Harrison Perkins On Difference Between The Covenants Of Works And Grace In 10 Minutes And 16 Seconds

For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith. To give a human example, brothers: even with a man-made covenant, no one annuls it or adds to it once it has been ratified. Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And to your offspring,” who is Christ. This is what I mean: the law, which came 430 years afterward, does not annul a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to make the promise void. For if the inheritance comes by the law, it no longer comes by promise; but God gave it to Abraham by a promise (Gal 3:10–18; ESV). Continue reading →

Harrison Perkins With 7 Minutes And 29 Seconds More On The Covenant Of Works

From the early 1650s Reformed theologians began to speak explicitly of the “covenant of works” to describe God’s relations to Adam (and us) in the garden and to explain the nature of the demands of the law upon God’s image bearers. In this second video on the covenant of works, Dr Harrison Perkins explains a bit more about the law as God’s standard of righteousness in the covenant of works. Continue reading →