Friday, September 08, 2006

New Covenant Theonomy? (part 2)

Ok, in my previous post: New Covenant Theonomy? I laid the foundation for the eternal, moral ethic (will, law) being the foundation for the law of Christ. In this post I plan to explain why the law of Christ; a rule in righteousness; is a theocratic rule.
The reason I say that I am a theonomist is because Christ’s Rule is by "Law."
Under this New Covenant (initial-stage of the prophetic kingdom [now and not yet theology] ), God’s Law has not been merely given to us as a standard, but has been written on our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Jer. 31:33; Ezekiel 36:27; cf. Rom. 7:6; 8:14).
This enshrinement of the eternal, moral Law written on the heart is different from the Natural Law revealed in creation (cf. Rom. 2:14-15). It is not that He is knowable – as in the Old Covenant (i.e. Rom. 1:20; 2:14-15), but that we know Him (cf. Jer. 31:34) – it is grace efficaciously applied to a sinner, transforming a God-hater (Rom. 1:30) into an incurable God-lover.
Therefore, in “this Age;” Christ’s righteousness has been imputed to us; by the Spirit, enabling us to obey the words of Christ – because we now have a new heart to do so – a Spirit empowered heart (cf. Ezekiel 36:26-27) i.e. walking in the Spirit (Gal. 5:16, 25). This may also be known as the “ethics of the kingdom” partially realized now (aka: law-fulfilling free people).
However, Christ’s (Davidic) kingdom (as expressed in both promise and law; aka the everlasting covenant) is realized in the new heavens and new earth (the Age to come).
Only then will Christ receive His just rewards (for His life and sacrifice) as king of the earth.
I would not consider this statement a capitulation to either CT or Reconstructionism. I would embrace much of what NCT believes on the fulfillment and the end of the Mosaic Covenant (a temporary covenant, which of course revealed something far greater).
Would love to hear from you . . .

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