Reformed Baptist Fellowship

Why do we need a covenant of works?

In Reformed Baptist Fellowship on August 3, 2011 at 7:53 am


1.The covenant of works being broken by sin, and made unprofitable unto life, God was pleased to give forth the promise of Christ, the seed of the woman, as the means of calling the elect, and begetting in them faith and repentance; in this promise the gospel, as to the substance of it, was revealed, and [is] therein effectual for the conversion and salvation of sinners. ( Genesis 3:15; Revelation 13:8 ) –  The London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689, 20:1

  1. Amen. Thank God for the Second Man, the Last Adam!

  2. Since Christ is the Last Adam, could there be more Adams than two? Paul did call Him the Last Adam, not the second.

  3. Noah was the second Adam. Israel too was as Adam.

  4. I love Federal Theology- there’s only two persons that you need to know about (and it’s not “me” and “you”). Praise God I am in Christ, accepted in the Beloved!

    Romans 5
    10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. 12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned— 13 (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. 15 But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. 16 And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification.
    17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)
    18 Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

  5. Pastor Jim is preaching through Job, and he’s been pointing out how Job is a type of our Lord Jesus- the ultimate righteous Man who, though He was rich, became poor, whose companions said he was accursed of God, who knew the fierce temptations of Satan.

  6. I would like to hear how “covenant of works” is being defined in the video- I’ve read varying definitions. Some (like Kline) say that Adam, had he obeyed, would have earned salvation by his obedience. Some also say that the Mosaic covenant was a republication of this covenant (Sam Waldron has a response to the republication idea in his exposition of the LBCF).

    Others (like John Murray) say that, if Adam had obeyed God, it would have been by God’s grace, since Adam was already a son of God with the status of righteous. Obeying God’s command would have made this temporary probationary status permanent. One Reformed Baptist author phrased it as God testing Adam’s faith as much as his obedience.

    I found this article by Sam Waldron and Eddie Goodwin very intriguing. They argue for a Father-Immature Son- Mature Son paradigm.


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