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Clarifying the Covenants (6 of 18)
Series: Simple Faith
As you may know, the Bible is divided into the Old and New Testaments. The Old Testament is divided into 39 books, and the New Testament contains 27 books. Generally speaking, the books of the Bible are divided by author or time period. For example, the Apostle Paul wrote two letters to the Corinthian church. Each of those letters stands alone as a book of the Bible.
While the books are divided by author or time period, there is an undergirding foundation to each of the Testaments. The first covenant is the underpinning of the Old Testament. Just before Jesus was crucified, He proclaimed that he was bringing in a new covenant.
The word 'covenant' simply means: an agreement made between two people. It is like a binding contract.
On the surface, these terms may sound like theological jargon, but there is an exciting truth unveiled through these covenants that point directly to how God relates to you and I as individuals. We are finished with presenting the terms. Now I want to show you how the Old Covenant unveils the love of God for mankind that wasn't fully realized until the New Covenant.
God's Covenant with Abraham
When the Bible teaches the Christian what it means to have faith, Abraham is the example. Yes, the Old Testament patriarch is the model for New Testament faith. Abraham was before the law. This is significant because the Bible makes it clear that the covenant with Abraham came by faith through the promise, and not by the works of keeping the Old Testament law. We'll look at this shortly, but let's first take a look at the covenant of faith given to Abraham.
Genesis chapter fifteen is an amazing passage. The chapter begins by God declaring, "I am your exceedingly great reward." The New Testament points back to God's relationship with Abraham as an example of how God relates to us as believers. We think of rewards as things, but the true reward is God. If we have intimac ...
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