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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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: #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, “. […]

the Christological view of Heb. 4:9-10 and hymnody

  Just as God entered his rest on the seventh day at creation, thus becoming the Sabbath day by positive example (and a pledge of glory to come), so Christ entered his rest on the first day, the day he rose from the dead, the day his new-creative/redemptive work was accomplished, thus becoming the Sabbath […]

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, […]

table of contents for Getting the Garden Wrong: A Critique of New Covenant Theology on the Covenant of Works and the Sabbath

  Here is the table of contents for Getting the Garden Wrong: A Critique of New Covenant Theology on the Covenant of Works and the Sabbath, Richard C. Barcellos, coming soon from Founders Press.     Table of Contents   Preface   Introduction What is New Covenant Theology? The Importance of Hermeneutics in Theological Formulation […]