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  • timmopussycat
    Apr 8, 2002
      --- In covenantedreformationclub@y..., "raging_calvinist"
      <ragingcalvinist@c...> wrote:
      > Tim, could you please explain what you meant by this?
      > "But since God did not reserve the right to freely make changes in
      > the covenant at any time, if He had made a such a change in the
      > covenant legislation by Jeremiah 7:31 as is argued, He would have
      > broken covenant with Israel."
      > Specifically, who is arguing that God changed anything in the
      > Covenant? Are you saying that, according to the Reformed view, the
      > phrase "which I commanded not, neither came it into my heart" would
      > mark a change in the Covenant?

      Tp - Jason appeared to be arguing that God, in the Jeremiah 7 vs. was
      adding a regulation to the covenant. In reply, I pointed out that a
      characteristic of covenants (unless otherwise specified) pointed out
      by Paul in Gal 3:15 is that they were unchangeable. While God can do
      what He wants to do, if His underlying purpose is to maintain a
      righteous covenant relationship with His subjects in order to glorify
      His name and give them no grounds to mistrust Him, He may not change
      the terms of a previously instituted covenant unless the covenant
      specifically provides that He may do so, which it does not.

      Interpreting the phrase "which I commanded not, neither came it into
      my heart" to mean God is adding something to the covenant therefore,
      instead of using litotes to remind the Israelites that what the were
      doing was already forbidden, cannot be right, since under the
      conditions as stated, God would be breaking covenant with Israel

      Hope this helps clear things up for you.

      Note to Jason - I too do not want you to shut up. What I should have
      said in my post is, that to paraphrase a remark from C. S. Lewis'
      essay "Bulverism" in "God in the Dock" that all of us and not just
      you in particular need to remember is that we must prove THAT someone
      is wrong before we speculate about WHY he is wrong.


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