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)

The Sabbath As A Bulwark Against Satan’s Kingdom

God gave his people the Sabbath for their good.  It was a day on which they could rest their bodies from physical labor and refresh their hearts and minds by remembering his works of creation and redemption (Ex. 20:8-13, Deut. 5:12-15).  J. G. Vos asks a good question – and answers it well in his… Continue reading The Sabbath As A Bulwark Against Satan’s Kingdom

The Two-fold Aspect of God’s Kingdom (Witsius)

  In Reformed church history, theologians have generally made a distinction when it came to discussing God’s kingdom or kingdoms.  Simply put, historic Reformed theology distinguished between God’s general kingdom (his kingdom of power/nature) and God’s saving kingdom (his kingdom of grace/glory).  Here’s how Herman Witsius spoke about this distinction in his discussion on the… Continue reading The Two-fold Aspect of God’s Kingdom (Witsius)