Life and Works: God’s Creation Covenant With Adam

                                  

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LIFE & WORKS:  GOD’S COVENANT WITH ADAM (N. LEE)                                                         Table of Contents The Biblical data……………………………………………………………………………………………………..p.  5 Early Church History……………………………………………………………………………………………….p.  6 The Epistle of Barnabas………………………………………………………………………………………….. p.  7 The Pastor of Hermas…………………………………………………………………………………………….. p.  8 Irenaeus of Lyons…………………………………………………………………………………………………..  p.  8 Clement of Alexandria……………………………………………………………………………………………. p.  9 Tertullian of Carthage……………………………………………………………………………………………. p. 10 Origen of Caesarea………………………………………………………………………………………………….p. 11 Gregory Thaumaturgus……………………………………………………………………………………………p. 12 Archelaus of Arabia………………………………………………………………………………………………..p. 13 Methodius of Olympus…………………………………………………………………………………………….p. 13 Athanasius of Alexandria…………………………………………………………………………………………p. 14 Cyril of Jerusalem…………………………………………………………………………………………………..p. 15 Gregory Nazianzen………………………………………………………………………………………………….p. 15 Basil of Caesarea…………………………………………………………………………………………………….p. 15 Chrysostom of Constantinople………………………………………………………………………………….p. 16 Jerome of Bethlehem………………………………………………………………………………………………p. 18 Ambrose of Milan…………………………………………………………………………………………………..p. 19 Augustine of Hippo-Regius………………………………………………………………………………………p. 19 Cyril of Alexandria…………………………………………………………………………………………………p. 21 The Mediaeval Decline……………………………………………………………………………………………p. 21 Anselm of Canterbury……………………………………………………………………………………………..p. 22 Peter Lombard………………………………………………………………………………………………………..p. 24 Isaac Abarbanel………………………………………………………………………………………………………p. 25 Martin Luther…………………………………………………………………………………………………………p. 25 John Calvin……………………………………………………………………………………………………………p. 26 Heinrich Bullinger…………………………………………………………………………………………………..p. 31 Guido de Bres…………………………………………………………………………………………………………p. 32 Zacharius Ursinus…………………………………………………………………………………………………..p. 32 Caspar Olevianus……………………………………………………………………………………………………p. 32 The Heidelberg Catechism………………………………………………………………………………………p. 32 The Bishops’ Bible………………………………………………………………………………………………….p. 33 Amandus Polanus……………………………………………………………………………………………………p. 33 Dutch Reformed Baptismal Formula…………………………………………………………………………p. 33 Synopsis Purioris Theologiae…………………………………………………………………………………..p. 34 William Perkins……………………………………………………………………………………………………..p. 34 Franciscus Junius……………………………………………………………………………………………………p. 34 Franciscus Gomarus………………………………………………………………………………………………..p. 35 Robert Rollock……………………………………………………………………………………………………….p. 35 ProfessorAntonides…………………………………………………………………………………………………p. 36 William Bucanus…………………………………………………………………………………………………….p. 36 Thomas Cartwright…………………………………………………………………………………………………p. 36 Jacobus Arminius……………………………………………………………………………………………………p. 36

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Lucas Trelcatius……………………………………………………………………………………………………..p. 37 Jan Maccovi(us)……………………………………………………………………………………………………..p. 37 John Ball……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….p. 38 James Ussher………………………………………………………………………………………………………….p. 38 John Salkeld…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..p. 38 Johann Wolleb(ius)…………………………………………………………………………………………………p. 39 The Synod of Dordt…………………………………………………………………………………………………p. 39 Sybrand Lubbertus………………………………………………………………………………………………….p. 40 William Ames(ius)………………………………………………………………………………………………….p. 40 George Walker……………………………………………………………………………………………………….p. 40 John Downame……………………………………………………………………………………………………….p. 41 The Dordt Dutch Bible…………………………………………………………………………………………….p. 41 Jan Cloppenburg…………………………………………………………………………………………………….p. 42 Jeremiah Burroughs………………………………………………………………………………………………..p. 42 Sir Edward Fisher……………………………………………………………………………………………………p. 43 Anthony Burgess…………………………………………………………………………………………………….p. 44 Edmund Calamy……………………………………………………………………………………………………..p. 44 The Sum of Saving Knowledge…………………………………………………………………………………p. 45 William Strong……………………………………………………………………………………………………….p. 45 Francis Roberts……………………………………………………………………………………………………….p. 45 Obadiah Sedgwick………………………………………………………………………………………………….p. 46 The Savoy Declaration……………………………………………………………………………………………p. 46 John Owen……………………………………………………………………………………………………………..p. 47 Johann Cocceius……………………………………………………………………………………………………..p. 51 Patrick Gillespie……………………………………………………………………………………………………..p. 51 William Bridge……………………………………………………………………………………………………….p. 52 Formula Consensus Helvetica………………………………………………………………………………….p. 52 Francis Turretin………………………………………………………………………………………………………p. 52 Johan a Marck………………………………………………………………………………………………………..p. 53 The Articles of Walcheren……………………………………………………………………………………….p. 54 Herman Witsius………………………………………………………………………………………………………p. 54 Johann Heinrich Heidegger………………………………………………………………………………………p. 54 Willem a Brakel……………………………………………………………………………………………………..p. 55 Matthew Henry……………………………………………………………………………………………………….p. 56 Johan a Mastricht……………………………………………………………………………………………………p. 57 Thomas Boston………………………………………………………………………………………………………p. 58 Thomas Ridgeley……………………………………………………………………………………………………p. 60 Jonathan Edwards…………………………………………………………………………………………………..p. 61 James Fisher…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..p. 62 Alexander Comrie…………………………………………………………………………………………………..p. 64 John Gill………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..p. 64 Welsh Calvinist Methodist Confession………………………………………………………………………p. 64 Robert Shaw…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..p. 65 Charles Haddon Spurgeon………………………………………………………………………………………..p. 65

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Heinrich Heppe………………………………………………………………………………………………………p. 66 Charles Hodge………………………………………………………………………………………………………..p. 67 A.A. Hodge…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….p. 67 James Henley Thornwell………………………………………………………………………………………….p. 69 Robert L Dabney……………………………………………………………………………………………………p.  70 Andrew Murray………………………………………………………………………………………………………p. 71 H.E. Gravemeijer……………………………………………………………………………………………………p. 71 W.G.T. Shedd………………………………………………………………………………………………………..p.  72 C.F. Keil……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….p.  73 John Lafayette Girardeau………………………………………………………………………………………..p.  73 Geerhardus Vos……………………………………………………………………………………………………..p.  77 B.B. Warfield………………………………………………………………………………………………………..p.  77 Abraham Kuyper Sr……………………………………………………………………………………………….p.  78 Abraham Kuyper Jr…………………………………………………………………………………………………p. 84 Herman Bavinck…………………………………………………………………………………………………….p. 87 J. & N. Ridderbos…………………………………………………………………………………………………..p.  91 Klaas Schilder……………………………………………………………………………………………………….p.  92 N. Diemer……………………………………………………………………………………………………………..p.  95 A.G. Honig……………………………………………………………………………………………………………p.  95 G.Ch. Aalders………………………………………………………………………………………………………..p.  96 Louis Berkhof………………………………………………………………………………………………………..p. 97 A.A. van Ruler…………………………………………………………………………………. ………………….p.  98 Johannes Vos…………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………p.   99 G.C. Berkouwer…………………………………………………………………………………………………..p.  100 Karl Barth…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….p. 102 Cornelius van Til…………………………………………………………………………………………………..p. 105 A. de Bondt………………………………………………………………………………………………………….p. 106 G.I. Williamson…………………………………………………………………………………………………….p. 107 Gordon H. Clark……………………………………………………………………………………………………p. 108 Herman Hoeksema………………………………………………………………………………………………..p. 109 Arthur W. Pink……………………………………………………………………………………………………..p. 110 Rousas J. Rushdoony……………………………………………………………………………………………..p.111 John Murray…………………………………………………………………………………………………………p. 111 Norman Shepherd…………………………………………………………………………………………………p. 112 Gary North…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..p. 113 S.G. de Graaf………………………………………………………………………………………………………..p. 113 Johan Heyns…………………………………………………………………………………………………………p. 114 O. Palmer Robertson……………………………………………………………………………………………..p. 116 HermanVeldkamp…………………………………………………………………………………………………p. 117 David Engelsma……………………………………………………………………………………………………p. 117 J. Faber………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..p. 118 Anthony A. Hoekema…………………………………………………………………………………………….p. 118 J. van Genderen & W.H. Velema…………………………………………………………………………….p. 119

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Gordon Spykman…………………………………………………………………………………………………..p. 120 Meredith Kline……………………………………………………………………………………………………..p. 120 Morton  H. Smith………………………………………………………………………………………………….p. 124 Rowland S. Ward………………………………………………………………………………………………….p. 125 Francis Nigel Lee………………………………………………………………………………………………….p. 127 The Westminster Standards……………………………………………………………………………………p. 163 Concluding Remarks……………………………………………………………………………………………..p. 165 About the Author…………………………………………………………………………………………………..p. 168

God graciously made an everlasting Covenant of Life and Works with Adam and all his descendants, against Satan.   By grace and through faith, Adam could  keep and consummate that Covenant to the glory of God.  Isaiah 24:5 cf. Genesis 1:26-28 & 2:15.   Treacherously, however, Adam broke that Covenant – by making his own counter-covenant against God and with Satan and death and hell!  Genesis 3:6-14 & Hosea 6:7-10 & Isaiah 28:12-15.  

But God could not deny Himself.   Second Timothy 2:13.   So He would become the Second Adam Jesus Christ, to smash Adam’s covenant with Satan and to restore and execute Adam’s Covenant of Works unto everlasting life.   Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 28:15-18; Hosea 6:1-3; First Corinthians 15:22,45-47,58.   And henceforth, through the blood of the everlasting Covenant, God requires also Christians to be perfect in every good work.   Hebrews 13:20-21.

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