It is a heartbreaking reality that our brothers and sisters are being persecuted for the sake of Christ. At the same time, it is joyful to see that their sacrifice is producing a harvest for our King.
It seems that the father of modern expository preaching had just missed the father of Reformed biblical theology. And it would be another fifty years before a new generation of scholars would bring the fruits of biblical theology to the expository enterprise that Broadus began, some hundred years prior.
One key to a proper understanding of the nativity of Jesus is the translation of the word usually rendered “inn.” This brings to mind the modern motel or the ancient caravansary where travelers could stay while traveling along the road. But the Greek word kataluma is best rendered “guest room” and refers to a special room for guests in the family home.
Broadus insisted that the preacher ought to base his sermons on exacting exegesis. This was his unbending devotion. He may have attempted to honor the text, but without a grace orientation (which comes from the context of redemption) the sermons went sideways.
Origen’s pneumatology greatly informs his theology of God, humanity’s participation with the Trinity, and his doctrine of the Scriptures. All in all, Origen found the Spirit to be at work throughout the Scriptures, and he sought participation with the Trinity through the Spirit—both for himself and for his hearers.