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Looking at all 66 books, how would you explain the continuity vs. discontinuity? What has changed and what has remained the same? What is applicable today vs. non-applicable?

I will preface the question by saying that I think our theology will hinge on how we answer this question. Not recognizing where discontinuity is can cause misapplication of Scripture for today. Not recognizing where there is continuity can cause dismissal of relevant principles.

I'd love to hear what you all have to say

Tags: continuity, discontinuity, hermeneutics, progressive, revelation

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This is one of the crucial questions of systematic theology.

The Noahic Covenant will continue as long as the present earth exists. The Abrahamic and Davidic Covenants, being based on the faithfulness of Abraham and David, continues to be in force.The New Covenant made by Christ fulfills these covenants, modifying them only slighly( i.e replacing circumcision with believers baptism, and expanding the throne of David to include global rule).

The New Covenant also fulfills the Mosaic Covenant. The Mosaic Covenant is the most explicitly conditional and the only one that is abrogatable. The greatest source of discontinuity is related to the Mosaic Covenant. Covenant Theology tends to gloss over discontinuities in order to morph Israel into the Church, usually allegorizing inconvenient passages. Dispensationalism tends to exaggerate discontinuity by chopping the Bible into two halves that cannot meet: The OT and parts of the gospels on the Israel track, and the rest of the NT on the church track.
I'd say there's a little bit of both. I'll keep this as brief as I can.

Through Christ, there has been a change of the law. We are not to follow the letter of the law any longer, but the spirit, which was given by Christ. I would say that the levitical law is 'applicable' today, but not in the same manner. Like I said, we follow the spirit, not the merely the letter. So as Christians, we need to read and study those laws, and what their purpose was as it relates to the unchanging spirit of God.

It would be a bit like reading the entire U.S. Constitution in order to determine what the ideals were when forming this country. The fundamental ideal that you would hopefully come away with would be: “That all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights. That among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Likewise in reading the Law, you would hopefully come away with the fundamental ideal being: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and love your neighbor as yourself.”
Kudos to Chad. My youth pastor stated that same idea like this: "Keep the principle, change the context." For example, one of the Laws commanded the Israelites to build a fence around the roof of their houses. This was because in the Middle East, a common ancient practice was to chill on the roof because it was too hot inside. So, the Israelites built a fence around their roofs in order to protect their neighbor from falling off. So, we should protect our neighbors regarding our own property: make sure our dogs are controlled and that kind of thing.

The point where the entire Bible is continuous is the story (or history if you prefer that term) of redemption. The whole Bible reveals God sovreignly working out the plan He held from before He created the universe: that is, the Gospel of Jesus. Every part of Scripture can be related back to salvation and God's plan for man, ranging from the judgement of the Canaanites in the Old Testament to the cross and resurrection of Christ. The whole Bible is the Word of God, therefore, it has something to say to every person who has ever existed, is presently existing, and ever will exist. Every part. If it wasn't important, God would not have needed to reveal it. So, it is all applicable, either to how we live or what we should know about God, man, Christ, and ourselves.
Man, this is a HUGE question.
So, waiting for the huge answer

Rey Reynoso said:
Man, this is a HUGE question.
I think my dispensationalism series is my thoughts on it. It's huge!

Lisa Robinson said:
So, waiting for the huge answer

Rey Reynoso said:
Man, this is a HUGE question.

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