First use in the Bible: Genesis 6, verse 8:
“But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall go into the ark—you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.”
Another use in the Bible: Matthew 26, verse 28:
“For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”
According to Webster’s dictionary, a covenant is usually a formal, solemn and binding agreement or contract. A covenant can be given with or without conditions. In the first example from the Bible, God is making a covenant with Noah; a solemn promise that he will preserve Noah and his family throughout the flood. After the flood, God makes another covenant with mankind; that he will never again destroy the earth with a flood. God has kept this promise. In the second example above, Jesus Christ is attending the last supper and is establishing what we, today, call “the Lord’s Supper”. The new covenant Jesus speaks of is called “The Covenant of Grace”. How precious is this new covenant, a covenant Jesus sealed with his own death on the cross and resurrection 3 days later? The old covenant is known as “The Covenant of the Law”, and that covenant was never satisfied because it contained a condition. The condition of the covenant of the law was that people must not break any of God’s laws; they must not sin. Because all men have sinned, no man was ever saved by the covenant of the law. The new covenant is one of grace. Supreme, Godly, unexplainable GRACE. Men are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. The covenant of the law does not have conditions, just grace. God was faithful to keep his first covenant, and he is faithful to keep the new covenant.
WHAT IT MEANS TO OUR FAMILY
We should always feel secure in God’s love; it is based on a covenant of grace, not of law. We believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we remember that God fulfilled his covenant with Noah, and he will fulfill this covenant with us. We will spend eternity with God because he is faithful to fulfill his promise to us.
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