The Covenant of Works

The initial covenant God made with mankind was a covenant of works.  In this covenant, according to the Westminster Confession, “life was promised to Adam; and in him to his posterity, upon condition of perfect and personal obedience.”  It is important to note that a “condition” is attached to this first covenant.  The condition is personal and perfect obedience.  This is a condition of works, and this is the covenant’s chief stipulation.  Life is promised as a reward for obedience for obedience, for satisfying the condition of the covenant.

Sproul, R.C.; Grace Unknown: The Heart of Reformed Theology; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; copyright 1997; p. 109

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