Eternally Begotten of the Father: An Analysis of the 1689’s Doctrine of the Eternal Generation of the Son by Stefan Lindblad [PDF]

Andrew Lindsey:

[Here’s something I originally posted on 2/18/14. With some current controversies within evangelicalism, it suddenly seems timely.]

The Baptist Confession of Faith (1689), 2.3:

In this divine and infinite Being there are three subsistences, the Father, the Word or Son, and Holy Spirit, of one substance, power, and eternity, each having the whole divine essence, yet the essence undivided: the Father is of none, neither begotten nor proceeding; the Son is eternally begotten of the Father; the Holy Spirit proceeding from the Father and the Son; all infinite, without beginning, therefore but one God, who is not to be divided in nature and being, but distinguished by several peculiar relative properties and personal relations; which doctrine of the Trinity is the foundation of all our communion with God, and comfortable dependence on him.

(Matt 28:19; 2 Cor 13:14; Exo 3:14; John 14:11; 1 Cor 8:6; John 1:14, 18; John 15:26; Gal 4:6)


In an article focused on BCF 1689 2.3 [found HERE], Stefan Lindblad makes several helpful observations. For example, Lindblad notes that unlike in human begetting, in which the generic human essence is divided- and, by virtue of being begotten, a human being moves from a state of potentiality (non-existence) to actuality (existence)- God the Son is begotten of God the Father eternally (both Father and Son always exist), with no division of the divine essence. The doctrine of the eternal generation of the Son is both “expressly set down” and “necessarily contained” in Scripture (BCF 1689 1.10)


Ware+Trinity.jpgIn his article, Lindblad defends the doctrine of the eternal generation of the Son against current evangelical skeptics. In the final section of his article, Lindblad specifically focuses on Bruce Ware‘s teaching the Son’s eternal distinction from and relation to the Father is best understood in terms of eternal functional submission RATHER THAN the Son being eternally begotten. Ware writes:

The conceptions of both the “eternal begetting of the Son” and “eternal procession of the Spirit” seem to me highly speculative and not grounded in biblical teaching. Both the Son as only-begotten and the Spirit as proceeding from the Father (and the Son) refer, in my judgment, to the historical realities of the incarnation and Pentecost, respectively. [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: Relationship, Roles, and Relevance 162, n 3]

By contrast, Lindblad objects to Ware’s exegesis of 1 Corinthians 11:3 in which Ware asserts that Paul teaches that male headship is “a reflection of the authority and submission that exists in the eternal Godhead.” […read the rest.]

Read Stefan Lindblad’s 27 page “Eternally Begotten of the Father: An Analysis of the Second London Confession of Faith’s Doctrine of the Eternal Generation of the Son”:

Download (PDF, 261KB)

AUDIO from the 2016 “1689 Conference: The Reign of Grace” now online feat. Baines, Waldron, Hall, & Waters

Audio from the 2016 “1689 Conference”, which took place on March 18-19, is now online (videos coming soon):

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That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness
unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 5:21 (KJV)


1689 ConfIt seems as though in the year 2015 there has been many challenges facing us as Christians, both from outside our walls and from within.

The church needs to be encouraged with the reminder of the steadfastness and surety of God’s reign through grace,
which will not be thwarted by sin nor traitors in our ranks.

If it would please the Lord, we are hoping to achieve several things with this year’s theme: REIGN of GRACE.

Beginning on Friday we hope to provide an overview concerning a very important way in how to understand God’s redemptive plan which is interwoven all throughout the Scriptures – the Covenant of Grace. This Covenant is central to the 1689 Baptist Confession and is sure to provide God’s people with confidence and renewed hope that the Lord fulfills His promises!

Then on Saturday, following the reassurance and reminder of the promises and plans made to Christ’s people, we will offer teachings that have a more practical mood, in hopes they may exhort, encourage and equip those in attendance to continue to fight the good fight,
and not to grow weary in well doing.

So then, please join us that we may continue steadfastly unto the end in the most holy faith which we confess.
Come, gather and meet new friends who share with you in precious like faith.

2016 Audio Sessions:

Day One Audio

Rev. Ron Baines – Of God’s covenant of grace (this topic is also further expanded in Ron’s second talk – #5):

Dr. Sam Waldron – Of Jesus Christ the Mediator by which grace reigns.:

Rev. Mike Waters – Of reigning grace through repentance and salvation.:

Rev. JD Hall – Of reigning grace and our proclamation of the gospel.:

Rev. Ron Baines – Of reigning grace in and through the local church.:

Dr. Sam Waldron – The Consummation of the glorious reign of grace.:

Day Two Audio

Rev. JD Hall – Of reigning grace and our Perseverance during this life.:

Dr. Sam Waldron – Of reigning grace and new church planting.:

Rev. JD Hall – Of reigning grace and passing on our beliefs to the next generation.:

TALK #10
Rev. Ron Baines – Of the reign of grace and fleeing worldliness.:

TALK #11
Rev. Mike Waters – The reign of grace through martyrdom.:

TALK #12
Rev. Mike Waters – The reign of grace in self-denial.:

“The Seven Sayings of the Savior on the Cross” by A. W. Pink [Free eBook Friday]


Pink Cross Saying

A Catechism for Boys and Girls
by A. W. Pink

[Download in .ePub .mobi & .pdf formats]

The Seven Sayings of the Saviour on the Cross, Dr. Pink illustrates clearly the lessons that emerge out of the seven utterances of Christ on the cross, filling the reader with the glory of the redemptive message. Pink uses one chapter, for each of the seven things Jesus said while dying: the word of Forgiveness (Luke 23:34), the word of Salvation (Luke 23:42-43), the word of Affection (John 19:25-27), the word of Anguish (Matthew 27:46), the word of Suffering (John 19:28), the word of Victory (John 19:30) and the word of Contentment (Luke 23:46). A W PinkEach of the seven chapters is then broken down into seven profound insights on what Jesus said, why he said it, and the far reaching implications for us who hear it.

Dr. Arthur W. Pink (1886-1952) served as a pastor for churches in Colorado, California, Kentucky, and South Carolina. His ministry brought him throughout the United States, Australia, and Great Britain.

Pages: 94.

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TGC15 Media Now Available feat. Thabiti Anyabwile, Voddie Baucham + many more [AUDIO | VIDEO]


Earlier this month we gathered in Orlando, Florida, for The Gospel Coalition 2015 National Conference, titled “Coming Home: New Heaven and New Earth.” More than 6,000 from 50 states and 50 countries came together to consider the theme of our eternal home. In addition to our conference attendees, more than 26,000 joined us through livestream from all 50 states and 137 different countries. Four live translations conveyed the conference message in Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Mandarin. Now all TGC15 media—9 main plenary sessions and more than 50 workshops—are available online. All of this content is free, and we encourage you to share it. You can also browse the conference photo gallery

Of particular interest:


“Experience isn’t everything” (one minute video snippet from the above):


“The federal headship of Jesus” (two minute video snippet from the above ):

Longing for more than Christmas [Jason Ching]

Pastor Jason Ching
Pastor Jason Ching

Every week on our headlines podcast [The Dunker Bunker] we highlight some posts from our Reformed Baptist blog aggregator [The BaptiBot]. One of the blogs that always gets highlighted is Jason Ching’s, who is one  of the pastors at Grace Community Church in Minden, Nevada.

We love it because once or twice a week he gives you a good 30-second devotional.

Allow me to highlight his latest post, which isn’t much longer than my intro:

Longing for more than Christmas

“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.” (Psalm 130:5–6, ESV)

The morning is coldest when the sun first rises.

Part of it is just temperature, the morning hasn’t yet been able to soak up the warmth of the sun. But the other part must be deeper than that.

Our longing for the sun’s warmth reaches its peak when the light is glimpsed, but not yet felt. There’s the hint of warmth, but the absence of its touch.

Two thousand years ago the sun peaked over the horizon. Rays of hope pierced death’s dark dominion.

Perhaps the chill is most pronounced right now. We’ve glimpsed the Son but still we wait. Like watchmen for the morning, we long for more than Christmas.

We long for more than the past, we long for the future that He promised.

With groaning hearts, we long for the One who is coming again.

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Does Jesus care? [David Campbell]

ship boat storm

Pastor David Campbell
Pastor David Campbell

Pastor David Campbell, at the Banner of Truth blog, writes:

The disciples once asked Jesus that very question. A storm was raging, their boat was in danger of sinking, and Jesus, of all things, was asleep! Shouldn’t he have been awake and helping them? Didn’t he care if they drowned?


These men are not the only disciples to have questioned Jesus’ care. Many others have done the same. Need we look any further than ourselves? Like the disciples on the lake we have been in difficult, painful, alarming situations and have questioned, in the anguish of our spirits, if our Saviour really does care. In this brief article we tackle the question head-on. Does Jesus care?

Read “Don’t You Care?” [4 min. readout]

Some thoughts on Jesus’ statement that He is Lord of the Sabbath [Barcellos]

sabbathRichard Barcellos:

What the Lord is affirming is that the Sabbath has its place within the sphere of his messianic lordship and that he exercises lordship over the Sabbath because the Sabbath was made for man. Since he is Lord of the Sabbath it is his to guard it against those distortions and perversions with which Pharisaism had surrounded it and by which its truly beneficent purpose has been defeated. But he is also its Lord to guard and vindicate its permanent place within that messianic lordship which he exercises over all things–he is Lord of the Sabbath, too. And he is Lord of it, not for the purpose of depriving men of that inestimable benefit which the Sabbath bestows, but for the purpose of bringing to the fullest realization on behalf of men that beneficent design for which the Sabbath was instituted. If the Sabbath was made for man, and if Jesus is the Son of man to save man, surely the lordship which he exercises to that end is not to deprive man of that which was made for his good, but to seal to man that which the Sabbath institution involves. Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath–we dare not tamper with his authority and we dare not misconstrue the intent of his words.

Read “some thoughts on Mark 2 and the Sabbath [9 min. readout]

James White on John MacArthur’s answer on how to deal with an adult child who “comes out” which the Huffington Post picked up

james White John MacArthur

“Pastor Says Parents Should ‘Alienate’ Gay Kids, ‘Turn Them Over To Satan’, reads the title of a post on The Huffington Post Gay Voices from this past Friday. James White recorded two videos, over the weekend, interacting with how the Huffington Post [not linked due to links on that site] and Patheos took this:

A Screenflow video prompted by the attack made upon JM’s answer on the Huffington Post.

Video 1:

Video 2:

[source: AOMin, 2]

“Joseph & the Gospel of Many Colors” Conference [Audio] feat. Voddie Baucham

Southern New England Reformation Conf 2014

Here is the audio from this past weekend’s 4th Annual Southern New England Reformation Conference  in North Providence, RI with Voddie Baucham:

“How to Read the Story” (Joseph and the Gospel of Many Colors, Part 1) [mp3]

“Why Chapter 41 is Not the ‘Payoff’ You Thought it Was” [mp3]

“Why Joseph is Not the Star of His Own Story… And Who Really Is) [mp3]

“ The Most Significant Issue in the Christian Life” [mp3]

For more on this check out the podcast we did with Pastor Voddie

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on his book on the subject:Joseph and the Gospel Voddie Baucham

[Paperback | Kindle]

Interview #55 – Richard Barcellos – The Family Tree of Reformed Biblical Theology [Audio Podcast]

Dr. Richard Barcellos
Dr. Richard Barcellos


The Family Tree of Reformed Biblical Theology Geerhardus Vos and John Owen, Their Methods of and Contributions to the Articulation of Redemptive History [Paperback] by Richard C Barcellos
The Family Tree of Reformed Biblical Theology: Geerhardus Vos and John Owen, Their Methods of and Contributions to the Articulation of Redemptive History
by Richard C Barcellos
AMZ $29 | RBAP $16 | WTS $29 ]

 “The thesis of this study is that Geerhardus Vos’ biblical-theological
method should be viewed as a post-Enlightenment continuation of the
pre-critical federal theology of seventeenth-century Reformed orthodoxy.”

 Richard Barcellos

On episode 55 of our interview podcast we are replaying an interview from ReformedCast. Why? Because ReformedCast is, “discontinuing operations effective June 15, 2014. All MP3s will be removed at that time.”

We didn’t want these resources to disappear off the Internet so we asked the ReformedCast host, Scott Oakland, if we could republish the interviews he conducted over the past several years that fit our site/podcast scope. He graciously agreed! So, here is the first, fitting, replay (we’ll add onto these every now and then throughout the year.)


family treeFrom his January 31, 2011 post on this interview:

We will be joined by Dr. Richard Barcellos, and we’ll discuss his book “The Family Tree of Reformed Biblical Theology. Dr. Barcellos received a B.S. from California State University, Fresno, an M.Div. from The Master’s Seminary, and a Th.M. and Ph.D. from Whitefield Theological Seminary. In 1990 he planted a church in Southern California and pastored there until July of 2006, when he relocated to Owensboro, KY, and is now a member of the Board of Directors at  Midwest Center for Theological Studies. He is the managing editor of Reformed Baptist Theological Review (RBTR), author of In Defense of the Decalogue, and co-author of A Reformed Baptist Manifesto. He has also contributed articles to RBTRFounders Journal, and Table Talk. Professor Barcellos is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and one of the pastors of Heritage Baptist Church of Owensboro, Kentucky.

Note: Since this is an old episode some of the information above and in the podcast is old as well. He is now pastor of Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Palmdale, CA. and RBTR has ceased (but  we now have JIRBS.)

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ARBCA GA 2014 “The Sufferings of Christ” [Audio] feat. Beeke, Hodgins, Perron, J. Renihan + more

Audio from the 2014 ARBCA General Assembly is now online:

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“The keynote speaker was Dr. Joel Beeke… the messages really hit home. They were experimental. They brought Christ and His suffering, that reality, to our minds, to our hearts.”  – Pastor John Giarrizzo


Tuesday, April 1

Morning Devotional | Arden Hodgins [mp3]:

Gethsemane | Dr. Joel Beeke [mp3]:

Wednesday, April 2

Morning Devotional | Michael Kelly [mp3]:

Biographical Sketch of Eric Liddell | David Campbell [mp3]:

Gabbatha | Dr. Joel Beeke [mp3]:

Thursday, April 3

Morning Devotional | Doug Vandermuelen [mp3]

Symbolics | James M. Renihan [mp3]:

Missionary Report | Michael Emadi [mp3]:

Missionary Report | Daniel Durand & Raymond Perron [mp3]:

Golgotha | Dr. Joel Beeke [mp3]:

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Hear more about the ARBCA 2014 GA on our podcast interview we did with the pastor from the host church.

Janet Mefferd Interviews Dr. Haykin on 18th-Century Baptist Revival & Walker on Life in Christ [Audio]


The Janet Mefferd Show yesterday (Jan. 16, 2014) was of particular interest to us for two reasons.

1. Janet Mefferd interviewed Dr. Michael Haykin on his book “Ardent Love to Jesus: Learning from the 18th-century Baptist revival” during the first 19 minutes of  hour 1 [MP3]:

2. She also interviewed Jeremy Walker on his book “Life in Christ: Becoming and Being a Disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ” during the first 19 minutes of hour 3 [MP3]:

Interview #38 – Jeremy Walker – Life In Christ: Becoming & Being a Disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ

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On episode 38 of our podcast, we interview Pastor Jeremy Walker on his new book Life In Christ: Becoming & Being a Disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ.

We ask questions such as:

  • How does one become a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ?
  • What might be the effects of not understanding that a Christian is “in Christ” (Union with Christ)?
  • What gets in the way of us enjoying the riches of Christ?
  • Does working out our salvation contradict grace?
  • + more…

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