‘The Economy of the Covenants is Witsius’s magnum opus. He wrote it to promote peace amongst theologians who were divided on covenant theology. Witsius. The Economy of the Covenants Between God and Man. By Herman Wits (Witsius ). But none, I imagine, will deny, that even this consideration must have. In this two volume work, Witsius, presents the reader with a fully biblical and experiential doctrine of the divine covenants; opening up their nature, The Economy of the Covenants Between God and Man, Vols. 1 & 2. by Herman Witsius.

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If He did that would throw, again His character in confusion. God would act unjustly against His character of rewarding those who diligently seek Him and all of Theology Proper would come crashing to the ground. The difference consists in the administration of the testaments, not hwrmann actual substance of the testaments themselves.

He gives to us a down payment of our eternal salvation Eph. It was to be roasted thoroughly, then eaten Ex.

It is the first act of passing from death to life, and in this sense accomplished in a moment. Anyone interested in Reformed theology should read this, for it is Reformed theology at its best. This does not mean that infants dying uncircumcised after the eighth day perished.

The Economy of the Covenants Between God and Man

However, the coveants to obey is founded principally upon God and not a covenant. The quality of the body will be changed and all infirmities will be removed. The blood of the lamb was to be shed, likewise of Christ 1 Pet.

It satisfied also the truth of God, the goodness of God, the justice of God, and the holiness of God — because it demonstrated the glory of God. When the Israelites were baptized into Moses this means by Moses, not in him as in Christ.


The Economy of the Covenants Between God and Man: Comprehending a Complete Body of Divinity

This does not mean that the ceremonial law was somewhat of a burden and part of the bondage of the Old Testament economy. Abraham had great faith in God. Classic work on Covenant Theology. The role of faith in the Covenant of Grace is important as a means to assurance. Their mystical significance pointed to Christ. He is wise to be able to enter a relationship with sinners because he knows exactly how to enter into a beneficial relationship based on wisdom Eph. The Scriptures ascribe immutability to the divine election; Rom.

The time of this covenant was years before the Exodus Gal.

It also demonstrates our duty towards God Matt. The Savior must be a righteous man.

There are two Divine institutions of baptism that we find in the New Testament: The real issue is the holiness and justice of God. Sacraments, again, are those things that are given by God to man, to be seals of His covenant, or earnests and pledges of His favor. It is important to note the relationship between the Old and New Testament in terms of adoption. And it is to this covenant, and not to the Abrahamic or Davidic covenants, that God contrasts with the New Covenant. Witsius’ chapters on the ordo soludis in the second half of the first volume and the first half of the second are extremely helpful.

All of Life to the Glory of God by C. God cannot deny Himself, nor can he deny His supreme majesty.

The holiness of God demonstrates that God cannot be joined with a sinner without satisfaction made to his justice for He cannot look upon sin. Even though hypocritical faith may be found in men, assurance of faith is possible 2 Tim.

The sacrament of manna is also important to consider 1 Cor. The Semi-Pelagian view says yes — the sinner prepares or comes to be regenerated by seeking, asking, repenting, sorrowing for sin, etc. Would the sanctuary of God, the holy place of God, be overthrown? But how do the elect become children of God? Of the Abrogation of the Old Testament.


Circumcision was the sign of regeneration, which would be fulfilled in the death of Christ, thus a bloody sacrifice was no longer needful after Christ, though the realties behind circumcision continue in every child regenerated before God.

As God He was subject to no one and nothing. The doctrine of election for the younger is preferred over the older which is seen through the entire bible. Of the Penal Sanction Chapter 6: He said that they should drink ye all of it, in remembrance of Me. The real issue at stake with regard to this controversy is not the absolute power of God. God seeks man and freely offers peace to all men. The Decalogue The substance of the decalogue is the same as the moral law p.

Rather, it was a confirmation and typical representation of the Covenant of Grace. Christ is God and the author of regeneration but also the meritorious and exemplary cause of our regeneration.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Jews did baptize, which should help New Testament Christians see the continuity between the covenants and not so much the discontinuity. Reward is promised to him which is the highest degree of glory John The Disciples received both the bread and the cup, and ate the bread and drank the cup.