Friday, April 24, 2015

Developed and Undeveloped Federalism

Is the doctrine of the Covenant "a development?"  Reformed say that we hold to the the covenant as the locus where God and man meet in Jesus Christ.  Our critics charge that Federalism is a medieval innovation.  What are we to make of that claim?  Certainly, it was further developed in the middle ages, but when we read of God's covenantal promises to his people in Scripture, are we to reply,

"No, no, God.  The covenant wasn't developed until much, much later"?

Why do Latins get a free pass when the gloss Exodus 3:14 as essence and Orthodox get to see Palamism way earlier than palamism, but when the Reformed say "covenant" we get charged with reading federalism back into the Scriptures?

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