Covenant of Redemption Defined – R. Scott Clark and David Van Drunen

CovenantJustificationPastoralMinistryIn their chapter, The Covenant before the Covenants, David VanDrunen and R. Scott Clark write:

In Reformed theology, the pactum salutis has been defined as a pretemporal, intratrinitarian agreement between the Father and Son in which the Father promises to redeem an elect people. In turn, the Son volunteers to earn the salvation of his people by becoming incarnate (the Spirit having prepared a body for him), by acting as surety of the covenant of grace for and as mediator of the covenant of grace to the elect. In his active and passive obedience, Christ fulfills the conditions of the pactum salutis and fulfills his guarantee … ratifying the Father’s promise, because of which the Father rewards the Son’s obedience with the salvation of the elect.  And because of this, the Holy Spirit applies the Son’s work to his people through the means of grace.

David VanDrunen & R. Scott Clark, Covenant, Justification and Pastoral Ministry: Essays by the Faculty of Westminster Seminary California, (Phillipsburg, NJ:Presbyterian and Reformed, 2007), 168.

I highly recommend this book available here: Covenant, Justification and Pastoral Ministry: Essays by the Faculty of Westminster Seminary California

Sanctification Conference – Westminster Seminary California

PLENARY I: “Sanctification of the Justified”—David M. VanDrunen
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PLENARY II: “Sanctification Explained”—S.M. Baugh
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PLENARY III: “Sanctification Undermined”—Michael S. Horton
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PLENARY IV: “Sanctification Applied”—Bryan D. Estelle
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PLENARY V: “Sanctification Preached”—Dennis E. Johnson
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Questions & Answers —Faculty Panel
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PLENARY VI: “Sanctification Summarized”—W. Robert Godfrey
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Source: Westminster Seminary California 2014 Annual Conference Resource Page

A Biblical Case for Natural Law by David Van Drunen

Biblical morality is characterized by an indicative-imperative structure. That is, all of its imperatives (moral commands) are proceeded by and grounded in indicatives (statements of fact), either explicitly or implicitly. The most important indicative that grounds the imperatives in Scripture is that the recipients of Scripture are the covenant people, that is,  members of the community of the covenant of grace.  The Old Testament Scriptures were not given to the world at large but to the people of Israel, God’s covenant people of old.  “He has revealed his word to Jacob, his laws and decrees to Israel.  He has done this for no other nation; they do not know his laws” (Ps. 147:19-20).  Neither were the New Testament Scriptures given to the world at large but to the church, the new covenant people.  p. 39  David Van Drunen, A Biblical Case for Natural Law (Grand Rapids : Acton Institute, no date)