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Covenant and Commandment: Works, Obedience and Faithfulness in the Christian Life (Bradley G Green) Paperback Book, (InterVarsity Press, 2014) 9780830826346
Covenant and Commandment: Works, Obedience and Faithfulness in the Christian Life (Bradley G Green) Paperback Book, (InterVarsity Press, 2014) 9780830826346
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Title: Covenant and Commandment: Works, Obedience and Faithfulness in the Christian Life

Author: Green, Bradley G

Publisher: InterVarsity Press; Publication Date: 2014

Paperback; ISBN: 9780830826346

Volumes: 1; Pages: 208

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From a close study of key Old and New Testament texts and interaction with historical and contemporary theologians, Bradley Green shows how different aspects of the Christian life are each God-elicited, real and necessary. Reaffirming the best Reformed voices, Green provides a biblical theology of the nature, role and place of works, obedience and faithfulness in the new covenant.

Table of Contents

Series preface 11

Author's preface 13

Abbreviations 15

Introduction 17

1. The New Testament and the reality and necessity of works, obedience and faithfulness 23

Loving or knowing God is linked with obedience 24

The 'conditional' nature of our future salvation 25

Christians must 'overcome' if they are ultimately to be saved 27

The necessity of a great righteousness 29

The requirement of the law being met 'in us' 30

God will efficaciously work 'in' us, moving us to obey him 31

The necessity of putting to death the old man, by the power of the Spirit 32

'Faith' and 'obedience/works' used as virtual synonyms 32

We are truly judged, or justified, by our works 33

The 'obedience of faith' 34

We were created and redeemed for good works 34

Faith working through love 35

The law affirmed; the law of Christ 35

Persons do the works of their Father 37

Excursus: works of the law 37

Conclusion 39

2. Obedience, works and faithfulness: moving from Old testament to New Testament 41

Key Old Testament texts: Ezekiel 41

Key Old Testament texts: Jeremiah and ancillary passages 43

The New Testament and new covenant themes from the Old Testament 49

Conclusion 54

3. Old covenant, new covenant and the history of redemption 55

Continuity and discontinuity: getting the question right 55

Henri Blocher on old and new covenant 57

Law and gospel, gospel and law: the nature of the new covenant and the question of salvation of Old Testament saints 60

Law and gospel: friend or foe? 61

Insights from Richard Gaffin 65

Geerhardus Vos on law and grace 66

The law is not of faith - but is there grace within the law? 68

Excursus: John Owen on the covenant 72

Conclusion 76

4. The cross and the reality of works, obedience and faithfulness 77

Key biblical texts 77

Christ's righteousness and our righteousness 86

Imputation of Christ's righteousness 88

Conclusion 91

5. Union with Christ and its relationship to works, obedience and faithfulness 93

Key biblical texts 94

Richard Gaffin 100

Greg Beale and the importance of the resurrection 102

Conclusion 102

6. Justification, judgment and the future 105

Key biblical texts 106

Key historical figures 114

Key contemporary figures 128

Excursus: N. T. Wright, judgment and justification 134

Conclusion 142

7. The reality and necessity of works, obedience and faithfulness 147

The headship of Adam 147

Adam, obedience and the centrality of advance in the history of redemption 147

Henri Blocher and the creation covenant 149

A. T. B. McGowan and headship theology 152

Headship and human transformation 153

Already-not yet: the reality of inaugurated eschalology 158

Insight from Jonathan Edwards: the all-encompassing nature of the work of redemption 163

Conclusion 165

Epilogue 167

Bibliography 171

Index of authors 179

Index of Scripture references 181
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