Who Owes Me Three Dollars?

February 18, 2007

Christian Mind Paper Part X

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Soteriology

The soteriological aspect of covenant theology is tightly coupled to the exposition of the covenant of redemption. Any Arminian interpretation of salvation will constitute an attempt by individual man to barge his way into council chambers to which he has no invitation. The eternal covenant of redemption has no place for God’s election being according to “foreseen faith”.

At a deeper level, the covenant of redemption especially points to an understanding of the centrality of Christ in our salvation. By this I am referring to the description of the believing saints, those for whom Christ died, as belonging to Christ as his possession, as his inheritance. Distinguishing the application of our salvation from its accomplishment, Geerhardus Vos writes

But the covenant of redemption also has meaning for the application of salvation. It provides the guarantee that the glory of God’s works of redemption shall be impressed upon the consciousness of the elect and be actively expressed in their lives. . . .For the Reformed, therefore, the entire ordo salutis, beginning with regeneration at its first stage, is bound to the mystical union with Christ. There is no gift that has not been earned by him. Neither is there a gift that is not bestowed by Him that does not elevate God’s glory through His bestowal. Now the basis for this order lies in none other than in the covenant of salvation with Christ. In this covenant those chosen by the father are given to Christ. . . The promise and oath-swearing, by which God gave himself to us as our God, and the adoption as children of God and heirs of eternal life, were made to Christ, who is the seed of Abraham, and to all those who are implanted into this seed.1

Not for our benefit but for the joy that was set before him did he despise the shame and mockery and chose to stay up on the cross that he might do the Father’s will and receive his inheritance. The more one meditates on the covenant of redemption, the more one realizes how one must decrease while Christ increases.

1Vos, Redemptive History and Biblical Interpretation ,248-249.

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