Introduction to “Getting the Garden Right: Adam’s Work and God’s Rest in Light of Christ,” coming soon from Founders Press

    Introduction     This book, in one sense, concentrates on hermeneutics and theological method. I contend that New Covenant Theology (NCT) gets the covenant of works and the Sabbath wrong because it gets the garden of Eden wrong, and it gets the garden of Eden wrong because it gets crucial aspects of hermeneutics […]

on John Frame: “he suffers from a paucity of historical theology” ~ Ryan McGraw

  This is a footnote from a lecture on “Of Creation” to be delivered at the Southern California Reformed Baptist Pastors’ Conference 2017. 88. Frame makes other assertions which are not reflective of the Reformed theological tradition. For example: “. . . relenting belongs to God’s very nature . . . Relenting is a divine […]

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 […]

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 […]

Drs. Fesko and Goligher endorse “The Covenant of Works: Its Confessional and Scriptural Basis”

  A proper understanding of Adam’s state in the garden is fundamental to a coherent doctrine of salvation, which is why this little book on the covenant of works is so important. Richard Barcellos mines the riches of the Reformed Baptist theology and explains the covenant of works with exegetical fidelity and theological clarity. Anyone […]

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 […]

Genesis 3:15 in 2LCF 20.1

1. The covenant of works being broken by sin, and made unprofitable unto life, God was pleased to give forth the promise of Christ, the seed of the woman, as the means of calling the elect, and begetting in them faith and repentance (Gen. 3:15); in this promise the gospel, as to the substance of […]

brief excerpt from Confessing the Impassible God – Romans 1:20, the Creator’s invisible attributes, eternal power, and divine nature

    taken from Confessing the Impassible God: The Biblical, Classical, & Confessional Doctrine of Divine Impassibility (RBAP, 2015), 183-86. Copyright © 2015 Richard C. Barcellos. All rights reserved. Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what […]

How the Doctrine of the Covenant of Works was Formulated

  How the Doctrine of the Covenant of Works was Formulated   In this brief post, I will concentrate on how the doctrine of the covenant of works was formulated in the seventeenth century. I believe the doctrine predates the seventeenth century, going all the way back to Moses. I will concentrate on the method […]

The scope of Scripture (scopus Scripturae)

  The scope of Scripture (scopus Scripturae) Scope, in this sense, refers to the center or target of the entire canonical revelation; it is that to which the entire Bible points. And whatever that is, it must condition our interpretation of any and every part of Scripture. For the covenant theologians of the seventeenth century, […]