New Covenant Theology 2016 New Testament Reformation
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Godâ€™s initial shadow promise to Abraham was that he would have physical offspring. According to Galatians 3:7, who are Abrahamâ€™s true substance offspring? Any one from any ethnic group who has the faith of Abraham is a true offspring of Abraham.
PPT: ESV Galatians 3:7 Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. ESV Galatians 3:29 . . . if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise.
Thus, the shadow fulfillment of the promise to give Abraham descendants was found in Abrahamâ€™s physical offspring, the Hebrew race.
The substance physical fulfillment was the specific offspring named Jesus who was a direct physical descendant of Abraham.
Through the salvation that Offspring Jesus made possible, all who follow Abraham in faith (i.e., true believers) are Abrahamâ€™s true offspring.
Can you see why New Covenant Theology holds it is the church that is the true Israel, spiritual Israel, the new Israel?
Steve serves as pastor-teacher of the Southern Baptist church he started in the Atlanta area. While in college he joined First Baptist Church of Atlanta (Charles Stanley, pastor). After graduation he moved to Birmingham where he led downtown First Baptistâ€™s college department, ministering...