New Covenant Theology 2016 New Testament Reformation
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God promised Abraham offspring. Abraham believed God and God credited it to him as righteousness. Godâ€™s promise of offspring came true initially through the existence of the Hebrew race (the ancient Israelites), who were said to be as numerous as the sands of the sea. However, the New Testament reveals the Hebrew race was merely a shadow of the true substance fulfillment that came later: Jesus the Christ, Abrahamâ€™s ultimate offspring. The New Testament further states than anyone of any ancestry who has the faith of Abraham is the true promised offspring of Abraham.
Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Once ultimate substance New Testament fulfillment(s) came, they make the initial Old Testament shadow fulfillment seem almost irrelevant, like using a flashlight outside in the blazing summer sun. In fact, we already saw that the New Testament made the entire Sinai covenant old or obsolete.
Now today weâ€™ll consider:
What about the ethnic descendants of Abraham? How do they figure into the realities of the New Testament?
Married since 1983, Steve and his wife Sandra have three children, two now in high school and one married. A graduate of Georgia Tech, Steve worked for several years in electronics before enrolling in seminary. While there he served on the part-time staff of a 14,000 member Baptist...