Herman Bavinck on the Two Kingdoms

(Note: this is a repost from March, 2009) Earlier, I noted how some Reformed teachers from around 1700 talked about the two kingdoms, the two-fold reign of Christ.  For review, Thomas Watson and Wilhelmus a Brakel (along with others) talked about Christ's general reign over all things and his special reign over the church.  The… Continue reading Herman Bavinck on the Two Kingdoms

“…It Is Not God You Comprehend” (Augustine/Bavinck)

When the Bible talks about knowing God it does not mean a person can or will know God exhaustively, comprehensively, or fully (e.g. Is. 40:13ff, 1 Cor. 2:16, etc.). But it does mean there is such a thing as true and saving knowledge of God (e.g. 1 John 2:13). As various theologians have rightly said,… Continue reading “…It Is Not God You Comprehend” (Augustine/Bavinck)

Providence and Confession of Faith (Bavinck)

 The truth of God's providence is a source of great comfort in the Christian life.  We believe from Scripture that God is sovereign over all things, from the stars in the skies to the cattle on a thousand hills to the birds in the trees to the hairs on our heads.  Nothing happens by chance,… Continue reading Providence and Confession of Faith (Bavinck)

Prayer to Mary?

 In the Roman Catholic Catechism prayer to Mary is explained in part 4, chapter 2, article 2.  The Catechism talks about the "twofold movement of prayer to Mary" which 1) consists of magnifying the Lord for what he did through her and 2) "entrusts the supplications and praises of the children of God to the Mother of… Continue reading Prayer to Mary?

Anthropomorphites, Audius, and Mormons

 In the broader context of the early church there was a group of people called the anthropomorphites who took the Bible "literally" which led them to believe and teach that God has a body.  Since the Bible talks about God's right hand, his footsteps, his eyes, (etc.) they thought that God was some sort of majestic and… Continue reading Anthropomorphites, Audius, and Mormons