Reformed Systematic Theology, Volume 2: Volume 2: Man and Christ

Reformed Systematic Theology, Volume 2: Volume 2: Man and Christ

by Joel Beeke, Paul M. Smalley


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The second installment in the Reformed Systematic Theology series draws on historical theology of the Reformed tradition, exploring the doctrines of man and Christ with an accessible, comprehensive, and experiential approach.

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ISBN-13: 9781433559877
Publisher: Crossway
Publication date: 11/17/2020
Series: Reformed Systematic Theology Series
Pages: 1360
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 2.56(d)

About the Author

Joel R. Beeke (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) has written over one hundred books. He is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary; a pastor of the Heritage Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan; the editor of Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth; the editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books; the president of Inheritance Publishers; and the vice president of the Dutch Reformed Translation Society.

Paul M. Smalley (ThM, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary) is faculty teaching assistant to Joel Beeke at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. He previously served for twelve years as a pastor in the Baptist General Conference in the midwestern United States.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations 13

Tables 15

Preface 17

Part 3 Anthropology: The Doctrine of Man

Analytical Outline: Anthropology 21

1 Introduction to Anthropology 37

Section A The Doctrine of Creation

2 The Creation of the World, Part 1: God the Creator 55

3 The Creation of the World, Part 2: Historical and Theological Questions 77

4 The Creation of the World, Part 3: Exegetical Questions 91

5 The Creation of the World, Part 4: Scientific Questions 106

Section B The Doctrine of Man's Creation and Nature

6 The Creation of Man by God 125

7 The Controversy over the Historical Adam 143

8 The Image of God, Part 1: Exegetical and Biblical Theology 161

9 The Image of God, Part 2: Historical and Polemical Theology 176

10 The Image of God, Part 3: Systematic and Practical Theology 193

11 The Gender and Sexuality of Man 207

12 The Constitution of Man, Part 1: Unity and Duality 229

13 The Constitution of Man, Part 2: Body and Soul 244

14 God's Covenant with Adam, Part 1: Biblical Teaching 265

15 God's Covenant with Adam, Part 2; Historical and Systematic Theology 284

16 God's Covenant with Adam, Part 3: Practical Implications 306

Section C The Doctrine of Sin

17 Introduction to the Doctrine of Sin 325

18 The Fall of Man into Sin and Misery 346

19 The State of Sin, Part 1: Historical Theology of Original Sin 365

20 The State of Sin, Part 2: Universal Sin, Imputed Guilt, and Lack of Righteousness 386

21 The State of Sin, Part 3: Total Depravity and Inability 400

22 The Free Choice of the Will 417

23 Actual Sins: The Diverse, Poisonous Fruit of Original Sin 435

24 The Punishment of Sin by God 450

25 Sin and the Believer 467

26 Suffering and the Believer 482

Part 4 Christology: The Doctrine of Christ Analytical Outline: Christology 499

Section A The Doctrine of the Covenant of Grace

27 Introduction to the Covenant of Grace 521

28 Historical Perspectives on God's Covenants 538

29 The Perpetual Continuity of God's Gospel 565

30 The Eternal Covenant with God's Son and Those in Union with Him 584

31 The Diverse Administrations of God's Covenant of Grace, Part 1: Noah, Abraham, and Moses 610

32 The Diverse Administrations of God's Covenant of Grace, Part 2: David and the New Covenant 635

33 The Essential Unity of God's Covenant of Grace 655

34 The Abiding Duty to Obey God's Moral Law 678

35 The Church's Union with Her Covenant God through Faith 701

Section B The Doctrine of the Person of Christ

36 Introduction to the Study of Christ's Person and Work 721

37 The Names of Christ 739

38 The Deity of Christ 757

39 Christ's Incarnation, Part 1: The Coming of the Incarnate Son 783

40 Christ's Incarnation, Part 2: Humanity and Relations 806

41 Christ's Incarnation, Part 3: Historical Development of Orthodox Christology 821

42 Christ's Incarnation, Part 4: Theological Questions and Practical Applications 842

Section C The Doctrine of the Work of Christ

43 The Threefold Office of the One Mediator 869

44 The Two States of Our Prophet, Priest, and King 893

Excursus: "He Descended into Hell" 912

45 Christ's Prophetic Work, Part 1: Introduction and Typology 926

46 Christ's Prophetic Work, Part 2: Revelation by the Word 946

47 Christ's Prophetic Work, Part 3: Illumination for His Prophetic People 969

48 Christ's Priestly Work, Part 1: Introduction to Christ's Priestly Office 988

49 Christ's Priestly Work, Part 2: Penal Substitution for the Satisfaction of God's Justice 1007

50 Christ's Priestly Work, Part 3: Christ's Sacrificial Obedience 1033

51 Christ's Priestly Work, Part 4: The Perfections of Christ's Sacrificial Accomplishment 1058

52 Christ's Priestly Work, Part 5: Intercession for a Priestly People 1088

53 Christ's Kingly Work, Part 1: Introduction, Victory, and Triumph 1111

54 Christ's Kingly Work, Part 2: Power, Grace, and Glory 1135

55 Christ's Kingly Work, Part 3: Christ's Kingly People 1157

56 Practical Conclusion to Christology: The Centrality of Christ 1169

Bibliography 1181

General Index 1237

Scripture Index 1273

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“In volume 2 of Reformed Systematic Theology, Joel Beeke and his theological Barnabas, Paul Smalley, continue their massive exposition of Christian doctrine. Like the first volume, it is marked by constant use of Scripture coupled with references to the great theologians, and is written for all of the people of God in language that is more pastoral than metaphysical. This second volume covers the vital areas of anthropology and Christology, and continues in the style of a true ‘church dogmatics’ reminiscent of the work of the great pastor-theologians of the church. A model of clarity, it will promote doxology, maturity, and further inquiry. Here is catechesis at its best, instructing the student of theology, providing pastors with a sermon-enriching manual, and giving growing Christians a resource book that will both inform and nourish them, as well as provide endless theological enjoyment!”
—Sinclair B. Ferguson, Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries

“The scholarship and devotion of this volume are truly impressive and must reflect the result of many years of rigorous study and careful teaching of the themes pursued. I have not read a systematic theology that impressed me to the same extent. This is a work that not only instructs but also speaks to the heart. It is a presentation of orthodox Reformed theology that reflects the Puritan tradition, but also presents that tradition in the context of the flow of Christian theology from the Bible through the church fathers and the medieval expositors, the Reformation challenges, and on to the contemporary scene.”
—Robert W. Oliver, Pastor Emeritus, Old Baptist Chapel, Bradford on Avon, UK; Emeritus Lecturer in Church History and Historical Theology, London Theological Seminary

“Written with great clarity and thoughtful simplicity, this volume can be confidently relied upon for study and teaching. This is how systematic theology should be done—by having in mind both the pastor in the pulpit and the people in the pews. The authors are to be commended for giving us this top-rate, scholarly-yet-accessible, God-honoring volume.”
—Rob Ventura, Pastor, Grace Community Baptist Church, North Providence, Rhode Island; coauthor, A Portrait of Paul and Spiritual Warfare

“This volume continues the heart-warming approach of volume 1. I particularly admire the authors’ insightful and scrupulously fair exposition of positions with which they disagree. Their work offers a pretty comprehensive approach to different readings throughout the history of the subjects dealt with.”
—Jonathan F. Bayes, UK Director, Carey Outreach Ministries; Pastor, Stanton Lees Chapel, Derbyshire, England; author, Systematics for God’s Glory and The Weakness of the Law

Reformed Systematic Theology not only takes readers into the depths of our triune God, but also shows what these great truths have to do with the Christian life. No contemporary systematic theology will bring the reader to a greater understanding of how theology blossoms into doxology than this one.”
—Matthew Barrett, Associate Professor of Christian Theology, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Executive Editor, Credo Magazine; editor, Reformation Theology

Reformed Systematic Theology is the ripe fruit of Joel Beeke’s lifelong engagement as a preacher and as a teacher of preachers. This is not a systematic theology written by an ivory-tower theologian, but rather by a seasoned preacher for whom the doctrines he expounds have become, by the grace of God, an experiential reality.”
—Bartel Elshout, Pastor, Heritage Reformed Congregation, Hull, Iowa; translator, The Christian’s Reasonable Service and The Christian’s Only Comfort in Life and Death

“Beeke and Smalley have written a work useful to the church at large that teaches Christians what they should believe and how they should love, but they have not sacrificed academic rigor to achieve these goals.”
—J. V. Fesko, Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi

“Joel Beeke has continued his decades-long service to Christ and his church by presenting us with his mature reflections on the nature of systematic theology. This work is fully reliable, well written, easily understood, and thoroughly researched.”
—Richard C. Gamble, Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary

“Joel Beeke is a rare gift to the church, a noted Christian leader who combines the skills of a learned theologian, master teacher, noted historian, and yet also a caring pastor. Reformed Systematic Theology is a virtual gold mine of biblical doctrine that is systematically arranged, carefully analyzed, historically scrutinized, and pastorally applied.”
—Steven J. Lawson, President, OnePassion Ministries; Professor of Preaching, The Master’s Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries

“‘Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!’ This expression of praise from Paul’s great doxology is a fitting response to reading this wonderful work of doctrine and devotion. Though the Reformed faith is often caricatured as merely intellectual, this work demonstrates that Reformed theology is also profoundly experiential, as no chapter fails to move from theology to doxology.”
—John MacArthur, Pastor, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California; Chancellor Emeritus, The Master’s University and Seminary

“Here is theology functioning as it ought to function—calling us to worship. You will not need to agree with the authors at every point to believe and to hope that this work will serve Christ’s church well in our generation and for generations to come.”
—Jeremy Walker, Pastor, Maidenbower Baptist Church, Crawley, UK; author, Life in Christ; Anchored in Grace; and A Face Like a Flint

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