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In Granite or Ingrained? What the Old and New Covenants Reveal about the Gospel, the Law, and the Sabbath

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Popular claims about the Old and New Covenants have diminished the gospel and narrowed the faith and spiritual life of millions of Christians. Those claims have introduced confusion about what it truly means to “keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.” In In Granite or Ingrained? What the Old and New Covenants Reveal about the Gospel, the Law, and the Sabbath, Christians will see a dynamic element of the gospel in the profound relationship between love and law. They will, perhaps for the first time, understand the apparent dichotomy of old and new covenants in the New Testament. In the process, they will be confronted with a powerful appeal and an unmistakable warning.

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  • Distinguishes the differences between the historical and experiential old and new covenants
  • Presents a picture of the fundamental unity of the Scriptures
  • Examines the old and new covenants with regard for both scholars and laity
  • The Core Truth of the Covenant(s)
  • The Universality of the Covenant(s)
  • How God Defined the New Covenant
  • New Covenant DNA in the Old Covenant
  • How the Old and New Covenants Differ
  • The Two Covenants in History and Experience
  • Historical and Experiential Applications
  • Love and Law in the Covenant(s)
  • Covenant Signs
  • Covenant Rest
  • Ten Timeless Truths
  • Living the Covenants

Top Highlights

“This is the blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins’ (Matt. 26:28” (Page 32)

“conditional upon the love and obedience of His covenant people” (Page 150)

“He never intended it to be a sign for the nation of Israel exclusively” (Page 183)

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God’ (2 Cor. 5:21” (Page 129)

“the commandments God gave His people at Sinai covered all areas of life—moral, ceremonial, civil, and health” (Page 144)

In this volume, MacCarty offers a brilliant defense of the fundamental unity of the Scriptures. Writing with passion and careful thought, he begins by demonstrating that the fundamental character of God’s covenants with Adam, Noah, Abraham, and Israel was determined by the DNA of the new covenant (Jeremiah 31). After helpfully distinguishing between the historical and experiential old and new covenants, he invites his readers to celebrate with him the glorious fact that in the old covenant, as much as in the new covenant, God offers a “grace-based, gospel-bearing, and mission-directed” covenantal relationship with Himself. Until Christians grasp this message, the Old Testament will remain a dead book to the church.

Daniel I. Block, Gunther H. Knoedler Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College

This is one of the most important books available about the relationship between the gospel, the law, and the Sabbath.

Norman R. Gulley, research professor in systematic theology, Southern Adventist University

I consider this to be one of the best treatments on the old and new covenants. The work is well-documented and yet straightforward. It is clear, forceful, biblical, cogent, lucid. And MacCarty’s writing style meets a wide audience, from scholars to laity.

Richard Davidson, J.N. Andrews Professor of Old Testament exegesis, Andrews University

This is a must read for people interested in this all-important subject.

George R. Knight, professor of church history, Andrews University

  • Title: In Granite or Ingrained? What the Old and New Covenants Reveal about the Gospel, the Law, and the Sabbath
  • Author: Skip MacCarty
  • Publisher: Andrews University Press
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 344
  • Christian Group: Seventh-day Adventist
  • Resource Type: Theology
  • Topic: Sabbath

Skip MacCarty is associate pastor for evangelism at Pioneer Memorial Church on the campus of Andrews University. He holds a DMin and is a specialist on the relationship between stress and spiritual life.


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    I was very blessed to read the book and receive tutoring on the subject from the author during AFCOE Bible training. very intriguing and a must read.
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