Covenant Theology

Articles on doctrine, Covenant Theology, Practical Theology and Pastoral Theology

Covenant Theology Articles and Links

 

Following the Reformed Theology of the 1647 Westminster Confession, there is no real debate on how “covenants” work. Reformers, Puritans, and those that came after them, in the spirit of the Reformation, agreed on the basics; even among the early church fathers such as Irenaeus and Augustine. The Westminster Standards were drawn up after the birth of formal Reformed Theology during the Magisterial Reformation to set down in print those basic ideas (keep in mind that Augustinian theology was very much Reformed without using that term) for the future of the Church’s witness to the world. Though many people would read through the Westminster Standards and say that it is much more than “basic” – (anything but basic!) – they cannot deny the adherence of such a sublime unity in the manner that the Westminster Divines adhered to covenant theology. 

 

Witsius’ Economy of the Covenants Online

Herman Witsius (1636-1708) was Professor of Divinity in the Universities of Franeker, Utrecht, and Leyden. A brilliant and devout student, he was fluent in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew by the age of fifteen, when he entered the University of Utrecht. He was ordained at twenty-one and served in several pastorates, filling both the pulpit and the academic chair over the course of his life.

This, his magnum opus, is a reflection of some of the most fruitful and mature thinking on federal theology during the seventeenth century, and still holds a preeminent place in our own day. If you are interested in Covenant Theology (which you should be if you love God’s word) then take some time to peruse this excellent work: The Economy of the Covenants Between God and Man.

Francis Robert’s The Mystery and Marrow of the Bible

Robert’s work, “The Mystery and Marrow of the Bible” is one of the best works on Covenant Theology in the history of the Christian Church. It remains unpublished, but available here in old English in its entirety. The work is enormous, and covers all the administrations of the covenant as God unfolded the history of redemption. His thesis is: That, The Mysterie and chief Matter of all the Covenants of Faith, whether Covenants of Promise or New Covenant, though for Accidents and Circumstances it be very variously repre­sented, yet for essence and Substance it is only one and the same, viz. The Recovery of lapsed Sinners from Sin and Death, to Righ­teousness and life by JESUS CHRIST alone through Faith.

Covenant by Dr. Zacharias Ursinus

A Baptist Proves that Baptism is not by Immersion by Unknown

A Practical Discourse concerning Vows: with a Special Reference to Baptism and the Lord’s Supper by Edmund Calamy

Atonement and the Covenant of Grace by Hugh Martin

Baby Belief Before Baptism by F. Nigel Lee

Baptism by Charles Hodge

The God of Covenant by Scott Bushey

Baptism by Ulrich Zwingli

Baptism and Infant Baptism by A. A. Hodge

Children and Church Membership by Thomas Shepard

Children in the Covenant of Grace by Thomas Shepard

Covenantal Ideas by Herman Witsius

Did All Mankind Fall in Adam’s First Sin? by Edward Fisher

Difficulties About Baptism by Douglas Bannerman

Infant Baptism by John Calvin

Dr. Jonathan Edward’s Miscellanies on “Covenant”

Dr. Jonathan Edwards On Infant Baptism – Part 1

Dr. Jonathan Edwards On Baptism – Part 2

God’s Covenant with Men by A.A. Hodge

God’s Covenants with Man, the Church by AA Hodge

Infant Baptism by Martin Luther

Infant Baptism: Scriptural and Reasonable Part 1 by Rev. Samuel Miller

Infant Baptism Scriptural and Reasonable Part 2 by Rev. Samuel Miller

Infant Baptism Scriptural and Reasonable Parts 3-4 by Rev. Samuel Miller

Introduction to Covenant Theology by J.I. Packer

Is the Mosaic Covenant the covenant of Grace? by Wilhelmus a’Brakel

John Calvin on Genesis 17

Jonathan Edwards On “Covenant” by John Gerstner

Man in the Covenant of Works by Louis Berkhof

Oath and Ordeal Part 1 by Dr. Meredith G. Kline

Oath And Ordeal Part 2 by Dr. Meredith G. Kline

Of Infant Baptism and Dipping by Dr. John Owen

Paedocommunion and Covenant Theology Edited by C. Matthew McMahon

Reformed Interpretation of the Mosaic Covenant by Mark W. Karlberg

Retracting Credobaptism by Fowler White

Smith on Covenant Theology by Morton Smith

The 5th Commandment and Infant Baptism by Ezekiel Hopkins

The Ark of the Covenant Opened by Patrick Gillespie

The Covenant of Grace by A.A. Hodge

The Covenant of Grace by Herman Bavinck

The Covenant of Works by Thomas Watson

The Covenant Seed by Thomas Goodwin

The Doctrine Surrounding Infant Baptism by Ezekiel Hopkins

The Economy of the Covenants Between God and Man by Herman Witsius

The Mystery and Marrow of the Bible by Francis Roberts

The Polemics of Infant Baptism by Benjamin B. Warfield

The Remedy Provided for by Jesus Christ in the Covenant of Grace by David Dickson

The Sacramental Principle by William Cunningham

The Scriptural Foundation of the Covenant of Works by Louis Berkhof

The Subjects of Baptism by Dr. Wilhelmus a’Brakel

Three Characteristics of the Covenant of Grace by Herman Bavinck

Vindiciæ Legis et Fœderis by John Flavel

Violating the Covenant of Works by Herman Witsius

What is a Covenant? by Dr. Charles Hodge

Why We Baptize Infants by John Murray

What Mean Ye? by Rev. Richard bacon (A good article against Paedo-communion, but helping to understand the Passover in light of the Lord’s Supper.)

Covenant Sign and Seal: The Symbolic Significance of Circumcision, and Its Application to the New Testament Believer, Part 1 by Michael Glodo

Covenant Sign and Seal: The Symbolic Significance of Circumcision,and Its Application to the New Testament Believer, Part 2 by Michael Glodo

Covenant Theology Under Attack by Meredith Kline

Comments on A. A. Hodge’s One-Covenant Construction of the Redemptive Order by Meredith G. Kline

The Marrow of Modern Divinity by Edward Fisher

The Covenant of Grace by A.A. Hodge

Ark of the Covenant Opened: Chapter 3 by Patrick Gillespie

The Covenant of Redemption by Alexander Peden

Baptism: Its Meaning and Purpose by Greg L. Bahnsen

Cross-Examination: Infant Baptism by Greg Bahnsen

Baptism by Francis A. Schaeffer

The Covenant of Redemption Between the Father and the Redeemer by John Flavel

Jonathan Edwards on the Covenant of Grace by Carl W. Bogue

The Covenant of Grace by Robert Riccaltoun (1691-1769)

A Brief and Untechnical Statement of the Reformed Faith by B.B. Warfield

Outline of the Covenant of Grace by James Henley Thornwell

A Treatise of the Covenant of Grace by John Ball (Partial modernized text) Full Old Enlgish text here.

The Doctrine of the Covenant in Reformed Theology by Geerhardus Vos

Grace & Salvation – How Christ is rightly and properly said to have merited grace and salvation for us by John Calvin

Man’s Estate of Holiness and the Covenant of Works by R.L. Dabney

The Covenant of Grace by John Murray PDF ePub Mobi

The Covenant of Grace by Charles Hodge PDF ePub Mobi

A Treatise of the Covenant of Grace by John Cotton PDF

The Faithful Minister Of The New Covenant by Horatius Bonar PDF

The Gospel is Conditional by Samuel Rutherford PDF

The Covenant of God’s Free Grace by John Cotton PDF

What Does it Mean to be Reformed – Really? by C. Matthew McMahon

My Retraction: A 15-year Baptist turns Paedobaptist and Becomes Reformed by C. Matthew McMahon

A Catechism on Infant Inclusion in the Covenant of Grace by C. Matthew McMahon

A Concern About Infant Inclusion in the Covenant of Grace by C. Matthew McMahon

A Simple Overview of Covenant Theology by C. Matthew McMahon

A Summary of Herman Witsius’ “The Economy of the Covenants Between God and Man” by C. Matthew McMahon

An Overview of O. Palmer Robertson’s Book “The Christ of the Covenants” by C. Matthew McMahon

Covenant Concepts in Dr. Francis Turretin’s Institutes of Elenctic Theology by C. Matthew McMahon

I will be a God to You and to Your Children After You by C. Matthew McMahon

John Murray’s Reformulation of the Covenant of Grace by C. Matthew McMahon

John Owen and the Covenant of Redemption by C. Matthew McMahon

An Allegory Intended to Illustrate Covenant Theology by Robin Griffin

Historic Reformed Quotes on the Visible Church being Outwardly in the Covenant of Grace by Travis Fentiman

What is the Covenant of Redemption by Travis Fentiman

Divine Covenants, Absolute and Conditional:  John Cameron and the Early Orthodox Development of Reformed Covenant Theology by Richard Muller

The Covenant of Redemption: a Covenant Distinct from the Covenant of Grace by Travis Fentiman

Of Divine Covenants about the Eternal Salvation of Men; and in Special, of the Covenant of Redemption, Showing that there is such a Covenant, and what are the Articles Thereof by David Dickson

The Covenant of Redemption Opened by Thomas Jacombe

The Covenants of Redemption and Grace Displayed by James Hog

What is the Covenant of Redemption? by RC Sproul

Toward the Pactum Salutis [Pact of Salvation]: Locating the Origins of a Concept by Richard Muller

 

Musing on Baptistic Theology After Retracting
Prefatory Notes On Infant Baptism by C. Matthew McMahon

A Proper Balance Needful by C. Matthew McMahon

I Should Have Listened to My Own Advice on Hermenuetics by C. Matthew McMahon

Lots of Fog by C. Matthew McMahon

Positively Nonsense by C. Matthew McMahon

The Importance of Baptism a Necessary Study, and Some Preliminary Considerations by C. Matthew McMahon

The Internalization of the Law is Not New to the NT by C. Matthew McMahon

Books on Covenant Theology

Presumptive Regeneration, or, the Baptismal Regeneration of Elect Infants by Cornelius Burges (1589-1665)

A Discourse on Covenant Theology and Infant Baptism by Cuthbert Sydenham (1622-1654)

Infant Baptism of Christ’s Appointment by Samuel Petto (1624-1711)

Covenant Holiness and Infant Baptism by Thomas Blake (1597-1657)

The Manifold Wisdom of God Seen in Covenant Theology by George Walker (1581-1651)

The Covenant of God by Thomas Blake (1597-1657)

A Chain of Theological Principles by John Arrowsmith (1602-1659)

The Covenant of Life Opened by Samuel Rutherford (1600-1661)

The Covenant of Grace Opened by Thomas Hooker (1586-1647)

The Covenant of Redemption by Samuel Willard (1640-1707)

The Covenant of Works and the Covenant of Grace by Edmund Calamy (1600-1666)

The Doctrine and Practice of Infant Baptism by John Brinsley (1600-1665)

God’s Covenant and Our Duty By Samuel Willard (1640-1707)

God’s Glory in Man’s Happiness by Francis Taylor (1589-1656)

Infant Baptism God’s Ordinance by Michael Harrison (1640-1729)

Jesus Christ God’s Shepherd by William Strong (d. 1654)

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