Guess the Good Guy

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The Churches of the Reformation from the very beginning distinguished between the law and the gospel as the two parts of the Word of God as a means of grace. This distinction was not understood to be identical with that between the Old and the New Testament, but was regarded as a distinction that applies to both Testaments. There is law and gospel in the Old Testament, and there is law and gospel in the New. The law comprises everything in Scripture which is a revelation of God’s will in the form of command or prohibition, while the gospel embraces everything, whether it be in the Old Testament or in the New, that pertains to the work of reconciliation and that proclaims the seeking and redeeming love of God in Christ Jesus.


***Answer: Louis Berkhof (Systematic Theology, 612).

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14 Responses to Guess the Good Guy

  1. David R. says:


  2. Zrim says:

    Dutch Reformed, yes. Bavinck, no.

  3. RubeRad says:

    The only other Dutch Reformed guy I know of is Kuyper.

  4. Zrim says:

    You need to get out a little more.

  5. RubeRad says:


  6. David R. says:


  7. David R. says:


  8. David R. says:

    Berkhof of course

  9. RubeRad says:

    OK, of course I know of Berkhof, but he didn’t spring to mind as Dutch. I probably would have guessed German. Any more Dutchies out there I should know about?(Vos and Vos Jr. (J.G.) and Vanhoozer were Americans, weren’t they?)

  10. Carter says:

    I’m going with Horton. Mostly cause I know just as few Dutch guys as RubeRad 😉 I suppose it could be Van Til…

  11. Zrim says:

    I think Horton is Orange County Reformed.

    One of you is right. I’ll update the post soon with the answer…

  12. David R. says:

    Wow, with two strikes already against me no less … I usually don’t perform well under pressure.

  13. Bruce Settergren says:

    Not only is Berkhof Dutch, but your own father was a classmate in High School with Berkhof’s grandson.

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