In this, the final volume in the landmark Reformed Dogmatics series, Bavinck examines the role of Christ in a believer's life. In Part I he develops the Reformed views of calling, regeneration, faith, conversion, justification, sanctification and perseverance. The doctrine of the Church becomes the discussion in Part II as Bavinck looks at the Church’s Spiritual Essence, The Church’s Spiritual Government, The Church’s Spiritual Power, Proclamation, Sacraments, Baptism, and the Lord’s Supper. Lastly, Bavinck wraps up his magnum opus with a dissertation of the believer's hope in Christ, His return, and the renewal of all things.
This masterwork will appeal to scholars and students of theology, research and theological libraries, and pastors and laity who read serious works of Reformed theology.
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This is one of those seminal works that embodies a significant portion of our Reformed theological heritage. We all should rejoice to see this material finally available in English!
—Samuel T. Logan Jr., Westminster Theological Seminary
Herman Bavinck was born in 1854 in the Netherlands. He studied at Kampen Theological Seminary and the University of Leiden, and graduated in 1880. Bavinck returned to Kampen in 1881 as the newly-appointed Professor of Dogmatics. In 1902, Bavinck moved to Amsterdam to teach at the Free University, and was also appointed to the parliament in the Netherlands.
Along with Abraham Kuyper, Bavinck figured prominently in the nineteenth century Dutch Calvinist revival and contributed to the resurgence of Reformed theology. He was a prolific writer, and published numerous books and articles. His most well-known publications include his 4-volume Reformed Dogmatics and The Philosophy of Revelation.
“1. Scripture leaves no doubt that the gospel may and must be preached to all creatures.” (Page 36)
“To understand the benefit of sanctification correctly, we must proceed from the idea that Christ is our holiness in the same sense in which he is our righteousness. He is a complete and all-sufficient Savior.” (Page 248)
“When God freely chooses to renew a person’s will, no one can withstand God. God’s inner call is efficacious.” (Page 32)
“The gospel is preached to humans not as elect or reprobate but as sinners, all of whom need redemption. Administered by people who do not know the hidden counsel of God, the gospel can only be universal in its offer. Just as a net cast into the sea catches both good and bad fish, just as the sun shines simultaneously on wheat and on weeds, just as the seed of the sower falls not only on good soil but also on stony and dry places, so also the gospel, in its being administered, comes to all people without distinction.” (Page 36)
“In the first place, one can use it to describe the transformation that begins in the human consciousness as a result of the believing acceptance of the gospel, by which it is relieved of all feeling of guilt and fear and filled with comfort, peace, and joy.” (Page 76)