Vos on the necessity of the Covenant of Redemption

"If man already stood in a covenant relation to God before the fall, then it is to be expected that the covenant idea will also dominate in the work of redemption. God cannot simply let go of the ordinance which He once instituted, but much rather displays His glory in that He carries it through … Continue reading Vos on the necessity of the Covenant of Redemption

Vos on the law as normative for moral life in the Covenant of Grace

"The truth of the matter is that in the covenant of works the natural relationship was made to serve a positive purpose. It is not set aside, but incorporated into something higher. From this it follows that, where the higher becomes powerless and falls away, the natural relationship nevertheless remains. As a creature man is … Continue reading Vos on the law as normative for moral life in the Covenant of Grace

The weakness of the flesh in which we would surely perish

"For this reason He also employs in his Word all manner of warnings and threatenings, not in order to cause them to despair or doubt their salvation but rather to awaken in them a childlike fear by observing the weakness of their flesh in which they would surely perish, unless the Lord keep them standing … Continue reading The weakness of the flesh in which we would surely perish

Don’t be an Ignorant Carnist; be an Informed Carnist!

I was just unfriended by a vegan friend for being an "ignorant carnist" when I brought up hunting to them. I was curious whether they were the kind of vegan who hates factory farming and is okay with hunting for meat or not. Evidently, they are not. As an ignorant carnist, I find factory farming … Continue reading Don’t be an Ignorant Carnist; be an Informed Carnist!

A Reality So Radically Superior To All Things

"Last things, as such, are not last things, however great and significant they may be. He only speaks of last things who would speak of the end of all things, of their end understood plainly and fundamentally, of a reality so radically superior to all things, that the existence of all things would be utterly … Continue reading A Reality So Radically Superior To All Things

Thoughts (1)

I'm currently writing an essay for my Early American history class on how transcendentalism and the Second Not-So-Great Awakening furthered the individualization of the American concept of "freedom." It's especially interesting to trace the idiosyncrasies of the Christianity of the 2nd Awakening through subsequent American history. During the Awakening, expression of a true Christianity came … Continue reading Thoughts (1)

Two-Kingdoms Theology and Refugees

Bouncing off of R. Scott Clark's excellent thoughts on the topic of asylum for refugees, I want to further explain some distinctions for the unacquainted: Clark's assessment is that many in the church are recovering Constantinians, whether on the left or the right, where we want "the state to act like the church, when it … Continue reading Two-Kingdoms Theology and Refugees

Geerhardus Vos on the Eschatology of the Sabbath

"The principle underlying the Sabbath is formulated in the Decalogue itself. It consists in this, that man must copy God in his course of life. The divine creative work complete itself in six days, whereupon the seventh followed as a day of rest for God. In connection with God, 'rest' cannot, of course, mean mere … Continue reading Geerhardus Vos on the Eschatology of the Sabbath

2nd Helvetic Confession on the Presence of Christ in the Lord’s Supper

“THE PRESENCE OF CHRIST IN THE SUPPER. We do not, therefore, so join the body of the Lord and his blood with the bread and wine as to say that the bread itself is the body of Christ except in a sacramental way; or that the body of Christ is hidden corporeally under the bread, … Continue reading 2nd Helvetic Confession on the Presence of Christ in the Lord’s Supper