The Covenant of Works and the Second Adam
by David Clark Brand
David Clark Brand
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"God is using David Brand to re-introduce the vital doctrine of the covenant of works. The church has struggled to survive on a half gospel for too long. It is the cross that atones for our sin, but it is the active, meritorious obedience of Christ that grants us righteousness. The obedient life of Jesus is as much a part of our salvation as his atoning death. David Brand's The Covenant of Works and the Second Adam will show you why J.Gresham Machen wrote just before he died, 'So thankful for the active obedience of Christ. No hope without it.' Thanks David for helping us build our hope on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness!"
-John FanellaPastor, Calvary Church, Charlotte, NCAuthor, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God Made Easier to Read
Excerpt from ChapterOne
The Savoy Declaration of 1658, like its Westminster and London Baptist confessional cousins, unequivocally affirms that God established with Adam a covenant of works "wherein life was promised to Adam, and in him to his posterity, upon condition of perfect and personal obedience" (VII, II). This concept of a pre-Fall Adamic covenant of works has been assailed by many well-known scholars and theologians of the latter half of the twentieth century, as though it were too mechanical or otherwise unworthy of the God of grace. Among its present day detractors are some proponents of the so-called "New Covenant Theology," a movement that has received intellectual impetus from the faculty of Trinity Seminary in Deerfield, Illinois.
opposition to the Adamic covenant of works has come from other
quarters as well. Holmes Rolston, III, in his book John
Calvin versus the Westminster Confession, pitted the
Geneva Reformer over against the English Puritans on the
issue. Dutch Reformed scholar and writer, Herman Hoeksema, and
Reformed charismatic J. Rodman Williams in his Renewal
Theology have expressed their opposition to the
concept. Pastor and popular Edwardsean author, John Piper,
devoted a chapter in A Godward Life to the question:
"Did God Command a Man to Earn His Life?" New Covenant
Theology writer, John Reisinger, cites evidence from John
Murray, that the eminent Westminster Seminary theologian
himself had misgivings about the concept, at least as commonly
taught by covenant theologians. In fact, some of the "New
Covenant" theologians, Reisinger among them, have gone a step
further denying the existence of any covenant (call it probationary,
or what you will) between God and Adam prior to the Fall.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Logic and the Mainstream 1
Chapter 2 Exegeting Genesis 1-3 5
Chapter 3 A Probationary Covenant 9
Chapter 4 A Covenant of Works 13
Chapter 5 Eden, Sinai, and Holy Matrimony 19
Chapter 6 The Second Adam and the Divine Intent 23
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