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The Kingdom of God: A Baptist Expression of Covenant & Biblical Theology

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  71 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Is there a central plot to the Bible? And if so, why is the Bible divided into two different testaments? Moreover, how do these two testaments relate to each other? No doubt, it can be overwhelming to traverse the various covenants of the Bible. And it can be difficult to understand the unity and diversity of the Old and New Testaments. The Kingdom of God: A Baptist Expres ...more
Hardcover, 268 pages
Published 2014 by Free Grace Press
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Simon Wartanian
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another great work by Pastor Jeffrey Johnson. The Fatal Flaw revealed the errors of Paedobaptist Covenant Theology and indirectly argued for 1689 Federalism. But this book, directly argues for that position.

The focus is again upon the Abrahamic Covenant which is the central covenant of Scripture. From the Abrahamic are the Mosaic and New Covenants born. The Mosaic comes as a result of the covenant of works republished in the Abrahamic Covenant for the physical seed. But the New Covenant comes as
Preston Kelso
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Kingdom of God: A Baptist Expression of Covenant and Biblical Theology is a book that I would enthusiastically recommend to anyone who is interested in studying covenant theology from a Baptist perspective.
There are a couple particular highlights:
1) The book essentially is divided into two parts; the first is a theological explanation of the continuity and discontinuity of the Covenant of Grace and the Covenant of works. The second portion is devoted to explaining, in narrative form, the d
Jeff Short
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book sets out the view of 1689 federalism and does a good job distinguishing between different covenant theology views. Johnson provides a good explanation, then, of the difference between a full covenant theology, like that of Presbyterians, and the covenant theology of Reformed Baptists. So this book provides a good basis of why I am neither Presbyterian nor Reformed Baptist, though this is not all that could be said on that. The issues are core fundamental hermeneutic issues. 1689 Federa ...more
Sean Crowe
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book which distinguishes Reformed Baptist covenantal theology from Presbyterianism. Also, it includes a helpful biblical theology focusing in on the theme of kingdom.
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Kingdom of God is an excellent book that brilliantly explains baptist covenant theology with great clarity, brevity, and theological precision.

There are two parts. Part one is a little longer and more theologically polemic (yet generous) than part two. In part one, Johnson reveals baptist covenant theology primarily through the lens of the dichotomous nature of the Abrahamic covenant. This was extremely well written, and successfully accounts for the contrast between the physical/spiritual
John Kerr
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I approached this book with little understanding of Baptist Covenant Theology. I found it a very compelling and exciting read, marred only by the (sadly) too frequent typos. However, the content is excellent and clear; in particular the second half of the book is devoted to a dramatic presentation of the grand story of redemption through the lens of the entirety of Scripture and it is a thrilling read. This was a very readable book from start to finish, saturated with exposition and exegesis of ...more
Chris Whisonant
This is a fantastic book which walks through the Particular Baptist's expression of Covenant Theology as opposed to that of our Presbyterian & Reformed brethren. Johnson is highly readable and carefully precise in this positive book about what many Baptists today believe regarding God's Covenants with man. The second part of this book is a walk-through from Genesis to Revelation of how God's Covenant of Grace was revealed in the Fall of man and has been further revealed throughout Biblical h ...more
Andrew Mcneill
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very helpful introduction to Baptist covenant theology. The style is clear and straightforward and I imagine that many people will learn a lot from it; I certainly found it helpful. The first section of the book lays the foundation and I found it most helpful whereas the second section, a kind of brief history of redemption, felt a bit terse. Overall, it's a great book if you want to understand how to put the Bible together from a Baptist covenantal perspective.
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful instruction

There is so much good theology here and a perspective with which I am sadly unfamiliar, not having been discipled accordingly. This book really requires multiple readings to sink in. Its words will be ruminating in my mind for some time to come.
Cody Watson
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mark Goeman
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding Biblical exegesis of the progressive revelation of redemption through the covenants God has made with mankind and the dichotomous nature of the Abrahamic Covenant. Dr. Johnson's theological narrative on the Kingdom of God in Part 2 is a must read for a deeper understanding of the main and true theme of all of Scripture, the Lord Jesus Christ!
Philip Taylor
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
An excellent overview of covenant theology. There is more than one way to skin a cat but this is compelling to me.
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Jeff is the author of several Christian books, including the Amazon #1 Bestseller, The Church:Why Bother?

He is pastor/teacher of Grace Bible Church in Conway, Arkansas, a community where he also resides with his wife Letha and their two sons, Martyn and Christian.

Jeff graduated from Central Baptist College in Bible and earned his M. Rel. in Biblical Studies. He earned his Th.D in Systematics from
“With so much disparity, is there a unified message between the two testaments? One could safely assume the central plot of the Scriptures is the gospel, but how do all of the differences between the Old and New Testaments come together to form the unified gospel message?” 0 likes
“Not only did the seventeenth-century Baptists understand the dual nature of Abraham’s covenant; they also understood this dual nature to be the ground of the continuity and discontinuity of the rest of the divine covenants.” 0 likes
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