by George Walker
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"The Manifold Wisdom of God" by George Walker is a theological treatise that explores the profound concept of the manifold wisdom of God, primarily focusing on its covenantal aspects. Written in a scholarly manner, Walker's work explores the relationship between the Old and New Covenants, shedding light on their agreements and differences while offering valuable insights into the nature of God's redemptive plan for humanity.
At the core of this book lies a comprehensive examination of the Old Covenant and the New Covenant, dissecting their roles in God's divine plan. Walker navigates through biblical teachings, providing readers with a deep understanding of how these covenants relate to one another and to the broader context of salvation history.
Walker's exploration of the covenants highlights their significance in guiding individuals towards salvation and righteousness. He underscores the importance of correctly interpreting the Scriptures, particularly the distinctions between the Law and the Gospel, to avoid theological errors that have arisen throughout Christian history. By presenting a thorough analysis of these theological nuances, Walker equips readers with the knowledge needed to discern truth from error and to uphold the integrity of biblical doctrine.
Throughout "The Manifold Wisdom of God," George Walker's emphasis on covenant serves as a valuable resource for theologians, scholars, and individuals seeking a deeper understanding of God's divine plan. His scholarly approach, rooted in a careful examination of Scripture, allows readers to grasp important theological concepts, ultimately leading them to a clearer comprehension of the manifold wisdom of God as revealed through the covenants.
Table of Contents
To all who love the Lord Jesus Christ
Chap. 1. The great profit and benefit that arise from knowing the true difference between the Old and New Testament, the Covenant of Works, and the Covenant of Grace, the Law and the Gospel.
Chap. 2. What the word "Testament" signifies and the nature of a Testament. That the Scriptures of both the Old and New Testament are called Testaments only concerning Christ, who ratified them through His death, not regarding God the Father, who couldn't die to make them effective.
Chap. 3. The doctrine from the previous chapter is applied to refute five distinctions made by the Schoolmen and three distinctions added by the Jesuits between the Old and New Testament. Their vanity is exposed, and a twofold use is demonstrated.
Chap. 4. What the word "Covenant" signifies and the nature of a Covenant in general.
Chap. 5. The various types of Covenants between God and Men.
Chap. 6. The Covenant of Grace was initially made with Adam after his fall.
Chap. 7. The New Covenant of Grace as revealed most clearly in the Gospel and the reasons why it's called the New Covenant.
Chap. 8. The proposed method and order to follow in demonstrating the agreements and differences between the New and Old Covenants of Grace.
Chap. 9. The threefold agreement between the Covenant of Nature, referred to as the first Covenant, and the Covenant of Grace, called the second Covenant.
Chap. 10. The six significant distinctions between the Covenant of Nature and the Covenant of Grace. 90.
Chap. 11. The profitable and holy use of the doctrine concerning the differences between the Covenant of Nature and the Covenant of Grace.
Chap. 12. The sixfold agreement between the Covenant of Grace, as revealed to the Fathers in the Old Testament, and the same Covenant renewed and more fully explained in the Gospel.
Chap. 13. The sevenfold difference between the Covenant of Grace as made with the Fathers and the Covenant as made in the Gospel.
Chap. 14. A twofold application of the doctrine from the previous two chapters.
Chap. 15. The agreement between the pure and straightforward Covenant of Grace in the Gospel and the mixed Covenant that God made with Israel on Mount Horeb through Moses, which contained elements of both the Covenant of Works and the Covenant of Grace.
Chap. 16. The various distinctions between the pure and mixed Covenant.
Chap. 17. The use of the doctrine to reveal God's unique providence in preparing means of grace suitable for different ages in the world. .
Chap. 18. The meaning of the words "Law" and "Gospel," how they agree and differ in their various senses, and the application of this doctrine.