Geerhardus Vos – The Father of Christian Eschatology

15 May

(1862-1949) Professor of Biblical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary.

In the period of the Reformation the problem of the obtaining of righteousness before God filled hearts and minds. For the time this forced the eschatological hope into the background, although even then it would have been by no means paradoxical to say that the two strands of the justifying faith and the eschatological outlook remained closely intertwined. Paul knew the inevitableness of this and knew it better, perhaps, than the foremost heroes of the Reformation, not even Luther or Calvin excepted. While the Reformers were by no means unacquainted with the melodies of eschatological music, theirs was by preference martial music drawn from the storm and stress of the Psalter. But they received something better from Paul than either prophet or Psalmist had been able to give. Paul had been the first to grasp with his master-mind the single items of eschatological belief scattered through Scripture, and to weave them into a compact, well-rounded system, so coherent, that, speaking after the manner of man, it became next to impossible for any of the precious texture henceforth to be lost. He it was who made the single items of hope find themselves and group themselves into crystal formations with symmetrical shapes. Truly for this, not his smallest gift, he may justly be called the father of Christian eschatology.

~Geerhardus Vos~

The Pauline Eschatology (Princeton, NJ: Geerhardus Vos, 1930), vi.

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3 Responses to “Geerhardus Vos – The Father of Christian Eschatology”

  1. lacykitkat May 15, 2014 at 5:45 am #

    Reblogged this on HE STILL SPEAKS!.

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    Reblogged this on My Delight and My Counsellors.

  3. irishanglican ~ Fr. Robert May 15, 2014 at 1:23 pm #

    Surely Geerhardus Vos was the first late (20th century) Reformed scholar to see the great Eschatogical reality of the Bible! (As to a Reformed “Biblicism”). And he admits that both Luther and Calvin did not really crack the door here theologically. And as far as Vos goes he is good, but there is so much more to see in other scholars too, and here I would recommend Henry Alford’s Greek NT study. With too people like the later (also 20th century) George Eldon Ladd. But then, I am too a convinced Historic Pre-Mill, with even a place for the Progressive Dispensational! (See, Saucy’s, as Bock & Blaising books, on the PD)

    Well, I flew my flag here! 😉 (Note, old Gordon Clark was Historic Pre-Mill, as too Francis Schaeffer, and James Montgomery Boice, Donald Grey Barnhourse, there are more, even some Brits!)

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