It Does Not Depend Upon Any Uncertain Condition (Witsius)

In Reformed theology distinctions are quite important.  There's a distinction between the law and the gospel, between justification and sanctification, and between the covenant of works and covenant of grace  (just to name a few).  Here is how Herman Witsius explained the difference between the latter: Here we are to observe a remarkable difference between… Continue reading It Does Not Depend Upon Any Uncertain Condition (Witsius)

Why Do We Call It The Covenant Of “Grace”?

In Reformed theology, we call God’s oath to be God to his people and their seed the “covenant of grace.”  Beginning with the promise of One who would crush the head of the serpent in Genesis 3, God has covenanted with his people to be their deliverer.  The exact term “covenant of grace” is not… Continue reading Why Do We Call It The Covenant Of “Grace”?

Witsius on Law, Gospel, and Antinomianism

  In 1696 at Utrecht, Herman Witsius’ book against antinomianism and neonomianism was first published.  The long title is Conciliatory or Irenical Animadversions on the Controversies Agitated in Britain.  I’m still working through it, and will comment more later.  For now, I want to mention a section I thought helpful – a section on the… Continue reading Witsius on Law, Gospel, and Antinomianism

The Covenant of Grace: A Trio of Characteristics

In his helpful summary of systematic theology called Our Reasonable Faith, Herman Bavinck defines the covenant of grace in a clear and concise way.  He introduces this section with these words: “When we give our attention to this historical development of the covenant of grace, we detect a trio of remarkable characteristics in it.”  What… Continue reading The Covenant of Grace: A Trio of Characteristics

Owen on Covenant Baptism and the Argument of Silence

Some years ago when I was studying the doctrine of baptism I came to the conclusion that the Reformed position is biblical: both infants and adults should be baptized based on the truths of the covenant of grace (Gen. 15-17).  I see the argument from silence as proving the Reformed view of baptism rather than… Continue reading Owen on Covenant Baptism and the Argument of Silence