Book Review: Christ of the Covenants

‘Christ of the Covenants’ is a great book for someone who has a very basic knowledge of covenant theology, but is looking for a somewhat technical and relatively thorough look at the subject.  Although Robertson does deal with some technical issues this book does serve as a great way to become acquainted with the Covenants as an overview.

The book is divided into three parts, the first part serves as an introduction to the concept of covenants. Robertson comes to the conclusion in this chapter that ‘a covenant is a bond in blood’, and the goes about showing this in the various covenants. Probably the most challenging part for him, was demonstrating how the ‘blood element’ of the bond was seen in the covenant made with Moses.

In part 2 of the book Robertson explains the covenant of creation, and makes a number of interesting observations i.e. the continuing nature of the Sabbath.

In part 3 Robertson explains all the covenants that fall under the covenant of redemption, arguing for the unity and ongoing nature of them all. Towards the middle of the book, halfway through his dealing with the covenant of law the book tends to become very heavy going, and very wordy, though still helpful if you can push through.

The end of the book deals with a comparison of dispensational and covenantal structures of the Bible, where I think Robertson deals fairly, if not somewhat superficially with dispensational views. But it must be granted, if he had to go more in detail the book would have been at least 3-4 times the size (just a speculation).

As a Baptist I feel that perhaps Robertson’s argument for the continuation of the covenant to descendents of believers is a bit strained and week when it comes to the New Testament. His treatment of the unity and disunity (continuity and discontinuity) is a bit weak in dealing with the extend of the covenant going to children of parents who are part of the covenant. He does not deal with the prophecies in Ezekiel about the New Covenant with regards to the writing of the law in the heart and how that pertains to an unregenerate child.

However, my Baptist prejudice aside, Robertson does give a clear understanding of what can be a difficult subject, especially considering the length of the book (just under 300 pages)

If you want a better grasp of the structure of the Bible, or even are just looking for a good overview of the Bible, this may be the book for you. If you come from a Baptistic church, this may be an extremely necessary read to expose you to something Reformed Baptists should know (the covenantal structure of the Bible), that we tend to steer clear of due to the pedobaptist [miss]use of it (no offence to my pedobaptist brothers).



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