alien righteousness

R. Scott Clark on Johannes Wollebius (1589-1629)

A helpful introduction to a theologian worth checking out or writing Baker publishing*  to republish the “Reformed Dogmatics” (1965, 1977) translated by Beardslee.

The following book includes the Wollebius’ work that Scott Clark, a prof at Westminster West, points to.

Does anyone know if there is a online version?

Well, here’s R. Scott Clark on Johannes Wollebius (he was asked, do you have a favorite theologian?):

“One my favorite theologians is actually an Old Testament scholar from Basel who taught in the earlier 17th century and his name was Johannes Wollebius.

And what I love about Wollebius is he wrote a little handbook of Reformed theology called the Compendium of Christian Theology. (And) Wollebius encompasses or captures for me the beauty of Reformed theology because it’s a very simple account of the faith and yet there is a certain subtly and depth to it.

…it’s an Old Testament scholar writing a systematic theology so we read a wonderful blend of what we today call Biblical Theology, which we done for centuries but we just didn’t call it that and systematic theology. So you get the precision of systematics and you get the depth and richness of Biblical theology and yet you also see him interacting with the church, engaging with the church, and using the language of the church to articulate these things. So he does these things all at the same time, and it’s very clear. Nobody is clearer about the basics of the Christian faith; you see the vibrancy of the Reformation faith in this treatise in the first quarter of the 17th century.

He is absolutely crystal clear about the doctrine of Justification. He is very clear about the the doctrine of sin. He is very clear about the nature of grace. He is very clear about how that relates to the Biblical doctrines of the covenants. The covenant of works or nature or law or life (whatever we want to call it) that God made with Adam before the Fall. The covenant of grace—the promise of Salvation that he made with Adam after the Fall that he administered through Noah through Abraham and Moses and David and so forth.

And he is also clear about the continuity of the history of Redemption. The continuity of the covenant of grace that there is always one covenant of grace that has a variety of administrations, but one fundamental promise; and that it all comes to fulfillment in Christ. So he is very focused on this centrality of Christ in the history of Redemption and in the Christian life.

And he is also very good about the nature of the Christian life. That the Christian life is a life lived in light of grace by the power of grace in communion with God, in fellowship with Christ, in union with Christ by the power of the Spirit.

He is realistic about our sin and our need for grace and our continual need to be forgiven. And yet he’s not shy about the power of the Holy Spirit to continue working in people’s lives. So, in a sense, I like it because it’s just a snap-shot of Reformed theology as it begins to come to maturity in the early part of the 17th century.”

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