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THE INFINITE MERIT OF CHRIST
The Glory of Christ's Obedience in the Theology of Jonathan Edwards
Craig Biehl

From the Abstract: "Historically, the tendency of scholars to modernize and distance Edwards from his biblicist, exclusivist, evangelical and Reformed tradition has resulted in relatively little attention being given to the importance of the person and redemptive work of Christ in Edwards' Trinitarian thought. The contention of this study is that the foundation, center, and unifying thread of Edwards' thought is the person and work of Christ in accomplishing God's ultimate purpose to display and communicate His glory to unworthy sinners by perfect obedience to God's unchanging rule of righteousness. Edwards' theology cannot be properly understood in abstraction from the person and redemptive work of Christ as revealing and communicating the glorious perfections of the Trinity, nor can revisionist interpretations of Edwards' soteriology as inclusivistic or Catholic be tenable without an overthrow and re-write of the entirety of Edwards' theology. Salvation of a single soul apart from perfect conformity to God's rule of righteousness would render God unrighteous and prohibit the fulfillment of His ultimate purpose to display and communicate His glory. Indeed, God could not be God."

"Among its other strengths this book is helpful in questioning the view that Edwards has compromised the Reformation doctrine of justification with legalistic accents and by basing it in part on the change that takes place within the believer. Biehl's love is as evident as Edwards' for the subject matter he considers in Edwards. A welcome read for anyone wanting to grow in understanding and appreciation of this remarkable thinker." - Dr. Richard Gaffin

"Craig Biehl provides a thorough, detailed, and well written treatment of Edwards' view of divine merit. He places Edwards convincingly within the theocentric metaphysical tradition, emphasizing his trinitarianism and christocentrism, as well as his biblically based exclusivism, weighing in on the current interpretive struggle against those who wish to portray Edwards as inclusivistic, philosophical, and proto-transcendental. His reading of the role of Christ in Edwards's thought as the typological, experiential, and salvific hinge on which telos depends presents an important counterbalance." - Dr. Ken Minkema

"While setting the record straight on Edwards's theology through leaning heavily on his own writings (800 quotes from Edwards!), Biehl's work is also a tour de force for the confirmation of Reformed orthodoxy in the midst of ongoing debates about justification today." - Dr. Joel R. Beeke

"Craig Biehl's work offers just what is needed today - a comprehensive treatment of Edwards' understanding of Christ and His saving work of redemption. Few of the leading Edwards scholars know Reformed theology well, or understand the significance of Edwards' soteriology." - Dr. Doug Sweeney

"Biehl's careful hand skillfully guides us through these writings, even leading us to offer words of praise for what Christ has done for us - a rare and admirable feat for a piece of scholarship." - Dr. Stephen J. Nichols

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THE TRUE DOCTRINE OF THE SABBATH
or, Sabbathum Veteris et Novi Testamenti
Nicholas Bownd

No book had more influence in confirming a Sabbatarian 'heart' to Puritanism than that of the parson of St. Andrews, Norton, Suffolk, Nicholas Bownd. 'The True Doctrine of the Sabbath' was the first scholarly treatment defending the concept of the Christian Sabbath or Lord's Day, later embodied in the Westminster Standards. Not reprinted since 1606, this influential work is presented afresh in a new critical edition.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

BOOK ONE: The Ancient Institution and Continuance of the Sabbath

1. The Difference of the Fourth Commandment

2. The Sabbath Ought to Be Continued

3. Sundry Objections against the Sabbath Propounded and Answered

4. The Day to Be Kept as the Sabbath

5. The Change of the Day from the Seventh to the First

6. The Name of the Day Changed

7. The First Part of the Commandment Is Resting

8. The Reasons for Resting on the Sabbath Day

9. All Degrees of Men are Commanded to Rest

10. Six Days Work Sufficient & The Sabbath Day's Journey

11. All Bodily Labor Is not Forbidden

12. Works of Necessity and Mercy on the Sabbath

13. Christians as Strictly Bound by This Law as Were Jews

14. Resting from Lawful Recreations

BOOK TWO: The Sanctification of the Sabbath

1. The Second Part of the Command: Sanctifying the Day

2. There Is to Be a Precise Keeping of the Sabbath

3. Public Worship on the Sabbath

4. Public Worship: The Ordinances Thereof

5. Public Worship: From the Heart for Our Salvation

6. Public Worship: Collections for the Poor

7. The Sabbath Is a Whole Day

8. Private Worship: Preparing for Public Worship

9. Private Worship: Meditating & Conferring on God's Word

10. Private Worship: Meditating on God's Works

11. Private Worship: Singing of Psalms

12. Works of Mercy

13. The Keeping of the Sabbath to Be Urged by Superiors

14. Conclusion

ENDORSEMENTS

"It is astonishing that the Puritan Nicholas Bownd's famous work on the Sabbath, which greatly influenced later Puritanism and the Westminster Assembly, and by extension, Western Christendom for centuries, has not been printed in a critical edition with modern typeface long ago. Not reprinted since 1606, this classic work emphasizes the fourth commandment's morally binding character, the divine institution of the entire Sabbath as the Lord's Day set apart to worship God, and the cessation of non-religious activities that distract from worship and acts of mercy. I am so grateful that it is back in print, and pray that it will do much good to restore the value and enhance the joy of the Lord's Day for many believers around the world." - Joel R. Beeke

"Those with an interest in developments leading up to the formulation of the Sabbath doctrine taught in the Westminster standards will benefit from this careful documentation and analysis of the views of Nicholas Bownd." - Richard B. Gaffin, Jr.,

AUTHOR

Nicholas Bownd (1551?-1613) was the pastor of a country parish in rural England. Judging from the sermons he published, his ministry exhibited the practical divinity taught by his stepfather, Richard Greenham, which focused on the means of grace. The crucial æmean of the meansÆ whereby all these means of grace were made available to the people of God was the weekly gatherings on the Christian Sabbath or Lord's Day. In 1595, Bownd published True Doctrine of the Sabbath, which derived from sermons preached about 1586. This book embroiled him in a singular controversy with a troublesome neighbor, which resulted in the first Sabbatarian controversy in England, and also led to a vindicating expanded edition in 1606. For the last two years of his life he ministered at St. Andrew in Norwich, the highest call a man of his Puritan convictions could have attained in those days.

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(1) THE REFORMED DOCTRINE OF PREDESTINATION by Loraine Boettner

One of the most thorough and convincing statements on predestination to have appeared in any language. The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination has been regarded as the authoritative work in this field. A contemporary classic.

"Not only a clear and cogent presentation of the Reformed Doctrine of Predestination but of all the great distinctive doctrines of the Reformed Faith. . . . The practical importance of Calvinism is stressed. The chapter on Calvinism in History will prove illuminating to many."—Christianity Today

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(2) THE CHRISTIAN ATTITUDE TOWARD WAR by Loraine Boettner

Sometimes we hear it said that all war is wrong-wrong for the defenders as well as for the aggressors-and that even when waged with sincere purpose of restraining evil, it tends to produce greater evils than those against which it is directed. It was in response to that view that Loraine Boettner wrote this compelling volume, first published in 1940. Now in an updated, third edition, Dr. Boettner brings biblical and historical data to bear upon issues of mounting concern, such as: What causes war; the relationship between military and police force; can there be a just war; the premises of pacifism; the consequences of war; the limits of obedience to the government; war as judgment on nations; nuclear weapons. Boettner's crisp analysis of these and other issues makes this book a valuable and enduring statement on the ever-crucial matters of war and peace.

(3) MERE CALVINISM: WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT CALVINISM? by Jim Orrick

There are so many misconceptions about Calvinism that it is safe to say that even most Christians do not truly know what it teaches. You may have grown up in a Reformed church, or you may have heard about Calvinism mostly in arguments. Either way, it may surprise you to know that this belief has huge, and very positive, implications for a believer’s daily life!

Jim Orrick clears up misinformation about Calvinism and explains its basic yet profound ideas and teachings—using the Bible as the basis for everything he says.

“Has characteristics that stand out beyond . . . other worthy expositions. . . . Reads like a good story, incorporating a literary artfulness that is rare in this subject matter.” —Thomas J. Nettles

(4) ASSURED BY GOD: Living in the Fullness of God's Grace, ed. by Buck Parsons (2nd edition w/ Study Questions)

"The key to fruitfulness...is to have a life that is founded solidly on the assurance of one's salvation in Christ. The unsure Christian is the Christian who lacks stability in his or her faith. The unsure Christian is tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine. The unsure Christian is easy prey for the assault of Satan, who does everything in his power to undermine the Christian's confidence of salvation in Christ. A Christian who lacks such confidence can easily become trapped in insecurity and may lack the boldness to venture out into the domain of a fallen world, armed with the whole armor of God...It is my prayer that those who read this volume will have those vacillating doubts that weaken their profession removed once and for all, so that they may be fully equipped to be fruit bearers in the vineyard of Christ."- R. C. Sproul, from the Foreword

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(5) SALVATION BY GRACE: The Case for Effectual Calling and Regeneration by Matthew Barrett

In Salvation by Grace, Matthew Barrett comprehensively defends the doctrine of monergism (the teaching that regeneration is exclusively the work of God) primarily by looking at Scripture but also by examining Reformed theologians and confessions. Barrett also provides a helpful evaluation of both the Arminian position and contemporary attempts to chart a middle course between Calvinistic and Arminian systems.

“ ‘Salvation is of the Lord.’ All Christians would affirm this good news. Yet only monergism carries it through to the end, without equivocation. In this winsome and well-researched defense, Matthew Barrett clears away the brush—caricatures and distortions on both sides of the debate—to expose the wonder of God’s amazing grace.”—Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California

“Matthew Barrett’s work on regeneration represents scholarship at its best. His book is exegetically convincing and theologically profound, with significant pastoral consequences.”—Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

“Matthew Barrett lays out the historical, theological, and biblical material, and presents a compelling case for classic anti-Pelagian theology. Very helpful.”— Carl R. Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia

(6) SOLID GROUND: The Inerrant Word of God in an Errant World by Boice, Clowney, Dever, Duncan, Packer, Phillips, Ryken & Sproul

This is a book about the Book. Not just a book, but the Book—the Word of God written, the only infallible rule of truth and practice for our lives.

Sadly that distinction is necessary, because there are many who question whether the Bible deserves to be called the Book, or whether it is just a book—a very special book, to be sure, but not the Book that perfectly illumines all things. And the more they chip away at the full confidence that believers must have in the trustworthiness of Scripture, the more they rob its Author of the glory that his Word displays and demands.

What's worse is that these attacks, more and more, are coming from those who claim to be believers themselves.

Here the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology explores the Author’s glory by unfolding the richness and perfection of the Bible. In essays collected from the best addresses on the subject, eight of the top pastor-scholars of the past thirty years share their insight and answers on:

J. I. Packer—On Knowing God: The Word and the World

J. Ligon Duncan III—The Sufficient Word of God

R. C. Sproul—The Truth of God

James M. Boice—Scripture Alone

Richard D. Phillips—God’s Mighty Word

Mark Dever—The Word in the Church

Philip Graham Ryken—The Accessible Word

Edmund P. Clowney—Preaching: The Means of Revival

Together they issue a clarion call for the church to return to its central, long-standing, and vital conviction that the Bible is the Book—the inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word of God.

(7) PERSPECTIVES ON PENTECOST: New Testament Teaching on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit by Richard Gaffin

With exegetical depth, objectivity, and clarity Richard B. Gaffin examines prophecy and tongues and makes a case for the cessation of both gifts at the close of the apostolic era.

Pentecost is presented as integral to the once-for-all work of Christ and decisive for the life of the whole church. Dr. Gaffin's biblical-theological perspective is thorough: he defines all the spiritual gifts generally; he clarifies the nature of prophecy and tongues and the question of their continuance in the church today; and he indicates how these exegetical studies bear on contemporary interest in charismatic gifts.

'Perspectives on Pentecost' dispels the emotionalism and confusion now surrounding the charismatic movement. It is a reliable study for all Bible students and an especially helpful handbook for those either associated with the charismatic movement or who must deal with friends or family members involved in tongues-speaking experiences.

(8) THE HOLY SPIRIT: His Person & Ministry by Edwin H. Palmer

Because of the importance of the subject, its comparative neglect, and the lack of popular up-to-date scriptural study of the Holy Spirit with an emphasis beyond the Christian life, Edwin H. Palmer wrote The Holy Spirit more than forty years ago. The publisher is returning this important book to print so that a new generation may benefit from it.

"A fine, comprehensive modern study of the work of the Spirit. This fresh treatment takes up such questions as how the Spirit guides us." W.J. Grier

(9) THESE LAST DAYS: A Christian View of History ed. by Richard Phillips & Gabriel N.E. Fluher

Reformed Christians have often avoided the field of eschatology—but it was this doctrine of history that thrilled the first disciples. They realized that with the coming of the “last days” they had entered the time of the kingdom, and this understanding will strengthen our faith too.

Here the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology addresses this important topic and presents the following speakers’ insights on:

Sinclair Ferguson—The Christ of History

D. A. Carson—This Present Evil Age

Alistair Begg—The Age of the Spirit

Michael S. Horton—The Resurrection Hope

J. Ligon Duncan III—The Eternal Glory

D. A. Carson—Partakers of the Age to Come

Cornelis P. Venema—The Four Main Millennial Views

Richard D. Phillips—A Pastoral Guide to Life After Death

Jeffrey K. Jue—Evangelical Eschatology, American Style

Paul David Tripp—The Radical Implications of Eternity

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A SHORT INTRODUCTION TO THE WESTMINSTER ASSEMBLY AND ITS WORK
ROWLAND WARD

Carrying his substantial scholarship lightly, Rowland Ward has produced with "A Short Introduction to the Westminster Assembly and its Work" a modest volume which will be of considerable help to elders and church people, old and new in Presbyterian and Reformed churches world-wide and here in Australia.

Nicely illustrated along the way, Ward's book is easy to read and will certainly further help '... the recovery of confessional orthodoxy...' in the life of the local church. We need more volumes like this, which make 'righteousness readable' and to do it all in less than 125 pages.

The Westminster Assembly is set within its historical context simply but well. Then follows thematic studies on the (gathered) worship of the church, church order/confessional subscription and a review of the structure and character of the Westminster Confession and associated Catechisms.

30 pages are given over to 'notes' on some of the teachings of the Confession, condensed from Ward's larger WCF commentary. The reader finds much help here. For example, Ward gives 10 reasons to believe in the unique position of the moral law (96-97) and then comments helpfully, 'although the ten commandments can be distinguished, Christians do not obey them because commanded by Moses, but as they receive them from Christ in the Gospel. For we are not under covenant given through Moses, but under the new covenant given through Christ. Thus, one can readily admit that the law of Moses as a unit is superseded yet highlight the ten commandments as being of abiding relevance. This is so, not because are part of the law of Moses, but because in essence they date from creation, the Lord merely republishing them in a particular context through Moses.'

A surprising omission from the list of modern language texts of the WCF was the Westminster Confession of Faith for the 21st Century, prepared and published by the PCA to mark its centenary in 2001. It contained a very valuable scripture index to the WCF.

"Given the status of the Westminster Confession in Presbyterian circles, it is important that we have some idea of its origins and context. There are a number of scholarly works that provide such but these are often highly technical and expensive. Thus, it is great that Rowland Ward has provided the church with this fine, concise introduction to the Westminster Assembly. Clearly written and very accessible, Christians everywhere will benefit from Rev. Ward's learning, lightly worn." -Carl R. Trueman, Paul Woolley Chair of Church History and professor of church history at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia

"This volume, reflecting the author’s careful study over many years of the Westminster Assembly, provides an excellent supplement to standard commentaries and other studies on the Confession and Catechisms. I commend it highly." -Richard B. Gaffin, Jr., Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Emeritus Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, USA

"Dr. Ward has written a short and simple introduction to the Westminster Confession which will be welcomed by layperson and student alike for its clarity, force, and expert scholarship. It will do much to foster a sound understanding of the basic teaching of the Confession not only in its original historical and theological context, but also in its relevance for today. It is a really useful little book for those who want to grow in their understanding of the Reformed faith in general, and the theology of the Westminster Confession in particular." -Martin Williams, Head of Theology, Reformed Theological College, Melbourne



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REFORMED DOGMATICS: A Complete Five Volume Set
GEERHARDUS VOS

Until recently, Reformed Dogmatics was only available in its original Dutch. But now you too can access Geerhardus Vos' monumental work of systematic theology. This brand-new English translation was edited by biblical theologian and Vos expert, Richard B. Gaffin, Jr.

Reformed Dogmatics: Theology Proper

Reformed Dogmatics: Anthropology

Reformed Dogmatics: Christology

Reformed Dogmatics: Soteriology

Reformed Dogmatics: Ecclesiology, The Means of Grace, Eschatology

"Like books, people can become 'classics.' Great in their day, but richer and more fulfilling with time. Not yet a classic, Vos's never-before-published Reformed Dogmatics is more like a lost Shakespeare play recently discovered. There seems to have been a flurry in recent years of systematic theologians writing with an eye for biblical theology. With this series we now have a biblical theologian writing a systematic theology. Thanks to Lexham Press for giving us such long-awaited but impressive access to this much-discussed gem."-Michael Horton

"The greatest delight I had from reading Reformed Dogmatics was in the undeniable clarity of the writing and argumentation that Vos employs. It is common to think of Vos as primarily a biblical theologian. His most important works that have been published so far have been in this vein. But the simple clarity of Reformed Dogmatics causes me to wonder if his true passion might have been in the systematics courses that he taught for so many years." - Adam Parker

Geerhardus Vos (1862–1949), a Dutch American theologian, is considered by many to be the father of modern Reformed biblical theology. He studied at the University of Berlin, the University of Strasburg, and finally Calvin College (then the Theological School of the Christian Reformed Church), where he delivered the lectures that would become the Reformed Dogmatics. Vos held Princeton's new Chair of Biblical Theology from 1893 until his retirement in 1932. His thinking and scholarship deeply influenced the biblical and theological work of Cornelius Van Til, John Murray, Herman Ridderbos, and Richard B. Gaffin Jr.

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CALVIN ON SCRIPTURE AND DIVINE SOVEREIGNTY
John Murray

"The three lectures, here reproduced in slightly revised form, were given under the auspices of the Reformed Fellowship, Inc. in Grand Rapids, Michigan on May 21, 22, 26, 1959 in connection with the commemoration of the four hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the birth of John Calvin and the four hundredth anniversary of the publication of the definitive edition of 'The Institutes of the Christian Religion.' - John Murray

"The commemorative character of the occasion for these lectures, the prevailing keen interest in the subject of the inspiration and infallibility of the Bible, and the fact that Professor Murray is regarded by many as the foremost among living Reformed theologians in America, as well as his thorough acquaintance with Calvin's works, combine to lend special significance to the publication of this material." - the Reformed Fellowship, Inc.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface

Introduction to New Edition

CHAPTER ONE - Calvin's Doctrine of Scripture

CHAPTER TWO - Calvin and the Authority of Scripture

CHAPTER THREE - Calvin on the Sovereignty of God

Indices

The year 2009 marks the 50th anniversary of the delivery of this series of lectures delivered by Professor John Murray of Westrminister Theological Seminary, as well as the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin. We are honored to be able to produce a new edition of this volume which includes, for the first time, a subject and scriptural index.

"John Murray was not only one of the most renowned twentieth-century representatives of classical Reformed theology, but also a highly-respected interpreter of Calvin. Here we have Murray's vigorous refutation of arguments suggesting that Calvin did not teach the inerrancy of Scripture. Murray also demonstrates that Calvin did not consider Christ's identity as the divine Word to be in any way prejudicial to Scripture being the very Word of God as well. There is also a valuable discussion of Calvin's doctrine of divine sovereignty in reprobation and in relation to human sin." - Sherman Isbell

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THE HOPE OF ISRAEL: The Resurrection of Christ in the Acts of the Apostles
BRANDON D. CROWE

This volume highlights the sustained focus in Acts on the resurrection of Christ, bringing clarity to the theology of Acts and its purpose. Brandon Crowe explores the historical, theological, and canonical implications of Jesus's resurrection in early Christianity and helps readers more clearly understand the purpose of Acts in the context of the New Testament canon. He also shows how the resurrection is the fulfillment of the Old Testament Scriptures. This is the first major book-length study on the theological significance of Jesus's resurrection in Acts.

PART ONE - THE RESURRECTION IN ACTS

The State of the Questions

"Both Lord and Christ": Peter and the Resurrection

"The Hope of Israel": Paul and the Resurrection

"I Will Rebuild the Tent of David": Other Resurrection Voices in Acts

PART TWO - THE THEOLOGICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THE RESURRECTION

The Resurrection and the Accomplishment of Salvation (Historia Salutis)

The Resurrection and the Experience of Salvation (Ordo Salutis)

The Resurrection as Apologia Pro Scriptura

The Resurrection and Acts in Early Christianity

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"The Hope of Israel fills a lacuna in Acts scholarship by arguing that the resurrection of Jesus is the binding theological idea in Luke-Acts. Crowe makes a compelling case for recognizing Acts' contribution to biblical theology and how it connects with other New Testament works to form a cohesive whole. Written in clear prose, this book will be of relevance to scholar and practitioner alike." --Sean Adams, University of Glasgow

"Crowe offers an approach to the resurrection of Christ in Acts that provides a hermeneutic guide for untangling a number of knotty issues in the book. First, he shows how the resurrection is 'a major artery connecting various events and passages in Acts.' Second, he explores the implications of Luke's narrative presentation of this theme for biblical and systematic theology. This is a remarkably helpful resource for reflection on the theology of Acts and its connection with the rest of Scripture." --David Peterson, Moore Theological College, Sydney, Australia (emeritus)

"The Hope of Israel breaks significant new ground with the comprehensive treatment it provides of the central place of Christ's resurrection in Acts. Especially valuable, marked by numerous important insights, is Crowe's substantial discussion of the theological significance of the resurrection. This book is an impressive achievement. I commend it most highly." --Richard B. Gaffin Jr., Westminster Theological Seminary (emeritus)

"With careful exegesis, informed by the salvation-historical framework of Acts, Crowe persuasively demonstrates the centrality and saving significance of the resurrection of Christ in the book of Acts. This wide-ranging study particularly highlights the resurrection of Christ as the fulfillment of the Scriptures in the theology of Acts. Comprehensive, clear, and highly recommended!" --Alan J. Thompson, Sydney Missionary and Bible College, Croydon, Australia

"A most stimulating read. Crowe puts his finger on one of the most salient themes in Acts, if not the entire New Testament. The book of Acts richly demonstrates how a great deal of the history of redemption hangs on Christ's resurrection and subsequent enthronement as cosmic Lord. This crisply written project is theologically informed, exegetically sensitive, and canonically aware. No doubt Crowe's work will serve students, pastors, and scholars for years to come. Excellent work!" --Benjamin Gladd, Reformed Theological Seminary

About the Author

Brandon D. Crowe (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is associate professor of New Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary in Glenside, Pennsylvania. He has written or edited several books, including The Last Adam, and is the book review editor for Westminster Theological Journal.

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THE FAITH ONCE DELIVERED
Essays in Honor of Dr. Wayne Spear
Edited by Anthony Selvaggio, Foreword by W. Robert Godfrey

In this book, the reader will be exposed to theological topics that are at the core of the Westminster Confession's theology, topics such as justification, adoption, the kingship of Christ, the doctrine of Scripture, the Lord's Day, covenant theology, the atonement, and Christian liberty.

1. The Vitality of Reformed Systematic Theology by Richard Gaffin

2. A Tract for the Times: James Buchanan's 'The Doctrine of Justification' in Historical and Theological Context by Carl Trueman

3. Transforming Power and Comfort: The Puritans on Adoption by Joel R. Beeke

4. The Benefits of Christ: Double Justification in Protestant Theology before the Westminister Assembly by R. Scott Clark

5. From Popery to Principle: Covenanters and the Kingship of Christ by David McKay

6. Good and Necessary Consequence in the Westminster Confession by C.J. Williams

7. The Lord's Day and the Westminster Confession by Rowland Ward

8. Unity or Disunity? Covenant Theology from Calvin to Westminster by Anthony Selvaggio

9. The Doctrine of the Atonement from Westminster to the Twentieth Century by Richard Gamble

10. The Use and Abuse of Christian Liberty by D.G. Hart

Ligon Duncan wrote, "It is a special privilege and pleasure to commend this delightful set of essays penned in Dr. Spear's honor. He is a master Reformed systematic theologian, and so this volume appropriately contains a theological feast by leading Reformed scholars. Read, learn, and enjoy."


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GRACE AND GLORY: Sermons Preached in the Chapel of Princeton Theological Seminary
Geerhardus Vos with Introduction by R. Scott Clark

Geerhardus Vos (1862-1949) was an American, Reformed theologian and one of the most distinguished representatives of the Princeton Theology. He is sometimes called the father of Reformed Biblical Theology. Vos moved and joined the faculty of the Princeton Theological Seminary, where he became its first Professor of Biblical Theology. At Princeton, he taught alongside J. Gresham Machen and B. B. Warfield and authored his most famous works, including: Pauline Eschatology (1930) and Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments (1948).

These sermons were preached at the chapel of Princeton Seminary and first published in 1922. These are not mere outlines or sketches of sermons, but are full manuscripts of the addresses delivered by the revered professor before his students and fellow faculty members.

John Murray said of him, "Dr. Vos is, in my judgment, the most penetrating exegete it has been my privilege to know, and I believe, the most incisive exegete that has appeared in the English-speaking world in this century."

"If there is one volume (by Vos) that deserves to be read by laity and clergy alike it is this little collection of chapel messages - Read these sermons as illustrations of how Vos read Scripture. Let him take you by the hand, as it were, to the text and through the text of Scripture, to the Word incarnate." - R. Scott Clark, from the New Introduction

"Often more respected than understood, Vos continues to fascinate and enthrall. These sermons reveal the penetrating exegetical insights of some of the most fascinating and powerful sermons ever preached. A century later, they continue to make us gasp in wonder and admiration, driving to read and then re-read these lines to behold the treasure that lies beneath the surface." - Derek W. H. Thomas

"In the words of F. F. Bruce on the cover of The Pauline Eschatology, these sermons, too, are '... indeed outstandingly great ... a rare exegetical feast.' They also remain a source of deep edification for the church today as they will for still future generations." - Richard B. Gaffin, Jr., Charles Krahe Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia

The uniqueness of Vos's emphasis on the centrality of the covenantal work of Jesus Christ in history and our possession of that work through His mediation draws us back time and again to his powerful and passionate sermons. Translated to the realm of glory itself through the proclamation of the accomplished work of our covenant Lord, and by the gift of His Spirit, we partake of unparalleled communion with God and possess Him as our highest treasure presently in Christ as our covenant God. Short of the consummation we have made His glory and joy in His people our chief end in this pilgrim life.

In his first sermon, "The Wonderful Tree," Vos sets the theme of his entire collection of sermons, the gift of Jehovah to His creatures to be their delight and personal possession through the covenant. In "Heavenly-Mindedness," Vos explicates the nature of true faith as that which lays hold of God Himself in glory, living in the hope of the eternal life of God in the city of God by resurrection.

"In an age rife with practical theology and anti-doctrinal Christianity, Vos calls us back to the Word to allow it to speak for itself. While Vos is perhaps lesser known as a preacher, here in 'Grace and Glory' we get a taste of what one dear saintly lady described as spiritual 'blueberry cheesecake.' Enjoy!!" - R. Daniel Knox, Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Sewickley, PA

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A NEW TESTAMENT BIBLICAL THEOLOGY: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New
G.K. BEALE

"Beale's volume is far reaching, written at a high scholarly level, and conversant with a wide range of scholarship. Even where one may disagree, Beale's treatment is always informative and at times even provocative. A very important contribution to biblical theology that deserves to be widely read." --Andreas J. Kostenberger, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

"Biblical scholars and theologians, after long separation and now perhaps with a healthier sense of their own historical location, have recently found themselves engaged on a common project: what is it that binds the church's canonical texts together? Reflecting its author's situatedness within the evangelical Reformed tradition and firm commitment to exegetical integrity and the priority of the biblical storyline, Beale's extensive and detailed new book is a most welcome addition to the ongoing discussion." --Rikk Watts, Regent College

"In your hands is a gold mine of biblical scholarship, a distillation of a lifetime of study by one of the most respected New Testament scholars of our day. Beale's arguments and conclusions are presented with such clarity and force that any interested reader, whether pastor, layperson, or professional scholar, will be able to benefit from the rich insights that appear on almost every page." --Gordon P. Hugenberger, Park Street Church, Boston; Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

"Beale has been harvesting the fields of biblical theology in major biblical commentaries and exegetical/theological studies for many years. Here now is his biblical theology magnum opus. As with all of Beale's works, this volume is brimming with rich and deeply satisfying redemptive-historical exegesis. This provides an enormous feast for anyone wishing to understand in greater detail the thrust of the Bible's saving story, but it also results in a great contribution to scholarship." --Charles E. Hill, Reformed Theological Seminary Orlando

"This volume, impressive for its massive sweep, is the matured fruit of the author's extensive work over several decades in New Testament theology. Especially those with interests in biblical eschatology, with some attention to the role of the church and Christian living 'between the times,' as well as in the New Testament use of the Old will profit from the characteristically sound and often stimulating instruction Beale provides." --Richard B. Gaffin Jr., Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia

"A New Testament Biblical Theology takes Beale's years of study, teaching, and research and presents his readers with the most thorough and mature work of New Testament biblical theology yet seen in the English language. He has structured the massive volume in a beautiful fashion, focusing nearly half of the work on the eschatological storyline of the Old Testament then moving to the story of the already-not yet latter-day resurrection and new-creational kingdom of the New." --Richard C. Gamble, Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary

"The canonical scope and focus on the biblical storyline give Beale's New Testament Biblical Theology a unique place among the many New Testament theologies now available. The book is vintage Beale, creatively making connections between Old Testament and New Testament and pursuing a definite vision of how the Bible hangs together." --Douglas J. Moo, Wheaton College

"Certainly Beale has written his magnum opus, in which he deftly integrates the Scriptures via the new creation theme. The use of the Old Testament in the New Testament forms the backbone of this work so that readers grasp how the storyline of Scripture coheres. We stand in debt to the author for his detailed and profound unfolding of New Testament theology." --Thomas R. Schreiner, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"A magnificent achievement! Rarely does a volume in biblical studies come along with such breadth, depth, insight, and specificity. It is a brilliant reconstruction of themes that are central to Christian faith. This is a landmark accomplishment." --David F. Wells, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

"Reflecting thirty years of research, this volume is unique in our time and in fact without close parallel in a discipline (biblical theology) that split the Old Testament off from the New over two hundred years ago. Beale has brought them back together in a creative and methodical way." --Robert W. Yarbrough, Covenant Theological Seminary

"Drawing on decades of exegetical research and teaching, A New Testament Biblical Theology exists at the intersection of biblical studies and theology. Carrying on the tradition of Geerhardus Vos, Beale has raised the bar for biblical theology in our day. We will be digesting this volume for many years to come." --Michael Horton, Westminster Seminary California

"A stimulating read. Readers will find the emphasis on the already-not yet end-time new creation and kingdom very enriching and insightful. What we have in this new biblical theology is an appreciation for the biblical story as a whole, an appreciation that provides a much-needed counterweight to the atomistic tendencies in much of our exegetical and theological work. Beale's book will make an important contribution." --Craig A. Evans, Acadia Divinity College

"Beale demonstrates new creation as an umbrella category covering all of the other major motifs not only in the New Testament but also in the relevant Old Testament and Second Temple Jewish background material. Along the way, readers are treated to outstanding up-to-date discussions of most of the main topics they have come to expect and some new ones. Throughout, Beale is thoroughly evangelical and thoroughly scholarly. This work is a true tour de force." --Craig L. Blomberg, Denver Seminary

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Herman Bavinck

In partnership with the Dutch Reformed Translation Society, Baker Academic is proud to offer in English for the very first time the fourth and final volume of Herman Bavinck's complete Reformed Dogmatics, now also available as a four-volume set. This volume includes the combined indexes for all four volumes. In addition, editor John Bolt introduces each chapter and has enhanced the footnotes and bibliography. This masterwork will appeal not only to scholars, students, pastors, and laity interested in Reformed theology but also to research and theological libraries.

"Bavinck's Dutch masterwork was the Everest of which the textbooks by Louis Berkhof and Auguste Leoerf were foothills and Berkouwer's studies in dogmatics were outliers. Like Augustine, Calvin, and Edwards, Bavinck was a man of giant mind, vast learning, ageless wisdom and great expository skill. Solid but lucid, demanding but satisfying, broad and deep and sharp and stabilizing, Bavinck's magisterial Reformed Dogmatics remains after a century the supreme achievement of its kind."--J. I. Packer, professor of theology, Regent College

"Arguably the most important systematic theology ever produced in the Reformed tradition. I have found it to be the most valuable. English-speaking theology throughout the 20th century until now has been singularly impoverished by not having at its disposal a translation of Bavinck's Dogmatiek in its entirety. The appearance of these volumes will be an incomparable boon for generations of students, pastors, teachers, and others, serving to deepen understanding and enrich reflection in both historical and systematic theology."--Richard B. Gaffin, Jr., professor of biblical and systematic theology, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia

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THY WORD IS STILL TRUTH: Essential Writings on the Doctrine of Scripture from the Reformation to Today
Edited by Peter A. Lillback and Richard B. Gaffin

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This new collection of Reformed thinkers' writings from the Reformation to today brings together key documents on the inerrancy of Scripture in one readable volume.

One of the hallmarks of Westminster Theological Seminary since its beginning in 1929 has been a high view of Scripture that reflects the historic Reformed theological and confessional tradition. Thy Word Is Still Truth confirms that Westminster still holds this high view.

The book's title builds on the important influence of E. J. Young's classic book on inerrancy, 'Thy Word is Truth.' This current anthology unapologetically borrows that title, emphasizing an abiding commitment to the entire truthfulness of the Holy Scriptures as well as a deep indebtedness to Reformed thinkers from the past to the present.

In addition to including all the major confessions and catechisms, 'Thy Word Is Still Truth' includes seminal articles on the doctrine of Scripture from the following authors:

Oswald T. Allis, William Ames, Herman Bavinck, Louis Berkhof, Henry Bullinger, John Calvin, Edmund P. Clowney, William Cunningham, Raymond B. Dillard, Jonathan Edwards, Sinclair B. Ferguson, John M. Frame, Richard B. Gaffin Jr., Louis Gaussen, Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg, Archibald Alexander Hodge, Charles Hodge, John Knox, Peter A. Lillback, Martin Luther, J. Gresham Machen, Adolphe Monod, John Murray, John Owen, Vern S. Poythress, MoisTs Silva, Charles H. Spurgeon, Ned B. Stonehouse, Francis Turretin, Zacharias Ursinus, Cornelius Van Til, Geerhardus Vos, Bruce K. Waltke, Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield, Robert Dick Wilson, John Witherspoon, Edward J. Young, and Ulrich Zwingli

Table of Contents:

Acknowledgments xiii

Permissions xv

Introduction xix

Abbreviations xxvii

Notes on the Introductions and Bibliographies xxxi

Part One: Sola Scriptura: The Reformers' Rediscovery of the Written Word of God

1. The Bondage of the Will 3 Martin Luther

2. The First Zurich Disputation 10 Ulrich Zwingli

3. The First Decade of Sermons 50 Henry Bullinger

The First Sermon: Of the Word of God; The Cause of It; And How, and by Whom, It Was Revealed to the World 51

The Second Sermon: Of the Word of God; To Whom, and to What End, It Was Revealed; Also in What Manner It Is to Be Heard; And That It Doth Fully Teach the Whole Doctrine of Godliness 65

4. Institutes of the Christian Religion (BookáI) 74 John Calvin

Chapter VI: Scripture Is Needed as Guide and Teacher for Anyone Who Would Come to God the Creator 75

Chapter VII: Scripture Must Be Confirmed by the Witness of the Spirit. Thus May Its Authority Be Established as Certain; and It Is a Wicked Falsehood That Its Credibility Depends on the Judgment of the Church 78

Part Two: The Reformed Confessions

5. The Sixty-seven Articles (1523) 87 Ulrich Zwingli

6. The Ten Conclusions of Berne (1528) 98

7. The First Helvetic Confession (1536) 102

8. The French Confession of Faith (1559) 106

9. The Scots Confession of Faith (1560) 117

10. The Belgic Confession of Faith (1561) 123

11. The Heidelberg Catechism 129

The Heidelberg Catechism (1563) 130

The Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism 143 Zacharias Ursinus

12. The Second Helvetic Confession (1566) 155

13. The Thirty-nine Articles of Religion of the Church of England (1571) 170

14. The Second Scots Confession (1581) 183

15. The Irish Articles of Religion (1615) 189

16. The Canons of the Synod of Dort (1618-19) 193

17. The Westminster Standards 216

The Westminster Confession of Faith (1647) 216

The Westminster Larger Catechism (1648) 223

The Westminster Shorter Catechism (1647) 234

18. The Confession of the Waldenses (1655) 238

Part Three: Early Reformed Interpretation

19. Of the One & Eternal Testament or Covenant of God: A Brief Exposition 245 Henry Bullinger

20. Christ the End of the Law 271 John Calvin

21. The Edwardian Homilies (1547) 283 A Fruitful Exhortation to the Reading and Knowledge of Holy Scripture 284

22. John Knox and the Church in Scotland 290 The Scots Confession 290 The First Book of Discipline 301

23. The Church's Marriage to Her Sons, and to Her God 307 Jonathan Edwards

Part Four: The Doctrine of Scripture in Reformed Orthodoxy

24. William Ames's The Marrow of Sacred Divinity 331 Of the Holy Scripture 332

25. The Divine Original of the Scripture 336 John Owen

26. Francis Turretin's Institutes of Elenctic Theology 345 Second Topic: The Holy Scriptures 346

First Question: The Word of God 346

Second Question: The Necessity of Scripture 348

Third Question 351

Fourth Question: The Authority of the Holy Scriptures 353

Fifth Question 361

Sixth Question 376

Seventh Question: The Canon 385

Eighth Question 388

Ninth Question: The Apocryphal Books 392

Tenth Question: The Purity of the Sources 396

Eleventh Question: The Authentic Version 402

Twelfth Question 406

Thirteenth Question: Versions 412

Fourteenth Question: The Septuagint 416

Fifteenth Question: The Vulgate 420

Sixteenth Question: The Perfection of the Scriptures 424

Seventeenth Question: The Perspicuity of the Scriptures 432

Eighteenth Question: The Reading of the Scriptures 436

Nineteenth Question: The Sense of the Scriptures 438

Twentieth Question: The Supreme Judge of Controversies and Interpreter of the Scriptures 443

Twenty-first Question: The Authority of the Fathers 451

27. The Helvetic Consensus Formula (1675) 457

28. Jonathan Edwards 478 Man's Natural Blindness in the Things of Religion (Psalm 94:8-11) 479 Observations on the Scriptures; Their Authority; And Necessity 483

Part Five: The Doctrine of Scripture in the Scottish and Dutch Legacy

29. The Truth of the Christian Religion in Particular 499 John Witherspoon

30. William Cunningham's Theological Lectures 505

Lecture XXI: Divine Origin and Authority of the Books of Scripture: External Evidence 506

Lecture XXII: Internal Evidence, in Commentary upon Confession, Chapterá1, Sectioná5 514

Lecture XXIII: Different Doctrines as to the Divine Origin of the Scriptures, Or the Amount of Divine Agency in the Production of Them: Principal Authors 521

Lecture XXIV: Difficulties in General: Rational and Spiritual Evidence; Testimony of the Spirit; Romish Scepticism 529

Lecture XXV: Testimony of the Spirit, Following the Confession of Faith 537

31. Richard B. Gaffin Jr. on Old Amsterdam (Abraham Kuyper) 544

32. Herman Bavinck's Reformed Dogmatics, Volumeá1, Prolegomena 569

Chapter 13: The Inspiration of Scripture 571

Chapter 14: Attributes of Scripture 619

33. Louis Berkhof's Systematic Theology: The Principia of Dogmatics 656

I. Principia in General 657

II. Religion 661

III. The Principium Cognoscendi Externum (Revelation) 677

IV. The Inspiration of Scripture 700

V. The Principium Cognoscendi Internum 722

Part Six: Other Nineteenth- Century European Contributions

34. Louis Gaussen's Theopneustia 739 Brief Didactic Abstract of the Doctrine of the Divine Inspiration 739

35. Adolphe Monod's Farewell to His Friends and the Church 760 Measureless Word, Measureless God (Everything in Scripture Is Ideal) 761 Scripture's Rewards (Reading the Bible) 763 Feeding on God's Word (A Dying Man's Regrets: 2.á The Study of God's Word) 765 The Two Voices of Scripture (Scripture) 767

36. Importance of the Messianic Prophecies 772 Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg

37. How to Read the Bible 782 Charles H. Spurgeon

Part Seven: The Doctrine of Scripture in the Theology of Old Princeton

38. Charles Hodge's Systematic Theology 795 The Protestant Rule of Faith 795

39. Archibald Alexander Hodge's Outlines of Theology 823

Chapter IV: The Inspiration of the Bible 824

Chapter V: The Rule of Faith and Practice 836

40. The Real Problem of Inspiration 847 Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield

41. Old Princeton, Westminster, and Inerrancy 882 MoisTs Silva

Part Eight: The Theology of Scripture of the Founding Fathers of Westminster

42. J. Gresham Machen's Last Words on the Word of God 895 The Living and True God 895 43. Robert Dick Wilson 902 The Study and Defense of the Bible in Westminster Seminary 903 Robert Dick Wilson Groundless Attacks in the Field of Oriental Scholarship 907 Robert Dick Wilson Robert Dick WilsonùDefender of GodÆs Word 912 Oswald T. Allis Tributes to Dr. Wilson 917 44. Nature and Scripture 921 Cornelius Van Til 45. John Murray 942 The Attestation of Scripture 944 Collected Writings of John Murray 967 The Infallibility of Scripture 967 The Finality and Sufficiency of Scripture 971 The Unity of the Old and New Testaments 976 The Importance and Relevance of the Westminster Confession 978

Part Nine: The Birth of Biblical Theology

46. Geerhardus Vos 985 The Idea of Biblical Theology as a Science and as a Theological Discipline 986 The Nature and Method of Biblical Theology from his Biblical Theology 1003 47. The Authority of the Old Testament and the Authority of Christ 1015 Ned B. Stonehouse 48. Preaching Christ from All the Scriptures 1034 Edmund P. Clowney 49. Vern S. Poythress 1052 Divine Meaning of Scripture 1053 The Purpose of the Bible from his God-Centered Biblical Interpretation 1076 50. MoisTs SilvaÆs Has the Church Misread the Bible? 1084 Obstacles in the Study of the History of Interpretation 1085 Clear or Obscure? 1095 51. Contemporary Hermeneutics and the Study of the New Testament 1108 Richard B. Gaffin Jr.

Part Ten: The Authority of the Old Testament and New Testament Canon of Scripture

52. The Authority of the Old Testament 1121 Edward J. Young

53. The Authority of the New Testament 1139 Ned B. Stonehouse 54. The New Testament as Canon 1163 Richard B. Gaffin Jr.

Part Eleven: Challenges to the Reformed Doctrine of Scripture 55. Edward J. YoungÆs Thy Word Is Truth 1179 Chapter 2: The Extent of Inspiration 1180 Chapter 3: The Human Writers of the Scriptures 1195 56. How Does the Bible Look at Itself? 1207 Sinclair B. Ferguson 57. John M. Frame 1223 Scripture Speaks for Itself 1224 God and Biblical Language: Transcendence and Immanence 1241 58. Harmonization: A Help and a Hindrance 1254 Raymond B. Dillard 59. Oral Tradition 1266 Bruce K. Waltke 60. ôThe Infallible Rule of Interpretation of Scriptureö: The Hermeneutical Crisis and the Westminster Standards 1279 Peter A. Lillback

Part Twelve: The Westminster Controversy

61. Statement from the Board of Trustees, Westminster Theological Seminary (September 24, 2008) 1321 62. Affirmations and Denials Regarding Recent Issues 1323

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Adopted by the Board of Trustees, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Decemberá3, 2008) 1323

Part Thirteen: Conclusion

63. Peter A. LillbackÆs Introduction to GaffinÆs GodÆs Word in Servant-Form 1337

64. Conclusion and Postscript to GaffinÆs GodÆs Word in Servant-Form 1344

List of Contributors 1349 Index of Scripture and Deuterocanonical Books 1350 Index of Themes and Names 1379

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