Posted by: JennyRain | January 28, 2010

The Power of a Promise

I am fascinated by the concept of Covenant.

A  covenant is an agreement, pact or promise. Covenants are prevalent in our lives, whether we realize it or not.

Covenants can include treaties, alliances, agreements, compacts, pledges, mutual agreements, promises, and undertakings on behalf of another.

For example, student loans, credit cards, automobile loans, and mortgage agreements are types of covenants between two or more parties. There is a lender (usually a bank or a credit agency) who enters into an agreement with a borrower (that’s usually us), sometimes there is a co-borrower or co-signer involved, and we agree to pay back what we have borrowed.  These are considered “conditional” – they are valid as long as both parties agree to the stated terms.

A Christian marriage covenant is made between husband, wife, and God. This covenant stipulates that all three parties will work to honor, love, cherish and represent the other well.

 

Covenants are also a theme that runs throughout the entire Bible.

The Hebrew word berith, covenant, occurs over 280 times in the Old Testament. (The English word covenant means “a coming together.”)

Covenants in the Bible can be agreements between two individuals, between a king or leader and his people; or between God and individuals, or God and groups of individuals.

Covenant Promise Stipulation Sign Reference
Adamic Life Don’t Eat Tree of Life Genesis 3
Noahic No More None Rainbow Genesis 9
Abrahamic Blessing Faith Circumcision Genesis 12
Mosaic Land Keep Law Passover; Sabbath Leviticus 19
Davidic Dynasty Heart None 2 Sam 7
New Life Believe Baptism Jeremiah 31

 

It is fascinating to me that when God makes a covenant with us it is kept.

For example, God promises in Jeremiah that He will make a new covenant where His law will be written on our hearts and minds…

“This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people…For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

God writes His laws on our hearts through the miracle of our entry into life in Christ where He creates us anew…

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

Once we have been re-created we enter into the family of God and step into the benefits of the New Covenant.

At that point, in order to break this covenant, someone would have to accomplish ALL of the following:

Snatch us out of God’s hand (John 10:28-29)
Break the seal of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30)
Remove the deposit (the Holy Spirit) from inside of us (2 Cor 1.21-22)
UN-create God’s NEW Creation back into our OLD nature (2 Cor 5:17)
And demolish God’s promise to us that NOTHING can separate us from Him! (Romans 8:35, 38-39)

Yeah, not likely to happen in this lifetime!

Since God has promised that he can never break His own word or revoke His covenant with us (Romans 11:29; Mal.3:6; Hebrews 13:8; Titus 1:1-3) that family bond is forever. This is salvation (John 10:28; Rom. 8:38-39)

I love this explanation of our new life in Christ from this site:

What We Have “In” Jesus Christ – When we get saved we are placed into the body of Christ [Romans 12:5; I Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 2:21-22]. We become “flesh of his flesh and bone of his bone” [Ephesians 5:30]. Our soul is “circumcised” from our flesh with a circumcision “made without hands” [Colossians 2:8-14]. The Bible says that the body (church) will be presented without spot or blemish [Ephesians 5:27]. It cannot be without blemish if pieces have to be removed. Our position is settled: we are mystically seated in heaven already [Ephesians 2:6],a joint-heir with Christ (a joint heir cannot be disinherited [Romans 8:16-17]), and safe in Jesus’ and God’s hand [John 10:27-30] where we cannot be plucked out. The Holy Spirit places us IN Christ [Romans 12:5; I Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 2:21-22 ] Our inheritance is reserved for us in heaven will not fade away, is incorruptible, and cannot be defiled [I Peter 1:3-5; Ephesians 1:13-14; Acts 26:18].

And from this site:

 If someone believes that he can lose his salvation then he might fall into the error of trying to keep his salvation by what he does. This is a serious error (Gal. 3:1-3). The proper understanding of salvation is that works play no part in it (Rom. 4:5), that it is a free gift (Rom. 6:23), and that it is received by faith (Eph. 2:8-9). 

An unbreakable covenant. Initiated by God, for us.

We have done nothing to deserve it.

We can do nothing to keep it, or lose it.

It is a gift.

 

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