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By Jeong Koo Jeon

John Calvin (1509-64) was once the top of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation in Europe. As we rejoice the 5 hundred-year anniversary of his delivery, it's valuable to discover Calvin's covenant theology, that could be the best home windows to appreciate and overview his theology as a complete. in recent times, the Federal imaginative and prescient has been surfaced within the American conservative Reformed and evangelical circles. It has robust hermeneutical, theological, and sensible attachment with Calvin.
Although Calvin was once a covenant theologian, he firmly maintained the evangelical contrast among legislations and gospel, in particular in his exposition of justification by means of religion by myself (sola fide) and salvation via grace on my own (sola gratia) with a balanced emphasis of believers' covenantal obedience. furthermore, we'll discover that Calvin not just utilized the excellence among legislations and gospel to soteriology but additionally within the depiction of redemptive historical past. In Calvin, the excellence among legislation and gospel was once foundational for the depiction of biblical imaginative and prescient of eschatology within the backyard of Eden earlier than the autumn and lower than the previous Covenant.
However, the exponents of the Federal imaginative and prescient deny any validity of the excellence among legislations and gospel in hermeneutics, theology, and perform whereas they determine themselves with these of Calvin. In that experience, we may possibly determine the Federal imaginative and prescient now not with the Protestant Reformation and Calvin yet as constant monocovenantalism within which they deny the excellence among legislations and gospel and practice that monocovenantal precept constantly to their understandings of hermeneutics, soteriology, the doctrine of double predestination, and sacramental theology.

Jeong Koo Jeon is Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Chesapeake Reformed Theological Seminary in Maryland. he's the writer of Covenant Theology (1999 & 2004) and Covenant Theology and Justification by way of religion (2006).

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