Eight points of the gospel are in Genesis 3:15 (Stuart Robinson)

Stuart Robinson, a 19th century Southern Presbyterian, in his Discourses of Redemption, describes how the whole gospel system is found in Genesis 3:15, even as the oak is in the acorn (he wrote this some 80 years before Geerhardus Vos’ Biblical Theology!):

“Thus is will be seen, on careful analysis of these words, and deducing the truths embodied by implication in them, that they set forth these eight points of the gospel creed:

1. That the Redeemer and Restorer of the race is to be man, since he is to be the seed of the woman.

2. That he is, at the same time, to be a being greater than man, and greater even then Satan; since he is to be the conqueror of man’s conqueror, and, against all his efforts, to recover a sinful world which man had lost; being yet sinless, he must therefore be divine.

3. That this redemption shall involve a new nature, at “enmity” with the Satan nature, to which man has now become subject.

4. That this new nature is a regeneration by Divine power; since the enmity to Satan is not a natural emotion, but, saith Jehovah, “I will put enmity,” etc.

5. This redemption shall be accomplished by vicarious suffering; since the Redeemer shall suffer the bruising of his heel in the work of recovery.

6. That this work of redemption shall involve the gathering out of an elect seed, a “peculiar people” at enmity with the natural offspring of a race subject to Satan.

7. That this redemption shall involve a perpetual conflict peculiar people, under its representative head, in the effort to bruise the head of Satan, that is, “to destroy the works of the Devil.”

8. This redemption shall involve the ultimate triumph, after suffering, of the woman’s seed; and therefore involves a triumph over death and a restoration of the humanity to its original estate, as a spiritual in conjunction with a physical nature, in perfect blessedness as before its fall.

Such, then, is the gospel theology here revealed, in germ, through the very terms of the curse pronounced upon the destroyer of the race. It will be seen that here are all the peculiar doctrines of salvation, by grace, which every Christian accepts, who exercises the faith which is unto salvation. And in the broader and higher sense of the terms, Moses, as truly as Mark at the opening of his evangel, might have prefixed to this third chapter of Genesis the title, ‘The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God.'”

For more on the biblical theology of the Southern Presbyterians, see C. Nick Willborn, “Biblical Theology in Southern Presbyterianism,” in The Hope Fulfilled (2008).

 

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