Browsing All posts tagged under »realism«

Saved by the Blood of the Lamb

July 8, 2017 by

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Also published at SBC Voices By Ken Hamrick Throughout the Old Testament, a spotless animal was permitted to die in place of the sinner. Sin required death—either the death of the sinner or the death of an allowed substitute. No person in the Old Testament was qualified to be a sin sacrifice, as Jesus was, […]

Realism & Retroactive Identity in Christ

April 17, 2017 by

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By Ken Hamrick John Murray’s treatment of sanctification, particularly his essay, “The Agency in Definitive Sanctification,” makes some surprising inroads toward grasping the believer’s retroactive, realistic identification with Christ.[1] He does not go as far as to acknowledge that the reality of the spiritual union of Christ in the believer brings a title to all […]

Realism & The Fall: A Response to Steve Farish

April 2, 2017 by

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The hallmark of the realistic view is that the immaterial, moral nature of all men was propagated out of the substance of Adam in such a way as to deservedly implicate us in his sin; and this due to that nature having a real, participative presence in Adam.

Origin of the Soul: A Defense of Paternal Traducianism

October 11, 2014 by

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By Ken Hamrick Was your soul newly created for you by God, or was it passed down to you from the previous generations, much like your DNA was, and originally came from Adam? This may seem an obscure question, but it is actually foundational to most of theology. Whether or not you have ever considered […]

Justified on the Reality of Christ in Us

October 8, 2014 by

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We are justified by faith in Christ. But is that justification a mere legal fiction, as the Catholics object? Many look for the answer in the analogies of marriage and adoption. While these are good pictures, there is a more explicit answer: it is the spiritual union of Christ in the believer. But to really […]

Toward Theological Reconciliation: Atonement

February 8, 2014 by

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by Ken Hamrick What you will find below is neither an argument for the Calvinist view nor one for the Traditionalist view of atonement. Both ends of the spectrum have been asking the wrong questions, and the best perspective transcends that old debate. By emphasizing that Christ stood in our place, the debate has perpetually turned on the […]

Who is Guilty of Adam’s Sin? A Centrist Response to Adam Harwood

July 9, 2013 by

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by Ken Hamrick Adam Harwood spoke at the 2013 John 3:16 Conference, and the paper he presented there is available on the conference e-book at SBC Today. Like Dr. Harwood, I deny that anyone is born condemned for Adam’s sin; but unlike Dr. Harwood, I find in Scripture such a real union of mankind in […]

Where Did Your Soul Come From?

April 13, 2013 by

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Unlike all the other creatures, man was made in the likeness and image of God. Yet, like all the other creatures, God created man as a propagative being—a being that could “multiply and fill the earth.”

Justification is Grounded on Union with Christ

March 16, 2013 by

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The meaning of the word, justification, is clearly forensic (legal). But the deeper question remains: is that forensic verdict an accurate and true assessment of the believer when united to Christ, or is it a nominal and putative designation of a recategorization within God’s mind alone? The answer is found in our union with Christ.

Saint Augustine and Southern Baptists (by Jim Gifford)

February 22, 2013 by

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Dr. Jim Gifford posted this series of articles at SBC Tomorrow. Dr. Gifford states in the introduction: “…In this post and a few subsequent ones, I will try to highlight Augustine’s thinking as it influences Baptist life in the doctrines stemming from his views on God’s providence and nature and grace.”

Origin of the Soul — a Mundane Miracle?

August 31, 2012 by

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Does God create the soul out of nothing, or are children propagated from their parents as whole beings?

A New Perspective on Atonement

August 23, 2012 by

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The term atonement is an Old Testament term, kaphar, which literally means to cover, as with pitch (or, tar).