Regeneration and Redemptive-History

In this episode of Christ the Center, Rev. Dr. Scott R. Wright develops a redemptive-historical understanding of the doctrine of regeneration. Rev. Wright is senior pastor of Redeemer Church (PCA) in Hudson, Ohio. His dissertation, “Regeneration and Redemptive History,” is a thoroughgoing treatment of regeneration in the tradition of Geerhardus Vos. Often, regeneration is treated statically, without reference to biblical eschatology and the categories of historia and ordo salutis. This can lead to serious problems in systematic theology, such as positing essentially different modes of salvation between the testaments. Wright reorients the discussion along biblical categories and brings a fresh approach to the study of this important Reformed doctrine.

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Mark G

7 years ago

This was an excellent discussion. I appreciated the way it redirected the common evangelical emphasis in regeneration on the individual to the corporate and even cosmic. Also, it was helpful the way it brought in the practical and pastoral implications.

Some time ago a pastor of mine said something like “we often think about what Christ has done for us, but we seldom think about what Christ did for himself.” As Dr. Wright said, I agree we are personally involved in the plan of God which is much bigger than me, and it is helpful to meditate on that.

Ryan Harrison

7 years ago

Thanks for this interview, folks. Really great stuff.

I’d be interested to hear more from Dr. Wright and the CtC guys about how y’all would argue

1) for a heart-renewal interpretation of regeneration in light of the redemptive-historical interpretation and then

2) against folks like James Jordan and Rich Lusk in the Federal Vision camp who deny an irreversible heart-renewal interpretation of regeneration.

Here’s the article: http://biblicalhorizons.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/concerning-regeneration/



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