Who Owes Me Three Dollars?

February 17, 2007

Christian Mind Paper Part VIII

Filed under: Uncategorized — ineedsheetmusic @ 3:01 am


The covenant of redemption contains a promise, however, that clearly ameliorates the depressing prospects for an unpleasant death on account of Adam’s failure. Here the covenant of redemption informs our theology of the last things, our hope for the future. God’s election of a people to himself has a marked forward looking character. The presence of God’s act of election in the covenant of redemption is strongly suggestive of the fact that even prior to the inauguration of the creation and of time itself, God has an eschatological end in view – a reward for covenant obedience ready to be offered to those who perfectly fulfill the works requirement. God the Father will not deny himself the pleasure of finally giving that which was held out as a (conditional) promise to Adam.

Writing about Geerhardus Vos’ view on the works principle, Jeong Koo Jeon states: “The fulcrum of the covenant of works lies in the fact that the goal of the covenant was eschatological heavenly life and justification, all ultimately looking up to the gloria Dei.”1

1 Jeong Koo Jeon, Covenant Theology (Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, Inc., 1999), 99.


1 Comment »

  1. I didn’t get into this all that much as is obvious.

    The key thing here is that Adam was on probation. Had he perfectly carried out his covenantal works (active and passive obedience) the consummation period would have begun way back when. History has had a forward pressing movement (a telos ever since. Eschatology precedes soteriology.

    Had it worked out differently, all of us would have been in Adam and it would have been a good thing. Now, being in Adam is a bad thing.

    The posse non peccare and the posse peccare state that Adam was in characterized his probation. Having failed, we who are in Adam are now non posse non peccare.(By “being in Adam” I only mean that we are not going to be perfectly sanctified in this life. The holier-than-thou crowd dispute this point, of course).

    Note that only the God-Man, who was also posse non peccare and posse peccare was able to pass this probation. And we who are in Christ have this perfect obedience imputed to us, (the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe: Rom 3:22). This is the passage that flummoxed Martin Luther and essentially triggered the Reformation.

    Comment by ineedsheetmusic — February 17, 2007 @ 3:16 am

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