‘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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The law seen in the tree of the knowledge of Good and evil, is the more full expression of the Law of God. His miracles demonstrated the truthfulness of his message.

The Economy of the Covenants Between God and Man by Herman Witsius | A Puritan’s Mind

He says that the death of Christ was the completion of all of his sufferings. Jesus came to procure eternal life therefore it was promised to man from the beginning. But godliness is even seen as profiting the soul and body as material clvenants are promised to Japheth. As God He was subject to no one and nothing. He was created with a reasonable soul that has the capacity for interaction and power to act perfectly with knowledge, righteousness and holiness. Daily Adam beholds the sacrament with his eyes, and remembers the promises given to him, and the threats.

Of Justification Chapter 9: It is a representation of virtue, goodness, and holiness, and the way in which man can have glorious communion with God Lev.

There are three elements of the covenant — 1 A promise of eternal life. The law does not state that the very person to be saved must perform the perfect righteousness or punishment. The priests offered up animals for atonement, which had to be without spot or blemish.

It demonstrates that which is pure. This is an important notification, in that, in the Covenant of Grace the elect receive blessings based on promises but the reprobate who covenant with God receive cursings as a result. Scripture asserts that the free will of God was the supreme reason or cause of election Matt.


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

This is based upon the person and work of Christ alone. Of the Imperfections falsely ascribed to the Old Testament. All are fallen as a result. The justice of God is an essential attribute of God. The special spiritual promises to Abraham referred to him as the head and honorary father of all believers, for the Messiah would be his descendent, and he is the pattern of faith and blessing to those after him Gen. It was to be roasted thoroughly, then eaten Ex. The ceremonial law was abrogated, for it was intended for the people of Israel alone.

The means of sanctification is the word of God and devout meditation of it John He must fulfill as man what Adam failed to do as man.

Of the Different Economies of the Covenant of Grace. The difference between the Old Testament and New Testament refers to the actual transferring of sins upon Christ and the actual expiating of sin by Christ.

The nature of the promise of God to Adam for eternal life has a number of foundational truths. Christ could, without injury or disgrace witssius himself, perform the satisfaction to God for us.

The first fruit of glorification is holiness and shadows of the vision of God which is apprehended by faith 2 Cor. The sacrament of the tree of knowledge of good and evil signified the promise of the covenant and the curse of the covenant. They had little knowledge of spiritual mysteries, little abundance of spiritual consolations due to ceremonial laws. Glorification is the gracious act of God, whereby He actually translates His chosen and redeemed people, from an unhappy and qitsius state, to a happy and glorious one.

The seed of the woman shall be made partakers of the benefits through faith. Comprehending a Complete Body of Divinity. The Savior must be God-man.

The Economy of the Covenants Between God and Man

John rated it it was amazing Nov 04, We have seen there is a similarity between the two Testaments which cannot be overlooked. Jun 30, Jacob Aitken rated it really liked it Shelves: Their mystical significance pointed to Christ. But it was never universal since some have never heard it like the native in the African bush. Man cannot act independently from God.


Natural revelation provides the backdrop for special revelation, where special revelation is necessary for salvation Rom.

It was the sign of the covenant promise of eternal life. The beginning and end of these volumes however are combersome at points and Witsius tends to devote too much time discussing extremely minor points i.

Nov 29, Ray Harris rated it really liked it. Rather, it was a confirmation and typical representation of the Covenant of Grace. It is important to note the relationship between the Old and New Testament in terms of adoption.

All of Life to the Glory of God by C. Sin is infinite in relation to its attack upon God who is infinite and not in an absolute sense since there are degrees of sintherefore punishment must be infinite as well.

Old Testament believers did not have the peace that comes from the ransom being fully paid but they did have peace knowing that econoomy did not have to pay it and that the Messiah would one day do so.

It is important to distinguish between internal and external election, witzius is, the invisible and visible church that has specific ramifications on how one understands the Covenant of Grace. This does not mean the human nature was taken into the divine nature. The time of the incarnation is also demonstrated by the Scriptures Psalm This doctrine allures the unconverted, for the promise of eternal life is more sure and stable.

There is a great amount of grace found in the naming of Noah.