This article explains the difference between original sin and actual sin. In explaining original sin, the author includes in the discussion such subjects as the covenant of works and the covenant of grace. In the second part, the nature and evidence of original sin is discussed. In the final section, the author discusses the punishment of sin, which includes death in its three forms and the moral state of sinful man.
This article starts with a discussion on the relationship between the covenant of redemption and the covenant of grace, arguing that there is no material difference between them. He then focuses on the covenant of grace, refuting non-Reformed teachings that have emerged on this doctrine. The author emphasizes that this covenant follows the covenant of works in history, and that it does not do away with the responsibility of man.
This article begins by outlining the original threefold distribution of the topics embraced in Christian theology: (1) relations of a rational creature to its Creator and Ruler, (2) the covenant of works, and (3) the covenant of grace. Then the author goes on to focus on different views of how primarily two groups of theologians give the order of decrees within the scheme of redemption: supralapsarians and sublapsarians.
Does the traditional antithesis between law and gospel indeed function in the Mosaic covenant? The article gives specific attention to the use of the contrast between the principles of inheritance by works and inheritance by grace through faith. Can it be argued that the Mosaic covenant is in a certain sense a republication of an original covenant of works?
Both dispensational and covenant theology are ways in which believers “put together” their Bible. These systems serve as interpretive grid to understand the storyline of Scripture. Chapter 2 compares and contrasts dispensationalism and covenant theology to see how they relate different covenants and to better understand both approaches. Different varieties of dispensationalism and covenant theology are discussed.