Works-righteousness: a square contractual peg in a round covenantal hole
In antiquity, the key distinction between contract and covenant was one of performance versus loyalty. This was widely understood and accepted; so how plausible is it that first century Judaism treated God’s covenant as a contract requiring performance, rather than as what it claimed to be—a covenant requiring personal fidelity?
Is the Sabbath still required for Christians?
One of the characteristics of the “New Calvinism” is that it is generally anti-sabbatarian. Is this right?
What does baptism signify?
Is it membership in the covenant? Or just membership in the covenant community?
Who is baptism for?
Is it for babies? Or believers only? It is for new covenant members— who the Bible explicitly identifies as regenerate believers.
Must Christians still observe the Sabbath?
The short answer: no. But understanding why opens up an extraordinary appreciation for the breadth and depth of God’s plan in redeeming his people.