Vos Group #6: The Content of Pre-Redemptive Special Revelation, Part 2

Dr. Lane Tipton returns to Christ the Center for the sixth episode of Vos Group, concerning the second half of chapter three of Geerhardus Vos’ Biblical Theology (pp. 33–40). Vos established in the previous chapter the presence of special revelation in the garden of Eden, in the probationary covenant of works. In this chapter, he highlights four principles made known in the covenant, the first two of which are “the principle of life” and “the principle of probation,” discussed last episode. This episode, Drs. Tipton and Bucey discuss “the principle of temptation and sin symbolized in the serpent,” and “the principle of death symbolized by the dissolution of the body.”

Roughly each month, Lane and Camden will work through the pages of Vos’ Biblical Theology. While Vos’ book is foundational, it’s tough for the “uninitiated” to access. This will be a great opportunity for study groups to listen to our discussions and work things out together. We hope everyone who participates will learn more about Reformed biblical theology. Pick up a copy of Biblical Theology and get on the BT wagon!

Lane G. Tipton is Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. He has appeared numerous times on our programs. Please visit our archives to listen to Dr. Tipton speak about a range of theological topics.

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Baus

3 years ago

Doesn’t Gen2:17 “in the day that you eat of it…” mean not only that the judgment of death is a certain consequence, but that the condemnation *would* in fact happen in that very day? And so isn’t the import of what happens in Gen3 when God promises the seed of the woman, the fact that they *don’t* receive the specified judgment?

Adam and Eve are *not* sent to the lake of fire. They are not damned. Damnation (not mere physical death) was the death that was threatened, and it’s not carried out. Rather, God has mercy on them.

So the fact that they don’t die physically that day doesn’t require us to say “in the day” doesn’t mean that very day. It was a real threat that judgment would be carried out that very day. But the judgment of death threatened wasn’t mere physical death, it was being cast into hell body&soul. And they wouldn’t have experienced separation from their bodies in physical death, had they received the due penalty.

RubeRad

3 years ago

Interesting to hear you use the “word” viceregent many times; and I think you mentioned Bob Strimple as well. I learned from Strimple that “viceregent” is not a word. “regent” is a word, and it already means what you want, i.e. not the king, but an appointed delegate for the king. So maybe a death makes a baby technically King, while the baby grows up the country will be ruled by a “regent”. Also learned from Strimple that “gerent” is a word (not just a misspelling of regent)!

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