With this substantial contribution Dr. Barcellos has put both the academy and the pulpit deeply in his debt. ~ Sinclair B. Ferguson

  These were Sinclair Ferguson’s words after reading The Family Tree of Reformed Biblical Theology. If you are interested in Reformed biblical theology and how it relates to the federalism (or covenant theology) of the post-Reformation era, this book is for you. It contains a brief history of biblical theology, Vos and Owen in historical-theological […]

The scope of Scripture (scopus Scripturae)

  The scope of Scripture (scopus Scripturae) Scope, in this sense, refers to the center or target of the entire canonical revelation; it is that to which the entire Bible points. And whatever that is, it must condition our interpretation of any and every part of Scripture. For the covenant theologians of the seventeenth century, […]

A Typical Objection to the Covenant of Works

A Typical Objection to the Covenant of Works Copyright © 2015 Richard C. Barcellos. All rights reserved. Many have denied the covenant of works for various reasons. For the sake of space, I want to deal with one typical objection. 1. The objection stated Probably the most obvious objection, and a very common one, is […]

Some Thoughts on the Doctrine of the Incarnation and Sufferings of the Son of God, from ch. 7 of Confessing the Impassible God

Some Thoughts on the Doctrine of the Incarnation and Sufferings of the Son of God Taken, and slightly adapted from, Confessing the Impassible God, chapter 7, “THE NEW TESTAMENT ON THE DOCTRINE OF DIVINE IMPASSIBILITY: (II) Creation, the Incarnation and Sufferings of Christ, and Conclusion.” Copyright © 2015 Richard C. Barcellos. All rights reserved. It […]

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Preface to Confessing the Impassible God

  Confessing the Impassible God can be purchased here.   PREFACE . . . We have no itch to clog religion with new words, but do readily acquiesce in that form of sound words which hath been, in consent with the Holy Scriptures, used by others before us . . . These humble words come […]

glossary for Confessing the Impassible God

  Glossary of Technical Terms and Theological Phrases* accidental properties: An incidental or non-essential quality or characteristic of a substance. For example, the color of a human being’s hair is incidental; one’s hair color may undergo change without altering the essence or whatness of being human. accommodatio: The accommodation, adjustment, or condescension of God in […]

RBAP’s two books on divine impassibility…and one more coming

  RBAP currently has two books on divine impassibility, God without Passions: a Reader and God without Passions: a Primer. What is divine impassibility? Sam Renihan, in his newest book (God without Passions: a Primer), defines it as follows: “God does not experience emotional changes either from within or effected by his relationship to creation” […]

Mosaic Covenant, the Covenant of Works?

Mosaic Covenant, the Covenant of Works? However one views the Mosaic Covenant, it cannot be a republication of the Covenant of Works as it stood with Adam. This is so for at least two reasons: first, Adam was sinless; and second, Adam represented others. Israel was neither sinless nor representative of others. So if we […]

brief thoughts on Colossians 2:11-12…brief, I say

  11 and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; 12 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised […]