To start this new series based on Covenant Concepts, we need to realizes that Covenants are agreements between stronger and weaker parties. Just like when a person borrows money to purchase a home, they go to the bank (the stronger party in this instance because they have the money) and agree to pay them more money over a long period of time because they do not currently have sufficient cash to purchase the house. The relationship between the strong party (the bank) and the weak party (the home-buyer) are defined by the terms of the covenant. God does this with us; He provides ways for us to understand Him through the use of covenant. Why does God use this format?
God Frames Relationships With Covenant Concepts
God Remembers Us In Faithfulness
- v8-10 God’s faithfulness is for EVERYONE
- v11-13 God’s faithfulness reassures us
- v14-17 God does not forget (Heb 6:10)
- bow as token is for US to remember that God will not forget – the definition of faithfulness
=> Mark Twain and his friend William Dean Howells stepped out of church just as a violent rainstorm began. Howells said, “I wonder if it will stop”; and Mark Twain replied, “It always has.”
God Redeems Us In Authority
1 Peter 3:18-22
- v18-20 no place off limits to God
- Jesus can even exercise authority in Hell
- (Satan is not “ruler” of Hell, but punished there)
- v21 Baptism is a symbolic act of covenant; we agree that we are unable to save ourselves
- v22 God raised Jesus; we will be raised because of our connection to Christ
Remember: God Is Faithful; He Does NOT forget us. God is Able; He Does Not abandon us.