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The Covenant of Grace

We conclude our Doctrine of Man series by exploring the Covenant of Grace described in detail in the Westminster Confession of Faith chapters 7 and 8. Download the handout

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The Imputation of Adam’s Sin

Sin is a covenant-historical reality. This is seen clearly when we consider the sustained analogy that Paul draws between the historical Christ and the first man, Adam. Adam’s original sin affects us all. But, we must ask precisely how this original sin is transmitted to Adam’s posterity. In this lesson, we explore the imputation of Adam’s...

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Original and Actual Sin

Sin is any want of conformity unto or transgression of God’s law. We look at different theories of sin, the nature of original sin in the Garden of Eden, God’s threatened sanctions, and the origins of sin. Download the handout

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The Tree of Life

In this lesson we consider the reward offered to Adam through the Covenant of Works by exploring the symbolism of the tree of life. The tree of life finds its place in a glorious New Heavens and New Earth, a heavenly Jerusalem. Since Jesus brings his people into the consummate form of the kingdom, symbolized by the...

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The Covenant of Works

The Reformed tradition has spoken of the relationship between God and Adam as a covenantal relationship. This covenant has been known by several different names: Covenant of Works, Covenant of Life, Covenant of Creation, and Covenant of Nature. Today we look more closely at the biblical data and confessional support for this doctrine. Download the...

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Human Constitution

In this lesson, we consider human beings and body-soul unities. We compare different views of human constitution, including dichotomy and trichotomy. We also consider different views on the origin of the human soul, including creationism and traducianism. Download the handout

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The Eschatology of the Image of God, Part 1

We consider the eschatology of the image of God through the covenantal structure instituted by God. We look at Ephesians 1:3, which provides a rich paradigm for covenantal union that is personal, Spiritual, and eschatological. Just as we have born the image of the man of dust, we will come to bear the image of...

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Dominion and Offices

We now turn several important implications of the image of God, namely humanity’s dominion and offices. Man is made to glorify God and to enjoy him forever. He exercises this God-directed life as a prophet, priest, and king of creation. Download the handout

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The Image of God: Past and/or Present?

In this lesson, we consider whether man retains the image of God after the Fall, and if so, how the image of God has been affected. We look specifically at Genesis 9:6; James 3:9, 1 Corinthians 11:7, Ephesians 4:24, and Colossians 3:10. Download the handout

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The Image of God: Different Views

Theologians have conceptualized the image of God in several different ways. In this lesson, we consider the traditional Reformed, Roman Catholic, Lutheran, and Pelagian views on the image of God. Download the handout