Definition of covenant of works in English:

covenant of works


  • (in Reformation theology) the covenant between God and humanity which was broken by Adam's sin at the Fall.

    • ‘The sanctions of the covenant of works are revealed in nature, hard-wired into creation itself.’
    • ‘He said that Bavinck, like all distinguished Dutch theologians, believed in a covenant of works.’
    • ‘And no one should jump to the conclusion that this makes the covenant of Abraham a covenant of works.’
    • ‘When they ate they broke the covenant of works and their punishment was death.’
    • ‘Keep in mind that the covenant of works was a covenant imposing personal obligation upon Adam.’
    • ‘So the doctrine of the covenant of works is not necessarily founded on the metaphor of God as an employer.’