When we say that God tests our loyalty as part of life in the new covenant, we need to avoid some serious misunderstandings. Dr. Stephen E. Witmer is Adjunct Professor of New Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Lead Pastor of Pepperell Christian Fellowship in Pepperell, MA. Instead, New Testament authors applied the teachings of the Old Testament in the light of God's revelation in Christ. By his death, the royal covenant representative would bring God's people into the glories of his eternal victorious kingdom. The Hebrew term we normally translate as "covenant" is "berith." on Amazon.com. And to true believers, especially in the lineage of Shem, God also displayed saving grace. New Testament theology was also devoted to explaining the policies of the new covenant as it unfolded in these three stages. It also speaks of "Christ in us." We've entitled this lesson, "The New Covenant." covenants provides a framework for understanding and applying the message of the bible to life in the new covenant community kingdom through covenant is a careful exposition of how the biblical covenants unfold and relate to one another a widely debated topic critical for understanding the narrative plot structure of the whole bible by God engaged him in special ways on behalf of his church — every Jew and Gentile that God identifies with Christ. Let's begin with the Old Testament. Let's begin with divine benevolence. Many theological discussions come to an impasse when parties align behind either covenant theology or dispensationalism. In a variety of ways, God showed all people his common grace. Our lesson will divide into two main parts. This covenant established Israel as a bona fide kingdom and emphasized how David's royal dynasty was to lead Israel in kingdom service. Secondly, every good work that we perform is made possible by the grace of God at work within us. Each Old Testament covenant had different covenant representatives and focused on policies that were appropriate for a particular time in history. And New Testament theology explains how the consequences of blessings and curses, in this life and in eternity, apply to both of these groups. When we speak of covenant policies developing organically, we have in mind something like the growth of a tree. But true believers will receive their eternal inheritance in the glorious new creation. He is a Trustee of Latimer Trust, a member of the Church of England Evangelical Council, and served as Chairman of the Fellowship of Word and Spirit. And in this lesson we'll explore how New Testament authors relied on the concept of the new covenant to shape some of their most significant theological perspectives. While the church still exists on earth prior to Christ's return in glory, people within the church experience tests of loyalty that prove the condition of their hearts. And, as a result, a number of biblical interpreters suggested that some biblical covenants did not require loyalty from God's people. We haven't found any reviews in the usual places. As we read in 1 John 2:19 regarding false believers: As this passage indicates, New Testament theology contains many commands from God as tests of loyalty to prove those who really belong to the body of true believers. In these covenants, these men represented the nation of Israel and the Gentiles adopted into Israel as covenant people. The fact that Christ is God's chosen covenant representative for the church helps us understand one of the most important characteristics of New Testament theology. How did they approach the dynamics of divine and human interaction? Before Adam's fall into sin, God granted kindness to Adam by creating the Garden of Eden and placing him there as God's image. As we seek to understand the New Testament more fully, we must keep in mind that the new covenant in Christ wasn't just one small part of New Testament theology.