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Old 12th December 2009, 01:32 PM
Ron Conte Ron Conte is offline
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Default Old Covenant versus New Covenant

We cannot say that the Old Covenant has passed away, since God promised that covenant to Abraham and his (spiritual) descendents forever. And we cannot say that there are two covenants, the Old and the New, by which human persons are saved. For we know by faith that all who are saved have salvation by the Blood of Christ, who died for us on the Cross. Christ is the sole source of salvation, so there cannot be two covenants in force today. Neither can we say that the New Covenant has replaced the Old Covenant, since God promised Abraham that the Old Covenant would continue in his spiritual descendents forever.

The only solution to this theological dilemma is that the Old Covenant has been transfigured, has been transformed, into the New Covenant. All of the Old Covenant promises continue under the New Covenant, in a higher form. For example, the promise concerning the descendents of Abraham, which is true of his physical descendents, the Hebrew people, when they live by faith, is true to an even greater extent of all his spiritual descendents, Christians. And the disciplines of the Old Testament, which had their usefulness in their time, continue to be fulfilled in their spiritual meaning, in the spirit but not the letter of those practices. The promises God made to Abraham and to his descendents, which He said in truth would continue forever, do in truth continue forever, and to a much greater extent than Abraham ever imagined.

This transfiguration of the Old Testament covenant into the New Testament covenant is analogous to the change that occurs at the consecration of bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ. Both bread and wine are good things from God; so too is the Old Covenant a good thing from God. But the consecrated bread and wine, which is the Real Presence of Christ, is so much greater than words can express. Similarly, the New Covenant is so much greater than words can express, for God became a man and died for our salvation, and this is the fulfillment, with an exceedingly great superabundance, of every Old Covenant promise and of all the promises of the New Covenant.
Ron Conte
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