Does the Second London Affirm the Covenant of Works? (Conclusion)

Not only does the Confession assume a covenant of works in chapter seven; not only was the covenant of works a prevalent doctrine within Reformed Protestantism; and not only was the covenant of works explicitly maintained by one of the editors of the 2LBCF. The covenant of works is explicitly mentioned in the 2LBCF as … Continue reading Does the Second London Affirm the Covenant of Works? (Conclusion)

Does the Second London Affirm the Covenant of Works? (The Second London Baptist Confession on the Covenant of Works)

If the 2LBCF put forth a covenant of works, surely it would do so in the chapter concerning God’s covenant. This is the popular assumption, and it makes perfect sense. However, the seventh chapter is a chapter about a particular covenant––the covenant of grace––not any other covenant. Therefore, a broader examination of the Confession is … Continue reading Does the Second London Affirm the Covenant of Works? (The Second London Baptist Confession on the Covenant of Works)

Does the Second London Affirm the Covenant of Works? (Nehemiah Coxe on the Covenant of Works)

Coxe was probably one of the two major editors of the 2LBCF, along with William Collins. Dr. James Renihan writes, “Perhaps the chief editor of the most famous Baptist Confession ever, [Coxe’s] name is unrecognized by the majority of his theological heirs. Even the published editions of the 2nd LCF, when listing names of the … Continue reading Does the Second London Affirm the Covenant of Works? (Nehemiah Coxe on the Covenant of Works)

Does the Second London Affirm the Covenant of Works? (Historical Adherence to the Covenant of Works)

Some of the most influential thinkers within the Reformed tradition affirmed a covenant of works. Two examples are William Perkins, sometimes referred to as the “father of Puritanism,” and Herman Witsius, who was known for expounding upon the covenants in his magisterial work The Economy of the Covenants Between God and Man.[1] Both men explicitly … Continue reading Does the Second London Affirm the Covenant of Works? (Historical Adherence to the Covenant of Works)

Does the Second London Affirm the Covenant of Works? (The Westminster & Second London)

Upon an entry-level survey of the 2LBCF, one will discover the absence of the words “covenant of works” in chapter seven which concerning God’s covenant. This is especially true if onlookers have previous experience with the Westminster Confession of Faith (WCF), the confession adopted by the Westminster Assembly. In the WCF, the covenant of works … Continue reading Does the Second London Affirm the Covenant of Works? (The Westminster & Second London)