The Implications of the Christological view of Hebrews 4:9-10

  First, there is a present Sabbath rest, a Sabbath-keeping, for the people of God under the inaugurated new covenant. This is what the Old Testament prophesied and what the Gospel accounts lead us to expect. Second, the present Sabbath rest is for the people of God to enter into and remain in. This is […]

Drs. Fesko and Goligher endorse “The Covenant of Works: Its Confessional and Scriptural Basis”

  A proper understanding of Adam’s state in the garden is fundamental to a coherent doctrine of salvation, which is why this little book on the covenant of works is so important. Richard Barcellos mines the riches of the Reformed Baptist theology and explains the covenant of works with exegetical fidelity and theological clarity. Anyone […]

Brief thoughts on the central figure of both testaments, Richard C. Barcellos

  The New Testament writers were men of the Book (i.e., our Old Testament). Though they wrote as those “moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Pet. 1:21) as the writers of the Old Testament did, they wrote with the completed canon of the Old Testament as their revelatory-inscripturated assumption; and they did not write what […]

The Translation of the Phrase “the Lord’s Day”

  Copyright © 2016 Richard C. Barcellos. All rights reserved.   Note the translation of the particular phrase under consideration—“the Lord’s day.” It is not translated “the day of the Lord,” as in 2 Peter 3:10, because it is a different construction and uses a different word for “Lord.” Second Peter 3:10 reads, ἡμέρα κυρίου […]

The Faith and Hope of Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, and Moses

Copyright © 2016 Richard C. Barcellos. All rights reserved.   Let’s think theologically about the early post-lapsarian history of man, asking a few questions that, I think, warrant asking and answering. After the fall into sin, and before the account of Abraham was written, there are some persons (and their actions) that were accepted by […]

A Proleptic Rest in Genesis 2?

  A Proleptic Rest in Genesis 2? Copyright © 2016 Richard C. Barcellos. All rights reserved.   Some have understood the Creator’s rest as establishing a pattern for man to follow, but not revealed as such until much later in man’s history (Exod. 16 and 20). This view is not new. In the early seventeenth […]

Symbols, Types, Vos, and the Sabbath

Symbols, Types, Vos, and the Sabbath Copyright © 2016 Richard C. Barcellos. All rights reserved.   It is necessary to distinguish between symbols and types.[1] A symbol portrays a fact or reality that presently exists. A type is prospective. Perhaps Geerhardus Vos’ discussion of the fourth commandment can help at this juncture.[2] In his Biblical […]

Israel’s temple a replica of the original creation?

  Israel’s temple was a replica of the original creation.[1] Psalm 78:69 indicates this. It says, “And He built His sanctuary like the heights, Like the earth which He has founded forever.” Beale comments:   The psalmist is saying that, in some way, God designed Israel’s earthly temple to be comparable to the heavens and […]

Brief thoughts on Vos on the Sabbath

  Brief thoughts on Vos on the Sabbath[1] Copyright © 2016 Richard C. Barcellos. All rights reserved.     EXCURSUS: The Covenant of Works and the Embodiment of the Sabbath Principle   Vos does not discuss the Sabbath at this early juncture of his Biblical Theology. However, his discussion of revelation in the period of […]

Correction of Coxe reprint by Sam Renihan

Sam Renihan offers an important correction to RBAP’s reprint of Nehemiah Coxe on Genesis 12. You can read it here.