A Middle Ground approach to The Law of Moses

Justin Taylor does gives a good summary how the New Covenant is actually a different covenant (and a better covenant - (Heb. 7:22) and a superior covenat (Heb. 8:) than the Old Covenant while maintaining God's unity of purpose across the covenants.  Since the New Covenant is made with a reconstituted covenant people (Matthew 21:33-43, Romans 9-11) that involves a new order(Hebrews 9:10), and a new set of governing laws and principles.  The establishment of the New Covenant has made the Old Covenant with its stipulations obsolete (2 Corinthians 3:14, Hebrews 8:13, 9:1, etc.). It a middle ground approach (neither Covenantal or Dispensational) that I believe is very profitable.  it will relieve you from the logical fallacies of Classical Covenant Theology or Classical Dispensational Theology. The Law of Moses and the Christian – Justin Taylor see also www.disciplemaking.net … [Read more...]

What We Believe | New Covenant Theology

2What We Believe | New Covenant Theology Submitted by Randy Seiver on Mon, 09/13/2010 - 00:40 We believe there is only one God, creator of heaven and earth. This God exists in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory. We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the only rule to teach us what we must believe and practice (2 Timothy 3:16-17). We believe that all are sinners by nature and by choice. All are guilty before God and deserve his wrath and curse forever. Our very best falls short of meeting his righteous demands and cannot merit his favor. We believe the salvation of sinners is the sovereign work of God alone. As sinners, we cannot contribute to it in any way. Even the faith by which sinners lay hold of Christ is the work of sovereign grace, not the work of sinful nature. We believe that apart from the grace and mercy of God, the sacrifice of Christ on the cross, and his … [Read more...]

New Covenant Theology and the Mosaic Law

If you want to understand how the New covenant relations to the Mosaic Law read: New Covenant Theology and the Mosaic Law see also www.disciplemaking.net … [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...]

The Theology of Fulfillment

Here is a concise explanation of how the Old Testament and New Testament fit together.  The Old Testamenet had it hopes in God's promises of a future day and king.  While the New Testament sees these hopes and promises realized.  I agree with Augustine's saying, "The Old is in the New revealed; the New is in the Old concealed."   Both the OT and NET have a Christological focus and a redemptive purpose. Fred G. Zaspel states this:  Some OT scholars have argued that we should read and study the OT on its own terms. That is, we should seek to understand it by itself without "reading back" into it from the NT. There is a sense, of course, where that is right. But what Jesus seems to be emphasizing in these passages is that we in this age should be able to read the OT better than that. There is the matter of "historical-grammatical" interpretation, to be sure. But if "historical-grammatical" leaves out the Christological focus, it is deficient. In fact, Jesus seems to be implying that this … [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...]

Does the New Covenant break in any way with the Old Covenant

For a while I have been investigating the issue of covenant theology and other systems of theology that deal with the overarching theme(s) of scripture. More and more I see that all scripture points to christ and the Gospel of God's glory is the overarching purpose of scripture. I think there is more fruitful dialogue going on about these issues that as been going on in a long time. Richard Barcellos in Defence fo the Decalogue, has summarized the way the New Covent differes from the Old in the following list: First, unlike the Old Covenant, the New Covenant cannot be broken (verse 32). Second, unlike the Old Covenant, the law of God will be put in the minds and written on the hearts of all covenant citizens (verse 33). Third, unlike the Old Covenant, everyone in the New Covenant will know the Lord (verse 34a). Fourth, unlike the old Covenant, everyone in the New Covenant will have their sins forgiven (verse 34b). I see these contrasts as striking, what do you see? see also … [Read more...]