Jeremiah Burroughs on the covenant of works and its reward

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First, It was obedience to God merely as Creator, no further; Adam in innocency he looked upon God as Creator of all things, as the First being of all, and so Adam tendered up his service to God merely as the Creator and First-being. That was his obedience. Secondly, The Law to Adam had promise only of natural things, of a natural life to be continued: We do not read of God’s promising Adam to live in Heaven if he had obeyed; but, Do this and live; that was the Tenor of the Covenant with him: that is, he should have continued in Paradise and so have lived a natural life, but yet continued eternally, God would have upheld that natural life of his, that’s all we read of that ever God promised to Adam if he had stood by virtue of that Covenant of the Law:

That’s the second thing considerable in him. so that his obedience was tendered up to God to that end, that he might obtain the continuance of a natural life here in this world, only in order unto that, for we find no more revealed. The first man Adam he was Natural, the second Spiritual, the first of the Earth earthly, the second, the Lord from Heaven. The Apostle. 1 Cor. 15. speaks of Adam in innocency as the common head of al man-kind, he was of the Earth earthly, and in way of distinction the second Adam was the Lord from Heaven; He brings all heavenly glory. Though Adam had stood, yet we never read of any heavenly glory that ever he or his posterity should have had; but the second Adam he is the Lord from Heaven that brings Heavenly glory with him. That’s the second thing considerable in the Law as a Covenant with Adam. ...

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