Is Every Promise "Yes"?

Old Testament Promises and the Christian

Is Every Promise "Yes"?

Not only does the Old Testament (OT) make up three-fourths of our Bibles, the New Testament (NT) authors utilize the OT in such a way that validates our personal claims to its promises. In other words, the NT clarifies for Christians which, why, and how OT promises are for them through Jesus Christ.

Typically, God & the Gospel would categorize a post like this under “Book Reviews,” but the content of this post is so crucial to the “Practical Theology” (PT) category that we decided to post it here (i.e., in the PT category).

Jason S. DeRouchie is professor of Old Testament and Biblical Theology at Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and he recently gave a message and wrote an article concerning how and why Christians can claim OT promises even though they live under the new covenant. In the words of another one of my professors (also at Bethlehem College & Seminary), “I am not aware of anyone who has thought so carefully about how the people of God under the new covenant can claim promises God made to his people under the old covenant.”[1] DeRouchie’s research remains staggeringly close to the biblical text and his pastoral intention permeates the entire message and article of which this God & the Gospel post is concerned with.

The article is a long, but smooth, read, and the lecture is well worth the hour and twenty minutes that it is. Take some time to dig into these resources. You will not find many others like it that deal with this topic the way DeRouchie does. I feel privileged to call him my professor, for this topic plays a crucial role in his first-year Old Testament Survey course for the seminary.

DeRouchie’s Abstract

Below is the abstract of his 30-page article:

Which biblical promises are for Christians? God’s promises play a vital role in helping believers grow in sanctification and suffer with hope, but should we claim all OT promises as our own, seeing as God gave them to a different people and under a different covenant? This article considers why and how every promise is “Yes” in Christ and seeks to empower believers to faithfully appropriate OT promises without abusing them. In the process it supplies five foundational principles that clarify the Christian’s relationship to OT promises, and then it gives three guidelines for hoping in OT promises through Christ.[2]

PDF Edition of Themelios’ Latest Edition and Lecture Video

Also, below you can find three links: (1) the most recent edition of Themelios: An International Journal for Students of Theological and Religious Studies, which includes “Is Every Promise ‘Yes’?”; (2) a link to the web edition of the article; and (3) DeRouchie’s lecture  that he gave this past Spring at Bethlehem College & Seminary.

Themelios 42.1

Web edition of “Is Every Promise ‘Yes’?” by Jason S. DeRouchie.

“Is Every Promise “Yes”? Lecture by Jason S. DeRouchie.




[1] Andrew David Naselli, “Is Every Promise ‘Yes’? Old Testament Promises and the Christian,” Thoughts on Theology, 25 April, 2017, http://andynaselli.com/is-every-promise-yes-old-testament-promises-and-the-christian.

[2] Jason S. DeRouchie, “Is Every Promise “Yes”? Old Testament Promises and the Christian,” Them 42.1 (2017): 16.