Formerly I held to Dispensationalism, the type out a place like Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS). In fact, while reading Things To Come by J. Dwight Pentecost, considered by man a classic treatment on the matter, I divorced myself from Dispensationalism, concluding that the position is untenable.
Now I hold to a form of covenant theology. However it’s not the type which leads necessarily to an embrace of infant baptism or a particular Reformed understanding of the sacraments (Baptism and the Lord’s Supper).
At any rate, below are my two main reasons for holding to covenant theology:
- First, I hold to covenant theology because I agree with those Reformed biblical scholars and thinkers who see the primary structure of biblical revelation as covenantal. I’m especially indebted to the works of RC Sproul (here) and Michael S. Horton (here), who have appropriated the seminal works of a George E. Mendenhall and Meredith G. Line and have made them more accessible for a gleaner like myself.
- Second, I hold to covenant theology because of a promise that I’ve traced through all of Scripture, both Old and New Testaments, at pivotal points in redemptive history. It is the scarlet thread indeed. Here it is: I will be their God, and they shall be my people. This promise begins with Abraham in Genesis 15-17, extends to Israel (Leviticus 26:12), and then to the church (2 Corinthians 6:16-17, 1 Peter 2:9, 10), as promised in the New Covenant (Jeremiah 31:33), but which will find its ultimate fulfillment in the new heavens and the new earth (Revelation 22:3).
Now I realize much more can be said or need to be said, but my intent was simply an overview of the form of covenant theology that I’ve come to embrace.