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David Gay’s new Book on Bunyan
Richard Baxter said John Bunyan was an antinomian. Was he? Was Bunyan a proto new-covenant theologian on the covenants and the law? David Gay, having examined these claims, here sets out his conclusions with the evidence for them. While Bunyan said many good things on both these topics, by no stretch of the imagination can he be described as a fully-fledged new-covenant theologian. But neither did he toe the Reformed line in these matters. He did not tick all the orthodox boxes. He was his own man. But as Gay writes: ‘Why bother about what John Bunyan thought and wrote, or did not think and write on the law?… Does it matter? In a very real sense, no, of course it does not. I am not desperately interested in John Bunyan for John Bunyan’s sake… But what I am interested in is the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Interested in the gospel? I am consumed by it! So, in the end, it does not matter a great deal what John Bunyan said or thought… What does Scripture say? That is the question!’ As a result, Gay hopes his book, though not an easy read, will make a valuable contribution to the contemporary debate on the believer and the law.
Available from Amazon
John Bunyan: Antinomian, New-Covenant Theologian, or…?
by David H J Gay
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The 2017 New Covenant Theology Conference was held at All Nations Christian College 23rd-26th March. Speakers were David H J Gay, Geoff Volker, Fred Serjeant and Stanley jebb.
All sessions were recorded including three PowerPoint oresentations and are available from www.exploringnct.org Links are there to Google Drive and DropBox where they are stored.
This is a favourite passage of mine from Numbers 21:4–9
It is the story of the Moses lifting up the bronze serpent in the desert. I love how explicitly and graphically it illustrates what would happen on the cross hundreds of years later. It is so telling that a snake (immobilised in bronze) is lifted up on a pole to save them from the snakebites. Christ, who was “born in the likeness of sinful flesh” (Rom. 8:3) was lifted up on the cross, and though he was sinless, there he was made sin for us. (2 Cor. 5:21).
One of the wonders of the Bible is to be found in its ‘types’ and ‘anti-types’. This one is made clear for us in the Scriptures of the New Testament.
How is a sinner to be saved by a just and holy God?
Our Lord Jesus gave the answer in His discourse with Nicodemus: “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:14,15).
This is the only ‘shadow’ of the cross pointed out by Christ himself. He did not want us to miss this type, which is perhaps the simplest and clearest of all the pictures of Calvary in the Old Testament. This uplifted serpent brings to us the Gospel in miniature
It could be said that if the whole Bible were destroyed and only this fragment remained, we would have enough to point our pathway to Heaven.
“Look and live!”
Exploring New Covenant Theology Conference
Dates are from Thursday evening 2rd March to Sunday noon 26th March 2017.
Go to www.exploringnct.org for further details.
Booking forms will be available soon.
If you want NCT explained in a simple way, then go to David H J Gay – You Tube.
A Google search will find a whole series of excellent short talks by David Gay.
Weekend Conference Friday Evening 13th May to Sunday Noon 15th May 2016 at Rora Christian Conference Centre in Devon.
Go to website at exploringnct.org for full details and booking application.
Speakers – Geoff Volker (from USA) David H L Gay (NCT author) Fred Serjeant (Pastor Grace Church Dorchester, Dorset)
Come and join us (the cost is minimal) for a great time of learning and fellowship!
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On Facebook recently, there had been an extended discussion on what is meant in Scripture by “The Law of Christ”. The discussion has taken place in the New Covenant Grace group. Strong sentiments have expressed on what appears to be the two sides.
One side is adamant that “The Law of Christ” is not some new form of legalism, but an expression (solely?) of the indwelling Spirit.
The other side is concerned that this view may lead believers into a detachment from the Scriptures. The Written Word is our infallible guide. Our ‘inner’ guidance must be understood and governed by the revelation of the Written Word. To separate our inner Spirit’s understanding and guidance from the Spirit’s inspired word is a false antithesis. The authority of the Scriptures as viewed through the New Covenant, is not enslaving, but liberating. Through the Scriptures as the Word of God, we are set free in Christ.
There is a right concern that we should not become Bibliolators and know the truth of the promise that “they shall all be taught of God”. But there is also the error seen in past history (some very recent) of a drift into “Quietism” and/or “Mysticism”.
I am conscious that this is hardly a fair summary of all the discussions, but there is a real concern that those who have grasped the freedom there is in the New Covenant of our Lord Jesus Christ, should divide on semantic or secondary issues.
What do you think?