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It is a short page pamphlet that attempts to describe the character and nature of the Covenant of Grace. John Murray is very well known in Reformed circles, and should be. It is one of the most helpful and scholarly expositions written on the subject.
No doubt, on many occasions Murray has demonstrated his theological prowess and biblical applicability of sound doctrine on a number of issues.
This pamphlet The Covenant of Grace, however, is not one of them. However, I am unaware of any popular exegetical defenses of his position anywhere other than his own.
I am aware of a number of Reformed works that demonstrate his position as erroneous, though they do not directly deal with Murray, perse. There are many Baptistic works1 that deal with the covenants in the same manner that Murray does, but with certain exceptions.
His thoughts will be presented in part later. Murray is quoted on a number of occasions concerning his work on the Covenant of Grace. Likewise in his commentary NIC series on Rom It would not be, however, in the interests of theological conservation or theological progress for us to think that the covenant theology is in all respects definitive and that there is no further need for correction, modification, and expansion.
Theology must always be undergoing reformation. The human understanding is imperfect. However architectonic may be the systematic constructions of any one generation or group of generations, there always remains the need for correction and reconstruction so that the structure may be brought into closer approximation to the Scripture and the reproduction be a more faithful transcript or reflection of the heavenly exemplar.
It appears to me that the Covenant theology, notwithstanding the finesse of analysis with which it was worked out and the grandeur of its articulated systematization, needs recasting. We would not presume to claim that we shall be so successful in this task that the reconstruction will displace and supersede the work of the classic covenant theologians.
But with their help we may be able to contribute a little towards a more biblically articulated and formulated construction of the covenant concept and of its application to our faith, love, and hope.
But Murray has not helped in correcting the ideas surrounding the Covenant of Grace; rather, he has muddied the waters. His cross-section, though, of these theologians and pastors, are too selective in the overall scheme of understanding the Covenant of Grace. He fails to quote any of them in relation to the Covenant of Redemption, which is a huge mistake.
However, this is part of the overall problem Murray has in his schema of Covenant Theology. The problem, at this early point, is that Murray 1 does not explain the Covenant of Grace in terms of its relationship to the Counsel of Peace or Covenant of Redemption, making no distinction between the two, and 2 he misuses the idea of covenant to demonstrate that every covenant is gracious.
If every covenant is gracious, then how is the mutual pact and agreement between the Father and Son before the foundation of the world in any way gracious between them?
This is not even part of his discussion, and his failure to address this aspect of the divine oath is self-defeating to his own position.
There they are proselytized into a less than adequate reformulation of Covenant Theology which denies aspects of the heart of Reformed Theology without ever mentioning them.
He mentions Abraham and Abimelech Genesis However, this, again, is not only to deny much of what he just quoted, but also to disregard the Covenant of Redemption which is essential in formulating a doctrine of the covenants.
They included the preamble, historical prologue, stipulations and sanctions, oath and vows, and the ratification of the covenant. If two agreed to enter into a covenant, at the very least two are agreeing.
Even some of the most simplistic bible study books on Covenant Theology, like Grace Unknown, by RC Sproul, deem this structure as normative. In covenants between God and man, something Murray will touch upon next, God imposes the covenant without consent, but requires obedience or else the grantee would become a covenant breaker.
In either case, with between man and man or as will see, God and man, Murray has reformulated the Covenant of Grace to be over simplistic, but erroneously so, tending toward grace, and overemphasizing grace without Law. In explaining the covenants made between man and God, Murray again surveys covenants of human initiative with God.
He mentions the people of Israel in the days of Joshua Jos. Also, Josiah 2 Kings Strictly speaking, it is not an agreement.The Puritans emphasized the covenant of works, which was in the control of human beings, and the covenant of grace, which was in God's power to bestow.
There are many other covenants, such as the covenant of redemption, the agreement between God the . Reformed Theology and the Covenant of Redemption Since Reformed theologian Johannes Cocceius (–) propounded the idea of the covenant of redemption, much Reformed theology has argued that Christ’s incarnate obedience reflects eternal.
The Covenant of Redemption Between the Father and the Redeemer - by John Flavel (–) Articles on the Christian Walk, Systematic Theology and Practical Theology Today, many Christians are turning back to the puritans to, “walk in the old paths,” of God’s word, and to continue to proclaim old truth that glorifies Jesus Christ.
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