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Part 1 here. Part 2 here. Part 3 here.   The Idea of Abrogation in Owen and Others   1. John Owen. Owen teaches that the whole law of Moses (even the moral element) has been abrogated. Commenting on Hebrews 7:18, 19, Owen says:   I have proved before that “the commandment” in this verse [Heb. 7:18] is of equal extent and signification with “the law” in the next. And  [ Read More ]

THE DECALOGUE IN THE THOUGHT OF KEY REFORMED THEOLOGIANS WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO JOHN OWEN 3

Part 1 here. Part 2 here.   The Multi-functional Utility of the Decalogue in Owen and Others   1. John Owen. Owen viewed the Decalogue as having more than one function. He did not view it as Old Covenant law alone. His understanding of the multi-functional utility of the Decalogue can be seen clearly in several places of his Hebrews commentary. For instance, commenting on Heb. 9:5 (referenced above), he  [ Read More ]

Part 1 is here.   Matthew 5:17 and the Perpetuity of the Decalogue under the New Covenant in Owen and Others   1. John Owen. In his Hebrews commentary, Owen argues for the perpetuity of the Decalogue under the New Covenant from Matthew 5:17. While discussing the foundations of the Sabbath, he says:   From these particular instances we may return to the consideration of the law of the decalogue  [ Read More ]

Introduction   We will explore the thought of John Owen, as well as several other Reformed theologians from the 16th-18th centuries, on the functions of the Decalogue. We will note the various nuances of terminology and theological formulation among Reformed theologians of the past. But we will also see basic methodological and theological continuity from John Calvin to Thomas Boston. This, once again, displays Owen’s continuity with the Reformed tradition  [ Read More ]

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