A variety of views and nuances of covenant theology exist within the Reformed church and the broader evangelical world. This book seeks to explain covenant theology as presented in the Westminster Confession of Faith as a starting point for discussions of covenant theology and as a foundation to evaluate other views. Some variations of covenant theology are minor and do not impact the system of doctrine of Reformed theology, but other variations are major and impact important doctrines associated with justification by faith. Attention is also given to the views of confessional Baptists, as well as those who are evangelicals and operate with a covenantal approach to Scripture. This book combines a straightforward explanation of basic covenant theology followed by more detailed analysis of other views.
… ‘covenant theology’ provides the God–given framework that safeguards the Scriptural message of salvation by grace and promises spiritual renewal, forgiveness of sin, perfect righteousness and deep assurance of faith. He writes in the attractive and simple style of a biblical theologian who nevertheless makes systematic theological sense of a complex subject. This book is a tour de force on the subject.
Peter Hastie, Principal, Presbyterian Theological College, Melbourne, Victoria
Dick Belcher’s The Fulfillment of the Promises of God is now the introduction to covenant theology. It will join the syllabus of my Covenant Theology course, and will be the first book that I recommend to seminarians not only for introducing the subject, but providing assessment of the main alternatives to classic Reformed covenant theology. This is now the starting point for those looking for a confessional Reformed presentation.
Ligon Duncan, Chancellor and CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary