This is part 5 of the series: I Will Be A God To You And To Your Children. Last time we looked at the distinction between the substance of the covenant of grace and its accidents or its outward (external) administration throughout redemptive history. We also considered Caspar Olevianus’ (1536–87) explanation of Jeremiah 31:31–34. In this episode we consider one of the bigger hurdles that evangelicals face in getting to grips with historic, confessional Reformed theology: the problem of continuity and discontinuity between the Old Testament and the New. It is widely assumed that Noah, Abraham, Moses, and David were all the same thing and that they were all fulfilled at the cross, in the same way, and that they have all been abrogated in the same way. The New Testament itself distinguishes very clearly between the Old Covenant and the New. It explains repeatedly what is permanent from the period of types and shadows and what was temporary. One of the first things we must understand is what the New Testament means by the phrase “old testament.” We also must understand the nature of types and shadows and how they are fulfilled.
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