Category Archives: Vicarious humanity of Christ

Reforming Calvinism: Why Universal Atonement Does Not Entail Universal Salvation

In a post in which I explained T.F. Torrance’s contention that the traditional Calvinist doctrine of limited atonement implies a heretical Christology, specifically that of Nestorianism. Following Torrance, I argued that a fully orthodox Christology, resting on the twofold concept … Continue reading

Posted in Atonement, Christology, Classic Calvinism, Evangelical theology, Five points of Calvinism, Incarnation, Judgment of God, Reformed theology, Reforming Calvinism, Sin and evil, Soteriology, T.F. Torrance, Universalism, Vicarious humanity of Christ | 7 Comments

Reforming Calvinism: Why the Doctrine of Limited Atonement Implies a Heretical Christology

T.F. Torrance is known to have criticized the traditional Calvinist doctrine of limited atonement (i.e. that Christ died in an efficacious way only for the elect) on the basis of its implicit Nestorianism, the early Christological heresy, condemned by the … Continue reading

Posted in Atonement, Christology, Church history, Classic Calvinism, Election, Evangelical Calvinism, Five points of Calvinism, Heresy/Heterodoxy, Incarnation, Karl Barth, Orthodoxy, Patristic theology, Predestination, Reformed theology, Reforming Calvinism, Soteriology, T.F. Torrance, Vicarious humanity of Christ | 10 Comments

“He Is Our Flesh”: John Calvin on the Saving Significance of the Incarnation

Sometimes when we think about Jesus Christ and his saving work, we can tend to lay so much emphasis on his death for our sins and resurrection for our justification (as Paul puts it in the last verse of Romans 4) … Continue reading

Posted in Atonement, Creeds, Devotional, John Calvin, Love of God, Patristic theology, Reformed theology, Soteriology, Vicarious humanity of Christ, Worship | 4 Comments

The Overwhelming Humanness of Christ: T.F. Torrance on the Wonder of Christmas

Since we are already well into Advent and Christmas is on the horizon, I thought it would be appropriate to take a brief break from posting excerpts from T.F. Torrance’s sermon series on Revelation and offer readings more suited to the season … Continue reading

Posted in Christology, Devotional, T.F. Torrance, Vicarious humanity of Christ | 1 Comment

Barth’s Doctrine of Election in 100 Words

Since I started blogging a few months ago, I have interacted with various people who have expressed appreciation for my articles but have noted that at times their content can be somewhat technical or complex and thus difficult to fully understand. Although … Continue reading

Posted in Bobby Grow, Christology, Election, Evangelical Calvinism, Gospel, Karl Barth, Predestination, Vicarious humanity of Christ | 9 Comments

Irenaeus, T.F. Torrance, and the Vicarious Receptivity of Christ

This week I was both honored and humbled to be mentioned by Fr Kimel in a post on his blog entitled ‘Vicarious Faith, Tom Torrance, and a Few Memories‘, written in response to my own post ‘Athanasius, T.F. Torrance, and … Continue reading

Posted in Athanasius, Christology, Evangelical Calvinism, Holy Spirit, Homoousion, Irenaeus, Orthodoxy, Patristic theology, Reformed theology, Soteriology, T.F. Torrance, Vicarious humanity of Christ

Athanasius, T.F. Torrance, and the Vicarious Humanity of Christ

After a recent post on the vicarious humanity of Christ, Fr Aidan Kimel, who blogs at Eclectic Orthodoxy, expressed doubt in a Facebook comment as to whether, apart from T.F. Torrance and Karl Barth, the doctrine has actually had any major … Continue reading

Posted in Assurance, Athanasius, Christology, Evangelical Calvinism, Gospel, Grace of God, Karl Barth, Khaled Anatolios, Orthodoxy, Patristic theology, Reformed theology, T.F. Torrance, Vicarious humanity of Christ | 6 Comments

Reforming Calvinism, pt. 18: Irresistible Grace (All of Christ, All of Us)

In the last entry in my series Reforming Calvinism, I applied the theological axiom “the gift of grace is identical with the divine Giver” to the Christological side of an Evangelical Calvinist revision of the fourth point of TULIP: ‘irresistible grace’. I argued … Continue reading

Posted in Christology, Classic Calvinism, Evangelical Calvinism, Five points of Calvinism, Gospel, Grace of God, Holy Spirit, Justification, Myk Habets, Reformed theology, Reforming Calvinism, Soteriology, T.F. Torrance, Union with Christ, Vicarious humanity of Christ | 1 Comment

The Evangelical Calvin: Vicarious Humanity Edition

Following my post on the doctrine of the vicarious humanity of Christ, I thought it opportune to offer another installment of ‘The Evangelical Calvin’, this time in relation to – you guessed it – the vicarious humanity of Christ. As … Continue reading

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Reforming Calvinism, pt. 17: Irresistible Grace (The Vicarious Humanity of Christ)

“I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I. But Christ lives in me, and the life which I now life in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and … Continue reading

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