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Sound of Grace, Issue 201, October 2013

Sound of Grace, Issue 201, October 2013

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Christ, Our New Covenant King, Part 1 - John G. Reisinger;
The New Covenant and Christian Liberty - Tom Wells;
Biblical Worship and Missions - Steve West;
The Great Commission - A. Blake White;
A Study of New Covenant Theology, Part 4 of 4 - Kevin P. McAloon
Christ, Our New Covenant King, Part 1 - John G. Reisinger;
The New Covenant and Christian Liberty - Tom Wells;
Biblical Worship and Missions - Steve West;
The Great Commission - A. Blake White;
A Study of New Covenant Theology, Part 4 of 4 - Kevin P. McAloon

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What is that point? The point is that the NT has no such rules about our personal acts of worship. Why do I make this point? Because, unlike the Mosaic Covenant, the New Covenant approaches the question of our worship in quite a different way than the Mosaic Covenant does. To put it  plainly, the older covenant has a number of rules for carry-ing out a person’s public acts of worship that please God. They are spelled out in detail. Those rules covered matters that greatly restricted the freedom of Israelites, but that changes in the New Covenant.When Jesus came, he hinted at a great change to begin after his death and resurrection. We can see this hint in the following exchange between Jesus and his critics in Mat-thew 22:15-21:
The Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. They sent their disciples to him along with the Hero-dians. “Teacher,”
This is the thirteenth in our series of articles on
Christ, Our New Covenant  Prophet, Priest and King.
 We did ve articles on
Christ, Our New Covenant  Prophet 
 and seven articles on
Christ, Our New Covenant Priest.
 This is the rst
article in the last segment of this series,
Christ, Our New Covenant King.
kingship of Christ is the most controversial of all the three ofces because it directly involves your prophetic view. We need to dene what we mean when
we refer to Christ as “our King.” There are quite a few references to “Christ, the King of the Jews” in the New Testament, but there are only three direct refer-ences to Christ as “King” in the New Testament, and all three of those combine the word “King” and the word “Lord”. Christ is said to be “Lord of Lord and King of Kings.” Some dispensationalists insist that Christ is not presently King. They will speak of “Christ Our Prophet, Priest and
 King.” This grows
out of their dispensational belief that Christ at his rst coming offered the promised kingdom to the Jews, and they re
- jected it. The kingdom was “postponed” and will be established at the second coming
Issue 201 October 2013
… It is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace … Hebrews 13:9
Christ, Our New Covenant King  —Part 1
John G. Reisinger
Most believers have what are called “daily devotions.” For some time I have been asking my Christian friends, “Do you keep the New Testament rules for your daily devotions?” A typical response is to look at me blankly and ask what rules I’m talking about. That response is a fair one for at least two reasons. First, the NT doesn’t use the phrase, “daily devotions.” And second, most of us
would be hard pressed to nd verses that directly apply
to this practice. One possible passage would be 1 Thes-salonians 5:16-18. There we read, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” These verses command three things: continual joy, continual prayer, and continual thanksgiving. And they do apply to our devotions, but they are clearly far broader than that.My reason for raising the question about devotions is that it makes the point I want to make clear in this article.
The New Covenant and Christian Liberty
Tom Wells
Reisinger—Continued on page Wells—Continued on page 12 
In This Issue
Christ, Our New Covenant King
Part 1
John G. Reisinger 1
The New Covenant and Christian Liberty 
Tom Wells1
Biblical Worship and Missions
Steve West3
The Great Commission
 A. Blake White5
 A Study of New Covenant Theology, Part 4 of 4
Kevin P. McAloon7
Page 2 October 2013 Issue 201
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 is a publication of Sovereign Grace New Covenant Ministries, a tax exempt 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions to Sound of Grace are deductible under section 170 of the Code.
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 is published 10 times a year. The subscription price is shown below. This is a paper unashamedly committed to the truth of God’s sovereign grace and New Covenant Theology. We invite all who love these same
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We do not take any paid advertising. The use of an article by a particular person is not an endorsement of all that person believes, but it merely means that we thought that a particular article was worthy of printing.Sound of Grace Board: John G. Reisinger, David Leon, John Thorhauer, Bob VanWing-erden and Jacob Moseley. Editor: John G. Reisinger; Phone: (585)396-3385; e-mail: reisingerjohn@gmail.com.General Manager: Jacob Moseley: info@newcovenantmedia.comSend all orders and all subscriptions to: Sound of Grace, 5317 Wye Creek Drive, Frederick, MD 21703-6938 – Phone 301-473-8781 Visit the bookstore: http://www.newcovenantmedia.com Address all editorial material and questions to: John G. Reisinger, 3302 County Road 16, Canandaigua, NY 14424-2441. Webpage: www.soundofgrace.org or SOGNCM.orgScripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNA-TIONAL VERSION® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by Permission. All rights reserved.Scripture quotations marked “NKJV” are taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by Permission. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.Contributions Orders Discover, MasterCard or VISAIf you wish to make a tax-deductible contri-bution to Sound of Grace, please mail a check to: Sound of Grace, 5317 Wye Creek Drive, Frederick, MD 21703-6938.
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Reisinger—Continued from page 1Reisinger—Continued on page 4
of Christ. They insist that Christ is
over the Church and
over a future converted nation of Israel.
I believe the promised kingdom has already come, and Jesus is presently seated on the throne of David as King. We will use the terms “King” and “Lord” as synonyms in this article.
 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King of  Kings, And Lord of Lords
(Rev. 19:16).
These shall make war with the  Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful
(Rev. 17:14).
Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords;
(1 Tim. 6:15).
We should note that some secular kings have called themselves “King of Kings and Lord of Lords.” The title is meant to show that the one bear-ing it is the highest authority. He is Lord over everyone and all things. Only one person has the right to wear that title, and that is the one who was
God manifest in human esh. Jesus,
our New Covenant King died, rose from the dead, ascended into heaven and is presently seated on a throne at the right hand of God the Father. Our Lord is not only the King of the Jews,  but he is also the King of the universe and everything in it. Acts Chapter 2 is a very key section of Scripture deal-ing with our subject. Let me repeat a small part of it. We will come back and exegete most of this chapter.
 Men and brethren, let me freely  speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. Therefore being a prophet, and know-ing that God had sworn with an oath
1 Scripture quotations are from the Authorized Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.
to him, that of the fruit of his loins, ac-
cording to the esh, he would raise up
Christ to sit on his throne; He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in
hell, neither his esh did see corrup
-tion. This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. There- fore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the  Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now  see and hear. For David is not ascend-ed into the heavens: but he saith him- self, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Until I make thy foes thy footstool. Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus,
whom ye have crucied, both Lord and
(Acts 2:29-36).
The key verse is this quotation is verse 36. His Father in heaven raised the “same Jesus,” the son of Mary,
that the Jews crucied from the dead.
The Father rewarded his Son for his redemptive work by exalting him to the highest place of authority. He made him, that same Jesus, son of Mary, to be the Lord of the universe and the Savior of God’s elect. One of my favorite choruses is “He is Lord.
He is Lord, He is Lord, He has risen from the dead and He is Lord.Every knee shall bow, Every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
We should note that preaching the Gospel involves preaching that Jesus Christ is Lord and calling sinners to  bow to Christ as Lord in repentance and faith. We will say more about this. At the moment the important thing is to see that the Lordship we are talking about is an earned Lordship. Christ was always the Son of God or second  person of the trinity just as he was always Lord of all creation; however, the Father rewarded his redemptive work as the Messiah with the new au-thority described in John.
These words spake Jesus, and
Issue 201 October 2013 Page 3
West—Continued on page 9
heard in heaven: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals,  because you were slain, and with your  blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and  people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth” (Rev. 5:9-10).This new song celebrates the
salvic triumph of Jesus Christ, the
Lamb of God. He has conquered sin and death and hell and Satan. He has  purchased a people at the price of his own blood. And what a people! They are from every tribe, every nation, every ethnicity, every language. In the current vocabulary of the missiologist, we would say they are from every  people group. Although in one sense the accomplishment of redemption can be considered as a subcategory of God’s works, there is a profound shift in focus from the theme of the second song. Creating and sustain-ing a world is an act of wisdom and  power; redeeming a fallen world is an act of love and grace. Redemp-tion is a special work. It is actually entirely unique, requiring every one of God’s attributes to be engaged. In some ways, redemption is the ultimate  product of Gods essential nature
and creative work. The only tting
response is that everything that has  breath should praise the Lord.What is the connection between
these reections on the categories of
 biblical worship and the topic of mis-sions? Obviously a tremendous num- ber of biblical passages deal with mis-sionary endeavors and the necessity of taking the gospel of Jesus Christ to all people, but we simply cannot deal with even a fraction of the relevant Scriptural data in this article. What In Revelation 4-5, we get a privi-leged look into how God is worshiped in heaven above. The scene is one of indescribable splendor, unimaginable terror, unalloyed joy, and inexpress-ible glory. God—the one who sits on the throne and lives in unapproach-
able holy light—is praised rst for his
intrinsic character: “‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come” (Rev. 4:8b). In this song God is praised simply in accordance with his inherent worth and essential nature. Biblical worship starts with a recognition that God— as God—is deserving of honor and  praise.The content of the second song ascribing praise to God in Revelation 4 moves in focus from his intrinsic nature to his acts of creation. Fall-ing down before him, the elders say: “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their  being” (Rev. 4:11). Here, the focus is on what God has done. This second song reveals that God is to be praised not only for who he is but also for his acts. As creatures, the elders are
 particularly praise-lled and worship
-ful when they think that their lives and continued existence are owing to nothing besides God’s sovereign will and good pleasure.After these two hymns of praise, a fascinating drama unfolds in the throne room. The Lamb of God comes forward to bring God’s purposes to  pass. Because he has been slain but lives again, he is worthy to be the agent who accomplishes all of God’s eternal plans. When the Lamb takes the scroll (symbolic of God’s sover-eign decrees) from the Father’s hand, an explosion of praise occurs. Since none of the old songs in heaven and
earth has content tted to this new
era in salvation history, a new song is required. The living creatures and elders cry out in words never before we will do, however, is use the hymn of praise in Rev. 5:9-10 as a launching  pad for our considerations.There are some subtle and some not-so-subtle points of contact be-tween worship and missions in this new song. One rather obvious link is that the Lamb has purchased people from all over the globe. Although un-stated here, a full biblical understand-ing of salvation requires the message of the gospel being communicated to the lost so that they can hear the name of Jesus Christ, the good news of what he has done on their behalf, and by God’s grace, be given a new heart so they can believe and be saved. The gospel is good news; good news must  be heard; to be heard it requires a herald; heralds must go to the people who haven’t heard! Jesus has bought  people all over this world with his  blood—his church has the unimagin-ably rich privilege of being called to go and reach them with this message.But what will motivate us to go? At one level, sheer obedience should  be enough to compel us. Jesus has laid down instructions for his church to proclaim the gospel to the ends of the earth—that, frankly, should settle it. Another possible motive could be the love of our fellow creatures who  bear the image of God and are lost in their rebellion and sins. Can we really love our neighbors as ourselves if we are unmoved that they live in a dark night, some in the world never having even
that there is a Savior?
 Doctors Without Borders
 takes medi-cal care to people in need; their medi-cal professionals travel to care for  physical bodies, looking to do good in this world alone. What about the representatives of the Great Physician
 Biblical Worship and Missions
Steve West

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