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1 The Institutes of Biblical Law Law and Society By: Rousas John Rushdoony TABLE OF CONTENTS Preface Introduction Religion A. Religion: A Universal Reality B. The Essential Nature of Religion C. The Seat of Religion D. The Origin of Religion Revelation A. Revelation in General B. General Revelation C. Special Revelation Scripture A. The Relation Between Special Revelation and Scripture B. The Inspiration of Scripture C. The Perfections of Scripture The Doctrine of God and His Creation The Being of God The Essential Nature of God A. The Knowledge of (Respecting) God B. The Being of God as Known from God s Revelation The Names of God A. The Name of God in General B. The Old Testament Names of God C. The New Testament Names of God The Attributes of God A. The Incommunicable Attributes B. The Communicable Attributes of God

2 The Trinity A. The Trinity in General B. The Three Persons Considered Separately The Works of God The Divine Decree in General A. The Nature of the Divine Decree B. The Characteristics of the Divine Decree C. Objections to the Doctrine of the Decree Predestination A. The Objects of Predestination B. The Two Parts of Predestination C. The Question of Supra- and Infralapsarianism Creation A. Creation in General B. The Spiritual World C. The Material World Providence A. Providence in General B. The Elements of Providence in Particular C. Extraordinary Providences or Miracles The Doctrine of Man in Relation to God Man in His Original State The Constitutional Nature of Man A. The Essential Elements of Human Nature B. The Origins of the Soul in Each Individual Man as the Image of God and in the Covenant of Works A. Man as the Image of God B. Man in the Covenant of Works Man in the State of Sin The Origin and Essential Character of Sin A. The Origin of Sin in the Fall of Man B. The Essential Character of Sin C. Divergent Views of Sin

3 Sin in the Life of the Human Race A. The Connection Between Adam s Sin and that of His Descendants B. Original and Actual Sin C. The Universality of Sin Man in the Covenant of Grace The Covenant of Redemption A. The Scriptural Basis for the Covenant of Redemption B. The Son in the Covenant of Redemption C. Requirements and Promises in the Covenant of Redemption The Covenant of Grace A. The Contracting Parties in the Covenant of Grace B. The Promises and Requirements of the Covenant of Grace C. The Characteristics of the Covenant D. The Relation of Christ to the Covenant of Grace E. Membership in the Covenant F. The Different Dispensations of the Covenant The Doctrine of the Person and Work of Christ The Person of Christ The Names of Christ A. The Name Jesus B. The Name Christ C. The Name Son of Man D. The Name Son of God E. The Name Lord The Natures of Christ A. The Distinction of Natures in Christ B. The Unity of the Person of Christ C. Some of the Most Important Errors in the Doctrine of Christ The States of Christ A. The State of Humiliation B. The State of Exaltation

4 The Work of Christ The Offices of Christ A. The Prophetic Office B. The Priestly Office C. The Kingly Office The Atonement through Christ A. The Moving Cause and Necessity of the Atonement B. The Nature of the Atonement C. The Extent of the Atonement D. The Atonement in Present-Day Theology The Doctrine of the Application of the Work of Redemption The Common Operations of the Holy Spirit A. The General Operations of the Holy Spirit in Nature B. Common Grace Calling and Regeneration A. General Remarks on the Order of Salvation B. Calling C. Regeneration Questions and Review Conversion A. The Scriptural Terms for Conversion B. The Biblical Idea for Conversion C. The Elements of Faith D. The Characteristics of Conversion E. The Author of Conversion F. The Necessity of Conversion Faith A. The Scriptural Words for Faith B. Different Kinds of Faith Mentioned in the Bible C. The Elements of Faith D. The Object of Saving Faith E. The Roman Catholic View of Faith F. Faith and Assurance

5 Justification A. The Scriptural Terms for to justify B. The Nature and Characteristics of Justification C. The Elements of Justification Takes Place D. The Sphere in Which Justification Takes Place E. The Time of Justification F. The Ground of Justification G. Objections to the Doctrine of Justification Sanctification A. The Scriptural Terms for Sanctification B. The Biblical Idea of Holiness and Sanctification C. The Characteristics of Sanctification D. The Nature of Sanctification E. The Imperfect Character of Sanctification in This Life F. Sanctification and Good Works Perseverance of the Saints A. Nature of Perseverance of the Saints B. Proof for the Doctrine of Perseverance C. Objections to the Doctrine of Perseverance The Doctrine of the Church and the Means of Grace The Church Nature of the Church A. Different uses of the Word Church in Scripture B. The Essence of the Church C. The Many-sided Character of the Church D. Definition of the Church E. The Church in the Different Eras of History F. The Attributes of the Church G. The Notes or Characteristics Marks of the Church The Government of the Church A. Different Theories Respecting the Government of the Church B. The Fundamental Principles of the Reformed Presbyterian System C. The Officers of the Church D. The Ecclesiastical Assemblies The Power of the Church A. The Source of Church Power B. The Nature of This Power C. Different Kinds of Church Power

6 The Means of Grace The Word as a Means of Grace A. The Word of God, the Most Important Means of Grace B. The Relation of the Word to the Spirit C. The Two Parts of the Word as a Means of Grace The Sacraments in General A. Relation Between the Word and the Sacraments B. Origin and Meaning of the Word Sacraments C. The Component Parts of the Sacraments D. The Necessity of the Sacraments E. The Old and New Testament Sacraments Compared F. The Number of the Sacraments Christian Baptism A. The Institution of Christian Baptism B. The Proper Mode of Baptism C. The Lawful Administrators of Baptism D. The Proper Subjects of Baptism The Lord s Supper A. Institution of the Lord s Supper B. The Things Signified and Sealed in the Lord s Supper C. The Question of the Real Presence in the Lord s Supper D. The Efficacy of the Lord s Supper as a Means of Grace E. The Person for Whom the Lord s Supper as a Means of Grace The Doctrine of the Last Things Individual Eschatology Physical Death A. The Nature of Physical Death B. The Connection Between Sin and Death C. The Significance of the Death of Believers The Intermediate State A. The Modern Idea of Man s Existence in Sheol-Hades B. The Doctrine of Purgatory, of the Limbus Partum, and of the Limbus Infantum C. The Doctrine of the Sleep of the Soul D. The Doctrine of Annihilation and of Conditional Immortality E. The Doctrine of a Second Probation

7 General Eschatology The Second Coming of Christ A. Great Events Preceding the Second Coming B. The Coming Itself The Millennium and the Resurrection A. The Question of the Millennium B. The Resurrection The Last Judgment and the Final State A. The Last Judgment B. The Final State Heidelberg Catechism Part I: Human Misery Part II: Deliverance God the Father God the Son God the Holy Spirit The Sacraments Baptism The Lord s Supper Part III: Gratitude Prayer

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