Is the Mosaic covenant a ‘republication’ of the the key Reformation doctrine of the covenant of works? Inability to obey the law has implications for the doctrines of grace and justification.
David F. Wells
Here is a serious and compelling summons to realign ourselves with both Scripture and, as it turns out, the Christianity of the Reformation, on an issue central to the church’s current struggle over the meaning of justification by grace alone through faith alone. I commend this fine book for its courage, insight, wisdom, and biblical faithfulness.
Andrew Mutch Distinguished Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
This provocative volume makes a historical and biblical-theological case for understanding of the Mosaic administration in the covenant of grace as in some sense a ‘republished’ covenant of works, which teaches that only perfect obedience to the requirements of the law is sufficient to secure the covenant promise of life in communion with God. The authors ably refute recent attacks upon the classic Reformed understanding of the grace of free justification on the basis of the entire obedience and sacrifice of Christ alone. Though I am not persuaded by every formulation here, this volume deserves the careful attention of anyone who prizes the biblical teaching that the believer’s justification rests not on any works of his own, but solely on the full obedience of Christ.
President and Professor of Doctrinal Studies, Mid-America Reformed Seminary
The debate about ‘republication’ and our Lord’s active obedience is not a mere esoteric squabble of the academy. The life of the church, daily Christian discipleship, and our reading of Holy Scripture are directly affected by it. These essays sketch a history of the subject, examine key biblical material, and explore important theological and ethical implications, while insisting that the Christian life remain one of obedience to God’s law. Presenting overwhelming evidence that the covenant of works republished at Sinai is Biblical teaching, the authors also treat differences in Reformed understandings in a respectful and non-condemnatory manner.
Professor of Systematic Theology, Calvin Theological Seminary