If you were to ask the average Sunday attendee to define biblical covenant. They might respond Jesus or name one of the covenants from the old testament. But define it, probably not.
The teaching of divine covenant is sporadic at best. Papa’s blessings, not His judgments is the spiritual diet many crave. A diet that does not and cannot nourish spiritual maturity.
After the catastrophic events in the Garden, Papa’s first step in restoring His union with mankind is a divine covenant that He initiates. Whoever accepts Papa’s invitation MUST repent and be faithful or FACE the consequences.
It’s this covenant between Papa and mankind that births and sustains moral order. When divine covenant reigns…
Vows are honored.
Mercy is extended.
Wrongs are rectified.
Anger, hostility and violence eradicated, and peace rules.
I am overwhelmed with joy in the Lord my God! For He has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness. I am like a bridegroom dressed for his wedding or a bride with her jewels.
The Sovereign Lord will show His justice to the nations of the world. Everyone will praise Him! His righteousness will be like a garden in early spring, with plants springing up everywhere. Isaiah 61:10-11
Beloved, don’t be foolish and assume what befell the rebellious Hebrews doesn’t apply to you today. Yes, Papa honors those who honor Him with their faithfulness.
He is bound by His covenantal promises to judge those who walk in disobedience. Take heed of this warning from Moses.
I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today. I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live. Love the Lord your God. Obey Him. Remain faithful to Him. For He is your life. Deuteronomy 30:19-20
Papa’s divine covenant today is predicated on Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. When the Anointed One arrived as High Priest of the good things that are to come. He entered through a greater and more perfect sanctuary that was not part of the earthly creation or made by human hands. He entered once for all time into the most holy place. Entering, not with the blood of goats or calves or some other prescribed animal, but offering His own blood and thus obtaining redemption for us for all time.
Think about it. If the blood of bulls or of goats or the sprinkling of ashes from a heifer, restores the defiled to bodily cleanliness and wholeness. Then how much more powerful is the blood of the Anointed One who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself as a spotless sacrifice to God? Purifying your conscience from the dead things of the world to the service of the living God.
This is why Jesus is the mediator of the new covenant. Through His death He delivered us from the sins that we had built up under the first covenant. His death has made it possible for all who are called to receive God’s promised inheritance. Hebrews 8:11-15
Forgiveness of sin, spiritual transformation, a resurrected body and the fulfillment of Papa’s promises to Israel are components of this new covenant. A covenant that ultimately leads to eternity’s promise land.