If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between Covenant Theology, Dispensationalism, and New Covenant Theology, wonder no more. Blake White has written a very helpful explanation.

Amen to whole article except 2 ideas I’d like to see New Covenant Theologians consider…

“The various contrasts (law/Spirit, sin /righteousness, flesh/Spirit, death/life, etc.) can be summed up under Adam and the Last Adam.”

True, but they can be summed up better under the more comprehensive themes old creation and new creation. (See Beale, et al.) Infant members, the Law/Decalogue/Sabbath, national Israel with it’s land and temple are all part of the old creation. But regenerate members, the Law of Christ, and the Church with its new earth and temple are all part of the new creation. That’s why New Creation Theology is a stronger polemic than New Covenant Theology against Covenant Theology and Dispensationalism.

“Christians are bound to the example of Christ, the teaching of Christ and His Apostles (supremely in the love command), and the Old Testament interpreted and applied in light of the new covenant.”

The Old Testament interpreted and applied in light of the new covenant? I’ve seen New Covenant Theologians use this hermeneutic several times, but it seems unclear to me. Are they saying that we still directly obey some Old Testament commands? If so, I disagree for 3 reasons…

1. Are Christians under the New Covenant + part of the Old Testament, or the New Covenant alone?

2. How much of the Old Testament does Jesus fulfill, part of it or all of it (Mt. 5:17-18)?

3. Do Christians obey all Christ’s commands + some of Moses’ commands, or all Christ’s commands alone?

I hope to develop those 2 ideas more fully in 2014. Regardless of these minor issues, Blake’s article is well worth your time. I can’t encourage you enough to read it. What is New Covenant Theology? An Interview with A. Blake White by Josiah Batten

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