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The Doctrine of the Everlasting Covenant in the
Writings of Ellet J. Waggoner

From its beginning, the Christian church has been in constant turmoil, and sometimes great conflict, in regards to the relationships between the law and the gospel, faith and works, and the goal of the Christian life. This discussion has never really been resolved so that the church could realize the practical application of Biblical counsel to the daily life. Questions such as, "What is the duty of man in response to God's commands?", and, "What is the mission of the church to the world?", have not been answered to the place where the laity can readily relate their spiritual experience to their personal and collective lives. Furthermore, little headway has actually taken place in the theological areas of sanctification and the transformation of the believer's character. For many church members, the call to higher standards of ethical and moral living appears to be theoretically correct, but in actual practice, it becomes a source of frustration and of perpetual failures. In short, the church has not been able to clarify the relationship of the theory of salvation to the experience of the believer.

Attempts have been made to bridge the gap between theory and practice; yet, they have been inadequate because there has not been proper attention to a basic tenet of Christian living, known as the everlasting covenant of God. This doctrine holds the key to the problem because it provides a setting for the gospel that allows God to determine rightly what He expects from man and what man should expect from Him.

The solution to this gap

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