Gordon Essay Online: Abraham and Sinai Contrasted

thelawisnotoffaithAbraham and Sinai Contrasted in Galatians 3:6-14” in The Law is Not of Faith:  Essays on Works and Grace in the Mosaic Covenant, ed. Bryan Estelle, J. V. Fesko, and David VanDrunen (P&R, 2009), pp. 240–58. The book is available through the Bookstore at WSC. (HT: Brad Lindvall)

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  1. I found this article to be very insightful. We (Reformed) are very trepidatious of conceding any works element to the Mosaic administration. How would Mr. Gordon address Heb 4:2-11in light of his assessment of Galatians? “…the gospel was preached to us as well as to them…not being mixed with faith…let us be diligent to enter that rest lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience”. Thanks for posting; I’m trying to more fully understand the distinctions b/w Sinai and Zion and their implications for living between two worlds.

    • Mike,

      Here is some interaction from someone in fundamental agreement with Dr. Gordon’s thesis. Hebrews 4.2-11 reflects the truth that the gospel was preached to Abraham’s seed, Israel, in that it was proclaimed to them that they would receive the earthly and temporal blessings of residence in the land based on an obedience that was not their own. The law came in alongside to drove home this gospel of justification in that the law told Israel that they would lose the earthly and temporal blessings of residence in the land because of their own disobedience.

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