was published by Baptist Press (BP) on March 16, 2012, “Grace from the Whirlwind.”


O worship the King all-glorious above,
O gratefully sing his power and his love:
our shield and defender, the Ancient of Days,
pavilioned in splendor and girded with praise.

O tell of his might and sing of his grace,
whose robe is the light, whose canopy space.
His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,
and dark is his path on the wings of the storm…

– Robert Grant, “O Worship the King”

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Offices of Christ

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By Evan Knies

A few Sunday nights ago, we walked through this study with our students. These notes are adapted from Wayne Grudem’s Systematic. 

There were three major offices among the people of Israel in the Old Testament: the prophet (Nathan, 2 Sam. 7:2), priest (Abiathar, 1 Sam. 30:7), and king (David, 2 Sam. 5:3). In the Old Testament the prophet spoke God’s Words to the people, the priest offered sacrifices, prayers, and praises to God on the behalf of the people, and the King ruled over the people as God’s representative. These offices foreshadowed Christ and his work. Christ is the final prophet as is the Old Testament in Incarnate. The Word has become flesh as the Gospel of John. But in Hebrews 1, God has spoken in His Son. Jesus is the final Word.  Religions like Islam fail because they see Christ as a good prophet, Muhammad as a better prophet. Jesus is not a prophet, He is the prophet. God’s Word is final in his son. Christ is the final priest because he offers himself as a sacrifice on our behalf. He is King because he rules over the church and the universe. Continue reading “Offices of Christ”