The two covenants in tandem
We are covered and saved by the blood of Jesus. The “Book of the Covenant” is our salvation covenant, and it completes the Abrahamic covenant.
In this blog, we continue on our road to understanding what makes these two covenants our salvation covenants.
The character of salvation
We said that salvation covenants (to save) have to have specific characteristics:
• It would have to clearly demonstrate that adherence to this contract would equal life and breaking this contract would equal death.
• It would need to clearly state that to be His people, we must be part of this contract.
• That this contract was for all people all around the world.
• That this contract would be everlasting.
God made two Blood ratified covenants with His people.
As we saw in Part 2, these covenants satisfied the first requirement of the characteristics mentioned above.
There is a penalty of death for everyone who disobeys it. By definition, it also means that if we listen and abide by it, we will have life. Life is the point of the contracts or the covenants.
God cannot lie
In Numbers 23:19, it is stated:
“God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”
His guarantee is in His Word: those in covenant with Him will have life. We can trust Him on this.
Isn’t it wonderful? If we are living inside of His covenant, we are certain that He will do what He said. We can know absolutely that we will live forever. He tells us so.
He bound Himself
God bound Himself by these blood covenants. As believers, we must know that these blood covenant promises that God extended to us are set in stone. They are so much set-in stone that either we had to die, or He had to.
The second characteristic
Secondly, we said that a salvation covenant needs to clearly state that to be His people, we must be part of this contract.
The Abrahamic covenant
The very definition of why the Abrahamic covenant was given to us, we find in Genesis 17:7-8:
“I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you.
I will give to you and to your descendants after you, the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”
God, our God
God specifically says, “I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants” – “to be God to you.”
That is, it.
The Abrahamic covenant was given to us so that God could be our God. Those who are not in agreement with God are not covered. God is only God to those who are in covenant with Him.
It is based on our absolute faith and trust in Him.
It must be so strong that it dictates our actions and that God becomes our God.
The Book of the Covenant
The Book of the Covenant is an extension of the Abrahamic covenant given to us, the spiritual descendants of Abraham.
Let’s stand still on this for a moment. Why do I say this?
First, the Abrahamic Covenant is a covenant that encompasses two essential characteristics of Abram (his name before the covenant.)
It is faith and obedience.
• His faith allowed Him to hear the voice of the Lord amid a polytheistic society.
• It was his faith that caused him to live his life in obedience to God.
• It was by his faith that God led him out of his homeland and took him to the land of Canaan.
• It was by his faith that Abraham circumcised his entire household.
• It was by his faith that he decided to sacrifice his son in obedience to God.
Hebrews 11:17-19 says:
“By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was offering up his only begotten son; it was he to whom it was said, ‘In Isaac your descendants shall be called.’
He considered that God is able to raise people even from the dead, from which he also received him back as a type.”
What kind of faith caused Abraham to do these things? It was an absolute faith unto heartfelt obedience.
When we enter the Abrahamic covenant by the same absolute faith, we can also enter the Book of the Covenant which defines our heartfelt obedience.
Second reason: naming His people
The second reason that I believe the Book of the Covenant is an extension of the Abrahamic Covenant is that God was purposefully establishing who would be His people.
As we have seen, it was by His covenants that God establishes who will be His people.
His people would have total faith unto obedience and therefore live according to His Book of the Covenant. This faith is an absolute faith unto obedience.
These covenants would be the fulfillment of the promise that the spiritual descendants of Abraham would be God’s people. The promise is passed through Isaac, through Jacob and finally through the blood and non-blood descendants of Abraham the nation of Israel and the mixed multitude with them.
His people are those who keep His covenant
Some people might say that the covenants were only for Israel. However, the Bible plainly says in Exodus 19:5-6:
‘Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’
It is, therefore, possible for anyone on earth to be God’s which fulfills our third salvation covenant characteristic.
Children of promise
Paul tells us in Romans 9:6-8:
“But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel; nor are they all children because they are Abraham’s descendants, but: ‘through Isaac your descendants will be named.’
That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants.”
What makes us the descendants of Abraham is the promise that those who keep His covenant will be His people.
It is not new
One of the reasons that I am doing this blog is because I would like for Christians to see that Christianity was not a new faith when Jesus died on the cross.
It is still the original faith of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob finding its planned completion in the sacrifice of Jesus. There is only one faith. The Tanakh and the Brit-Hadashah (New Testament) are united in one unified message written for those who are both the physical and spiritual descendants of the “commonwealth of Israel.”
An everlasting covenant
In part four of this series, we will explore further into the fourth characteristic of the salvation covenant that Jesus came to fulfill. This is the fact that this salvation covenant from God is an everlasting covenant. Jesus only came to fulfill it never to replace it.
Can we believe this and how it is possible? More on this next time. Blessings!