Posted in: Covenant Theology
, Nehemiah Coxe
, Particular Voices
Tagged: Abrahamic Covenant
, covenant of grace
, Mosaic Covenant
, Particular Baptist
, Sinaitic covenant
, Westminster Confession of Faith
One of the key differences between the Covenant Theology of the framers of the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith and that of the Westminster Confession has to do with the nature of the Covenant of Grace, that is, the covenant through which sinners are saved. The Westminster Confession presents the view of one over-arching Covenant manifested in several historical covenants (e.g. Abrahamic, Mosaic, New). The 1689 Confession, on the other hand, maintains that prior to the formal establishment of the New Covenant at the time of Christ, the “covenant of grace” consisted only in the form of gospel promises revealed “by farther steps” throughout biblical history. If an individual living before Christ believed these promises, he was redeemed by the future spilled blood of Christ just as surely as believers living today.
Nehemiah Coxe answers the question, Was there an old covenant administration of the covenant of grace?.
The Particular Voices blog presents some more evidence of Nehemiah Coxe’s likely editorship of the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith. If this is correct, then modern readers would do well to study Coxe’s works in order to better understand the intended meaning of the Confession, particularly the parts pertaining to God’s covenants.
Nehemiah Coxe: Cordwainer and Confession-maker.
Benjamin Keach is not always the easiest to read. But for those who are interested, it is striking how evident it is that the so-called Federal Vision is not a new phenomenon, but rather an old heresy that keeps raring its ugly head.
The Particular Baptist response to the Federal Vision (i.e., Richard Baxter).
If you like the above post, you may also like this past post from The Sovereign Logos: Nehemiah Coxe vs. The Federal Vision.
Fred Malone answers R.C. Sproul Jr.’s question to those parents (like me) who practice believer’s baptism, “But What About Your Children?”.