a general reprieve

“The law of creation binds when the covenant of creation is broken. Though the transgression of man has forfeited his interest in the one, yet it cannot dissolve the obligation of the other.”Adam and Eve

“…the world is set under a general reprieve and the full execution of the deserved curse is delayed until the day of judgement. Until that time children of men are under a dispensation of goodness and sparing mercy. So they are in a remote capacity or possibility of obtaining salvation by Christ where it pleases God to send the gospel, the dispensation of which is made effectual for the salvation of all the elect, who are in this way gathered unto the kingdom of Christ.” Coxe, Covenant Theology From Adam to Christ pg. 58

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