Summary: Grace and Glory by Geerhardus Vos

Grace and Glory is a collection of sixteen sermons by Geerhardus Vos. Theology and Christian devotion come together wonderfully in this little hardback. Vos's sermons capture the landmark theologian at his best, communicating with brilliant color and poetic flavor the beautiful truths of God's word. Vos's homiletics are gracious and profound and even lyrical at times. His zeal and devotion for the Word of God and the Church of Christ come through with wonderful clarity and wisdom. One of our favorite books, Grace and Glory reveals the deep religious passion of the seemingly reclusive and pacific Dr. Vos. The richness of Vos's language and the depth of his content push his readers to examine themselves again in terms of the living text and move them to worship with the Spirit and with understanding.

The uniqueness of Vos's emphasis on the centrality of the covenantal work of Jesus Christ in history and our possession of that work through His mediation draws us back time and again to his powerful and passionate sermons. Translated to the realm of glory itself through the proclamation of the accomplished work of our covenant Lord, and by the gift of His Spirit, we partake of unparalleled communion with God and possess Him as our highest treasure presently in Christ as our covenant God. Short of the consummation we have made His glory and joy in His people our chief end in this pilgrim life.

In his first sermon, "The Wonderful Tree," Vos sets the theme of his entire collection of sermons, the gift of Jehovah to His creatures to be their delight and personal possession through the covenant. In "Heavenly-Mindedness," Vos explicates the nature of true faith as that which lays hold of God Himself in glory, living in the hope of the eternal life of God in the city of God by resurrection. In "Our Holy and Glorious God" Vos moves us to recognize the transcendency of the God we serve and the proper posture of creaturely worship before His presence. And throughout Vos's sermons he drives this point home from every passage of Scripture. The eschatology of the covenant is the personal possession of God, and that eschatology is ours in Christ Jesus alone.


I. The Wonderful Tree (Hosea 14:8)

II. Hungering and Thirsting After Righteousness (Matthew 5:6)

III. Seeking and Saving the Lost (Luke 19:10)

IV. Rabboni! (John 20:16)

V. The More Excellent Ministry (2 Corinthians 3:18)

VI. Heavenly-Mindedness (Hebrews 11:9-10)

VII. Running the Race (Hebrews 12:1-3)

VIII. The Christian's Hope (1 Peter 1:3-5)

IX. The Joy of Resurrection Life (1 Corinthians 15:14)

X. Songs from the Soul (Psalm 25:14)

XI. The Essence of Christianity (Matthew 16:24-25)

XII. The Eternal Christ (Hebrews 13:8)

XIII. The Spiritual Resurrection of Believers (Ephesians 2:4-5)

XIV. The Gracious Provision (1 Corinthians 5:7)

XV. Christ's Deliberate Work (Mark 10:45)

XVI. Our Holy and Glorious God (Isaiah 57:15)

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