Anything God promised in His Word is His covenant with you. It’s a promise to you from the one who created you and brought the world into existence. As you do your part, He’ll always do His. According to Webster’s 1828 dictionary, the covenant of redemption, is “the mutual agreement between the Father and Son, respecting the redemption of sinners by Christ.” Likewise, the covenant of grace, is “that by which God engages to bestow salvation on man, upon the condition that man shall believe in Christ and yield obedience to the terms of the gospel.”
Throughout history, God made covenants with His people. Some significant promises God made include:
- Man and satan would be enemies (Genesis 3;15).
- God would never again cover the whole earth with a flood (Genesis 9:8-17).
- Abraham would be the father of many nations, set apart for God (Genesis 15 – 17).
- Israel would be God’s holy nation (Exodus 19:5-6).
- Salvation would come through King David’s lineage through the Messiah (2 Samuel 7;13, 23:5).
- Forgiveness and salvation are available through Faith is Christ (Hebrew 8:6-13).
When God made a covenant with Abraham, He promised to make Abraham a great nation and to bless him in every way. A man and woman well beyond childbearing years became the father of so many descendants that their numbers are like the sands of the seas or the stars in the sky. And God’s promise to Abraham continues today in every child of God because through Christ Jesus, we have been made heirs of all those same promises (Galatians 3:14, 29).
Abraham struggled at times to believe he and Sarah would have a child, much less become the father of a great nation. He and Sarah took things into their own hands to help God along the way and his first child, Ishmaeil was born to Hagar the handmaiden. But “the Scriptures tell us, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith” (Hebrews 4:3 NLT).
Our fallen world and fallen society tries to deny the truth of God’s promise. Most of what you experience through your natural world tries to contradict God’s covenant with things like;
- What you can see, feel, hear, smell and taste,
- What the news reports,
- Or what people around you believe.
No matter what people say or what most people experience, it’s about what you truly trust God to do in your life. It takes faith to stand with God and believe His Word over what seems to be the norm for most people.
To stay on God’s covenant side, we must not consider not the opposing view, but stand in faith believing that God will do what He promised in His Word.