Covenants - PT1
When we look at the definition of the word covenant it states that it is an agreement. It further states that it is an agreement by lease, deed, or other type of legal contract. (https://www.meiam-webster.com/dictionary). A similar definition was given by Bill Scheidler in the eleventh chapter of Interpreting the Scripture. He wrote, “A covenant is a formal, solemn and binding agreement or contract, usually under seal, between two or more parties. (Scheilder, Bill; Interpreting the Scriptures pg. 53). These definitions would appear to be in alignment with what many think would define the marriage covenant. Although it does, the marriage covenant between a man and a woman is only one type; however, it is not one of the principle covenants that God made with man. Per Scheilder, there are nine principle covenants that God made with man. They are as follows: The Everlasting Covenant, The Edenic Covenannt, The Adamic Covenant, The Noahic Covenant, The Abrahamic Covenant, The Mosaic Covenant, The Palestinian Covenant, The Davidic Covenant, and the New Covenant.
The Everlasting Covenant, is a phrase always used as a covenant promise between God and man made in grace. Many people claim to make covenants and/or promises, but God is the only one that can make an “Everlasting Covenant”.God is not like man and He cannot tell a lie; therefore if He said it, surely it will come to pass. Many of the “Everlasting Covenants”, were made with the children of Israel.Some were broken due to man’s disobedience and refusal to follow Gods terms while others were made unconditionally. God always keeps His end of the agreement but man often comes up short.It is during those time that God continues to extend His grace and mercy over His people.God made an “Everlasting Covenant” down through the years and it extends to those who become part of His family.In Hebrews 13: 20-21, Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever amen; God establishes another “everlasting covenant” with man (Hebrews 13: 20-21, New King James Version). This agreement comes with terms and conditions, as well as benefits where man agrees to keep Gods commandments and ordinances pertaining to salvation and in return he or she will receive the benefits and blessings of eternal life.
Apostle Dr. Tangela Phillips-Lane