Dispensationalists usually agree with New Covenant Theology that the Law of Moses and everything else related to the Old Covenant were aspects of God’s unique relationship to Israel. But when it comes to Israel’s current and future relationship to God, there is strong disagreement. Dispensational Theology believes we should read the Old Testament on its own terms so that promises and prophecies made to the Jews must be interpreted and fulfilled literally. Since Israel has not literally received all that was promised, a future fulfillment must be coming upon the nation.
New Covenant Theology gives Jesus and the New Testament interpretative priority. Rather than expecting a literal fulfillment, we believe that everything in the Old Testament and the Old Covenant pointed to Jesus. He is the substance – all that came before was just a shadow. Thus, we are not looking for anything beyond or after Jesus.
In this book, Gary George graciously and humbly exposes the failure of Dispensational Theology to accept the New Testament’s interpretation of Old Testament promises. That failure leads to erroneous and unbiblical expectations for Israel’s future. While not eternally damaging, these errors do lead to important false conclusions. It is important to think these things through carefully and biblically. This book will go a long way toward helping you do that.