What is the relation between Christ and God? Is he in some way inferior to God? This article must be read against the background of the ecclesiastical history of the author's native Ulster. There were certain "nonsubscribers" who were those Irish Presbyterians who opposed subscription to the Westminster Confession of Faith. Their primary motive was their Arian sympathies.
Helm argues in this paper that John Calvin's theology and the covenant theology of the Westminster Confession of Faith are in essential doctrinal agreement. He describes what he understands covenant theology to be and what Calvin's conception was of the relationship between Adam and the human race, and compares that with Calvin's English successors.
This volume emerges in a context where the church’s belief in the truthfulness and trustworthiness of Scripture as God’s written Word is being assaulted. Chapter 1 tries to relate the doctrine of Scripture and the first chapter of the Westminster Confession of Faith. Oliphint first reflects on why the confession starts with the doctrine of Scripture. He next set out a few highlights from the Confession.