Throughout Lent, here at St. John, we are journeying together looking at our covenantal identity. But in order to really understand what this means, we are going to be looking at different covenants from within Scripture, starting with that of the Noahic Covenant (that which God made with Noah), sometimes referred to as the Universal Covenant.
Defining a covenant is not always easy and can become quite complex if we allow it to. But to keep things simple (as opposed to difficult), we are looking at biblical covenants between God and mankind, and I want to look at different elements of a covenant as a way of explaining what is entailed.
A Seal: Each covenant with God includes a seal from God – what is it he is saying he will do?
A Stipulation: All but one of these covenants stipulates an action which must be lived out in order to receive the seal.
A Sign: There is a sign associated with each of the biblical covenants.
A Sacrifice: Associated with each of the covenants within scripture is a sacrifice.
As we walk through three of the covenants from the Old Testament (Noahic, Abrahamic and Mosaic), and then move on to concentrate on the New Covenant, we will expand on these four entities in relation to each.
These covenants are essential to the storyline of scripture and bind us (as God’s people) to God himself. Be these from the Old Testament or the New Covenant (found in the person of Jesus Christ) they deserve our attention as they are inexplicably linked to that of God’s salvation plan for humanity.
So enjoy the ride, but please don’t just sit back. Get involved and download the resource from the home page of our website then journey with us, going deeper not as a passenger but as a pilot, not as one who looks to church as a place to worship but a people to walk with. God still actively works in the way of Covenant and he is calling us into that fold.