The Ending and Expiration of the Old Covenant (Witsius)

Are the practices, ceremonies, customs, feasts, legal precepts, symbols, and stipulations of the Old Covenant binding upon Christians today? In a simple word, no. As Hebrews 8 says so clearly, the Old Covenant is obsolete because the New Covenant has come in and with Christ. The Old Covenant was inferior and temporary; the New Covenant …

Natural Law Rejects the Idea of Human Autonomy

 Many Reformers and Post-Reformation theologians talked about laws of nature – natural laws that God has fixed in creation and in humans.  John Calvin, William Ames, Francis Turretin, John Owen, the Westminster Confession, and others used the term “law(s) of nature” favorably and (mostly) in continuity with Christian theologians that preceded them.  In his most …

Following Jesus, the Servant King

I'm grateful to be part of Zondervan's Kononia blog tour on Jonathan Lunde's new book, Following Jesus, the Servant King.  I've agreed to read it and comment on it, so what follows is my brief review.  As with all our review books, I am not compelled to give a positive review in exchange for the …

William Ames and the Covenants

 William Ames (d. 1633) sounds quite a bit like Francis Turretin (d. 1623) when it comes to the relationship of the covenant of grace and the covenant of works in the old covenant (the Mosaic Covenant).  Ames says the essence (the foundation, the basis, the core) of the covenant of grace is there at Sinai.  However, the …

The Mosaic Covenant: Works, Grace, What?

I finally got it: The Law is not of Faith (Phillipsburg: P&R, 2009).  If you're in the Reformed/Presbyterian tradition (or someone who just wants a peek at our "covenant" tradition), you'll want to grab this.  It is a level-headed historical, theological, and exegetical discussion of the Mosaic covenant. In the introduction, the editors make the …

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