On Man and Sin in the Westminster Confession

From Robert Letham’s excellent The Westminster Assembly:

In the light of later developments of doctrine in the Reformed tradition, it is important to note that neither the Confession nor the Catechisms speak of our first parents being placed on probation, being given a commandment as a moral test, nor of a promise of everlasting life on their successful completion of such a probationary period. This may be implied in the alternative title that the Assembly gives for the covenant of works – the covenant of life – but it is not present in this chapter of the confession. (198-199)

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