Timely Covenants

“…God has made us adequate as servants of a new covenant…” 2 Cor. 3: 6

Note:  AC stands for Abrahamic Covenant, tadalafil physician OC stands for Old Covenant, NC stands for New Covenant

Street Covenants

The family you are raising in the 21st Century is living under an incredible new arrangement with God, called the New Covenant (2 Cor. 3:3-11).   Jesus launched this new arrangement (I Cor. 11:25) with you two thousand years ago, and spent most of His teaching ministry on earth explaining it.   When He finished, the Spirit of God continued this New Covenant teaching through the Epistle writings (Romans, Galatians, etc).    The entire New Testament is devoted to explaining the New Covenant.

All of God’s previous covenants (Abrahamic and Old Covenant) were definitely overshadowed by the New Covenant (Hebrews 7:22), but each had its own strategic purpose in God’s plan, and was needed for its time (Psalm 1:2, Psalm 19:7-8).  There is little doubt that  every covenant built toward the coming of the New Covenant which  was given to the church after Christ’s  death and resurrection (Romans 4:13{AC}, Psalm 78:7-8 {OC} , John 6:28 {NC}).

God’s Word

Jesus launches New Covenant

2 Cor. 3:3-8   being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.  Such confidence we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.  But if the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, fading as it was, how will the ministry of the Spirit fail to be even more with glory?

I Cor. 11: 25  In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

Hebrews 7: 22    So much the more also Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.

All Covenants met the needs for their time

Psalm 1:2  But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.

Psalm 19:7 -8   The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes

All Covenants prepared the stage for the New Covenant

Romans 4:13   (Abrahamic Covenant)  For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith.

Psalm 78:5-8  (Old Covenant)  For He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers that they should teach them to their children.    That the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, that they may arise and tell them to their children,  that they should put their confidence in God and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments    And not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that did not prepare its heart and whose spirit was not faithful to God.

John 6:28-29  New Covenant Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God? Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.”

Teachable Moment

In your teachable moment the goal with this teaching is to show how God’s covenants (agreements) were well thought out, protective, met the need to the moment, and built toward a much greater covenant (agreement), the New Covenant.   In respect to this, ask your children to explain why it was so dangerous for them (when they were younger)  to run into the street without looking.   Ask them if they agree now with the boundaries (fences, direct supervision) you set for them.   Use the following illustration or create a parallel one of your own.  When we (Mryna and Kent) were parenting our two year olds, we made it very plain that if they ran into the street they would be paddled (controlled and loving).   As you might guess, my son upon the first opportunity ran straight for the street.   I caught him, paddled him and said “no”.  Was I mean?  Hardly, I knew something the did not, that in that street lay the danger of him losing his life.   My son is now 25 years old and has a son of his own.   When he came home this last Christmas, I did not remind him that if he ran into the street I would have to paddle him.   Why is that?   The street is still dangerous and if he were to run into the street he could be killed just as easily as a two year old.   The reason is obvious, he has grown in his understanding, he knows for himself the dangers of the street.   In essence, without declaring we are under a new agreement, yet I am still his father.   And so it is with God’s covenants, the Old Covenant had a lot of do’s and don’t’s, for the sake of Israel’s kindergarten state with God.

As you conclude your lesson with your children,  tell them that they know more about God than any other generation of children that has ever lived.   They have a history of the entire Bible to draw from, plus they have the permanent dwelling of the Holy Spirit, something no other Covenant ever had.