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The transfer of Old Testament terms to the New

Arthur Pink

Regeneration or non-regeneration affected the salvation of individuals among them, but it did not affect the covenant relationship of the people as a whole. Again and again God addressed Israel as “backsliders,” but never once did He so designate any heathen nation. It was not to the Egyptians or Canaanites that Jehovah said,

 “Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings,” or “Turn, O backsliding children…for I am married unto you” (Jeremiah 3:22, 14).

 Now it is this analogy or similarity between the two covenants and the peoples under them which is the basis for the transfer of Old Testament terms to the New. Thus the word “circumcision” is used in the latter not with identity of meaning, but according to analogy, for circumcision is now “of the heart, in the spirit” (Romans 2:29), and not of the flesh. In like manner, when John closes his first Epistle with “Little children, keep yourselves from idols,” he borrows an Old Testament term and uses it in a New Testament sense, for by “idols” he refers not to material statues made of wood and stone (as the prophets did when employing the same word), but to inward objects of carnal and sensual worship. So too are we to see the antitypical and spiritual “Israel” in Galatians 6:16, and the celestial and eternal “Mount Zion” in Hebrews 12:22.

Arthur W. Pink The Application of Scriptures-A Study of Dispensationalism

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  1. February 13, 2013 at 12:02 am

    I’ve been fascinated with 1 John reference to “keep away from Idols” since I was a young Christian, and how even Christians can still have the danger of having idols in our lives.
    Edifying read.

  2. February 13, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Reblogged this on My Delight and My Counsellors.

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