Monday, 28 December 2009

vern poythress and new covenant theology

It's interesting, in the light of my recent discussions over the traditional Reformed view of the law, to see a Reformed theologian articulate a position not all far away from a New Covenant Theology paradigm: simple and easy separation between types of law will do justice to the richness of Mosaic revelation. As we have observed (chapter 8), obviously moral principles are articulated outside the Ten Commandments (Lev. 19:18), while conversely some of the Ten Commandments contain at least minor "ceremonial" or "culturally specific" elements connected with the specific situation of the Israelites. The focus and implications of the Ten Commandments are mostly fully and properly understood only when we read them in the context of the more specific laws elsewhere, and then the ceremonial element can be separated less than ever. In the context of the Books of Moses, the Ten Commandments, the other laws, the priestly institutions, and the events of the exodus and wilderness wandering necessarily interpret one another. And all of these must now be interpreted in the light of their fulfillment in Christ. The entirety of this Mosaic revelation simultaneously articulates general moral principles and symbolic particulars: it points forward to Christ as the final and permanent expression of righteousness and penal substitution (with moral overtones), but is itself in that very respect a shadow (with ceremonial overtones). (The Shadow of Christ in the Law of Moses, Vern Poythress, Chapter 17b)

1 comment:

John Thomson said...

Yep. Interesting comments. Thanks for drawing our attention to it.