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07/23/2015

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Bill Baldwin

I'm curious what Biblical basis they offer for the claims about "covenant merit" versus the real kind.

I think you're making a great point in this post, but I'm not sure how many will take the time to work through it. May I take a crack at boiling it down?

MM Proposition 1: The first Adam could have secured eternal life for himself and those for whom he was a federal head via "covenant merit".

MM Proposition 2: The second Adam could NOT have secured eternal life for himself and those for whom he was a federal head via "covenant merit".

Is that a fair summary of their position on these two points? If so, two obvious questions follow. For prop 1, why? For prop 2, why not?

What prevented God from voluntarily condescending to accept the "covenant merit" of a merely human second Adam on behalf of the Church?

It seems to me that the MM view does not IN ITSELF require a divine second Adam. (I'm not saying they couldn't argue for that necessity on other grounds, e.g. that payment for sin had to made by a divine person.) But in their view, God could have chosen to accept the active obedience (in the Christological sense) of a merely human second Adam.

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