What do the various covenants given throughout the Bible mean to us? Are they relevant to our lives? A rainbow now and then may remind us of God's promise to Noah, and we've memorized the part about the new covenant in Jesus' blood at communion - but do we dig any deeper? Do we need to?
Jonty Rhodes guides us in an engaging study of covenant theology and why it matters. With clarity and wit, he shows us how covenants carry the Bible's story from start to finish and ultimately give root to the gospel of salvation by grace. Beginning with Adam in the garden of Eden, and ending with Jesus, our risen Covenant King, Rhodes illuminates the good news of a promise-making, promise-keeping God.
Key topics include law and grace, union with Christ, baptism in the Spirit, predestination, and water baptism. Rediscover the Bible's unified covenantal story and its unfolding message throughout Scripture.
Jonty Rhodes (BA, Nottingham University; MTh, Oakhill Theological College) is Minister of Christ Church Derby (International Presbyterian Church) in the United Kingdom. In his spare time he enjoys watching or playing a good game of cricket.
'British evangelical theology has been impoverished over the years by a general failure to appropriate the riches of covenant theology. This is ironic, given that the Westminster Confession of Faith, perhaps the finest confessional statement of covenant theology, was originally a British document. It is thus a pleasure to commend Jonty Rhodes' fine introduction to the subject. I hope that this little book will help many to see the beauty of the biblical covenants and their relevance for God's people today.'
'With all sorts of proposals about the 'big idea' of Scripture floating about, Jonty Rhodes does us the favour of pointing to the Bible's own answer to that question. He carefully demonstrates that at the heart of God's revelation of himself to humanity is a well-defined relationship which is given a name in Scripture: covenant relationship. The idea of the covenant shapes the whole of Scripture from the garden to the upper room, and it points us to the significance of the two main characters in the human story - Adam, the first, who was a covenant breaker and Adam, the last (Christ), who was the covenant keeper. Born under the curse brought on us by the disobedience of the former, we are freed from the curse by the obedience of the latter. Jonty's work is clear-headed and heart-warming, satisfyingly biblical and Christ-exalting. I warmly commend it.'
'What Graeme Goldsworthy did for 'kingdom', Jonty Rhodes has done for 'covenant': an eye-opening, big picture Bible overview which traces the profound influence of this theme from Genesis to Revelation. This excellent book explains what covenant is, why it matters, and how we cannot understand the Lord Jesus, his work or his Word without it.' -
'A fascinating little introduction to a complex topic. Jonty's quest to recapture the covenant sweeps us through the whole Bible's story, into the very depths of eternity, alongside profound thinkers across the ages, and right up to present day Christian living. Engaging, relevant, and often both humorous and thought-provoking, Raiding the Lost Ark sheds new (as well as old) light on some of the greatest mysteries concerning God's wonderful plan of salvation. And while I'd beg to differ on the precise nature of the New Covenant, and therefore who should be baptized, I'm delighted to recommend this book on an often neglected but vital biblical theme. Let the journey commence, if you dare!'
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