God’s dealings with man have always been on the basis of covenant-His covenant. If this is the case, one of the vital things for believers is to understand God’s covenant, and how we are supposed to participate faithfully and fruitfully in it. This will require our study, our obedience and our change.
To reiterate (see Part 2):
A Biblical covenant has five sections:
1) An announcement that God is transcendent- the supreme Creator and deliverer of mankind. God is completely superior to and different from men and the world He created, yet He is also present with it: immanent.
2) The establishment of a hierarchy to enforce God’s authority on earth.
3) A set of rules or laws man must follow in exercising his dominion over the earth. God will judge man by how he follows these rules.
4) A list if judgments that will be imposed by God, who blesses man for obedience and curses man for disobedience.
5) A program of inheritance– a lawful transition that mortal men need in order to extend their dominion over creation.
This can be abbreviated, this way:
1) Transcendence/Immanence (presence)
2) Hierarchy/Authority (submission)
3) Law/Dominion (stipulations)
4) Judgment/Oath (sanctions)
5) Inheritance/Continuity (survival)
A five part covenant originating with God means much for the believer today. Firstly, it means there is order, not chaos in the universe, for God is controlling all things, and bringing to pass His purpose.
It’s time Christians became people of the covenant. Not just knowing they are in the covenant through the blood of Jesus Christ, but understanding all the implications of what this covenant means, and how we are responsible to God, to fulfill the terms of His covenant. Gary North’s “The Covenantal Structure of Christian Economics” helps us do just that.