Jesus and the Old Testament

I love getting in arguments with people who know only how to parrot what they have been taught. (not for prideful reasons).  The most recent one has been the good old Marcionite heresy that has envolped much of Liberationist, Liberal, and Pentecostal/Broad Evangelical theology that pits Jesus (the “god” of the New Testament) vs. YHWH (the “god” of the Old Testament).  It never ceases to amaze me how grumpy people get when you show them the obvious. In this case we have Jesus and the “love your neighbor as yourself” passage. Many will point to this passage in an attempt to show the supposed difference between the OT Ethic of “eye for an eye” and the NT Ethic of “Love your enemy.” Whereas when you simply point out to them Duet 6:1-9 and Lev 19:18 and show them Jesus was merely reminding us of what the Law already taught. What this attempted argument really shows is that people just plain old do not know their Bibles.

John Calvin on the Covenants

Quotation from John Calvin’s commentary on Jeremiah 31:31-32

Now, as to the new covenant, it is not so called, because it is contrary to the first covenant; for God is never inconsistent with himself, nor is he unlike himself, he then who once made a covenant with his chosen people, had not changed his purpose, as though he had forgotten his faithfulness. It then follows, that the first covenant was inviolable; besides, he had already made his covenant with Abraham, and the Law was a confirmation of that covenant. As then the Law depended on that covenant which God made with his servant Abraham, it follows that God could never have made a new, that is, a contrary or a different covenant. For whence do we derive our hope of salvation, except from that blessed seed promised to Abraham? Further, why are we called the children of Abraham, except on account of the common bond of faith? Why are the faithful said to be gathered into the bosom of Abraham? Why does Christ say, that some will come from the east and the west, and sit down in the kingdom of heaven with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? (Luke 16:22; Matthew 8:11) These things no doubt sufficiently shew that God has never made any other covenant than that which he made formerly with Abraham, and at length confirmed by the hand of Moses. This subject might be more fully handled; but it is enough briefly to shew, that the covenant which God made at first is perpetual.

Book Review: Doug Kelly’s Systematic Theology

I recently completed Doug Kelly’s first volume of his Systematic Theology (other volumes have not been printed yet) and would like to offer a couple of words on why you need to have this (yes another) Systematic in your library.

1) Doug Kelly offers an erudite and exhaustive discussion of the Doctrine of God that spans the entire history of the Church. The wide variety and positive use of Church scholars, including Patristic, Eastern Orthodox, and Roman Catholic authors (while still maintaining and defending Confessional Reformed Doctrine) is unparalleled as far as I can tell.

2) Building off the above not near enough can be said about the plethora of both Ante and Post-Nicene Fathers quoted to support and critique the author’s thesis on any given topic.  If anything this volume will serve as a deep mine for those seeking quotations by the Church Fathers on topics concerning the Doctrine of Scripture and the Trinity (including the hotly debated filioque).

3) In the style of Old Princeton Dr. Kelly does not seek to teach us anything “new” but only to confirm what it is we as a Church have confessed since the last Apostle laid down his pen. It was quite refreshing to see how united the Church is on the Trinity and how quite novel and heterodox recent teaching has been on the central Doctrine that makes us Christians and not another humanistic religion.

Tolle Lege!!!