22 Conscience and the Covenant of Works
Kuyper sums up the argument so far:
“God created man in such a way that he saw his image reflected in man for the purpose of being able to use him as an instrument for his glory, and that he created him for that purpose: wise, holy, and righteous, i.e., not only without any defect, but also definitely at that normal point in the adult human life when that life just begins its richer unfolding.” (201)
He then poses the question of conscience. He starts by saying that it did not exist in the newly created Adam. Conscience is not a Urim and Thummin of the heart. The Reformers denied that conscience was something distinct in humans. Kuyper sees conscience not as a “capacity” or “an inner habit”, but as “an expression or activity of our consciousness.” (202)
This requires a certain moral awareness or knowledge of good and evil.
Kuyper then looks at covenant.