The New Covenant: For Israel or the Church?

StormsAll Christians glory in the New Covenant, promised by Yahweh in Jeremiah 31, and fulfilled by His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. But how can this be if most Christians are Gentiles, while the promise was made to “the house Israel and the house of Judah?” In reply, Dispensationalists allow that today Gentile believers benefit from “certain features” of the New Covenant, but insist that at their heart Jeremiah’s words are primarily fulfilled among ethnic Jews in the Millennium. Sam Storms respectfully disagrees, and tells us why in a great new blog post, entitled Is the New Covenant for Israel or the Church? His answers to this question are well worth the read!

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2 thoughts on “The New Covenant: For Israel or the Church?

  1. #1 November 8, 2014 / 11:34 pm

    This was a good article. The verses he used certainly gives assurance that the New Covenant is for the church composed of Jew and Gentile

  2. Dean Davis November 13, 2014 / 9:34 am

    Sam seems to be saying, “Yes, the New Covenant is made with ethnic Jews of the house of Israel and Judah, but also with the Gentiles.” The problem, however, is that the promise is ONLY to the house of Israel and Judah. Therefore, I think the better solution is to say that in this promise God has in view eschatological Israel (all who wrestle with God and prevail through faith in Christ), and eschatological Judah (all whose praise is from God through their faith in Christ). In other words, the promise is really for and about the Church, comprised both of Jew and Gentile, as Sam’s discussion of Hebrews 8 so well demonstrates.

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