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 […]

John Daille on Colossians 1:20

  John Daille (1594-1670) on Colossians 1:20   John Daille was a French Huguenot minister and commentator. His sermons on Colossians were first published in 1648. In his discussion on Colossians 1:20, seeking to explain its connection with verse 19, Daille says:   This [i.e., v. 20] is the great master-piece of the good pleasure […]

Four principles of older hermeneutics

  #1 The Holy Spirit is the Only Infallible Interpreter of Holy Scripture.   #2 The Analogy of the Scriptures (Analogia Scripturae)   #3 The Analogy of Faith (Analogia Fidei)   #4 The Scope of the Scriptures (Scopus Scripturae)

Four principles of older hermeneutics: #4 The Scope of the Scriptures (Scopus Scripturae)

  #1 The Holy Spirit is the Only Infallible Interpreter of Holy Scripture.   #2 The Analogy of the Scriptures (Analogia Scripturae)   #3 The Analogy of Faith (Analogia Fidei)   #4 The Scope of the Scriptures (Scopus Scripturae)   Terms such as Christ-centered and Christocentric are used often in our day. But what do […]

Four principles of older hermeneutics: #3 The Analogy of Faith (Analogia Fidei)

  #1 The Holy Spirit is the Only Infallible Interpreter of Holy Scripture.   #2 The Analogy of the Scriptures (Analogia Scripturae)   #3 The Analogy of Faith (Analogia Fidei)   Muller defines analogia fidei as follows:   the use of a general sense of the meaning of Scripture, constructed from the clear or unambiguous […]

Four principles of older hermeneutics: #2 The Analogy of the Scriptures (Analogia Scripturae)

  #1 The Holy Spirit is the Only Infallible Interpreter of Holy Scripture.   #2 The Analogy of the Scriptures (Analogia Scripturae)   Here is Richard A. Muller’s definition of analogia Scripturae: “the interpretation of unclear, difficult, or ambiguous passages of Scripture by comparison with clear and unambiguous passages that refer to the same teaching […]

Four principles of older hermeneutics: #1 The Holy Spirit is the Only Infallible Interpreter of Holy Scripture.

  #1 The Holy Spirit is the Only Infallible Interpreter of Holy Scripture.   As an example of this principle, John Owen says, “The only unique, public, authentic, and infallible interpreter of Scripture is none other than the Author of Scripture Himself . . . that is, God the Holy Spirit.”[1] Nehemiah Coxe says, “. […]

A Brief History of the Translation of Ephesians 4:12, R. Barcellos

  This is taken from the Journal of the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies 2016.   There have been changes in translations and different interpretations offered on Ephesians 4:12 in the last 100 years or so differing from the position held prior to the twentieth century. We will not seek to answer the question of […]