“I will be your God and you will be My people” expresses the heart
of the Living God in relationship. God’s covenant binds Him to
us and us to Him. Understanding the binding character of the covenant, the signs and seals, the granting of gifts,
the offering of sacrifice, the fellowship of a meal, and the necessity of the bond in blood satisfies the yearning
of our hearts to rest in the love of God our Creator and Redeemer.
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A covenant is a bond in blood sovereignly administered. A covenant is characterized by a bond, a binding oath, signs and seals, cutting,
a bond in blood, life and death, provisions, and in the case of God’s divine covenants, it is unilateral. God’s
multiple bonds with His people unite into a single relationship. Details may vary, but the covenants of God are
one. By structure and by theme, God’s covenants are one.
Each successive covenant builds on the previous relationship, continuing the basic emphasis already established. In the progression of the covenant
of grace we can find a unity in historical experience as God deals with His people.
The framework of covenant is “I will be Your God and you will be My people.”
God is with us.
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To understand Covenant is to understand God’s Way of Relationship. In Part Three of the teaching sermons dealing with the Covenant of Creation, we
examine the role of obedience. Perfect, personal, perpetual obedience is the required response to God as Creator
by virtue of the Creator/creature relationship alone. Adam was unique. He was given a test consisting of one negative
ordering: don’t eat the forbidden fruit!
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By the word of His mouth God created all that is. He declared it good.
He created humanity, male and female, in His own likeness and image. He established a unique relationship between
Himself and what He created. He also spoke to man and determined man's role and responsibilities. He also established
unilaterally and sovereignly a life-and-death bond
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Would Adam willingly choose obedience for the sake of obedience alone?
Would he believe the wisdom of God as to what is good and what is evil? Would he pass a specific test such that
for himself and his posterity he would merit LIFE?
Radical obedience provides the key to blessing under the covenant
of creation. But Adam rejected the Wisdom of God and obeyed another word. That
plunged humanity into the estate of sin and misery. Find out more and Romans 5 will make a lot more sense.