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PHS.TennentSermons015 Gilbert Tennent sermons 15, "De Federe Nature" (On the nature of the covenant), 1744


Gilbert Tennent sermons 15, "De Federe Nature" (On the nature of the covenant), 1744



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(Philadelphia, United States, Presbyterian Historical Society)

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Presbyterian Historical Society




United States


Gilbert Tennent (1703-1764) was an Irish-American Presbyterian clergyman, and one of the leaders of the Great Awakening. This sermon follows "De federe operum (On the covenant of works)." Tennent begins with the following two Bible verses: Hosea 6:7, "But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me." Genesis 2:16-17, "And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." The sermon presents a very detailed explication of the covenant of nature that God made with Adam, sometimes called the Adamic covenant, based on Adam's innocence and obedience, with but one order given to him: not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and have his eyes opened to the good that he would lose, and the evil that he would incur by disobedience, this being all the troubles that have plagued man since. Rescue comes with Christ as redeemer through the Second Covenant, but one's everyday effort toward righteousness must not slacken. From dates noted on the manuscript, it appears Tennent wrote the sermon in 1744, and delivered it again in 1747, 1752, and 1758.


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