Author Archive: zmaxcey

2012 Master of Divinity, Providence Theological Seminary

How did Christ Jesus Fulfill the Feast of Passover? (Feasts, #3)

The Feast of Passover. The first major feast of the Hebrew calendar is Passover which occurs in the spring on the fourteenth day of Nisan.[1] The Hebrew word translated as Passover (פֶּסַח – pesaḥ) is derived from the verb פָּסַח…
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Does NCT Deny the Authority of the Old Testament Scriptures? (Questions, Part 6)

Does NCT Deny the Authority of the Old Testament Scriptures? Another question surrounding NCT is whether it, as a theological system, undermines, minimizes or denies altogether the authority of the Old Testament Scriptures. This question is typically asked for one…
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Christodoxic Principles for Christian Writing

Christodoxic Principles for Christian Writing. How should Christians write to one another, especially when they differ? How should they interact with one another via social media or even more scholarly methods? After seeing various Christian answers to these and similar…
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Must God Be Self-Explanatory? (Epistemology, Part 4)

The Bible sets forth a distinct epistemological framework which overwhelmingly validates the presuppositional apologetic method. In this particular section, I will attempt to explicate in detail the fundamental tenets of a sound biblical epistemology. The starting point of a biblical…
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What is the Hermeneutic of New Covenant Theology?

What is the Hermeneutic of New Covenant Theology? New Covenant Theology,[1] emphasizes that a Christotelic[2] (or Christocentric) hermeneutic is an essential tool to correctly interpret Scripture. What is a Christotelic[3] hermeneutic? A Christotelic hermeneutic views the Lord Jesus Christ as…
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Does NCT Equate the Old Covenant with the Old Testament Scriptures? (Questions, Part 5)

Does NCT Equate the Old Covenant with the Old Testament Scriptures? NCT is criticized at times for purportedly equating the Old Covenant with the Old Testament Scriptures. Any such criticism results from a faulty assessment of NCT’s view of both…
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How are the Scriptures Authoritative? (Basic Bible Doctrine, Part 4)

How are the Scriptures Authoritative? Because they are God-breathed (or inspired by God), the Scriptures are the ultimate standard of truth. In John 17:17, Christ Jesus declares, “Sanctify them [i.e. His followers] Thy truth: Thy word is truth.” Elsewhere, the…
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New Covenant Theology & 1689 Federalism (Part 1 – Introduction)

New Covenant Theology (NCT) has principally emerged, historically speaking, from the theological confines of Covenant Theology (CT). In fact, this is the assessment of Michael Vlach, a Dispensational theologian: “NCT appears primarily to be a movement away from CT.”[1] Vlach…
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Does “All These Things” Include Christ’s Parousia? (Addressing Preterism, Part 3)

Does “All These Things” Include Christ’s Parousia? One Scripture passage in particular which all preterists reference as evidence for their position is the Olivet Discourse (Matt. 24; Mark 13; Luke 21), a passage that constitutes Jesus’ own teaching on the…
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What Is The Sine Qua Non of New Covenant Theology?

What Is The Sine Qua Non of New Covenant Theology? The sine qua non of NCT can be defined as the consistent Christotelic[1] interpretation of the OT in light of the NT (Luke 24:27, 44; Rom. 10:4; 2 Cor. 1:20)…
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