Reformed Baptist Fellowship

The Covenant of Works

In Reformed Baptist Fellowship on December 12, 2011 at 9:56 am

Although the term “covenant of works” does not appear in the creation account, all of the elements of such a covenant are clearly present in Eden. First, there are two parties involved (Adam and his creator), with God sovereignly imposing the terms of this covenant upon Adam and his descendants. Second, there is a condition set forth by God as spelled out in Genesis 2:17–“but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Although this condition comes in the form of a specific prohibition (if you eat from the tree you will die), it can also be framed as a positive theological principle which describes the very essence of this covenant: “Do this [i.e., obey by not eating] and live.” Third, there is a blessing promised upon perfect obedience (eternal life) as well as a threatened curse (death) for any act of disobedience. If Adam obeys his creator and does not eat from the tree, then he will receive God’s promised blessing–eternal life. But should Adam eat from the tree, then he will come under the covenant curse–which is death.  – Kim Riddlebarger

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  1. I think the “covenant of works” is often misunderstood. In my opinion, there’s more exegetical and biblical-theological support for the covenant of works as an actual historical covenant made in time and space history than a “covenant of grace,” though I concede the latter serves as a helpful theological construct for understand God’s “way of grace” throughout redemptive history.

    In any case, thanks for posting the except and link to the article.

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