16713Re: The Real First Covenant: the Covenant of Redemption, explained by Dickson, pt1
- Mar 4 7:06 PMJer,
Thanks for the two posts!!
You know when I stop and think about it, it so floors me! That God whom
WE have all offended and who justly has condemned us to everlasting
conscience punishment, also served Himself up as a propitiation to
redeem us and thereby have His people escape what WE justly deserve!
The Judge who condemned the convict, becomes the One who goes to the
gallows for the convict.
The Father COVENANTED with the Son and the Holy Spirit to save His
people from this just judgment of eternal condemnation. All this not
because of anything good in us, but because of His mercy!!!
Now that is a God of love and mercy!
Amazing and Awesome!!
The Gospel truly demonsrates the One true Faith!
A sinner saved by His grace,
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "gmw"
>it first ocurred to me (from reading Patrick Gillespie many years ago),
> One aspect of the Covenant of Redemption that has fascinated me since
is that Jesus Christ is party to the Covenant of Redemption as God the
Son (being God, the offended party), and as the God-man/Mediator (as the
party agreeing to purchase sinners).
> Any thoughts on this amazing aspect of the Covenant?
> --- In email@example.com, "gmw"
> >explains the Covenant of Redemption spledidly in his Therapeuitica
> > The real first Covenant is the Covenant of Redemption. David Dickson
Sacra, chapter IV.
> >by "Redemption," and who are the parties thereof, and then explains what
> > He begins by explaining what is meant by "Covenant," what is meant
is meant by this Covenant of Redemption.
> >right application of divine Covenants about our salvation: therefore it
> > Dickson:
> > "BECAUSE the healing of the sicknesses of the conscience cometh by a
is necessary, that some measure of the knowledge thereof be opened up.
> >at least the one party contracter. Of this sort of covenants about the
> > "1. A divine covenant we call, a contract or paction, wherein God is
eternal salvation of men (which sort chiefly belong to our purpose)
there are three. The first is, the covenant of redemption, past between
God, and Christ God appointed Mediatour, before the world was, in the
council of the Trinity. The second is, the covenant of works, made
between God and men, in Adam in his integrity, endued with all natural
perfections, enabling him to keep it, so long as it pleased him to stand
to the condition. The third is, the covenant of grace and reconciliation
through Christ, made between God and believers (with their children) in
> >must distinguish the sundry acceptions of the word redemption: for, (1.)
> > "2. As to the covenant of redemption; for clearing the matter, we
Sometime it is taken for the contract and agreement of selling and
buying-back to eternal salvation, of lost man, looked upon as in the
state of sin and misery. In which sense, we are said to be bought by
Christ, both souls and bodies, 1 Cor. 6.19,20, Ye are not your own; for
ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in
your spirit, which are God's. And this may be called redemption by
paction and agreed bargain. (2.) Sometimes redemption is taken for the
paying of the price agreed upon. In which sense, Christ is said to have
redeemed us, by suffering of the punishment due to us, and ransoming of
us, Gal 3.13, Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being
made a curse for us. (3.) Sometime redemption is taken for the begun
application of the benefits purchased in the covenant by the price paid,
Eph. 1.7, In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the
remission of sins, according to the riches of His grace. (4.) Sometime
redemption is taken for the perfect and full possession of all the
benefits agreed upon between the Father and Christ His Son the Mediator.
In which sense, we are said to be sealed with the holy Spirit of
promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance, until the redemption
of the purchased possession, Ephes. 1.14. and Ephes. 4.30, it is said,
Grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of
redemption; which is the day of Judgment, when Christ shall put us in
full possession of all the blessedness which He purchased by bargain and
payment for us.
> >covenant past between the Father and Christ His Son, designed Mediatour,
> > "In this place we take redemption in the first sense, for the
about our redemption.
> >the other party in this covenant, we do not seclude the Son and holy
> > "3. When we name the Father as the one party and His Son Christ as
Spirit from being the party offended; but do look upon the Father, Son,
and Spirit, one God in three Persons, as offended by man's sin; and yet
all three contented to take satisfaction to divine justice for man's sin
in the Person of the Son, as designed Mediatour, to be incarnate.
Whereby the Son is both the party offended as God, one essentially with
the Father and holy Spirit; and the party contracter also, as God
designed Mediatour personally for redeeming man, who with consent of the
Father and holy Spirit, from all eternity willed and purposed in the
fullness of time, to assume the human nature in personal union with
Himself, and for the elect's sake to become man, and to take the cause
of the elect in hand, to bring them back to the friendship of God, and
full enjoyment of felicity for evermore.
> >designed mediatour the other party, speaking with the Scripture, for the
> > "When therefore we make the Father the one party, and the Son
more easy uptaking of the Covenant, let us look to one God in three
Persons, having absolute right and sovereign power according to His own
pleasure to dispose of men, looked upon as lying before God (to Whom all
things are present) in sin and death, drawn on by man's own deserving,
and yet for the glory of his grace resolving to save the elect, so as
His justice shall be satisfied for them, in and by the second Person of
the Trinity, the co-eternal and co-essential Son of the Father.
> >bargain, agreed upon between the Father and the Son designed Mediator,
> > "4. This covenant of redemption then may be thus described. It is a
concerning the elect (lying with the rest of mankind in the state of sin
and death, procured by their own merit) wisely and powerfully to be
converted, sanctified and saved, for the Son of God's satisfaction and
obedience (in our nature to be assumed by Him) to be given in due time
to the Father, even unto the death of the cross.
> >selling and a buying of the elect, Acts 20.28, Feed the Church of God,
> > "In this bargain or agreement, the Scripture importeth clearly, a
which He hath purchased by His own blood, 1 Cor. 6.20, ye are bought
with a price, and 1 Pet. 1.18. The seller of the elect, is God; the
buyer, is God incarnate; the persons bought, are the Church of the
elect; the price, is the blood of God, to wit, the blood of Christ, who
is God and man in one person.
> >decree of redemption, wherein the salvation of the elect, and the way
> > "This covenant of redemption, is in effect one with the eternal
how it shall be brought about is fixed, in the purpose of God, who
worketh all things according to the counsel of His own Will, as the
Apostle sets it down, Eph. 1, unto the 15th verse.
> >three persons agreeing in the decree, that the second Person, God the
> > "And the decree of redemption is in effect a covenant, one God in
Son, should be incarnate, and give obedience and satisfaction to divine
justice for the elect: unto which piece of service the Son willingly
submitting Himself, the decree becometh a real covenant indeed."
> >which (Lord willing), I shall post in the next day or so, depending on
> > Dickson next provides six proofs of the Covenant of Redemption,
how much discussion this post prompts.
> > gmw.
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