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Christ and Covenant Theology: Essays on Election, Republication, and the Covenants
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Christ and Covenant Theology: Essays on Election, Republication, and the Covenants

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Overview

“In the biblical drama of the living God’s works in creation and redemption,” writes Cornelis Venema, “no theme is more lustrous than that of God’s gracious intention to enjoy communion with humans who bear his image and whose lives have been broken through sin.”

This collection of Venema’s essays summarizes and defends a broad consensus view of the doctrine of the covenants in the history of Reformed theology and clarifies several areas of dispute.

Venema argues that (1) the distinction between a pre-fall covenant of works and a post-fall covenant of grace is an integral feature of a biblical and confessionally Reformed understanding of the history of redemption; (2) the distinction between a pre-fall covenant of works and a post-fall covenant of grace is necessary to preserve the sheer graciousness of God’s redemption in Jesus Christ; and (3) the doctrines of covenant and election are corollary doctrines, not opposed to each other, but mutually defining.

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Key Features

  • Interacts with recent theological trends and controversies
  • Examines the roll of God’s covenants throughout Scripture
  • Relates the use of covenant in the Old Testament to its New Testament fulfillment in Jesus

Contents

Part 1: The Covenant of Works and the Covenant of Grace

  • The Covenant of Works in the Westminster Confession of Faith
  • The Covenant of Works and the Mosaic Economy (1): The Case for “Republication”
  • The Covenant of Works and the Mosaic Economy (2): Assessing the Case for “Republication”

Part 2: Covenant and Election

  • Covenant and Election in the Theology of Herman Bavinck
  • The Relation of Covenant and Election in the Theology of Herman Bavinck
  • The Election and Salvation of the Children of Believers Who Die in Infancy: A Study of Article 1.17 of the Canons of Dort (1)
  • The Election and Salvation of the Children of Believers Who Die in Infancy: A Study of Article 1.17 of the Canons of Dort (2)
  • Covenant Theology and the Baptism of the Children of Believers

Part 3: Covenant Theology in Recent Discussion

  • Covenant, Justification, and the “Federal Vision” (1): An Introduction
  • Covenant, Justification, and the “Federal Vision” (2): Covenant and Election
  • Covenant, Justification, and the “Federal Vision” (3): Covenant and Justification
  • Covenant and Justification in N. T. Wright’s Interpretation of Romans 5:12–21

Praise for the Print Edition

No one today is better qualified to address the perennially important issues of covenant theology than Cornel Venema. In this volume he considers some of these issues in the context of current discussions and debates, doing so in a particularly instructive and helpful manner.

Richard B. Gaffin Jr., Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Emeritus, Westminster Theological Seminary

Cornelis Venema sheds much-needed light on issues ranging from the doctrine of republication to the Federal Vision theology. Regardless of whether one agrees with all of Venema’s specific conclusions, his arguments cannot be ignored. A must-read.

Keith Mathison, Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformation Bible College

We have come to expect great things from Dr. Venema’s writings and this volume does not disappoint. Treatments of three major issues currently troubling Reformed churches are done with masterful analysis. Quite frankly, these pages are necessary reading from one of the finest theologians of our time.

Derek W. H. Thomas, Chancellor’s Professor, Reformed Theological Seminary

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About Cornelis P. Venema

Cornelis P. Venema (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) is president of Mid-America Reformed Seminary, where he is also professor of doctrinal studies.

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