What is covenant? There are many covenants God made with man. God has always been a covenant God. Both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament God uses the word “covenant” to let us know that which He has bound Himself to for our experience. A covenant describes the boundaries to which God has restricted Himself for the purpose of providing redemption and establishing the grounds (which He set) to prove faith.
The Rainbow Covenant of Noah: God made a covenant with Noah promising, “I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. (Genesis 9:13-16).
Here we see that God remembers His covenant based on the token He selected, in this case, the rainbow. The rainbow put God in remembrance of His promise and put man in remembrance of God.
The Abrahamic Covenant: God made a covenant with Abraham and promised to make of him a great nation. He promised to be Abraham’s shield and reward (Genesis 15:1). “And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.” (Genesis 17:1-2)
The Mosaic Covenant (First Covenant): God made a covenant with the people of Israel through Moses, the steward of His house. Moses went up into the mount of the Lord to receive God’s commandments for the people. This is why Moses is called the law giver. “And he (Moses) took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the Lord hath said will we do, and be obedient. And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the Lord hath made with you concerning all these words.” (Exodus 24:7-8)
The Covenant of Jesus Christ (Second Covenant):
Do you know Jesus? The promise of life is through Jesus Christ and the only way to know Him is through covenant.
God swore by Himself to bring man back to Himself by the sacrifice of Himself. The covenant must be in Him—in His blood by His new terms. Jesus is the mediator of the New Covenant as we read in Hebrews 12:24, “And to Jesus the mediator of the NEW COVENANT, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things that that of Abel.”
For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a NEW COVENANT with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
13 In that he saith, A NEW COVENANT, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.
A covenant describes the boundaries to which God has restricted Himself for the purpose of providing redemption and establishing the grounds (which He set) to prove faith. We now have new terms, new commandments, and a new law in Jesus Christ. To be in covenant with God according to the new terms means that we need to learn these new commandments of Christ and learn how to walk in them to please God.
Did you know: There are 33,000 different Christian denominations in the world today. All of them claiming to be the true Christian faith. But God is a covenant God, not a denomination God. You will not find the truth in a denomination, but you will find the truth in the New (Second) Covenant teachings of Jesus Christ.
The Transition From Moses to Jesus
In the book of Galatians God identifies two major covenants He made with man. God assigns Moses to the First Covenant and assigns Jesus Christ to the Second Covenant. To help us make clarifications about the transition God was making from Moses to Jesus, God also identifies the Second Covenant the New Covenant and the First Covenant as the Old Covenant.
The course Covenant Faith is made available to you on this site to assist you to continue your studies of these two major covenants to learn how God separated them and to learn how to place your faith in Jesus only. God is a covenant God and has always let man know the covenant which He has bound Himself to for our experience.
The Covenant Has Words That Must be Heard, Learned, and Obeyed
1. These are the words of the covenant, which the Lord commanded Moses to make with the children of Israel in the land of Moab, beside the covenant which he made with them in Horeb.
9. Keep therefore the words of this covenant, and do them, that ye may prosper in all that ye do.
12. That thou shouldest enter into covenant with the Lord thy God, and into his oath, which the Lord thy God maketh with thee this day.
From Deuteronomy chapter 29 the Lord makes us to understand that the covenant has “words” that must be heard, learned, and obeyed. From these scriptures we also understand God’s will, that we “enter” into covenant with Him and “keep” covenant with Him.
To enter into covenant with God you must accept the testimony of Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God, the Messiah, our Savior, that He is the one that was prophesied to come to seal our faith and make us complete in Him, and that it is His sacrifice that blots out our transgressions, that He shed His blood to seal the New Covenant in Himself, and that He rose again from the dead to oversee and empower the covenant in Himself.
To enter into covenant with God you must agree to express your faith within the boundaries of the knowledge God established to build the house of Jesus Christ. To understand what this “building” is all about we need to go back to the symbolism of marriage and see how the Lord uses that in scripture to teach us about our union with Him.
Just as the union of the husband and wife is blessed by the fruitful womb to increase the house of the husband, so it is by our union with Christ in faith, that the fruit of Christ is formed in the inner man. God is in expectation of Christ being formed within. This is the commitment you are making to God. (John 15:8) (Galatians 5:22-23).
If you can understand that the purpose of your union with Christ is for fruit bearing, then you can understand the purpose of God baptizing you with the Holy Spirit.
Last Revised: 2012-10-22