Seven Essential Distinctions In The Covenant Of Grace

Wes Bredenhof, pastor of Providence Canadian Reformed Church (Hamilton, ON) has published a helpful post. Here is part of it:

  1. We distinguish between the administration of the covenant of grace in this era and administrations of the covenant of grace in previous eras.
  2. We distinguish between parties in the gracious covenant relationship: on the one side, God; on the other all believers with all their children. Jesus Christ mediates between these two parties.
  3. We distinguish between greater and lesser parties in the covenant of grace. God is the infinitely greater; his people the lesser. Therefore, God alone initiates this gracious relationship and determines its terms.
  4. We distinguish between promises and obligations in the covenant of grace. God gives promises and imposes obligations (or conditions) in this relationship.

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