1. I don't know where you got "hyper covenant theology" from? giggle

2. In the article linked, there is a statement in the very beginning which states: "Most Christian views on the Old Covenant hold that the Old Testament has been superseded or abrogated and replaced with the New Covenant, which is the only one of the biblical covenants that remains valid today." I guess, according to the author of that statement I do not belong to the "Most Christian" category. For, I do not believe that the OT has been "superseded" nor "abrogated" and "replaced" with the New Covenant. I believe, that certain aspects of the Old Covenant were of a temporary nature; signs and shadows which all were fulfilled in Christ and therefore no longer obligatory upon those who are in the New Covenant, e.g., civil laws (although there are valid principles to be gained from them), dietary laws, sacrificial rites and practices, et al. But the ESSENCE of the Old Covenant, which began in the Garden of Eden is one and was repeated throughout the OT in various ways; e.g., Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, etc. That covenant is the Covenant of Grace and is that revealed will of God in regard to the salvation of the elect of God whom the Father and Son covenanted (Covenant of Peace) in eternity to save. The "new" of the New Covenant (Jer 31) does not mean radically different, totally other, but rather Renewed, further revealed in its depth, especially in its spirituality (pertaining to the presence and work of the Holy Spirit) and universality (equally inclusive for all of mankind; male, female, Jew and Gentile alike). One more fundamental and inextricable element of the Old Covenant(s) is the moral basis upon which it/they stand.... God's perfect holiness, i.e., perfect righteousness which all must possess. Thus the Ten Commandments are no less obligatory and binding upon New Covenant believers as they were for Old Covenant believers, including Adam and Eve. "Thou shalt have no other gods before me" is no less part of the moral code today as it was when God created man. Idolatry is forbidden, as is the making of any likeness of God or of the three persons of the Godhead whether physically or mentally. The keeping of the Sabbath is equally binding upon New Covenant believers as it was upon Old Covenant believers, which Ex 20:11 (grounded in creation) and Deut 5:15 (grounded in redemption). And of course, that perfect righteousness which all men need was fulfilled in Christ as a means to justification. No one from post-fall Adam to the last man was obligated to keep a law(s) in order to be made right with God. Union with God has always been by grace alone. But the perfect righteousness men must possess, which Christ provides for believers, is no less obligatory and to be expressed in every thought, word and deed. Justification qualifies a sinner for heaven. Sanctification prepares the believer for heaven. Sanctification, the law being more and more conformed to, as it is being conformed to the image of Christ, is a life-long process which is never fully realized on this earth but will be realized at the consummation when all the saints will be glorified. joy


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