Brief thoughts on the central figure of both testaments, Richard C. Barcellos

  The New Testament writers were men of the Book (i.e., our Old Testament). Though they wrote as those “moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Pet. 1:21) as the writers of the Old Testament did, they wrote with the completed canon of the Old Testament as their revelatory-inscripturated assumption; and they did not write what […]

God’s creational provision for the accounting of time in terms of days and years, including periodic festivals?

Copyright © 2016 Richard C. Barcellos. All rights reserved. God’s creational provision for the accounting of time in terms of days and years, including periodic festivals, argues for the seven-day week, and thus a Sabbath day for man as a creational ordinance   In a previous chapter mention was made of the days of creation […]

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 […]

Some thoughts on the analogy of faith

  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 loci [i.e., places] . . ., as the basis for interpreting unclear or ambiguous texts. As distinct from the more basic analogia Scripturae . . […]

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 […]