Eschatology + Ecclesiology

Does the following chart that I have created trying to show the relationship between how you see the Relationship between the OT and NT and the relationship between the church and Israel, communicate the alternatives that one could hold to well?Understanding the Big picture of Eschatology and its relationship to Ecclesiology v 2 - Powered by Google Docssee also … [Read more...]

The Christian and the Law

The Christian and the Law: by Tim Etherington This is a great little post explaining a 50000 foot level view of the role of the law in the Christian life. Enjoy. Tim says:Recently I taught on Colossians 2:16-17 and we talked about the relationship between the Christian and the law. What I wanted to do was to point out that the issue of the Sabbath is important and is handled in different ways by Bible believing Christians. For me that opened the question of how we understand the relationship between the Christian and the Law. I decided to do some broad overviews. Here’s what I presented.The law is for Israel not the Church. Israel and the Church are two different entities in God’s program. Israel is under the Law, the Church is under the grace. If something from the Old Testament is not repeated in the New Testament, it is not part of the New Covenant. When Israel rejected Jesus, God turned to the Gentiles to make the Jews jealous. God is not done with Israel; the Church age is a … [Read more...]

Responding to R. Scott Clark’s Theses on Covenant Theology

I appreciate Dr. R.K. MacGregor Write for writing up this response to Dr. R. Scott Clark's Theses on Covenant Theology. It is God-centered, Bible saturated, Grace-loving,and passion producing Theology. I have generally came to embrace the basic themes associated with what Dr. R.K. MacGregor Wright is teaching here, as I see it as the most biblical way of understanding how the Bible fits together. These responses will help clarify a Biblical framework necessary for interpreting Scripture accurately, a Biblical understanding of and relationship to God's Covenants and the Law.• R. Scott Clark 1.pdf• R. Scott Clark 2.pdf• R. Scott Clark 3.pdf• R. Scott Clark 4.pdf• R. Scott Clark 5.pdf• R. Scott Clark 6.pdf• R. Scott Clark 7.pdf• R. Scott Clark 8.pdf• R. Scott Clark 9.pdf• R. Scott Clark 10.pdf• R. Scott Clark 11.pdf• R. Scott Clark 12.pdf• R. Scott Clark 13.pdf• R. Scott Clark 14.pdf• R. Scott Clark 15.pdf• R. Scott Clark 16.pdf• R. Scott Clark 17.pdf• R. Scott Clark 18.pdf• R. Scott … [Read more...]

The Parable of the Two Trains: Old/New Covenants (2)

Here is part 2 of The Parable of the Two Trains: Old/New Covenants by Mark Webb: Previously I sought to illustrate the differences between Covenant Theology and Dispensationalism by the use of trains and train tracks. Let me quickly review. Covenant Theology was described as one train on one track but with two engineers. Originally, Moses was the engineer as it chugged its way through the Old Testament times. Then, at the juncture of the Old and New ages, Christ replaces Moses as the new engineer. This model seeks to emphasize the continuity of Covenant Theology. There’s only one covenant (one track) but two admin­istrators (two engineers)–first, Moses, and, later, Jesus. The passengers on this train can be called “Israel” or “the Church” interchangeably. Dispensationalism, on the other hand, was depicted as two separate trains on two separate tracks. One train has Moses as its engi­neer and runs on the Old Covenant track. Its passengers are called “Israel”. … [Read more...]

2 Samuel 9 – Covenant Kindness

It is easy to be two-faced in our socieity today. It is easy to forget (on purpose) promises that are made because our circumstances change and it is to our advantage to forget promices when we think there are no bad consequences. This is the position David was in, but David made sure that he fulfilled his coveant with Jonathan by showing kindness to Mephibosheth. Normally kings and leaders would eleminate any leaders or family of a former rival kingdom, and thus Mephibosheth had something to fear in coming into King David's presence. But David in the all important verse 7 shows a coveant kingdness that not only protects Mephibosheth's life, but provides for him in land and food, and gives a great position (eating at the kings table). Today we learn, from David's covenant with Jonathan, that God's covenant with us provides several benefits including security in living, abundance in living, and dependence in living. We are totally dependent on the covenant kindness of God in providing … [Read more...]