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3) Unity


David Hill (27 Sep 2003) "The Theocratic Covenant (5)"

Being a critique of George Peters' Book The Theocratic Kingdom

U N I T Y :

"The view, adopted by some, that it [Mosaic Covenant] is a separate and distinct covenant, simply provisionary without a direct and vital union existing between it and the others, is justly held by many able writers to be erroneous and misleading - a violation of Scripture statements." (Vol 1, pg 312)

That there is a divinely commissioned unity of all the covenants, including the Mosaic, the author notes time and again, showing that, really (from our perspective), all the covenants were resultant from the Arahamic and simply enlarge upon it, as the nation grows. This, he himself extends even to the New Covenant.

"In the simple covenant words, in their gradually unfolded purpose, in their continuous progress in and toward fulfillment, in their fundamental relationship to Messianic hopes, etc., we have the most triumphant vindication...of the equality and truthfulness of all divine revelation, and of the significance and fundamental importance of the covenants, and also a rebuke to the foolishness of a learned display of unbelief." (Vol 1, pg 286)

He then, in contrast to this, shows that the early Church upheld the Abrahamic and Davidic covenants (referencing Barnabas, Ireneus, Justin, Tertullian) and totally ignores the Mosaic (which either Ireneus or Ignatius stated was still in effect), thus weakening his own argument of the "equality" in the covenant record.

"The relation that the Kingdom sustains to "the covenants of promise," enables us to appreciate the prophecies pertaining to the Kingdom. All predictions, all promises, all preparative measures, relating to the Kingdom, are based on, and result from, these covenants. The prophecies constantly keep in view what God has covenanted and confirmed by oath and enlarge and expand the same by amplification, explanation, etc. Therefore, to appreciate the utterances of the prophets, notice must continually be taken of the foundation upon which they are erected, to isolate them is to defeat one intent of prophecy, viz.: to instruct us in the manner in which God will ultimately fulfill His covenants and establish His Theocratic Rule over the Nations." (Vol 1, pg 337)

The author shows that provision for the New Cov. was contained in the Abrahamic (Gal 3:8, Heb 4:2), as well, provision for the Monarchy, though absent from the Ab. was made in the Mosaic (Num 23:21, Dt 17) as well as the New (Dt 30:6 compare Rom 2:29 both of which found, in essence, in Jer 31). And, really, all the covenants have foretold of Messiah himself (the Seed according to Paul), so that the blessings of the Abrahamic are continued into the Mosaic and Davidic and reach their climax in the New Covenant under Messiah.

"The Messiahship of the promised David's son is delineated in the Old Test., and in deciding the doctrinal question of the Messiahship of Jesus, the question must be answered, whether the Christ of the New Test. corresponds in all respects with the Christ covenanted and promised in the Old." (Vol 1, pg 162)

You can not simply remove the Mosaic from the chain without damaging the whole. It was the Mosaic that ensured that "all God's people" would be prophets. The Levitical Priesthood was for the "healing" of the Nation. All these benefits and more, that are contained in the Mosaic (and not in the others) would be lost if the Mosaic Covenant is done away with; not the least of which being the comforting knowledge of the Eternal One found therein.

"Hence, in interpreting prophecy, it should be observed how it is founded on, and united with, the covenants; and any interpretation, however plausible, which militates against them, which contradicts or changes their promises, should at once be discarded as of foreign origin. For it is unreasonable to suppose that God will invalidate the most solemnly given of all His revelations, or that the Spirit will deliberately contradict Himself in His utterances." (Vol 1, pg 337)

His last sentence seems out of place, and the author included it because of his subsequent treatment of the promises contained in the closing, millennial chapters of Ezekiel (Vol 3, pg 83), which he spiritually applies to the Church (because of his perceived "contradiction"), which shows that his view of the Mosaic Covenant is faulty and needs to be corrected.

"Hence, the predictions of the Old and New Test., unless viewed in the Light of the Covenant, cannot be duly apprehended. They only form additional links to a previously forged chain, and the places in which they fit must be found and matched. God having supplied the material, and given the Key for placing them in the covenants, is pleased with the faith that honors His oath-bound word." (Vol 1, pg 338)

It is, after all, the faith of His Son (John 18:11, Phil 2:5, Heb 12:2).


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