Far from the church being a distant or parenthetical thought, the Holy Spirit so moved the writers of old that it should be clear the things pertaining to Israel “happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come” (I Corinthians 10:11). They have rich application for the church in the new covenant age, both for what they reveal about Christ and for what they also show us about the church in union with him.
via The Church in Old Testament Typology.
D.G. Hart takes Federal Visionist Peter Leithart to task for engaging another typical bout of FV word-wrangling, this time over J. Gresham Machen’s taking comfort in the imputation of Christ’s active obedience. The PCA evidenced itself as being willfully blind by not giving Leithart the left foot of fellowship when they had the chance.
Aside from a certain amount of reverence for Machen, can Leithart really be that tone deaf? This has nothing to do with kicking a man when he’s on his death bed. It does have to do with trying to obfuscate a relatively simple Reformed belief (which is what those of us who observed Federal Vision always thought their MO was — to raise enough questions, debate enough definitions, cite enough biblical texts to wear out their opponents).
If you take seriously the guilt of sin and its ongoing influence in the life of the believer, you would be inclined to take great comfort in the active obedience of Christ.
via Seriously? Questioning Machen on the Active Obedience of Christ?.