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lesson 10 - new covenant relationship

The Bible reveals that God is a covenant-making and a covenant-keeping God. He desires His people to live in a covenant relationship with Him. Psalm 111:5, 9

WHAT ARE SOME COVENANTS IN THE BIBLE?

  • Adamic Covenant. Genesis 3:21
  • Noahic Covenant. Genesis 9:9-17
  • Abrahamic Covenant. Genesis 12:1-3, 22:1-18; Hebrews 6:13, 18
  • Mosaic (Old) Covenant. Exodus 20, 24:7
  • Davidic Covenant. II Samuel 7; Psalm 89:3-4
  • New Covenant. Jeremiah 31:31-34; Matthew 26:26-29; Hebrews 8:7-13

WHAT DOES THE WORD COVENANT MEAN?

The words “covenant” and “testament” are synonymous. Matthew 26:28; Hebrews 10:15-17; Hebrews 12:24

The word “covenant” simply means a mutual agreement or a contract between or involving two parties.

Hebrews 8-6

WHAT THINGS CONSTITUTE A COVENANT?

  • Promises of the Covenant. Hebrews 8:6-13
  • Blood of the Covenant. Hebrews 9:14-18
  • Seal of the Covenant. Ephesians 1:13

UNDER WHAT COVENANT IS THE CHURCH?

  • (1) It is called the New Covenant. I Corinthians 11:25; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Hebrews 8:13, “In that, He says, ‘A new covenant,’ He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away. ”
    (2) It is the everlasting covenant. 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 well-pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”
  • All the covenants in the Old Testament are fulfilled in the New Covenant. Galatians 3:14-16,19, “That the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Brethren, I speak in the manner of men: Though it is only a man’s covenant, yet if it is confirmed, no one annuls or adds to it. Now to Abraham and his Seed were the ‘And to seeds,’ as of many, but as of one, ‘And to your Seed,’ who is Christ. What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator.”
  • There will never be another Covenant that will supersede the New Covenant. Hebrews 13:20, “Now 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…”

WHAT ARE SOME FULFILLMENTS OF THE NEW COVENANT?

OLD TESTAMENT EXAMPLE

  • Cutting of the flesh and bloodshed. Genesis 17:13-14
  • The Name was given. Genesis 21:3-4; Luke 2:21
  • The Rite was made on the 8th day which was the first day of the new week. Genesis 17:12, 21:4, Luke 2:21, 24:1

NEW TESTAMENT FULFILLMENT

  • The body and blood of Jesus was cut off at Calvary. Isaiah 53:8
  • The Triune Name—Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 2:36
  • The Resurrection Day on the first day of the week. Matthew 28:1

HOW DO PEOPLE COME INTO A COVENANT RELATIONSHIP?

  • Accepting the blood of Christ in repentance.
  • Accepting the promises of salvation by faith.
  • Accepting water and Spirit baptism – the New Covenant Seal. Ephesians 1:13-14, 4:30

NOTE: In the cutting away of the flesh, or the crucifixion and burial of the “old man,” the believer is identifying
with the work of Calvary. That which happens judicially must be maintained by faith experientially.

Ten Steps to Covenant making. Genesis chapters 15 and 17

  • The decision to enter into the covenant.
  • Exchanging of gifts by those entering covenant.
  • Discussion of friendship.
  • Splitting of the sacrifice.
  • Walking through the pieces of sacrifice.
  • Cutting of the wrists and the oaths of the covenant.
  • Mingling of your blood together as blood brothers.
  • Marking your cut so it will forever scar.
  • Exchanging of names and giving of titles.
  • Eating a covenant meal.

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About the Author: Dr. Dale Yerton

Dr. Yerton serves as an overseer of a network of churches across the world. What began as a network of six church groups representing 500 churches in Mexico has grown into an international ministry. 

He and Evelyn, his wife over fifty years, live in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. They have two daughters: Lora–married to the Rev. Vince Farrell, pastors of Journey Church in Hopkinsville, Kentucky–and Kari—also of Hopkinsville–and are the proud grandparents of Emma and Bennett Farrell.

Dale Yerton