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Calvin on Consummation as Restoration, Again

Not long ago, I posted about Calvin’s comments on several passages relating to the new creation or the new heaven and the new earth, such as 2 Peter 3, Isaiah 65 and 66, and Romans 8. Further support for the conclusions drawn there about his view on the matter comes from his comments on Isaiah […]

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Stephanus Fabricius on the Christian Prince (4)

(Part 1; Part 2; Part 3) Today’s installment is much briefer than the last. We continue on with the Doctrina section of Stephanus Fabricius’ twelfth Discourse on Psalm 148. In the previous post, we observed Fabricius’ delineation of the magistrate’s “common,” or shared, duty in relation to the laudes Dei. In today’s, he treats his peculiar duty […]

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Stephanus Fabricius on the Christian Prince (3)

At long last, the next installment of Stephanus Fabricius’ comments on Psalm 148:11-12, from his twelfth discourse on that Psalm (part 1; part 2). If it is granted that magistrates have a duty to render praises to God along with all other men, one might ask in what, particularly, that consists for a magistrate. It […]

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“He, Reviving Us by His Spirit, Transfers His Own Virtue to Us”

Last week I posted some comments from Cyril of Alexandria on Romans 6:5 (“For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his”). John Calvin’s comments on the verse are noteworthy as well. He sees an intimate union between the believer and […]

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The Wages of Sin and the Free Gift of God

Commenting on Romans 6:23 (“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”), John Chrysostom notes in his twelfth homily on Romans the gap in the parallelism between the two clauses. Life is not deserved as death is deserved. Death is, indeed, deserved, but […]

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Stephanus Fabricius on the Christian Prince (1)

Our next installment, this time on 148:12 in addition to 148:11, comes from Stephanus Fabricius (1569-1648), a pastor in Bern. Actually, our next several installments will come from him, because his comments are extensive. His remarks on each Psalm in his Sacrae conciones in centum quinquaginta Psalmos Davidis regis, et aliorum sanctorum Prophetarum are divided into several conciones, […]

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John Calvin and the Tradition of the Church Fathers

The Reformed tradition has of late found some difficulty in understanding and articulating its relationship to the early church tradition and the patristic record. It typically takes one of two approaches. The first, and unfortunately most common, is to dispense with the tradition altogether. This approach takes at least two modes: that of simply rejecting […]

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Visual Eisegesis

Dr Matthew Milliner offers some interesting reflections here on the increasing currency of visual exegesis, by which he seems to mean pictorial art derivative from Biblical themes. Frequenters of this forum will know that one of our special concerns is clarity of expression and would therefore be able to predict that we would want to […]