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Why combine Covenant and Biblical Theology? As Johnson states, "Covenant theology seeks to understand the nature and relationship between the divine covenants of redemptive history, while biblical theology seeks to understand the central plot, or if you would, the meta-story of redemptive history....Both are concerned not only with the development of the biblical narrative but also with the culmination of the biblical narrative in the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Thus, to understand covenant theology, we must understand biblical theology and vise versa." Johnson has presented the material in such a way that part one leaves the reader rejoicing at how God has decided to interact with man while part two gives a birds-eye flyover of God's work in redemptive history.
Part One feels more academic (though not in a bad way as I want to stress how readable and accessible this book is) as Johnson helps the reader to understand how the Bible presents and explains the Abrahamic Covenant. His work on the two seeds of Abraham, physical and spiritual, explain to the reader how, "these two kingdoms (physical and spiritual) do not represent two distinct and separate plans of God. Rather, these two kingdoms work together to fulfill God's overall covenantal plan of redemption....the physical kingdom foreshadowed, served, and eventually assisted in the establishment of the spiritual kingdom. Thus, the spiritual kingdom does not replace the physical kingdom, but rather fulfills it." As Johnson continues, he shows how Christ is the fulfillment of the Abrahamic covenant. He states, "When Christ was born, the unconditional promise was fulfilled [promised seed, Gal 3:16]. When Christ died, the conditional requirement [keep the law] was fulfilled. Therefore, all of the promises reside in Christ alone. What a wonderful plan of redemption that placed Christ, the seed of Abraham, under the law so both Jews and Gentiles can be saved in Him alone by grace alone through faith alone to the glory of God alone!" This thread of the dichotomous nature of the Abrahamic covenant and Christ being the fulfillment is woven throughout this section of the book and is wonderfully and clearly explained by Johnson.
Part Two is a masterful fly-by of God's work in creation, fall, redemption and consummation. Part One alone is worth recommending the book. Part Two is like getting a great free short book added on to a really great book. I would recommend, if time permits, that you read this section in one sitting. This is how I read it (it is just under 100 pages) and it was such a blessing. As we read about God creating man, man falling, God promising a seed, God's promise seed paying the ultimate price, Him reigning as Priest and King and one day returning for His people and to make all things, our attention is continually drawn toward Christ. This section is worth reading anytime spiritual depression starts to kick in as it shows the reader how grand our God is and how He is working through redemptive history for His glory and for our good. What a blessing!
Again, I want to highly recommend this book to everyone. I think many people misunderstand Baptist Covenant Theology and this is a great resource that walks the reader through Scripture to see how God deals with man. This is one of the most profitable books that I have read in quite some time.
I received a free copy of this book from Free Grace Press in exchange for an honest review.
But something still wasn't right. The predominate teaching in the reformed world is from the Presbyterians. And while I can accept their church practices (though I cannot agree with them), I could not see how they made the church equal to the nation of Israel. This perspective, and a couple others closely related to it, cause our Presbyterian brothers to view virtually all Scripture as applicable to the church. It was the complete opposite of what I was taught in my dispensational churches, where there is near complete separation between the church and the nation of Israel. Neither system made sense to me.
By the providential hand of God, the early part of the 21st century has brought us a renewed interest in historical Baptist views. While several very good books have been written in this rather large field, the one that made the biggest impact on me was The Fatal Flaw of the Theology Behind Infant Baptism, by a man who has become a dear friend to me, Jeffrey D. Johnson. That book made a very clear, biblical argument against the underlying theology of paedobaptism and introduced me to an historic and biblical Baptist view of covenant theology. This title, plus a couple of books on biblical theology (a process that keeps systematic theology from losing its place in Scripture - biblical theology is the contextual study of what the Bible says. The historic, redemptive context of a passage provides more clues to its meaning than anything other than related Scripture.), were foundational in helping me the Word of God even more clearly.
And now, much to my joy, our brother and servant of God, Jeff Johnson, has written another book: The Kingdom of God, A Baptist Expression of Covenant and Biblical Theology. Rather than a polemic pointing out the errors of paedobaptist theology (in an effort to convince Baptist to stay in the camp and comprehend a better view of the covenants), Jeff's new book is a focused apologetic in favor of the historic Baptist view of covenant theology and biblical theology.
Is this stuff important? While it's not as important as a biblical comprehension of who you are and who is the Christ, it is pretty important stuff. Because it will help the reader see the importance of approaching the Scriptures with humility rather than with unexamined presuppositions that subtly influence your understanding of what you read. When we open the Bible, we are taking into our minds the Word of God. The right fear of God and humility because we rightly see ourselves are essential attitudes for certain understanding of His Word and the covenants revealed therein. Charles Spurgeon went as far as to say, "The doctrine of the covenant lies at the root of all true theology. It has been said that he who well understands the distinction between the covenant of works and the covenant of grace, is a master of divinity. I am persuaded that most of the mistakes which men make concerning the doctrines of Scripture are based on fundamental errors with regard to the covenants of law and grace"
Johnson's writing style is straight forward and easy to read. The main focus on his study of covenant theology is the Abrahamic Covenant and the duality therein. Failure to see the continuity as well as the discontinuity would leave one embracing paedobaptist theology on the first hand or dispensationalism on the other. From an early chapter in his new book, "In one sense, the debate between the continuity and discontinuity of the Old and New Covenants centers on the true identity of the people of God and the relationship between Abraham's physical seed and Abraham's spiritual seed, which returns us to the original question. Who are the true people of God? Are God's people "the nation of Israel"? Are the people of God "believers and their seed?" Are the people of God "believers only?" Are God's people some sort of combination of the two groups? The differing answers given to this question are what separate these theological positions from one another."
He ends this section of the book with an examination of the covenant theology revealed in the book of Romans, showing how the Apostle who wrote Galatians was consistent in his theology, even when it went against his deepest human concerns.
The second part of the book is relatively short introduction to biblical theology which makes this topic approachable by any child of God. The historical record from Scripture shows the rise and fall of kingdoms and peoples, all of which were brought to pass to deliver, preserve, and protect the promised Seed. Creator God is the God of means as well as ends. Biblical theology helps us see His hand of providence in history and keeps us from falling into the error of thinking man is in charge of his own destiny.
There is a BONUS appendix in this book, where brother Johnson takes a quick look at The New Perspectives on Paul. Some who are impressed with the wisdom of man have been swept away by this new view; Jeff shows us why the wisdom of God is to be trusted - even in the face of all the king's men with all their advanced degrees. The biblical Apostle Paul, not the one found in The New Perspectives, told us he did not come to us with brilliance of speech or wisdom, for he didn't think it was a good idea to know anything among us except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. He came to us in weakness, in fear, in much trembling. His speech and proclamation were not with impressive words of wisdom but with a powerful demonstration by the Spirit, so that our faith would not rest on the wisdom of men but on God's power.
There are two parts. Part one is a little longer and more theologically polemic (yet generous) than part two. In part one, Johnson reveals baptist covenant theology primarily through the lens of the dichotomous nature of the Abrahamic covenant. This was extremely well written, and successfully accounts for the contrast between the physical/spiritual seed that thematically runs throughout scripture.
Part two is a beautiful expression of biblical theology. Johnson commits roughly 100 pages to a simple narration of the whole storyline of scripture from a reformed baptist covenant presupposition. This was an enjoyable read. This part, in particular, is something I would recommend to those who are new to covenant & biblical theology.
Unfortunately there were several silly grammatical errors throughout. Perhaps a future new edition will use an editor that cleans up those careless mistakes.