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 […]

Four principles of older hermeneutics: #3 The Analogy of Faith (Analogia Fidei)

  #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)   Muller defines analogia fidei as follows:   the use of a general sense of the meaning of Scripture, constructed from the clear or unambiguous […]

Four principles of older hermeneutics: #2 The Analogy of the Scriptures (Analogia Scripturae)

  #1 The Holy Spirit is the Only Infallible Interpreter of Holy Scripture.   #2 The Analogy of the Scriptures (Analogia Scripturae)   Here is Richard A. Muller’s definition of analogia Scripturae: “the interpretation of unclear, difficult, or ambiguous passages of Scripture by comparison with clear and unambiguous passages that refer to the same teaching […]

Four principles of older hermeneutics: #1 The Holy Spirit is the Only Infallible Interpreter of Holy Scripture.

  #1 The Holy Spirit is the Only Infallible Interpreter of Holy Scripture.   As an example of this principle, John Owen says, “The only unique, public, authentic, and infallible interpreter of Scripture is none other than the Author of Scripture Himself . . . that is, God the Holy Spirit.”[1] Nehemiah Coxe says, “. […]

the Christological view of Heb. 4:9-10 and hymnody

  Just as God entered his rest on the seventh day at creation, thus becoming the Sabbath day by positive example (and a pledge of glory to come), so Christ entered his rest on the first day, the day he rose from the dead, the day his new-creative/redemptive work was accomplished, thus becoming the Sabbath […]

Brief thoughts on “some men and Angels . . . to Eternal Life, through Jesus Christ,” versions of the 2LCF, and Scripture proofs

  The 1677 facsimile edition of our Confession cites two Scripture addresses that are of interest to our study.[1] Here is the text as it occurred in 1677: “By the decree of God for the manifestation of his glory (g) some men and Angels, are predestinated, or fore-ordained to Eternal Life, through Jesus Christ . […]