To take exception to the Confession’s doctrine of the Christian Sabbath is no minor thing.

  To take exception to the Confession’s doctrine of the Christian Sabbath is no minor thing. It ends up tinkering with the theological symmetry of the whole. Denying the formulation of 22.7 necessarily affects other doctrinal formulations within the Confession. Philip S. Ross, while discussing taking exception to the Sabbath by adherents to the WCF, […]

Some thoughts on the remaining sabbatismos for the people of God (Heb. 4:9)

    Some thoughts on the remaining sabbatismos for the people of God (Heb. 4:9) taken from my forthcoming book by Founders Press, Getting the Garden Wrong: A Critique of New Covenant Theology on the Covenant of Works and the Sabbath Copyright © 2016 Richard C. Barcellos. All rights reserved.   That which “remains” is […]

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 […]

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 […]

Some thoughts on Tom Wells on John Owen on the Sabbath

  Copyright © 2016 Richard C. Barcellos. All rights reserved.[1]   One issue I did not interact with in the RBTR articles that I think needs mention at this point concerns John Owen on the Sabbath. In subsequent discussion Owen will be consulted on this issue. Wells discusses Owen in one of the later chapters […]

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 […]