The manifold vvisedome of God In the divers dispensation of grace by Iesus Christ, In the Old New Testament. In the covenant of faith. workes. Their agreement and difference. By G. Walker, B.D. pastor of Saint Iohn the Evangelist in Watlingstreet.
Walker, George, 1581?-1651.

CHAP. IX. The agreement of the Covenant of Nature, which is called the first, with the Covenant of Grace, which is called the second Co∣venant.

FIrst, these two Covenants doe* agree betweene themselves, and that in three respects; First, the par∣ties Page  88 are in substance the same in both Covenants. In the the first Cove∣nant of Workes God was the one party, and Adam the other; And in the second, the parties are still the same in Nature and substance, to wit, God and Adam, with all man∣kinde his posterity.

Secondly, they doe agree in divers* of the promises and conditions. In the first God promised unto man life and happinesse, Lordship over all the creatures, liberty to use them, and all other blessings which his heart could desire to keepe him in that hap∣py estate wherein he was created: And man was bound to God to walke in perfect righteousnesse, to observe and keepe Gods comman∣dements, and to obey his will in all things which were within the reach of his nature, and so farre as was re∣vealed to him. In the second also the promise on Gods part is life and happinesse, with all blessings thereto requisite, Lordship over the creatures, liberty to use them, and a true right and title to them all, and in lieu of Page  89 these he requires of man perfect righ∣teousnesse and obedience to his will and law, in every point and title, as our Saviour Christ saith, Mat. 5. 18.

Thirdly, as the one had seales an∣nexed* unto it for confirmation, so al∣so hath the other. The seale of the first Covenant was the Tree of Life, which if Adam had received by ta∣king and eating of it, while hee stood in the state of innocency, before his fall, he had certainely beene establi∣shed in that estate for ever; and the Covenant being sealed and confir∣med betweene God and him on both parts, he could not have beene sedu∣ced and supplanted by Satan, as some learned men doe thinke, and as Gods own words seem to imply, Gen. 3. 22. The seals of the second Covenant are the Sacraments, as Circumcision, and such like in the Old Testament, and the Sacraments of Baptisme and the Lords Supper in these dayes of the Gospel; wch whosoever hathonce tru∣ly received, and is inwardly circum∣cised as well as outwardly, & washed with the Laver of Regeneration, and Page  90 baptised into Christ, and hath true communion with him of his Body and Blood, that man can never fall, for the seed of God abideth in him, 1▪ Iohn 3. 9.