The Covenant of Grace

The genius of Particular Baptist covenant theology is seen in the 2nd London Confession of Faith 1677/1689 (2LCF) Chapter 7. In paragraph 1, the general necessity of God’s working through covenant is stated. It is because of “voluntary condescension on God’s part” that he establishes the covenant of grace to bring the “reward of life”…

The Covenant of Works

The covenant of redemption was pretemporal; the covenant of works was established by God for Adam and his posterity in the Garden of Eden. The Westminster Confession of Faith 7:2 (WCF) gives a helpful summary statement of the covenant of works: “The first covenant made with man was a covenant of works, wherein life was…

The Good News

The word “gospel” simply means “good news.” The gospel is the historic, revealed message concerning Jesus Christ. It is that record of events which focuses upon Christ’s life, death, and resurrection for sinners. It is important to understand this as some Christians with good intentions maintain that believers should “live the gospel.” Technically, one cannot…

A Faithless King and a Faithful Prophet

In 1 Kings 22:1-28, Ahab plans to go to battle with the Syrians in order to re-capture Ramoth Gilead. He invites Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, to accompany him in an alliance of the northern and southern kingdoms of Israel. Jehoshaphat requests divine guidance prior to the battle (v.5) and 400 false prophets testify that Israel…