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When one monk nailed his challenges to the door of the Catholic Church, he had no idea that it would open a crack leading all the way down to the very foundation of medieval theology. He started out only to reform papal errors, but ended up sparking a wholesale return to the biblical gospel, grace, and the Word of Jesus Christ. 'Protestant', a term first used against the followers of this renegade monk by his opponents, was eventually embraced as a rallying cry for participants in the Reformation. This book by A. Blake White will walk you through the five foundational beliefs of those who fought alongside Martin Luther for the purity of the Christian faith. The need for Christians to uphold these truths is as strong today as it was in the 16th century.
New Covenant Theology is a developing system of theol-ogy that seeks to let the Bible inform our theology. This sounds basic, and almost all systems of theology claim that their system is based upon the Bible. As I hope to show you, New Covenant Theology is the system of theology that al-lows the Bible to have the “final say” most consistently. Whereas Dispensationalism stands on presuppositions pro-vided by its beloved Scofield Bible and Covenant Theology stands on presuppositions provided by its cherished West-minster Confession, New Covenant Theology does not have any outside document that must be imposed on the text of Scripture. It strives to let the Sacred Text speak on its own terms.
What do you think, are the Jews still God’s chosen people? Is your answer based more on theological tradition or the clear teaching of Scripture? In other words, how would you make your case from the Bible?
In God’s Chosen People, theologian and pastor A. Blake White makes his biblical case that "Jesus Christ and His people are the fulfillment of all OT prophecy,” even the prophecies about the Jews. Now that Christ has come, it’s about your faith, not your family tree. Actually, that was God’s plan all along.
Most commentary-like books teach you about the text. This one teaches you about Christ. Blake White leads you to think about how John's letter should impact your love for the Savior and His people. He also gives clarity to some notoriously obscure statements. Bring this book alongside every reading and study of First John.
To be "in Christ" means everything! To be a Christian is to be in Christ. This is why Paul could say in 2 Corinthians 12:2 that he knew a man “in Christ.” He could have said, “I know a Christian.” In Romans 16:7, Paul says that Andronicus and Junia were “in Christ” before he was. In other words, they were Christians before he was. Christians are those who are “in the Messiah.”
"What are Christians to obey? The Bible is the simple answer of course, but upon further investigation, things are not quite that simple. For example, I am sure we have all heard a Christian condemning and calling homosexuality an abomination based upon Leviticus 18:22 or 20:13. However, if one looks on the next page at Leviticus 19:27, should we not also conclude that we should not get haircuts or shave? Why is one normative, but not the other?" "Christianity, after all, is not simply a code of ethics. It is not just a moral system. Being a Christian is not simply trying to 'do what Jesus did.' No, the foundation of the Christian life is the gospel of Jesus Christ. All else flows from the good news of Christ crucified for sinners. As Michael Horton writes, 'It is the Good News that yields good works. Salvation is not the prize for our obedience but the source.'" "The law of Christ cannot be reduced to a list of do's and don'ts. It certainly involves specific things that can be 'listed' as right or wrong, but it is far more than a list like the ten words written on stone. The law of Christ is love, but it is also the example of Christ. Everything Christ taught is part of his law, but so is everything his apostles taught a vital part of his law. Christ himself is his law personified. The whole of Scripture, as interpreted through the lens of Christ as the new covenant prophet, priest, and king, is a part of the law of Christ." May the Sovereign Lord be pleased to bless you, as you read and contemplate the glory of the new covenant in Christ, to see Christ more fully and more gloriously, as the full and final authoritative Word by whom God has spoken in these last days.
For centuries, Paul’s “letter of freedom” has encouraged, convicted, shaped, and instructed the people of God. In it we find the wonderful themes of the sufficiency of God’s revelation, the uniqueness of Jesus Christ, the overlap of the ages, and the grace of justification by faith, not by works of the law. We also see the centrality of the cross, the relation of the Abrahamic and Mosaic covenants, the role of the law in God's economy, the importance of walking by the Spirit, and the unity of the people of God. In this short exposition, Blake White walks the reader through Galatians with an eye on theological implications and contemporary application.
One of the fundamental hermeneutical tenets of New Covenant Theology is that we should learn how to approach the Old Testament from Jesus and the Apostles. This basic principle needs to be worked out and demonstrated by examining text after text. This little book is offered to that end. It examines the promises given to Abraham in light of the book of Galatians. I hope and pray it is illuminating and points the reader to the marvelous work Jesus Christ has accomplished.
How one puts the canon together is extremely important. Entire denominations are formed based on differing views of how the Old Testament relates to the New. The two most common theological systems dealing with the relationship of the testaments are Dispensationalism and Covenant Theology, but there have been many revisions of each in the last fifty years. Classic Dispensationalism has largely fallen off the map, thanks in large part to the work of George Eldon Ladd (who built off of the insights of Geerhardus Vos and others), while Progressive Dispensationalism and Covenant Theology are still thriving in their various circles. This book will come from a New Covenant Theological perspective. By a brief look at the progressive covenantal framework of the Old Testament, and a closer look at several key texts in the Gospels, Paul, and Hebrews, this book will seek to show that the new covenant is fundamentally and radically new.
Blake White first shows how North America is a mission field then examines several biblical-theological images of the church to show that she is a "sent" community, called to proclaim the gospel wherever she finds herself.
"Everyone loves the book of Philippians. Rightly so. It is short, sweet, and full of gospel truth and rich application,” says author Blake White. Think of all the verses most Christians know by heart:
"He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion in Christ Jesus."
"To live is Christ and to die is gain."
"At the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven, on earth, and under the earth."
"Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling."
"I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord."
"Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say, rejoice!"
"I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength."
It’s good to know Bible verses, it’s better to know how they fit into the larger flow and context of the book. With his characteristic pastoral care, Blake White shows how Philippians calls us to love like Jesus. When we do, we find joy, unity, and increasing passion for the gospel.
What is Christian Ethics?
Christian ethics is about “life under the lordship of Christ.” In Luke 6:46, Jesus said, "Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?" Ethics is about kingdom living.
Why Study Christian Ethics?
The first reason, as with the reason for all we do, is to glorify God. First Corinthians 10:31 famously says, "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."
Second, we should study Christian ethics to be biblical. The Bible is full of moral teaching
A third reason is to help us live distinctly Christian lives in a fallen world. We are the people of the living God. We should be different.
A fourth reason the study of ethics is important is because of the nature of saving faith.
A fifth reason to study ethics is to develop a moral imagination.
A sixth and final reason to study ethics is mission.
More reasons could be listed for why ethics is worth studying, but if you are reading this book you probably don’t need any more!
In his recent book, Continuity and Discontinuity, John Reisinger writes, “I fear that some New Covenant Theology people are neglecting the role of Christ as a sufficient moral example. They seem to want to create a new Old Covenant that is just as rule, ore law, centered as the old Old Covenant.” I agree, and that is the reason for this booklet. I love this theme because I believe God loves this theme. It is all over the New Testament. This little book is a fresh exposition of nine passages of the New Testament that show forth Christ as the model of what it means to die to self for the good of others.
La Teología de Nuevo Pacto es un sistema en desarrollo de teología que busca que la Biblia informe su teología. Esto suena básico y casi todos los sistemas de teología dicen que su sistema es basado en la Biblia. Como espero mostrarle, la Teología del Nuevo Pacto es el sistema de teología que permite que la Biblia dé la “última palabra” más consistentemente. Mientras que el Dispensacionalismo mantiene presuposiciones proveídas por la Biblia de referencia Scofield y la Teología del Pacto mantiene presuposiciones proveídas por la confesión de fe de Westminster, la Teología del Nuevo Pacto no tiene ningún documento exterior que debe ser impuesto en el texto de la Escritura. Intenta permitir al texto sagrado hablar en sus propios términos. Hablando generalmente la Teología del Pacto enfatiza continuidad en medio de los pactos aunque haya discontinuidad. Por el otro lado, el Dispensacionalismo enfatiza discontinuidad a expensas de que hay continuidad. La Teología del Nuevo Pacto acomoda tanto la discontinuidad como la continuidad, sostiene que el Nuevo Pacto está conectado con lo que hubo antes, pero es nuevo. La Teología del Nuevo Pacto es sostenida por aquellos de la tradición de “la iglesia de creyentes”: aquellas iglesias que enfatizan el bautismo de creyentes y creen que la comunidad del Nuevo Pacto consiste de creyentes. La etiqueta “Teología del Nuevo Pacto” es relativamente nueva, pero no es un nuevo método de interpretación. En este libro quiero mostrar las nociones principales de la Teología del Nuevo Pacto. Habrá puntos donde sonaré como un teólogo del pacto y puntos en los que sonaré más como un Dispensacionalista, pero unidas estas nociones son únicamente Teología del Nuevo Pacto. Hay muchas más cosas que me gustaría decir, pero mi objetivo es hacer disponibles las nociones esenciales de la Teología del Nuevo Pacto de una forma accesible para los miembros de la iglesia. Entonces, ¿Por qué es la Teología del Nuevo Pacto importante? ¿Por qué es necesaria? ¿Por qué es un asunto primordial? Jesús es el asunto primordial Colosenses 1:16 dice que todas las cosas fueron creadas para Jesús. Él es el centro del universo y el centro de la Biblia. Cristo es el pináculo de la revelación. ¡Él es el Rey! Esto tiene implicaciones para sus Palabras. Debemos tomar sus Palabras con absoluta seriedad, interpretamos y aplicamos cada pasaje de la Escritura a la luz de Él. Como 2 Corintios 1:20 dice “Pues tantas como sean las promesas de Dios, en Él todas son sí; por eso también por medio de Él, Amén, para la gloria de Dios por medio de nosotros.” Esto tiene implicaciones teológicas inevitables y me parece que la Teología del Nuevo Pacto es el único sistema que hace justicia a la autoridad y centralidad de Jesús, espero mostrar por qué en las siguientes páginas. Sólo piense cuántas veces la relación entre judíos y gentiles es tratada en el Nuevo Testamento, subrayando esos conflictos relacionales es el asunto de cómo interpretar y aplicar el Antiguo Testamento a la luz de la venida de Jesucristo. Finalmente, quiero enfatizar que esta es una discusión “de la casa.” A fin de cuentas somos hermanos y hermanas unidos en Cristo. La última cosa que necesitamos en la iglesia es arrogancia y auto-justicia. Estamos de acuerdo con las “grandes,” las doctrinas fundamentales de la fe. Debemos ser apropiadamente balanceados y dejar las “cosas principales” las cosas principales. Donde te sujetes en este asunto no es una prueba de ortodoxia. Habiendo dicho eso, yo sí creo que la Teología del Nuevo Pacto es el sistema de teología que es más consistente con el principio protestante de sola Scriptura (sólo la Escritura) y estoy seguro esta es una discusión de la que todos los cristianos se beneficiarán.