First London Confession
. The section on Christology is excellentin all its particulars.
When readers consider Drapes’ remarks about Jesus Christ, each
reader should remember that Drapes is dealing with the Man, Christ Jesus, not the Eternal Word. Drapes distinguished between the DivineBeing, the eternal Word and the man, Christ Jesus. He shows us thetrue and proper manner of the composite nature of the God-Man andthe several offices of the Man, Christ Jesus, in His sacred humanity asthe Mediator of the New and Everlasting Covenant. Once wedistinguish and understand that Drapes did treat about Christ, inHumanity as a Man, as the Mediator of the New and Everlasting
Covenant then our fears and concerns about some of Drapes’
statements will vanish away.
Edward Drapes was decidedly anti-Nicene as were the majority of theother contemporary Particular Baptists who helped issue the FirstLondon Confession of Faith.. When the General Baptists startingcoming among the Particular Baptists in the 1670s, then theParticular Baptists started a slow but study drift into Nicenism andeven worse.
Further highlights in Drapes’ Christology are his holding forth the
same concepts that Richardson and Kiffin had set forth in theirwork,
Justification by Christ Alone
. I have especially appreciated themanner in which both Richardson and Drapes set forth the
intercessory work of Jesus Christ now while He is at the Father’s righthand. Their views have given me further relight into Paul’s statementabout Abel’s blood that speaks. Christ’s death and His blood speaklouder than even Abel’s blood. See in this section many true andproper statements about the true manner of Christ’s intercession in
opposition the Papal and Arminian concepts.
Drapes also joins with Richardson in showing that Faith is the meansor result of justification, and not the cause of it. This is another