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Covenant is God’s way for having relationship with mankind

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The SHEPHERD | Danilo Q. Junco

The determining factor of mankind to have a relationship with God is through His covenant alone and none other else. Absolutely without which there will be no relationship with God.


This is so because the first parents of humanity Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s word and not obeying His word means rebellion or sins and their relationship with God is cut off. And this is the reason why not all people of the world are His people though He created them but to those only who have repented their sins and have faith in the Lord Jesus His only begotten Son as Lord and Savior (John 1:12-13; Ephesians 2:8; Genesis 3:1-19).


Thus, God initiates the process of redemption to mankind that the cut relationship of man to Him be restored and right then and there in the Garden of Eden where Adam and Eve fell by announcing the coming seed (Jesus Christ) of the woman to bruise the head of the serpent (Satan) more than five thousand years ago before this prediction came into fulfillment (Genesis 3:15).


God is the author of covenant and initiates to restore the cutoff relationship by sending His only begotten Son Jesus taking the form of a human being to offer His body for the redemption of humankind from the enslavement of sin, from the grip of Satan and transferring from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light and from damnation in Hell.


God’s covenant with Israel as a nation is traced to Abraham when Abraham obeyed Him when He commanded the former to leave his parents, family and relatives to go to the land He promised to give to him and his descendants to possess (Genesis 12:1-9).


God validates His promise to Abraham in Genesis 15 when He made a covenant with the latter that His oaths and promises to him, He will fulfill or comply to the letter. He instructed Abraham to get animals and birds and cut them into two except the birds and put each piece opposite each other and God only walked in between the pieces of the cut animals and birds oozing with blood through smoking oven and burning torch prefiguring His Shekinah glory as stated in Genesis 15:17-18.


Take note that the covenant He made with Abraham, it was God alone who walked humbling Himself despite He is all powerful or Almighty and for doing it, Abraham is assured that God would fulfill all His promises to him and Abraham should also do the same.


In Genesis 22: 1-19 God tested Abraham if he would be able to obey his covenant with Him by offering his only legitimate son or son of promise Isaac to Him in Mount Moriah and Abraham obeyed. God, however, stopped Abraham for launching the knife to Isaac as He has not come into His mind for offering a human being to Him.


Four thousand years later, God offered His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to die on the worst kind of death on the cross for the redemption of humanity from sin, Satan, Hell and kingdom of darkness and all kinds of sufferings.
The word covenant means an agreement, contract, compact, pact, treaty or accord. In God’s term covenant requires the cutting off of the flesh and blood before a man or a woman will have a relationship with Him.


The nation Israel has come from the name of Jacob as the Hebrews or the Jewish people are his descendants through patriarch Abraham. When they were oppressed in Egypt by King Pharaoh, God had to raise up Moses to deliver them from the tyranny of the king.


There in the wilderness, God has to give the Ten Commandments and expand these laws that they should live a life of obedience to Him and His words as their God as they are His people and until now the Jewish people have to obey the Torah or the Pentateuch, the five books wrote by Moses, namely Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy while they were in the wilderness.


Once they disobey the covenant, God has to discipline them and if they would repent and turn back to Him, He would bless them but if they didn’t He would punish them. History or generation after generation, this happens to Israel and this time, the Jewish people have learned the lesson and now many of them receive Jesus as their Messiah, Savior and God while others won’t believe in Him yet.


The covenant that God made to the Gentile or Jewish believers of Jesus Christ of the Bible and not on religion as they have portrayed with so many false “Jesus” is more on spiritual than earthly but still the same to live in a life of obedience to His covenant.


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