Covenant theology sees all of redemptive history as the progressive revelation of gods eternal covenant between the father and the son. What is the new covenant and what are its terms and conditions. New covenant faith and doctrine for the very last times. Jonathan gibson westminster theological seminarywestminster. The standard recommendation for a study of ct seems to be palmers book, christ of the covenants, and while certainly not a bad book, i found hortons to be more helpful. As a proponent of new covenant theology and the founder of indepth studies,1 it is exciting for me to be able to write the foreword to this book. More than 30 years in the making, from greg nichols class notes comes a new printing of a volume that has already helped those who are reformed and baptistic understand the vital subject of gods covenants from the perspective of those persuaded of. New covenant theology, tom wells and fred zaspel, frederick, md. New covenant theology or nct is a christian theological system which teaches that the old testament laws have been fulfilled and abrogated 1 or cancelled 2 with christs death, and replaced with the law of christ of the new covenant. New covenant theology or nct is a christian theological position teaching that the person. Its proponents include tom wells, fred zaspel, john reisinger, and steve lehrer.
It shares similarities and yet is distinct from dispensationalism and covenant theology and attempts to eliminate the perceived weak points of the two. Like all of the reformed, gibson is confused and fundamentally full of it, but he does an excellent job of explaining all of the variant positions of nct. Description, definition, defense by tom wells and fred zaspel. If nct defines covenant theology as presbyterianism, so be it and so do i oppose any notion of a covenant made by god with children of believing parents.
Please note, as a ministry, is not in agreement with all aspects of covenant theology. However, nct seems to oppose the idea of a covenant of grace that transcends human history. New covenant theology wikimili, the free encyclopedia. New covenant theology compared with covenantalism 203 4horton states, a broad consensus emerg ed in this reform federal theol ogy wi th re spect to the existence in scripture of three distinct covenants. Thanks to greg gibson for some helpful insights and quotes. A reformed and baptistic perspective on gods covenants 9781599253428 by greg nichols.
The book argues for a via media between covenant theology and dispensationalism that the authors call progressive covenantalism similar to new covenant theology. Now in paperbackmore than 30 years in the making, from greg nichols class notes comes a new printing of a volume that has already helped those who are reformed and baptistic understand the vital subject of gods covenants from the perspective of those persuaded of disciples baptism. Many scholars try to discover what is the center of the bible. Covenant theology and antinomianism greg gibson s goal was to write the clearest and easiest to understand explanation of the law. Covenant theology also known as covenantalism, federal theology, or federalism is a conceptual overview and interpretive framework for understanding the overall structure of the bible. Jesussaidfollowme books, bible studies, and charts. Is there more to this series on new covenant theology. The book outlines new covenant theology very well and gives sound arguments for its plausibility.
The standard form of covenant theology views the history of gods dealings with mankind, from creation to fall to. Covenant theology, new covenant theology, dispensationism, and the covenant of promise. My current understanding of new covenant theology is really the result of a theological journey that began many years ago. In 1975 i graduated from covenant theological seminary in st. One such example would be from the book new covenant theology by tom wells. This is defined by many as an eternal covenant among the members of the godhead including the following elements. Greg gibson, all old testament laws canceled 24 reasons why all old testaments laws are. Covenant theology sees an inseparable continuity between the old testament and the new testament. One distinctive result of this is that old testament laws have been abrogated or cancelled with jesus crucifixion, and replaced with the law of christ of the new covenant. Covenant theology recognizes the eternal, unchanging nature of gods moral law. Barcellos notes that new covenant theology is a recent entrant into the debate. Covenant theology and antinomianism greg gibsons goal was to write the clearest and easiest to understand explanation of the law. Thomas lancaster digs into the bibles prophecies to dispel many of the common myths and misunderstandings about the new covenant.
New covenant theology new covenant theology typically does not hold to a covenant of works or one overarching covenant of grace although they would still argue for only one way of salvation. This book is an interesting addition to the relatively new paradigm called new. Mike, i went through a study of covenant theology not too long ago myself. The covenant theology of the fathers stressed the unity of the covenant of grace, the superiority of the new covenant over the old mosaic covenant, and that, because jesus is the true seed of abraham, all christians, whether jewish or gentile, are abrahams children.
New testament laws are for our obedience gibson, greg on. This is taught right through the new testament and throughout the book of hebrews, but especially note hebrews 8. It uses the theological concept of a covenant as an organizing principle for christian theology. Gibsons academic interests include biblical theology, covenant theology, genesis chapters, innerbiblical allusion and exegesis within the old testament. New covenant theology or nct is a christian theological system which. Covenant theology is just biblical theology because we find covenants everywhere in the bible. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. New covenant theology academic dictionaries and encyclopedias. Preface covenant and dispensational theologians have long debated the issue of continuity and discontinuity. What does john piper believe about dispensationalism. Reprinted with permission from faith pulpit octdec, 2010 new covenant theology nct is a rather new theological movement. The new covenant shows that they laws of the heart are closer to the soul sermon on. One such example would be from the book new covenant theology by tom wells and fred zaspel. The sabbath, ten commandments, covenants, infant baptism, and statechurch theocracy.
See gods law in redemptive history explained simply and clearly with 7 diagrams, 20 charts, and 712 verses. New covenant theology or nct is a christian theological position teaching that the person and work of jesus christ is the central focus of the bible. Description covenant theology a reformed and baptistic perspective on gods covenants. He translates scholarspeak into pewspeak with 7 diagrams and 20 charts.
We are bound to conclude, therefore, that the newness of the new covenant cannot involve the elimination of the curse sanction as a component of the covenant and that this newness consequently poses no problem for the interpretation of christian baptism as a sign of ordeal embracive of both blessing and curse. New zion citizens dont make physical war or support globalist zionism. Obviously this is just my opinion, but since i read both of them within a few weeks of each other back in january, i thought i would share. Gibson has written this book from the new covenant theology. For gibson, the baptism debate turns on the proper relationship of nature and grace. The essential difference between new covenant theology hereafter nct and covenant theology ct, however, concerns the mosaic law.
Covenant theology a reformed and baptistic perspective. Theology, nontheocracy reformed covenant theology, reformed baptist. New book on a middle position between dispensationalism and covenant theology, posted 22 aug 2012 on fundamentally reformed at. A reformed and baptistic perspective on gods covenants greg nichols new paperback edition now available. All the major issues pertinent to new covenant theology are examined. The book includes discussions on nct in general, the mosaic law, the sermon on the mount, the relationship between the covenants, and hermeneutics. Some of the proposed centers for biblical theology are god, israel, covenant, creation, kingdom, salvation, new creation, and so forth. More than 30 years in the making, from greg nichols class notes comes a new volume on covenant theology that will help those who are reformed and baptistic understand the vital subject of gods covenants, from the perspective of those persuaded of believers baptism. Eschatological stage of salvation history in which god, through the work of the messiah and the spirit, would unconditionally bring about israels full salvation. Theology, nontheocracy reformed covenant theology, reformed baptist covenant theology, and antinomianism p.
Includes the sabbath, decalogue, covenants, infant baptism and statechurch. The new covenant, as revealed by jesus through the gospel message, supercedes the old covenant, making it that is, the old covenant, redundant. New covenant bakers evangelical dictionary of biblical. They are sympathetic to dispensationalism and covenant theology, but depart from both. Doesnt the new covenant of grace and faith replace the old covenant of works and law.
David gibsons latest article in these pages on the question of baptism made an attractive and sweeping case for paedobaptism. Covenant theology centers on one overall covenant known as the covenant of grace. Why all old testament laws are cancelled and all new testament laws are for our obedience, greg gibson, 2008, p. Is the rest of this series under a different heading. While we are for the most part in agreement with covenant theology in regards to the doctrines of grace calvinism, we do not agree with covenant theology in regards to the relationship between israel and the church, and in regards to the end times. New covenant theology opposes covenant theology and dispensationalism. It was an interested topic for sure, and from the excerpts available seemed like a good read from the perspective of new covenantal theology, so i agreed to do so. Gibson successfully challenges many of covenant theologys main tenants. So, while covenant theology sees a continuity between the old and new testaments in regards to gods people and the way of salvation, new covenant theology draws a rather sharp line of distinction between the old and new testaments when it comes to the difference between the old mosaic covenant and the new covenant mediated by christ. Comparing covenant theology and dispensational theology. Like all of the reformed, gibson is confused and fundamentally full of it, but he does an excellent job of explaining.
The only explicit reference to the new covenant in the old testament is found in jeremiah 31. It shares similarities with, and yet is distinct from, dispensationalism. I agree with brandon, and its one thing i appreciate about greg gibsons work. I am curious to read the proof of your accusations.41 30 439 1040 370 1512 1567 437 476 512 1275 640 1086 1062 1161 156 890 689 775 333 1263 732 1133 1389 1521 74 1410 1541 621 322 1105 1495 381 741 1059 1453 314 419 1441 199 1172 182 966 359 1315 1416 620 1401 334