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

Ushering in the Kingdom? (Ridderbos)

(This is a repost from June 2011) I’ve heard of church and para-church mission statements and flyers that talk about bringing God’s kingdom to this city or that city by cleaning up neighborhoods, reforming city halls, getting rid of gangs, and so on.  While I’m certainly not against those things, I’d argue they are not… Continue reading Ushering in the Kingdom? (Ridderbos)

The Defeat of the “Strong Man” (Arnold)

 When Jesus was answering the Pharisees' diabolical accusation that he cast out demons "by the ruler of demons" (ἐν τῷ ἄρχοντι τῶν δαιμονίων) he gave an illustration:  "...No one is able to enter a strong man’s house and steal his property unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can thoroughly plunder his… Continue reading The Defeat of the “Strong Man” (Arnold)

Reformed Theology and the Kingdom of God

 From time to time I read critiques that Reformed theology doesn’t really do justice to the kingdom of God, or that it is weak on kingdom theology.  In other words, some current theologians, teachers, and authors are critical of Reformed theology because (in their view) it relegates the kingdom of God to a minor place… Continue reading Reformed Theology and the Kingdom of God

The Gospel Does Not Discriminate (Bavinck)

There is nothing that tears down walls between people like the gospel does.  There is nothing that brings all sorts of people together like the gospel does.  Herman Bavinck describes this quite well: "In order to be a Christian, a citizen of the kingdom of God and heir of eternal life, it matters not at… Continue reading The Gospel Does Not Discriminate (Bavinck)