They are deceived then who make Parallel distinctions of the Old and New Testament; of the Covenant of Works, and of Grace; of the Law, and Gospel: for in both, the Testament or Covenant is the Covenant of Grace; in both, the Law and Gospel are urged.
This site will be dedicated to providing resources for understanding the Mosaic covenant in Reformed Theology. Our primary focus will be historical-theological. Our goal is provide the church, her pastors, and professors with direct access to primary documents that speak to this issue. Many historical-theological treatments of this issue are agenda-driven, and are highly skewed according to each person's own position (and you are free to judge from these primary documents if that is true for me as well).
Most of the material on this sight will be from Reformed Theologians. However, in order to help others understand the Reformed doctrine in its historical-theological context, we hope to provide exerpts from Roman Catholic, Arminian, Socinian, Lutheran, and Amyraldian theology as well. In this way, the distintively Reformed position will stand out sharply against those who disagreed with them.
We do not pretend to make any secret of our own position on this matter. We believe that the majority consensus of Reformed theologians of the 16th and 17th centuries was that the Mosaic Covenant was essentially a covenant of grace. While it had unique administrative elements, these were merely accidental and did not change its essential character as a covenant of grace. This position was advanced by the vast majority of prominent 17th century Reformed Theologians, and is embodied in the confessions of that same century, particularly the Westminster Standards. Aware of this, the reader is also free to check all my introductory comments and analysis on the basis of the primary documents, and correct them where he or she feels they are inaccurate.
Nevertheless, we welcome the visitors to this site to read these books and excerpts for themselves to come to their own opinion on the matter. We believe that a thorough, honest, and careful reading of these primary documents will lead the reader to come to the same conclusion.
Directions for using this site:
Since I am not a technologian, and this site is still under construction, it is not at present the easiest to use. For now, just look on the "navigation" bar over on the left side of the screen, just below the words "The Mosaic Covenant in Reformed Theology." Then click on a name, and that will take you to their sources. I plan to be continually adding more as the days and weeks go by, so check back for updates!
WCF 19:1-2 - LAW AS COVENANT VS. LAW AS A RULE OF LIFE
THEODORE BEZA (UPDATED)
MEREDITH KLINE: MERIT AND MOSES
MERIT IN THE REFORMED CONFESSIONS
JOHN CALVIN (updated)
CALVIN ON MERIT IN THE LAND OF CANAAN
FRANCIS ROBERTS - CHECK THIS OUT! ITS THE BEST!