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.

John Owen on Genesis 3:15, compiled by Richard C. Barcellos

John Owen, commenting on Genesis 3:15 as the first promise of the only means of delivery from the effects of sin–Christ, says: This is the very foundation of the faith of the church; and if it be denied, nothing of the economy or dispensation of God towards it from the beginning can be understood. The […]

Some thoughts on Ephesians 2:12, “the covenants of the promise,” as it relates to Genesis 3:15

Some thoughts on Ephesians 2:12, “the covenants of the promise,” as it relates to Genesis 3:15 (Note: This is taken from a much larger discussion on Genesis 3:15.) Before drawing a conclusion to our study of echoes of Genesis 3:15 in the New Testament, I would like to look at one more text. In Ephesians […]

Genesis 3:15 in 2LCF 20.1

1. The covenant of works being broken by sin, and made unprofitable unto life, God was pleased to give forth the promise of Christ, the seed of the woman, as the means of calling the elect, and begetting in them faith and repentance (Gen. 3:15); in this promise the gospel, as to the substance of […]