Thursday, February 23, 2017

Concurrence in the Covenants: Things That Stay the Same.

In a previous post, I introduced the continuity of the Covenants.  That continuity is both contiguous and concurrent.  Contiguous means that they continue from one to next in a single, unbroken line of promise and fulfillment. By design, the Old Covenant leads right into the New Covenant. Huge changes occur as they transition, but they do flow as one religion nonetheless. I used the analogy of a caterpillar becoming a butterfly.

However, it is important to understand that a significant part of their continuity is concurrent, i.e. the some concepts have always been and remain true at the same time in both covenants. Here is a partial, introductory list of concepts that remain the same in both covenants:

  1. Salvation by faith
  2. The need for regeneration by the power of the Holy Spirit
  3. Atonement through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
  4. The three uses of the Law
  5. Obedience through love
  6. The identity of the true family of God
  7. The application of a covenantal sign to infants and converts.*
 *My baptist friends will disagree with this one, so they can just consider the first few. I think a case can be made for their concurrence regardless of denomination. If you have any suggestions as to what else can be added to this list of concurrences (I am sure there are many more), please comment below.

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