The Bible frequently uses the concept of covenant to describe the relationship of God as King to his people. A covenant–in contrast to a contract–is based upon personal promises made by the person or persons who establish the covenant. The covenants that God makes are based upon his promises to his people. Their response to his promises is to trust him and submit to his will. The Old Testament (or Old Covenant) sacrament of circumcision and the New Covenant sacrament of baptism are signs performed by his people that demonstrate their faith in God’s act of bringing them into covenant relationship with himself
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These are sermons preached during our Sunday worship services. (Recordings were not always successful, so there are gaps in the postings.)
It seemed to me that it would be helpful to consider further the idea of fearing God that we considered in Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, so this sermon looks at various Bible passages on this theme. This subject is one that I thought I needed to learn more about myself and apply to my own life.
God's eternal purpose to bring into being creatures in his image to share his glory is made a reality in time and space through the promises made and kept by the Trinity. These promises were not casual comments easily carried out, but were carefully thought out commitments kept at immense personal cost. They are covenants made in blood.
This Genesis text serves as an excellent introduction to the biblical concept of covenant that is central to an understanding of God's redemptive plan that unfolds in human history.