In an earlier post, I highlighted an interview with Danny Olinger on the life and ministry of Geerhardus Vos, especially with his contribution to Reformed Biblical Theology. What Vos does so well is help with how the Bible fits together by looking at it through the lens of the history of salvation. I commented, “If you have ever struggled with how to understand how the Bible fits together, or have desired to learn how to read the Bible with more understanding, then you have to read Vos.” The Bible is the self-revelation of the Triune God, in which he unfolds himself and his plan of salvation progressively through time. Vos uses the analogy of a rose. In the OT you find the seed that over the course of time begins to sprout and grow until you have the rose in full bloom.
In the interview, Danny suggests that one of the best ways to see the Biblical Theology of Vos in action is in the preaching of Charlie Dennison. Mr. Dennison was formerly the Historian for the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and pastor of Grace OPC (where I was previously the intern). In light of that recommendation, I have decided to post here, 27 Sermons that Mr. Dennison preached on “The History of Salvation.” These sermons are not for the faint of heart as they are rich in substance and the application of Christ, as they show forth the glory of God in Christ from the beginning to the end of biblical history. Continue reading
>This past Lord’s Day I once again had the privilege of filling the pulpit for Covenant OPC in New Bern, NC. And once again it was a great and refreshing time of worship and fellowship. Given the recent Thanksgiving holiday, I decided to preach a sermon that I hoped would broaden and deepen our perspective of giving thanks. Often in “Thanksgiving” themed sermons there is much said about the earthly blessings of God enjoyed in this life (food, clothing, housing, employment, health, etc.) and the spiritual blessing of salvation. But, these different blessings are often treated separately from one another in a way that gives the impression that they are not interrelated, and that the earthly blessings are not really that important. And other times they are united so closely that they are treated together as one and the same thing, so that salvation is equated with earthly affluence in material possessions, influence in the culture and increasing dominion in politics. Both of these approaches are incorrect–the earthly and the heavenly are neither mutually exclusive nor mutually identical–but they are mutually interconnected.
In Genesis 3.8-15, God in his abounding grace provides the blessing of an ongoing earthly history and humanity in the face of increasing rebellion and sin in order to provide the promised seed of the woman who will earn and bestow the spiritual blessing of heavenly communion. If there is no history and no humanity, then there is no theatre in which God can execute his plan of redemption and there is no woman from which the promised seed will come. And yet, if there is no plan and goal for redemption, there is no need for the existence of history and humanity after the fall. There is truly, then, much for which we are to be thankful!
You can listen to “Where Sin Increased, Grace Abounded” from Genesis 3.8-15 and Romans 5.18-21 here.
>I am happy to announce a new web source, Historia Salutis, for discussing the Bible and theology from a self-consciously reformed, redemptive-historical perspective in the tradition of the likes of Geerhardus Vos and Herman Ridderbos. In the first post, Camden Bucey explains the purpose of the blog and explanation of it subject matter:
Welcome to the latest addition to the Reformed Forum Network: Historia Salutis . This blog will be devoted to discussing topics in biblical theology in the tradition of Geerhardus Vos and Herman Ridderbos. I feel this will be a great addition to the content we deliver across the Reformed Forum and will generate interest from those wanting to study God’s plan of redemption through history.
What is Historia Salutis?
Broadly speaking, it is the history of God’s salvific activity for his people. Narrowly, it is the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Given that Jesus’ work is the epitome of redemptive history, historia salutis is most often used in this narrow sense.
We’re planning to use this site to promote the study of the history of redemption. We will trace themes throughout Scripture, study protology, typology and eschatology, and provide links to useful materials throughout the web. Please subscribe to our feed in your RSS reader and comment away in order to provide helpful feedback.
This blog is part of the Reformed Forum, which is an excellent online resource for all things reformed. So far, I have read the post on Biblical Theology in the Psalms and Mountains in Redemptive-History (this article is especially helpful for those who heard my sermons from Micah 4). If these early articles are indicative of what is to come, then this should be exciting reading.
[HT: James Grant]