Book Review: God of Promise: Introducing Covenant Theology

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books; Reprint edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080107195X
  • WTS Books

After reading excerpts of God of Promise by Reformed Theologian Michael S. Horton, I decided to give the volume an entire read, in an effort to get a better grasp on Covenant Theology.

Covenant Theology arises from the fact that biblical revelation is covenantal in nature, which is based on the covenant practices of the ancient Near Easterners (Suzerain-vassal and Royal Grants).

Horton makes the case for three covenants: (1) the Covenant of Redemption, (2) the Covenant of Creation (Works), and the Covenant of Grace.  The Sinai Covenant between YHWH and Israel, Horton sees as a republication of the Covenant of Works, while the Abrahamic, Davidic, and the New Covenant are restatements and expansions of the Covenant of Grace.

Circumcision and Baptism and Passover and Lord’s Supper are viewed as signs and seals of their respective covenants.  Horton stands in the tradition of the majority of Reformed thinkers here.

From what I’ve read elsewhere, God of Promise remains a solid introduction to Covenant Theology.  While I subscribe to Covenant Theology, I part ways with Horton and others on the matter of baptism being extended to the children of parents of the New Covenant.  Perhaps this is why I remain a Baptist.

At any rate, I commend God of Promise.

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