What are the differences and similarities between the old and new covenants? Are they one in substance or are they different? How do they help us to understand scripture? How does it potentially shape our view of infant baptism? What do Reformed Baptists, Presbyterians and Congregationalists believe in regards to this issue? Paul in this episode also concludes his critique of James White’s recent Baptism debate with Gregg Strawbridge.
Who should be baptised? How important is our view of covenant theology? Paul looks at these and other issues as he details how and why he has changed his view on this issue. This has led to a change in confessional stand for the Megiddo Films website.
PF: I do this show not as someone who is in any way an expert on this topic, but as one who has come to a conviction, based on what I believe the Word of God plainly teaches. I am thankful for those who have supported Megiddo Films and Megiddo Radio over the years and I wanted to explain to those who may be concerned with this change in position and wonder why I have done so. I pray that it may bless all those who listen to it.
Should Christians keep the Sabbath today? Paul looks at the fourth commandment of the Decalogue and looks at how it is to be kept today. Was the Sabbath introduced at Mount Sinai or was man to keep the Sabbath from the first creation week? Paul also looks at some common arguments against the Sabbath position. What day is the Sabbath on in the New Covenant?
“The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath”
“If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.”
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”
The Westminster Confession of Faith writes in Chapter 21:8 that the “Sabbath is then kept holy unto the Lord, when men, after a due preparing of their hearts, and ordering of their common affairs beforehand, do not only observe an holy rest, all the day, from their own works, words, and thoughts about their worldly employments and recreations, but also are taken up the whole time in the public and private exercises of His worship, and in the duties of necessity and mercy.”
Should we expect a future temple or a third temple in Jerusalem? What is the ‘Temple of God’ in 2 Thessalonians 2:4? Who are the temple of God today in the new covenant? What are the implications of this on dispensational theology?
“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”
–2 Thessalonians 2:3-4
“Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of his body.”
“Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.”
“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”