Covenant of Life or Covenant of Works?
Rev. Steve Schlissel - November 11, 2002
The whole thing is a crock of baloney. How’s that for an assessment?!
No, seriously, the dispute is retrogressive, it’s backwards. Here’s the scoop. Man was created INTO a covenant. Hence, the Children’s & Shorter Catechisms are misleading: that covenant was not an agreement and it was not entered into after God had created man. It was no second thing. Adam awoke into a covenant, a relationship. It was full of grace and order and beauty. Theologians have a tendency to napalm the texts.
The covenant has terms, promises, conditions, regulations, helps, warnings, and lots more. Adam by his sin BROKE the covenant. Call it the Covenant of Creation, with him as the Administrator. Henceforth that cov would not lead to eternal life. It’s broken. It would still have good things in it: marriage, labor, food, sunshine, etc. These are given graciously by God to all. But no one would be properly related to God except by a New Covenant. Call it the Covenant of Redemption. It was prefigured in various ways, fulfilled in all ways by Christ. And here we are. In covenant with God through the New Adam, with terms, promises, conditions, regulations, helps, warnings, and lots more.
There’s the Bible in a short lesson. If we don’t keep it simple, it’s Aristotle, not Jesus.