The Law/Gospel Distinction in Reformed Theology

This is a re-post from October, 2009. I've posted on this before, but it is something that needs to be said more than a few times: the law/gospel distinction is right there in the fabric of historic Reformed theology.  Though some people don't like it, won't teach it, and think it is Lutheran, it is… Continue reading The Law/Gospel Distinction in Reformed Theology

Law/Gospel: A Staple in Reformation Theology

We've posted on this before, but it is something that needs to be said more than a few times: the law/gospel distinction is right there in the fabric of old-school Reformed theology.  Though some people don't like it, won't teach it, and think it is Lutheran, it is undeniable that a sharp law/gospel distinction is… Continue reading Law/Gospel: A Staple in Reformation Theology

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

Bavinck on the Two Kingdoms

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, Wilhelmus a Brakel, and others like them talked about Christ's general reign over all things and his special reign over the church.  The former is the kingdom of power and the… Continue reading Bavinck on the Two Kingdoms

The Kingdom of God Part II

Yesterday I noted some Reformed teaching concerning the kingdom of God - from around 1700, in England and in Holland, the Reformed language was the same: God is king over all things, which is his kingdom of power. He also rules the church in a specific, saving way, which is his kingdom of grace (now)… Continue reading The Kingdom of God Part II