The Law/Gospel Distinction (Beza/Horton)

In 1558 Theodore Beza (John Calvin's successor in Geneva) wrote "Confession De Foi Du Chretien" (The Christian Faith). The following is an excerpt on Beza's description of the law/gospel distinction taken from his book: We divide this Word into two principal parts or kinds: the one is called the "Law", the other the "Gospel". For,… Continue reading The Law/Gospel Distinction (Beza/Horton)

The Law, Justification, and the Gospel (Hodge)

In chapter five of his book, The Way of Life, Charles Hodge discussed the great topic of justification. This chapter is split into three sections: 1) Importance of the doctrine / Explanation of the Scriptural terms relating to it / Justification is not by works; 2) The demands of the Law are satisfied by what… Continue reading The Law, Justification, and the Gospel (Hodge)

Rescued From the Shipwreck of the Law (Calvin)

In Galatians 2:19 Paul wrote, "For through the law I died to the law so that I may live to God" (NET). Calvin's comments on these phrase are quite helpful. It's a good Tuesday meditation! Here's Calvin: To die to the law, may either mean that we renounce it, and are delivered from its dominion,… Continue reading Rescued From the Shipwreck of the Law (Calvin)

Law, Gospel, and the Two Testaments (Melanchthon)

Philip Melanchthon's Commonplaces (Loci Communes) was first published in 1521 - relatively early in the Reformation. Commonplaces is something like a systematic theology in that it covers the basic teachings of the Christian faith as found in Scripture (e.g. God, Trinity, sin, law, gospel, faith, predestination, the sacraments, etc.). Martin Luther couldn't speak highly enough… Continue reading Law, Gospel, and the Two Testaments (Melanchthon)

The 3 Uses of the Law

(NOTE: this is a repost from March, 2009) When the Reformed and Lutheran scholastics talked about God’s moral law (lex moralis), they taught that there are three basic uses of the law (usus legis).  They are - as Richard Muller describes them in the Dictionary of Latin and Greek Theological Terms - these three: 1)… Continue reading The 3 Uses of the Law