The Covenant of Works
Paperback / Perfect Binding
Size: aprox. 4.5w x 7h
Publisher: Reformed Baptist Academic Press & Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies
“Moses, writing after the historical acts of creation, utilizes the covenantal name of God, Yahweh, while discussing Adam’s Edenic vocation (Gen. 2:4ff.). Isaiah utilizes concepts that started with Adam to explain the universal guilt of man, while using the word “covenant” (Isa. 25:5-6). Hosea, looking back upon previous written revelation, makes explicit what was implicit in it. The prophet’s inspired words give us God’s infallible knowledge of one of the similarities between ancient Israel and Adam. Both had a covenant imposed on them by God and both transgressed their covenants (Hos. 6:7). Paul, while reflecting on Adam’s Edenic vocation, contrasts the disobedience of Adam and its results with the obedience of Christ and its results (Rom. 5:19). The term “works” in the phrase “covenant of works” contrasts with “grace” and “gift” in Romans 5:17. Paul asserts that Adam was a type of Christ (Rom. 5:14). Adam sinned and fell short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). Christ did not sin (Heb. 4:15) and, upon his resurrection, entered into glory (Luke 24:46; Acts 26:19-23; 1 Pet. 1:10-12), a quality of life conferred upon him due to his obedience (Rom. 5:21). This is the life he confers upon all believers.
These scriptural realities, understood by the utilization of the hermeneutical principles of the Holy Spirit as the only infallible interpreter of Holy Scripture, analogia Scriptura, analogia fidei, and scopus Scripturae, led to the confessional formulation of the doctrine of the covenant of works.” ~ Richard C. Barcellos
Rich is Pastor at Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Palmdale, CA. He has nearly 20 years of pastoral experience (15.5 yrs. in CA and 3 yrs. in KY), including planting a church and helping three others get planted, and four years of seminary teaching experience. He has an M.Div. from The Master’s Seminary and the Th.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Whitefield Theological Seminary. He is married and has five wonderful children. Rich enjoys spending time with Nan (his wife), teasing his daughter, hanging with his four sons, reading, writing, editing, eating, and exercising. He is the author of two books, co-author of another and has contributed articles to various journals and magazines, including R. C. Sproul’s Tabletalk. He also edits The Reformed Baptist Theological Review.