Even though there were many instances where Covenants were made in the Bible, most of the time when we hear it today, it’s the Old or New Testaments that are being referred to.
I wanted to start by giving the definition of Covenant but as I looked, I found that even the definitions are biased according to whether it’s a Jewish dictionary, a secular dictionary, or somebody that has no idea what they’re talking about, HA!
Covenant – A covenant is a contract or agreement between two or more parties. Covenant is how God has chosen to communicate with us, to redeem us, and give us eternal life in Jesus.
Look at the text to determine whether it’s the time of the Old or New Covenant. Keep in mind that God IS Love and his perfect plan was corrupted in the garden when Sin entered into the world. When I searched for the first use of the word “Covenant” in the Bible, I found it here >
Genesis 6:18 – But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee.
Old Covenant – also called to Old Testament or when the Law & Commandments were given to Moses to give to the people. This is the covenant between God and man. Man was NEVER able to keep this covenant. The Law was given so that man would see that he needed help and to KNOW that he needed a Savior & Deliverer. This covenant is also referred to as the Ministry of Death that was written and engraved on stones. (See 2 Corinthians 3:7)
And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the LORD hath said will we do, and be obedient. Exodus 24:7
New Covenant – also called the New Testament which actually is a Covenant between God and His Beloved Son, Jesus! This testament begins after the Death, Burial and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are called the four Gospels but they are written about the times while Jesus was alive and walking the Earth. A last Will and Testament begins when the Testator dies, right?
Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13:20-21
I always get my Scripture verses from http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org.
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