Topic: Covenant Theology
Peter calls the church a “chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God.” Where does Peter get this language?
So whether it is a believer before the cross of Christ or after, whether it is a Jew or a Greek, whether it is a slave or a freeman, there is one plan, on faith, one Mediator, and one body; for there is one Spirit - there is one people of God.
There are not two peoples of God awaiting two different lands; there is one people of God who together will be made perfect in Christ Jesus at His glorious appearing!
Certainly, there must be new birth! But to insist that this new birth is dependent upon or somehow necessitates a dramatic conversion experience is to abandon the sovereign grace of God in the salvation of his people.
While the New Covenant was indeed “New,” the elect of ALL time, both prior to and after the inauguration of it, are members of the New Covenant.
Our children need the Word of God – even as they are the children of believers; even as they are covenant children; even as they are holy - and should be viewed as such.
Paul said the gospel has gone to Gentiles that Israel (ethnic) might be envious; have we made them envious? Instead of making them envious we’ve sought to comfort them in their rejection of Christ.
There is only plan of God for the salvation of sinners – for all men. That plan is through the person and work of Jesus Christ. As Peter said before the council, “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
Topics: covenant theology
So what does this mean for the church and for parents as we seek to minister to these young ones in our midst? Do we view them as wolves among the sheep or do we view them as lambs within the fold?
As we begin to understand that from Genesis to Revelation, there is one plan of God for one people of God redeemed by the Son of God, we begin to see the grace, compassion, love, forgiveness, and faithfulness of the LORD our God and the absolute wonder of the Gospel.