Christocentrism and Christotelism

For purposes of introduction, it is best to understand Christocentrism as the tenet that Christ is the central redemptive subject matter of the Old Testament, understood on its own terms, quite apart from the New Testament Scriptures. Christotelism is best understood to entail that Christ is the consummate telos of what the Old Testament Scriptures promise, namely, a crucified and resurrected Messiah.


Lane Tipton, Jesus in the Old Testament, No Uncertain Sound: Reformed Doctrine and Life (Kindle Locations 197-199). Reformed Forum. Kindle Edition.

Navigating between Scylla and Charybdis in Biblico-Systematic Theology

This implies that Reformed biblico-systematic theology operates both in constructive and polemical ways. The constructive task without the polemical function is blind; the polemical function without the constructive task is empty. Both aspects of biblico-systematic theology need all the emphasis we can give them, so that we avoid the Scylla of Post-Conservative Evangelicalism, which casts a contemptuous eye at confessional Reformed orthodoxy, on the one hand, and the Charybdis of Reformed traditionalism, resolute in polemics against heterodox innovations, yet resistant to authentic advancements within the Reformed tradition based on faithful biblical exegesis, on the other hand.