The Reformed Scholastics on the Regnum Christi

Earlier, I noted Watson and Bavinck's notes on the kingship of Christ, as well as Luther's.  It was pretty "standard speak" in the Reformation and post-Reformation schools to talk about the reign of Christ (regnum Christi) in a threefold way.  Brakel (and the aforementioned Reformers) used these terms: Christ's kingly office is threefold: 1) "He… Continue reading The Reformed Scholastics on the Regnum Christi

The Uses of the Law

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: 1) The civil use (usus politicus sive civilis).  That is, the law serves the commonwealth or body politic as a force to restrain sin.  This falls under… Continue reading The Uses of the Law

Scripture’s Clarity, Scope, Fundamentals and Their Implications for Christian Humility

Several different topics of Reformed Scholasticism along with the Jerry Bridges book I'm reading (Respectable Sins), made me consider one area of practical Christian humility: being humble in doctrinal matters. Someone here suggested that Bridges' section on "Doctrinal Pride" - the sinful pride that we are superior because our doctrine is "superior" - showed that… Continue reading Scripture’s Clarity, Scope, Fundamentals and Their Implications for Christian Humility