In an effort to provide classification and clarification to the teachings of Scripture, Reformed theology has recognized in Scripture three distinct covenants which offer the needed categories for rightly dividing the word of truth. Those three form the heart of Reformed theology and are referred to as the covenant of redemption (pactum salutis), the covenant of works (foederus naturae), and the covenant of grace (foederus gratiae). Last week we looked at the first of those three and this week we examine the second.
In obeying God freely and perfectly Jesus earned a righteousness for us that we were sorely lacking.
The covenant of works has variously been called the covenant of creation, nature and law. All of these are appropriate and emphasize different aspects of the covenant. The covenant of works was the initial covenant God made with Adam, … Read More »