Dr. R. C. Sproul elaborates on God’s promises and covenants, what they are, how they differ, why God is known as the “Promise Keeper” and what “agreement God the Father made with Jesus before the beginning of the world” in Promises of God. He begins with why “…the concept of covenant is integral and foundational to...” our lives and times today.
This celebrated theologian, bestselling author, speaker and distinguished academic teacher describes how “…God reveals His Word and His plan…through the structure of various covenants.” However, he believes there is confusion over what covenants mean when used in the biblical context.
He suspects the confusion arises because of the interchanging of old and new covenants terms with the Old and New Testaments, as if old covenant-Old Testament and new covenant-New Testament meant the same thing. Although they are “closely related,” he explains, they are not the same exact thing. He uses the example of John the Baptist to explain why before he tells readers how the terms differ and why he believes the “…New Covenant began in the Upper Room on the night of Pentecost” after the New Testament began.
Fourteen chapters include introductions, scripture readings, learning objectives, quotes, outline and a series of multiple choice questions from the material as part of a study guide. If used for small group studies, ten additional bible study and discussion questions are incorporated with book suggestions for further study.
While not a quick read, The Promises of God, like a glass of fine wine, should be sipped and not swallowed whole. Instead it’s a book that should be savored in times of quiet reflection to give readers time to appreciate the personal application of the message. To learn how covenants and forgiveness are interrelated, why Jesus had to die to complete God’s covenant and how God’s covenant with Adam is relevant for Christians today.
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‘The Promises of God: Discovering the One Who Keeps His Word’ by R. C. Sproul, David C. Cook, 2013, Hardcover, 272 Pages, 978-1434704238, $19.99
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