J. V. Fesko, “On the Antiquity of Biblical Theology”

taken from lecture notes by Richard Barcellos   EXCURSUS 1: J. V. Fesko, “On the Antiquity of Biblical Theology”[1]   In J. V. Fesko’s contribution to a book in honor of Richard B. Gaffin, he addresses an important issue – the antiquity of biblical theology. He readily acknowledges that there are some who think biblical […]

Christ is our Sabbath?

  The Sabbath is not a person but ultimately points to a condition of existence for man, the eternal state. Our Lord takes us to that condition, that state of existence, but is himself not that state of existence though he has entered it via his resurrection. Just as the sacrificial system points, not absolutely […]

Incarnation and Sufferings of the Son and Divine Impassibility

  The Doctrine of the Incarnation and Sufferings of the Son of God and the Doctrine of Divine Impassibility taken from Confessing the Impassible God: The Biblical, Classical, & Confessional Doctrine of Divine Impassibility, 210-23, Copyright © 2015 Richard C. Barcellos. All rights reserved.   Prior to entering a formal discussion dealing with the incarnation, the […]

Genesis 3:15—Arguments for the Messianic View

  Why should this verse be understood as containing a promise of the future and what are the rudiments of the promise? Let me list the reasons for taking this as a promise of the future first, then we will examine each in order under the appropriate headings below. When we do so, the rudiments […]

Matthew Poole’s commentary on Colossians 1:20

  Matthew Poole (1624-1679) on Colossians 1:20   Matthew Poole died after finishing his commentary on Isaiah but others, utilizing and relying heavily upon his Synopsis Criticorum, completed Jeremiah through Revelation. Poole’s Synopsis, as described in a footnote to the Banner of Truth addition of his commentary, is   a massive work in five folio […]

John Davenant (1572-1641) on Colossians 1:20

  John Davenant (1572-1641) on Colossians 1:20   Davenant was an Anglican minister, bishop of Salisbury. His commentary on Colossians was first published in Latin in 1627 then translated into English in 1831. In his introductory comments on Colossians 1:20, he makes this observation:   But of the work of redemption or reconciliation, he speaks […]

John Calvin on Colossians 1:20

  John Calvin (1509-1564) on Colossians 1:20   In Calvin’s commentary on Colossians 1:20, while explaining the words “both upon earth and in heaven,” he says:   . . . I prefer to understand this as referring to angels and men ; and as to the latter, there is no difficulty as to their having […]

John Daille on Colossians 1:20

  John Daille (1594-1670) on Colossians 1:20   John Daille was a French Huguenot minister and commentator. His sermons on Colossians were first published in 1648. In his discussion on Colossians 1:20, seeking to explain its connection with verse 19, Daille says:   This [i.e., v. 20] is the great master-piece of the good pleasure […]

Four principles of older hermeneutics

  #1 The Holy Spirit is the Only Infallible Interpreter of Holy Scripture.   #2 The Analogy of the Scriptures (Analogia Scripturae)   #3 The Analogy of Faith (Analogia Fidei)   #4 The Scope of the Scriptures (Scopus Scripturae)

Four principles of older hermeneutics: #4 The Scope of the Scriptures (Scopus Scripturae)

  #1 The Holy Spirit is the Only Infallible Interpreter of Holy Scripture.   #2 The Analogy of the Scriptures (Analogia Scripturae)   #3 The Analogy of Faith (Analogia Fidei)   #4 The Scope of the Scriptures (Scopus Scripturae)   Terms such as Christ-centered and Christocentric are used often in our day. But what do […]