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 […]

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 […]

The Implications of the Christological view of Hebrews 4:9-10

  First, there is a present Sabbath rest, a Sabbath-keeping, for the people of God under the inaugurated new covenant. This is what the Old Testament prophesied and what the Gospel accounts lead us to expect. Second, the present Sabbath rest is for the people of God to enter into and remain in. This is […]

Jesus and the Sabbath – Matthew 12:1-14

  Jesus and the Sabbath – Matthew 12:1-14   taken from my forthcoming book by Founders Press, Getting the Garden Wrong: A Critique of New Covenant Theology on the Covenant of Works and the Sabbath Copyright © 2016 Richard C. Barcellos. All rights reserved.     At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on […]

Some thoughts on the remaining sabbatismos for the people of God (Heb. 4:9)

    Some thoughts on the remaining sabbatismos for the people of God (Heb. 4:9) taken from my forthcoming book by Founders Press, Getting the Garden Wrong: A Critique of New Covenant Theology on the Covenant of Works and the Sabbath Copyright © 2016 Richard C. Barcellos. All rights reserved.   That which “remains” is […]

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 […]

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 […]

Doctrinal Assumptions and Technical Terms of the Confession on the Sabbath, 22.7

The Doctrinal Assumptions and Technical Terms of 2LCF 22.7 Copyright © 2016 Richard C. Barcellos. All rights reserved.   The Second London Confession of Faith 22.7 reads:   As it is the law of nature, that in general a proportion of time, by God’s appointment, be set apart for the worship of God, so by […]

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 […]