The Necessity of Scripture

  "Not only is it necessary that God reveal himself by means of Word, it is also necessary that the Word be written.  Thus, the Reformed, together with the Lutheran orthodox, affirm the 'necessity of Scripture' or of the 'written Word' (verbum scriptum) over against the contrary claims of Roman Catholic writers like Robert Bellarmine,… Continue reading The Necessity of Scripture

Natural Law and the Two Kingdoms (Part III)

In case you just tuned in, this is part III of a brief review of David VanDrunen's book, Natural Law and the Two Kingdoms. The other two posts immediately precede this one. In chapters 4-7 VanDrunen treks through the English and European post-reformation eras, into the early American scene (New England and Virgina), back to  Europe (specifically Holland) and… Continue reading Natural Law and the Two Kingdoms (Part III)

Final Justification According To Works? (Part II)

A short while back, Andrew posted a great excerpt from C. Venema on final judgment (here). Turretin sounds similar: Although our justification will be fully declared on the last day (our good works also being brought forward as the sign and proof of its truth, Mt. 25.34-40), still falsely would anyone maintain from this a… Continue reading Final Justification According To Works? (Part II)

Turretin: Law/Gospel and OT/NT

Here's what the historic Reformers and scholastics mean by the law/gospel distinction, starting way back with Olevian and Ursinus in the 16th century.  The law/gospel distinction is not an OT/NT distinction, for the law/gospel distinction is found in both testaments; furthermore, the OT/NT relationship is in a different category than the law/gospel distinction. "There is… Continue reading Turretin: Law/Gospel and OT/NT

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