J. V. Fesko, “On the Antiquity of Biblical Theology”

taken from lecture notes by Richard Barcellos   EXCURSUS 1: J. V. Fesko, “On the Antiquity of Biblical Theology”[1]   In J. V. Fesko’s contribution to a book in honor of Richard B. Gaffin, he addresses an important issue – the antiquity of biblical theology. He readily acknowledges that there are some who think biblical […]

Christ is our Sabbath?

  The Sabbath is not a person but ultimately points to a condition of existence for man, the eternal state. Our Lord takes us to that condition, that state of existence, but is himself not that state of existence though he has entered it via his resurrection. Just as the sacrificial system points, not absolutely […]

Incarnation and Sufferings of the Son and Divine Impassibility

  The Doctrine of the Incarnation and Sufferings of the Son of God and the Doctrine of Divine Impassibility taken from Confessing the Impassible God: The Biblical, Classical, & Confessional Doctrine of Divine Impassibility, 210-23, Copyright © 2015 Richard C. Barcellos. All rights reserved.   Prior to entering a formal discussion dealing with the incarnation, the […]

The Sabbath as ‘Transhistorical and Eschatological Paradigm’

  Geerhardus Vos: The Sabbath as ‘Transhistorical and Eschatological Paradigm’ Taken from The Family Tree of Reformed Biblical Theology, 206-07     Probably the greatest reason why Vos gives so much attention to the fourth commandment is due to its eschatological function. Dennison comments, “…the fourth precept is an idealizing of a transhistorical and eschatological […]

Genesis 3:15—Arguments for the Messianic View

  Why should this verse be understood as containing a promise of the future and what are the rudiments of the promise? Let me list the reasons for taking this as a promise of the future first, then we will examine each in order under the appropriate headings below. When we do so, the rudiments […]

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  Better than the Beginning: Creation in Biblical Perspective by Richard C. Barcellos   By Common Confession: Essays in Honor of James M. Renihan   Covenant Theology: From Adam to Christ by Nehemiah Coxe and John Owen   Faith and Life for Baptists: The Documents of the London Particular Baptist General Assemblies, 1689-1694   Journal […]

what Fred Sanders thinks of Confessing the Impassible God

  A spirited reclaiming of the doctrine of divine impassibility, this coherent, well-edited, multi-author project is unique in several commendable aspects. It is decisively Baptist, but advances its argument in ways that recent generations have stopped expecting from Baptist theologians. These authors are committed to the final authority of Scripture in doctrinal matters, but mastery […]

Matthew Poole’s commentary on Colossians 1:20

  Matthew Poole (1624-1679) on Colossians 1:20   Matthew Poole died after finishing his commentary on Isaiah but others, utilizing and relying heavily upon his Synopsis Criticorum, completed Jeremiah through Revelation. Poole’s Synopsis, as described in a footnote to the Banner of Truth addition of his commentary, is   a massive work in five folio […]

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 […]