Understanding Covenant Theology

For those of us that have been “raised” on the system of doctrines concerning the end times known as “dispensationalism” (think Late Great Plant Earth, Left Behind, Schofield Bible, Clarence Larkin, and so on), that other system, called “Covenant Theology”, can be hard to understand.  But, in fact, dispensationalism is much more complicated than Covenant Theology – it’s just that changing one’s entire systematic understanding of scripture can be difficult.

Covenant Theology is the view of scripture held by the Church for nearly one thousand eight hundred and fifty years.  And it is gaining ground against its dispensational opponents in recent times, and hopefully will soon regain its rightful place as the Bible-believing Church’s understanding of God’s plan for the ages.

The article by Robert Reymond that I have linked below, if studied carefully, will help the dispensationalist to understand the faulty basis of dispensational theology.  While it is not a thorough treatise, nor a pedagogical work, it does nevertheless provide some important primary understanding on the subject – laying out in some detail the uniformity of God’s covenants in redeeming a people for His Name.

I would challenge every dispensationalist to read this treatise and see if he can hold on to his notions about the genetic descendants of Abraham in relation to the promises of God. 

Here is the link:  http://againstdispensationalism.blogspot.com/2008/10/who-really-owns-holy-land.html


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4 Responses to “Understanding Covenant Theology”

  1. Stephen Says:

    I was a regular of your site, but after this article I will remove your link from my favorites and no longer endorse you. It’s bad enough that your blog hints at being Calvinist (a gross heresy) but now you attack dispensational right dividing

    Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15 KJV)

    in favour of this nonsense, and then you claim that it is the historic perspective? Please…

    For Jesus’ sake,
    av1611 dot com / forums

  2. Joel Says:

    Stephen, I’m very disappointed to see how you feel. I hope you’ll reconsider and visit from time to time. Please try to be rational about these things. Don’t let your emotions and defensive posture keep you from learning and growing. Blessings.

  3. Joshua Lim Says:

    Hey Joel,

    Just stumbled upon your site. Good stuff. I highly recommend reading Dr. Kim Riddlebarger’s book on Amillennialism. He does a real good job dealing with the presuppositions, biblical exegesis, etc. and makes a strong case. I think that might help you out a lot. He also has audio posted at christreformed.org. The class is called Amillennialism 101.

  4. Joel Says:

    Joshua: Thanks for the recommendation. Although I don’t have Dr. Riddlebarger’s book yet, I have visited his site a few times and I have visited the Amil 101 page too. I even plan on using his series on Revelation the next time I have opportunity to teach on that book. Come to think of it, I don’t know why I haven’t added him to my blogroll. I’ll remedy that right away. Thanks again.

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