New Covenant Theology 2016 New Testament Reformation
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Though physical circumcision was an absolute requirement of the Abrahamic covenant, the New Testament says outward circumcision is now in fact of no value. What does matter, according to the New Testament, is inner, spiritual circumcision, the spiritual circumcision of the heart.
The New Covenantâ€™s disregard for the need to keep the sign of the Abrahamic covenant (circumcision) suggests that something fundamental has changed. We are playing by new rules. There has been a shift in significance from outward sign to inward reality. We have already clearly seen that the Abrahamic Covenant had two fulfillments, a short term and a long term, an intermediate and an ultimate, and shadow and a substance. So too with the sign of the covenant: from physical circumcision to spiritual circumcision.
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...