Progressive Covenantalism is a biblical-theological system that seeks to understand how God’s entire plan of redemption unfolds from creation to Christ. It seeks to understand how God’s ONE, eternal plan is progressively revealed through the biblical covenants, and how all of God’s promises are fulfilled in Christ, applied to the church as God’s new covenant people, thus allowing us to draw right theological conclusions from Scripture for God’s glory and our good.
Most Christian theologians agree that the “God’s Covenant Revelations” are central to the Bible’s story and that God’s redemptive plan unfolds over time reaching its fulfillment in “New Covenant of Christ”. “Progressive Covenantalism seeks to underscore the unfolding nature of God’s revelation over time, while Covenantalism emphasizes that God’s plan unfolds through the covenants and that all of the covenants find their fulfillment, telos, and terminus in Christ”
Progressive Covenantalism sees the “New Covenant” has fulfilled and consummated the previous biblical covenants. Progressive Covenantalism identifies the six covenants as that of Creation, the Noahic, the Abrahamic, that of Israel, the Davidic and the New Covenant. What makes Progressive Covenantalism different is that it sees these covenants as unfolding, connected and in progressive order to reveal God’s ONE plan of Redemption in Christ. That ONE plan was under one covenant , the Everlasting Covenant (New Covenant) in and through Jesus Christ.
Scripture Support: One Everlasting Covenant
To Noah: Gen 9:16 And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.
To Abraham: Gen 17:7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.
Gal 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
Gal 3:29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
To Israel: Lev 24:8 Every sabbath he shall set it in order before the LORD continually, being taken from the children of Israel by an everlasting covenant.
To David: 2Sa 23:5 Although my house be not so with God; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire, although he make it not to grow.
To Christ: Heb 13:20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
To the Church: Isa 55:3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
Jer 32:40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.
Eze 37:26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.
To Adam: Hos 6:7 But like Adam,[fn] you broke my covenant and betrayed my trust.
God speaking to Israel saying that the covenant was also made with Adam!
Progressive Covenantalism shows that the historical covenants form the backbone of and carry the Bible’s storyline, and in the unfolding of these covenants we are given Scripture’s own stated framework for understanding the Bible as a whole and, thus, the unity of the Old and New Testaments.
Progressive Covenantalism sees the Bible (OT & NT) unified as ONE MESSAGE! Progressive Covenantalism is one of number a biblical-theological systems that results in a Christ-centered hermeneutic.
As Paul says 1Cor 2:2 “For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified.”