The Christian Faith is Defined by Covenant
In Covenant With God
Lesson 1 of 13
Believers may ask, “Why do we have to come in covenant with God?” or “Isn’t covenant something of the past?”
When talking in modern terms, a covenant can be defined as an agreement that binds two parties through clearly stipulated terms, and entails definite terms and conditions, clearly defined within the agreement. The participation set out within the agreement takes place through the exchange of certain tools and articles, like money being exchanged for a car or rings being exchanged upon wedding vows.
What Does the Word “Covenant” Mean to God? As you know, sin separates man from God. After Adam sinned God separated Adam from Him; “So he [God] drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life” (Genesis 3:24). Every person is born into this condition of separation from God, for the Bible says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23).
The covenant of Jesus Christ
A covenant is the terms God set for man to observe to be joined back to Him. When man meets the conditions of these terms God:
allows man to engage with Him for fellowship, and
accepts man’s faith.
Deuteronomy 29: 1,9,12
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. God takes ownership of your soul when you are in covenant with Him. When we read Deuteronomy chapter 29 in its entirety we further understand the Lord to say that those who forsake the covenant forsake God.
The word covenant means: The agreed participation of faith with the KNOWLEDGE and TOOLS given, with the hope of the promises in return.
Do not misunderstand: God is not agreeing to our terms, nor expecting us to set the conditions whereby we may approach unto Him, nor is He waiting for us to act on His word so He can act on our behalf. We are agreeing to God’s terms and conditions and thereby coming into conformity to Him. On what grounds are you approaching God if you do not know what it means to be in covenant with Him?
Finally, the covenant teaches us God’s purpose. While many books are being written about the importance of knowing and finding God’s purpose, most faith practitioners do not understand the terms of Christ’s covenant and therefore do not teach these first principles of Christ, nor do they live by them. In this void of knowledge God’s purpose is reduced to the fabric of our life.