Thursday, August 22, 2013

Reading the Old Testament at face value implementing a normal, plain hermeneutic (interpretation) leads a person to futuristic premillennialism (that is, that Jesus Christ will return to earth in glory before the one-thousand year earthly kingdom.

Concerning the NEW COVENANT:

"The unconditional, unilateral (Ezek 20:37; 37:26), everlasting (Isa 55:3; 59:21; 61:8; Jer 32:40; 50:5; Ezek 16:60; 37:26; Heb 9:15), and irrevocable (Isa 54:10; Heb 7:22) new covenant assumes nullification, due to Israel's sin, of the conditional Old/Mosaic covenant (Jer 31:32; Ezek 44:7; Zech 11:10-11). Originally made with Israel (Jer 31:31) and containing redemptive blessings of both salvation (Isa 49:8; Jer 31:34) and prosperity (Isa 49:8; Jer 32:40ff; 50:5; Ezek 34:25; Hos 2:18ff), this autonomous covenant later allowed the New Testament church to participate salvifically (cf. Rom 11:11-32) through Christ, the messenger (Mal 3:1) and mediator (Heb 8:6; 9:15; 12:24) of a better covenant (Heb 7:22; 8:6) purchased with the blood and death of this unique High Priest (Zech 9:11; Matt 26:28; 1 Cor 11:25; Heb 9:15; 10:29; 12:24; 13:20). Old Testament believers anticipated (Heb 9:15) Christ's life-giving sacrifice (2 Cor 3:6) involving:

1. grace (Heb 10:29)
2. peace (Isa 54:10; Ezek 34:25; 37:26)
3. the Spirit (Isa 59:21)
4. redemption (Isa 49:8; Jer 31:34; Heb 10:29)
5. removing sin (Jer 31:34; Rom 11:27; Heb 10:17)
6. a new heart (Jer 31:33; Heb 8:10; 10:16)
7. a new relationship with God (Jer 31:33; Ezek 16:62; 37:26-27; Heb 8:10).

This covenant pictures Israel's new betrothal to God (Hos 2:19-20) initiated by the same divine mercy as the Davidic covenant (Isa 55:3)."

—from Richard Mayhue, "Why Futuristic Premillennialism," in Christ's Prophetic Plans: A Futuristic Premillennial Primer (Chicago: Moody, 2012), 73.


Gary said...

Were Hebrew children in the Old Testament required to make a one time "Decision for God" once they reached an Age of Accountability in order to be saved? No. There is no evidence of this requirement in the Bible. They were born into God's covenant, both male and female. Circumcision was the sign of this covenant for boys, but the sign was not what saved them. Faith saved them!
Rejecting the sign of circumcision, either by the parents of a Hebrew child or by an adult, male, Gentile convert, was a sign of a lack of true faith, and therefore the child or convert was "cut off" from God's promises, as clearly stated in Genesis chapter 17:

Anonymous said...

When Oriental children are born - they are born into the indigenous Culture of Orientaism!!! They do not "have to become," Orientals!!! This is the same for the Arabs and Hindus and re all other bona-fide races!!!

Herod Agrippa was and Edomite!!! Had Paul persuaded Herod to have become a Christian - I have no clue what path Herod would have to take!!!

But I do know this - I was born "a Christian," by being born "a Caucasian," into The Lifestyle and Culture and Religion of Christianity!!! I did not have to "become a Christian!!!"

Ron Stauffer

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