“Relating to Mankind through Covenants”

God not only created mankind (as well as the entire universe), but He also chose to have a relationship with him. Since the creation, God has related to people through covenants. In fact, the basic definition of a covenant is a relationship that involves obligation. Though the term “covenant” does not appear in Genesis 1-3, it does appear that God made a covenant with Adam (Gen.1:26-28, 2:15-17; cp. Hos.6:7). Adam, however, disobeyed God bringing the consequence of death not only on himself but on the whole world (Rom.5:12). In order to bless the nations of the world with life, God made another covenant with a man named Abraham (Gen.12:1-3, 15:18, 17:7 18:18, 22:18, 26:4). God promised to bless Abraham and his descendants and to bless the nations of the world through him/them (ultimately that blessing is salvation through Christ, Gal.3:8). The descendants of Abraham through which God would bless the world is the nation of Israel. They were to be a light to the world. God made His covenant with them when He delivered them out of the land of Egypt. According to this covenant, they were to be not only a holy nation, but a kingdom of priests (Exo.19:4-6). As priests, they were to mediate the blessings of God to the world! They failed miserably! They did not keep God’s covenant, but God in His grace promised to make a New Covenant with them (Jer.31:31-34; Heb.8:6-13). Through this New Covenant with Israel, all the nations of the world are blessed because the blood Jesus shed on the cross to take away the sins of the world is the blood of the New Covenant! The fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham to bless the world through him is seen in the enjoyment of this New Covenant blessing of the forgiveness of sins for all who believe in Christ!