Shane Lems writes about The Federal Vision and Union With Christ.
“But apart from sloppy equivocation, purposeful ambiguity, or outright lying, there is no way to harmonize these two positions. Either union with Christ is inseparable or it is not. The Federal Vision says it is not. The Reformed Confessions say it is. This is one of many reasons why historic Reformed churches have collectively and publicly spoken against the Federal Vision (for two examples, see the Orthodox Presbyterian Church’s Report on Justification and the URCNA’s Report of the Synodical Study Committee on the Federal Vision and Justification, among others).”
The Federal Visionists try to escape the contradiction by claiming the “decretally elect” will remain united to Christ as the Confessions describe. So we’re left with two elections and two unions – The intial stages of which unions are identical and carry the same redemptive blessings of Christ. This is the confusing mess that claims to follow the Reformed tradition?
HT: Jason Punches of Somerset Reformed Fellowship
Jason Delgado serves up an ever-relevant portion of Charles Spurgeon in this post from The Confessing Baptist: How can I know if I am elect? Spurgeon answers | The Confessing Baptist.
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?.