Who Owes Me Three Dollars?

February 17, 2007

Christian Mind Paper Part IX

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The covenant of redemption is the strongest possible antidote to virtually all Christological heresies. Arianism, which teaches that Jesus Christ is an exalted being created by God (the Father) and then somehow adopted to be put into service, falls if the covenant of redemption is a “Scriptural” doctrine. The covenant of redemption stresses by definition that the parties of the covenant are equally pledging to perform their roles.1 It is incomprehensible then that this foundational pact would be devised by a “trinity” of unequals.

Appolinarianism, which teaches that Jesus did not have a human soul, but only a human body, falls. Any Christology which denies that Jesus was in all respects a human being is defeated by the teaching that the covenant of works must be successfully carried out by the man Jesus Christ. God’s honor was grossly offended at the fall and because of it “man will never again be able to work in a manner pleasing to God except a completed work of God be performed on his behalf. Earning eternal life has forever been taken out of his hands.”2 But this work must be performed by a human being as well. Any other solution would result in a meaningless trick, an ontological shell game.3 Consequently, the covenant of redemption takes out Sabellianism, Docetism and Nestorianism all of which deny the humanity of Jesus Christ in some way.

1Much could be said regarding the covenant of redemption that its truth comes to us analogically.

2Geerhardus Vos, Redemptive History and Biblical Interpretation (Phillipsburg, New Jersey: P&R Publishing, 1980), 246.

3See Hebrews 4:15.


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