Where dispensationalism and covenant theology go wrong.
DISPENSATIONALISM IMPLICITLY DENIES
God has one purpose in redemptive history.(Eph. 1:8-12)
the church is God’s last institution on this earth.(Eph 3:21)
the church is The true Israel.(Ex. 19:6/Rev. 1:6, Heb. 12:22-23, Eph. 5:32/Rev. 21:2)
the future of the Jews and the future of the gentiles are one in the same.
(1 Cor. 12:13/Colossian 1:24, Heb. 11:40, Heb. 12:22-23/Rev. 21:10-11)
COVENANT THEOLOGY IMPLICITLY DENIES that the NEW COVENANT is
a Better Covenant(Heb. 7:22, 8:13),
a Better Mediator(Heb. 1:1-13:21),
a Better Sacrifice(Heb. 9:23, 12:24),
a Better Ministry(Heb. 8:6)
a Better Hope(Heb. 10:34, 11:16, 35, 40),
a Better Promise(Heb. 8:6)
(apologetic)Covenant Theology holds to the viewpoint that the biblical covenants are administrations or manifestations of one larger over-arching covenant of grace, of which the New Covenant is the clearest and fullest manifestation of. If the old covenants are manifestations of the same covenant of grace that the New Covenant is a manifestation of, then they are both essentially the same Covenant. If this then is the case then nothing in the New Covenant is ‘better’ than anything in the Old Covenants since they are both manifestations of the same covenant. This is why Covenant theology can’t explain how in the book of Hebrews the new covenant is said to be ‘better’ than the old covenant. It also explains why Covenant theology can’t reasonably explain Hebrews 8:8-9, 13.