6 Discontinuities between the Old and New Covenants

Herbert W. Bateman IV, Charts on the Book of Hebrews (Kregel Charts of the Bible; Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2012), 126:


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  1. Nick Fitzkee says

    Can you explain #4 vis a vis covenant theology? I’m no theologian, but it was my understanding that the new covenants don’t necessarily “abolish” the old ones, but they do reveal a fuller and more accurate picture of what the old covenants actually mean. Thanks.

    • says

      There’s a lot of debate about this. (It’s hard to convey concisely in a chart!) I’m guessing that you mean “new covenant” (singular) and not “new covenants” (plural).

      On the “abolish” language, for starters I’d recommend (1) Don Carson’s comments on Matt 5:17–20 in his Matthew commentary and (2) Doug Moo’s essay on the law in this debate-book.

      • Charlie King says

        Mr. Naselli is right there is much debate about New Covenant vs Re-newed Covenant. In my studies (which are on going…I am not an expert..so please just take this information as a humble comment and not authoritative.) I am finding that this is one of the distinctions between a Presbyterian Covenant believer and a Reformed Baptist Covenant believer. Pres believing (for the most part) in a renewed covenant and RB believing in an actual New Covenant. Pedo vs Credo baptism stemming from this very line of thought.

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