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back to the good ol’ days? – thoughts on this world and the means of grace

There are no good ol’ days, except prior to the fall and even those days were not the best of days (Adam could, and did, fall into sin.). The best of days are yet to come. The end is, after all, better than the beginning. 🙂 As bad as our day may appear to be and actually be, in essence, it is the same as always, since the fall into  [ Read More ]

from a good creation made bad to a perfected creation

The Bible goes from a good creation made bad by Adam’s sin to a new, perfected creation made so by the obedience of Jesus Christ.


Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here. Part 3 is here. Vos’ Unique Contribution in Historical-Theological Perspective   There are at least four opinions as to Vos’ unique contribution to the Reformed theological tradition. The Methodological Unification of the Princeton Old Testament tradition with the Federal Theology of Reformed Orthodoxy   Wallace claims:   [W]hat is unique to Vos is the methodological unification of the Princeton Old Testament tradition  [ Read More ]


 Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here. Influences upon Vos outside of Princeton   Introduction   Due to various unfortunate factors, it is difficult to determine Vos’ early dependence on others with much certainty. Gaffin agrees, when he says:   In his inaugural address given in May 1894 Vos, conscious of occupying a new chair in the Seminary, undertakes a full treatment of biblical theology as a special discipline  [ Read More ]

Introduction   To understand Vos’ contribution to Reformed biblical theology in historical-theological balance, it is important to understand the context in which he thought and wrote and the possible influences upon his biblical-theological method. We have already discussed his education. Certainly those formative years of theological study impacted him.But what about the context atPrinceton immediately antecedent to Vos’ professorship and illustrious career? Was there a form of biblical theology taking  [ Read More ]

The Son-Tilted Focus of Creation: Creation for the Son of God (Part 3)

Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here. Consequences of Colossians 1:16   There are many consequences of this assertion by the Apostle Paul. We will focus on ones that are immediately related to our subject matter–creation and its implications.   The Son is God the Creator.   Paul’s language is all-inclusive. The Son is the Creator of all things. “For by Him all things were created, both in the  [ Read More ]

The Son-Tilted Focus of Creation: Creation for the Son of God (Part 2)

Part 1 is here.   Content of Colossians 1:16   Having established the context and flow of Paul’s thought, we are now prepared to analyze the content of Colossians 1:16. We will do so under two considerations: first, its connection with 1:15 and second, its three prepositional phrases. Here is Colossians 1:16 again:   For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and  [ Read More ]

The Divine Agents of Creation: Creation by the triune God (Part 4 – Practical Considerations)

Part 1 – Defining Terms here. Part 2 – Three Persons yet One Essence here. Part 3 – The Act of Creation and the Three Persons of the Godhead Practical Considerations here. Practical Considerations The doctrine of the Trinity (in our case as it relates to creation) is very practical. Let us consider some ways this doctrine can be useful to the believer’s soul.   For proper praise and adoration   The doctrine of  [ Read More ]

The Garden of Eden: Earth’s First Temple?

“The LORD God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed” (Gen. 2:8). Genesis 2:15 says, “Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.” This is very interesting. The garden was the place of God’s special dwelling on the earth with man. It was in the garden  [ Read More ]

Next week I will be delivering two lectures on Ephesians 1:8-10. Here is the conclusion:   Paul’s words in Ephesians 1:8-10 come in an immediate context of praise to the Father (Eph. 1:3ff.). The Father is to be praised due to comprehensive redemption in the Son (Eph. 1:7-12). The Son’s redemptive work affects everything (Eph. 1:10). According to wider canonical teaching, the Son functions as the last Adam (1 Cor.  [ Read More ]

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