Chapter 3b - Major Covenants of the Bible
(The Numbers with the headings correspond to the chart below.)
- 1. The Redemptive Covenant – (Hebrews 13:20, Genesis 9:8-17; Ephesians 1:4; II Timothy 1:9; Titus 1:2; Hebrews 4:3)
The Redemptive Covenant has two stages, the Old Covenant with animal sacrifices and the New Covenant with one sacrifice provided by the Lord Jesus Christ. The Redemptive Covenant existed from eternity past, operating throughout the time of history in which all the covenants and the dispensations exist. This is the most important covenant where an individual can receive the gift of eternal life in heaven as a free gift. The only provision accomplished and given by God, where an individual, when they once receive the LORD Jesus Christ, have their sins forgiven, their past, present and future sins at the time of receiving Christ, the individual is given an eternal relationship with God, Romans 5:6-11; Romans 6:23; John 1:12; Romans 10:9-13; I John 5:9-14; Philippians 3:20; I Peter 1:3-4.
See the complete chart on the Redemptive Covenant. Also, see the basic chart, chart one, on all the administrations (dispensations) that God planned since creation.
- 2. Edenic Covenant – (Genesis 1, 2)
The Bible does not specifically state a covenant called the Edenic Covenant, it is not in God’s Word. Possibly a covenant had been inferred in Hosea 6:7, when God created Adam, however it is not clear (the Hebrew word for man is Adam).
The Word of God, the Bible does not use the word covenant earlier than Noah. Conceivably a case could be made that there had been a covenant other than the Redemptive Covenant in effect, but none are mentioned until God established His covenant with Noah.
The first occurrence of the word covenant in Scripture is to Noah, being a covenant for the earth. In passing, there was another covenant mentioned at this time, called the Everlasting Covenant. The identification of the Everlasting Covenant, also called the Redemptive covenant is found in numerous of places in the Bible. Hebrews 13:20, Genesis 9:8-17.
The New Testament brings the prophetic promise of, Genesis 3:15 to fulfillment with the Lord Jesus Christ, connecting His promise is the supremacy of the Redemptive Covenant. The joining the old and new testament truths, before Jesus, and after His birth is the second stage of the redemptive Covenant called the New Covenant. This covenant with the two stages was established by the Godhead in eternity past, Hebrews 4:3. Paul verifies the eternal Redemptive Covenant was planned by the Godhead in eternity past, Ephesians 1:4; II Timothy 1:9; Titus 1:2.
Genesis contains many inclusive truths of universal value revealed in it, including the creation of time (24 hour day), the seven days, and creation with the absolute decree governing nature. All the governing laws of nature (science) not mentioned in Genesis are universal truths working in a dispensation. The universal truths of God are to be categorized under the element or principle of a dispensation. Every dispensation has seven guiding elements or principles which contain many laws. Those parts are the guiding truths relating to the functioning of the economy within a dispensation.
The beginning of a dispensation is seen operating here even though, the word dispensation is not used for the economy until the New Testament. A dispensational definition will explain and describe the events better than forcing a covenant definition that is not present. The seven elements or principles, will be repeated, creating and governing a dispensation in future dispensations.
The first dispensation did have the potential of existing eternally if failure had not occurred. When the failure or sin occurred we see the first transition, the first punitive judgment and the first failure caused by the stewards. These three elements or principles are part of the whole of the seven principles causing change from one dispensation to the next. (See the charts which relate to each of these topics.) Believers today are the steward of this dispensation and it is very important for a Christian to know these truths, I Corinthians 5:17-21
- 3. Adamic Covenant – (Genesis 3)
The Bible does not specifically state a covenant called the Adamic Covenant, it is not in God’s Word. The label is like the Edenic covenant, being a Theological presupposition marker. If dispensations had been understood earlier there would be better consistency today. There are more points reflecting a dispensation rather than a covenant in what has been called the Adamic Covenant. Genesis presents more defined proof of the governing principles within the economy of a dispensation over a covenant.
The events of Adam’s sin or fall should be looked upon as part of the makeup of the dispensation, relating to humanity's failure and God's long-suffering. The events from the disobedience which occurred gives the additional three parts or elements relating to a failed dispensation, the sin, the transition, and the punitive judgment, which leads into the next dispensation’s economy, (The seven principle of a dispensation are: the Universal part, the New Laws, Modified Laws, the Stewards, the Failure, the Transition, and the Punitive Judgment).
The Redemptive Covenant already existed before the creation in which God planned. God's omniscience in His foreknowledge, love, mercy and grace was in place when sin occurred, and is clearly recorded in His Word. The first prophesied promise of deliverance is in Genesis 3:15. Given during the transition period between the Dispensation of Innocence and Conscience. It is worthy of taking note that God provided a just covering for their sin, and they received it from God by faith. Humanity's religions have never given salvation, the insufficient covering of leaves was represented by the provision Adam and Eve made for themselves.
Stage one (The Old Testament or Covenant) of the Redemptive Covenant became operational with God providing the first animal sacrifice to cover Adam and Eve's sin, being applied in the first transition after the first dispensational failure. It was a blood sacrifice providing a covering over sin and providing a possible relationship with God which was to operate until the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ and the implementation of the New Covenant at Acts 2.
The first dispensation’s transition starts with the sin or the failure of the stewards and ended with their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. All transitions from one dispensation to the next, shows that the old dispensation is decreasing while the new one is taking over. It is amazing how the change occurs and does not conflict nor is it contradictory to the truths of God. The understanding of the transitions can and would help the student of Scripture to understand the events occurring between dispensations.
- 4. Noahic Covenant – (Genesis 9:11-17)
The Noahic covenant is the first mention of a covenant. The word covenant appears here in the Biblical text when God reveals to Noah a covenant that He would never again destroy the whole earth at once with a worldwide flood, cutting off all flesh. God gave the rainbow as a sign of the covenant which included the Redemptive Covenant referred to as the Everlasting Covenant. Whenever the rainbow appeared it reminds Him of the Redemptive Covenant and was to give humanity security as they remembered both promises, John 3:16; II Peter 3:9; Romans 2:4; 5:8; 8:38,39.
Genesis 9:11-17, “Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” And God said: “This is the sign of the covenant, which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. 14 It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; and I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”
And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant, which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.” NKJV (Read Romans eight for additional excitement of this truth!)
However, the first part of Genesis 9, verses 1-7 is dispensational not part of the covenant or a covenant. It is setting out the dispensational rules, with the modifications from the former dispensational rules, and stating some of the universal rules and laws. There was occurring a change, a transition between the former dispensation, starting at the failure recorded in Genesis 8, where the stewardship for the next dispensation was given to Noah and his descendants, (The Dispensation of Human Government).
Universal rules: humanity is created in the image of God, capable of reproduction, animals are still animals, all still need food for sustenance and blood still flows within the life of humanity and animals.
Rules carried over: The universal rules and reproduction command to fill the earth’s population, and the eating of green herbs,
Rules Modified: Humanity now can eat meat along with herbs, animals would have an instinctive fear of humanity, and humanity would have rule over the livelihood of animals.
New Rules not before given: The dispensational rules established humanity governing as an institution of government. When eating meat humanity was to consume it without the blood in it. The murder of any living animal or human, now would be judged by humanity. Capital punishment is a penalty for murder was permissibly instituted.
The Abrahamic Covenant had incorporated additional covenants that were given along with the Redemptive Covenant passing forward to future generations. When studying the covenants the question needs asking which covenant is the Word of God speaking. When studying the Bible, ask, is this passage referring to a singular covenant or plural covenants. Examples: (Plural covenants) - Romans 9:4, Galatians 3:17, Galatians 4:24 , Ephesians 2:12, (Singular covenant) - Romans 11:27, I Corinthians 11:25, II Corinthians 3:6, etc.
For detailed information on the Abrahamic Covenant and the additional covenants, see the Redemptive Covenant Historical chart. The chart explains the additional covenants and their relationship to the descendants of the Nation of Israel and the non-Jewish world or Gentiles.
A. Covenant of Circumcision - The Seal of the "Special Eternal Relationship" was the circumcision of the male child, Genesis 17:9-15, Acts 7:8, Romans 4:11 and any gentile accepting the God of Abraham was required to be circumcised obeying the Covenant Seal as given in the Dispensation of Promise, Exodus 20-31 and Leviticus, Deuteronomy 17.
B. Covenant given to Abraham of Seed & Kingdom – There would be a great number of descendants, Spiritual seed and natural seed, Genesis 13:16, 17:1-8, 26:1-4, 28:12, given through Abraham and Sarah, Genesis 17:19 Isaac, Genesis 26:2-4 and Jacob, Genesis 28:12.
C. The Covenant of the 'Promise Seed' passed down through Abraham, Galatians 3:15, 16; Deuteronomy 17:14-16; I Samuel 8. Including, the Earthly Kingdom through David, Christ will rule on this earth, I Chronicles 17:4-15.
D. Palestinian Covenant - Land deeded eternally to Abraham’s descendants, Genesis 13:14 - 17. Dispensational (A Modified rule for a uninterrupted possession) they had both a conditional relationship to the land, Deuteronomy 30:1-10, and an unconditional relationship to the land, Leviticus 26:44, 45, Psalms 89:30-37.
E. The covenant contained a "unique eternal relationship" for the world. Carrying out the covenant by both the gentiles and the Jewish Nation was a dispensational responsibility. The dispensational law was based on the treatment by the gentiles on the descendants of the Abrahamic Covenant. The world was to spiritually accept God through Israel's example. The covenant commanded that Abraham and his descendants were also to be a blessing to the gentile world, Gen. 12:3, “And so you shall be a blessing; and I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."
F. The covenant of a Special Eternal Relationship for the descendants of the Nation of Israel, Genesis 15; 17; 12:1-3.
- 6. Mosaic Covenant (Exodus 34:8-10, 27-28)
The Mosaic Covenant was given to Moses who God used to write the first five books of the Bible, also referred to as the Torah. Moses was from the Jewish Nation, and God used Moses to preserve the history for humanity through this recording by shrinking the recorded history of the prior dispensations. He outlined the events of the first three dispensations, Innocence, Conscience, Human Government and the beginning of the Dispensation of Promise that occurred before his birth. God not elaborating on the first three dispensations, but instead revealed enough for humanity so they would have a record of the prior events. He detailed the event with Israel and the giving of the Law called the Law of Moses. God worked with him through his life elaborating on many new events for Israel in detail for the Dispensation of Promise. God gave Israel a special privilege in preserving history. However, Moses records God's disappointment with the Israelites for their lack of obedience and knowledge of His working, Romans 3:1- 2. When studying the covenant and dispensation, Christians can and should connect with the disappointment God has with us when we willfully commit the same sins the Nation of Israel committed, and repent, drawing on the power of indwelling Holy Spirit for victory over sin, Proverbs 20:27; Ephesians 1:13; Romans 8:12-17; John 14:15-18, 25-30.
The Mosaic covenant is not one of the previous covenants which had already been established with Abraham and already operational with his descendants, Deuteronomy 5:1-5; Exodus 6:2-4, Galatians 3:17-18, Galatians 4:21-26. The Mosaic Covenant given related to the Israelites rebellion after coming out of Egypt. The Mosaic Covenant, Exodus 34:8-10, 27-28, was given at Mount Sinai at the time when God was ready to destroy Israel for their Idolatrous worship. God offered to work His future plan through Moses in place of the Israelites who came out of Egypt, but Moses interceded for them, Exodus 32:9-11, Exodus 34:8-9. Moses knew God was greater than Israel's sin and appealed to God and His mighty works. Christians can go to God knowing He is greater than the problems in their lives even today, Hebrew 4:11- 13; I John 5:13-14.
The writing of Mosaic Covenant was given with the Ten Commandments. Moses meeting with God, seeing and experiencing the rebellious Israelites when descending from the mountain, God was ready to destroy all of them. Moses interceded for them Exodus 32:11-13, by communicating with God, challenging Him for His namesake, and connecting Israel’s deliverance from Egypt as God’s glory, and destroying them could possibly cause the non-believing nations around to mock Him. The Mosaic covenant was God’s commitment to Moses to continue His work through the Jewish people who had come out of Egypt. Today the Holy Spirit interceding for Christians by convicting them and speaking to the Godhead at confusing times when they do not know what to ask or do, Romans 8:1-17.
The Mosaic Covenant was God’s choosing to continue working through the descendants who came out of Egypt instead of God destroying them and starting over with Moses, Leviticus 26:40-46. Alongside of this covenant there was a sign covenant given called "the Perpetual Sabbath Covenant" and it was given as a reminder covenant of whom Jehovah was, (The ‘I Am’ to the Israelites), Exodus 31:16-17.
The Israelites were worthy of destruction, but God using that occasion brought the laws to the world, Romans 3:1-2. The purpose of the ten commandments contained in the Law of Moses was to reveal the sinfulness of man’s heart. The total law was custodial until Jesus Christ, Galatians 3:19-21. Even the Law was not for Israel's salvation without faith, for faith was a prerequisite, Romans 9:30-33. (Note however, the adults who came out of Egypt, excluding Caleb and Joshua all died for their continuous unbelief in the wilderness, and the promise was given to their children, who entered the Promised Land, Hebrews 3:16-19; Numbers 26:65).
The Mosaic Covenant is identified with the giving of the Laws, which was given to Moses and at times can be confusing, Hebrews 9:1-5. The laws were not the covenant, but gives the dispensation’s governmental rules for Israel's economy in carrying out the covenant. Both the Mosaic Covenant and Law of Moses were added to the Dispensation of Promise for Israel and the world to obey at this specific time, Galatians 3:17.
Contained in the Mosaic Law were principles that either where carry over laws from earlier dispensations or modified laws from the former dispensations. It also, had new laws for the new dispensation of Promise coming into its fulness, and universal laws from the former dispensations.
The Law of Moses given to the world was only a temporal guardian which brought Israel and the world to the events which eventually came about, the New Covenant becoming operational, Galatians 3:19-25. The laws in the Law of Moses were the rules for carrying out the Mosaic Covenant in the economy of the Dispensation of Promise. Contained in this temporal guardian, specific moral universal laws were spelled out for humanity obedience, (the Ten Commandments).
The Mosaic covenant God reaffirmed the covenant He made to Abraham earlier, that his descendants would be as many as the stars in the sky and it would be with those who came out of Egypt. The Mosaic Covenant was a new covenant to them and it was given to those who came out of Egypt, especially the 12 tribes of Israel at Mount Sinai. Whenever the book of Hebrews refers to an old covenant in the New Testament, it is contrasting the Mosaic Covenant with the prophesied New Covenant as it relating to the Nation Israel, Hebrews 10:16-18, Jeremiah 31:31–34, and now fulfilled and available to them through the Redemptive Covenant in the second stage. The Mosaic Covenant and Laws give illustrations of types of the finished work of redemption through the Lord Jesus Christ, Hebrews 8; Hebrews 1;1- 4; 3:1-6; 4:14-16; 5: 1-11; 7:14-19; 9: 1-5; 9: 9; 9:16-23; 10:1; 11:23-29; 11:1-2, 18-24, (Better than Angels, better than Moses, better priesthood, better covenant, better sacrifice, and better than all the witness around us).
The Nation of Israel was given a multiple number of covenants manifested in the Dispensation of Promise. The list of covenants are:
- a Covenant people chosen of God with a purpose to the world,
- the Covenant of the Palestine, a specific area on this earth,
- the Covenant of Circumcision,
- the Covenant of blessing,
- Covenant of the Savior, the Promise Seed passing through them,
- the Mosaic Covenant,
- the Sabbath Covenant,
- a new Covenant of Israel’s stewardship,
- the Davidic Covenant and
- the New Covenant to the world, Romans 9:4-5.
- 7. The Covenant of the Sabbath – (Exodus 31:12-17)
The Perpetual Covenant of the Sabbath made at Mount Sinai was a sign for the Nation of Israel to remember that the LORD is the ‘I AM’ who sanctified them, Exodus 31:12-17. This covenant is a sign for Israel, forever calling them to remember their deliverance from Egypt by Jehovah. This covenant to Israel incorporated a universal law of rest modified, which was already given at creation and now relating to the name, ‘I AM’ and the deliverance of Israel from Egypt.
A universal principle about a day of rest is repeated to the world that God gave to humanity to observe. The Day of Rest is connected with a time one can worship God. In the Dispensation of Grace we see the modification is removed for this dispensation. It does not make one more holy when one observes it, the Apostle Paul states, do not judge a person spiritually for observing or not observing. The Day of Rest is any day after six days of work, which should be observed, Colossians 2:16, Genesis 2:3. (Note: the day of rest of Genesis is given after six days of work, and not necessary a day of the week.)
A day of rest is a universal truth given at creation, and though the dispensations, Christians, are not under a Sabbath performance of this covenant, (A specific day of the week). Christians are commanded to worship and encourage fellow believers in their pursuit of sanctification every seventh day, Hebrews 10:25; Colossians 2:16; Genesis 1:31-2:1-3. When studying the modified rules of a dispensation, change is seen for the seventh day of rest; today it is a willful act of observance for believers and not given as a covenant. It is a universal principle of a day of rest from work taken from creation, not a calendar day. The commandment given in the ten commandments call it a Sabbath day or seventh day from work, (The origin of the word Sabbath is derived from the verb sabat, meaning to stop, to cease, or to keep). This covenant was given to the Nation of Israel as stated in the Dispensation of Promise as a perpetual rule and Israel's covenant was for them to remember the great I AM of Exodus 31:16-17 on a specific calendar day. The specific day of the calendar is a specific dispensational rule for the Dispensation of Promise, Israel had more than one Sabbath, having several according to the calendar, Leviticus 16:29-34; 23:23-44; 25:1-8; II Chronicles 2:4.
The Perpetual Sabbath Covenant relates only to the Nation of Israel not the rest of the world. Should the Nation of Israel observe this covenant in this dispensation? Read: Acts 15 and Exodus 31:12-17. If observed by the Nation of Israel they need to commemorate it in the simplest form as given to Moses. Why commemorate? It is for the Jewish Nation, God’s Word says it is an added reminder of their deliverance from Egypt. The Nation of Israel has a future dispensation, where many of the Jewish Laws will be reestablished under Jesus' Messianic Reign, when the Dispensation of the Kingdom is established on earth, these laws and covenants will be a memorial of the finished work of Christ.
- 8. Davidic Covenant (2 Samuel 7; 23:1, 5)
The Davidic Covenant was given to David who was an Israelite King, during the Dispensation of Promise. The covenant states that the Nation of Israel would have a King from David’s descendants and He will rule the Nation of Israel and the world. The literal fulfillment of this Covenant with the Nation of Israel will be in the Messiah preset here on earth, the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah), Hebrews 1:8, 8:7-12. Historically, His incarnation in the Dispensation of Promise was the fulfillment of the Godhead's plan for empowering the redemptive payment Galatians 4:4, not just the authorized Messiah, but with the one sacrifice which could meet the just payment needed for the redemption of humanity, Hebrews 9:11-15.
Empowering for eternity the Redemptive Covenant gave the Davidic Covenant fulfillment of the prophesied descendant, with its authorized King or Messiah, Hebrews 9:12. The Davidic Covenant will find full fulfillment or completion in the Dispensation of the Kingdom. When His earthly rule is over on this old earth, His eternal rule in the Dispensation of the Fullness of Time will be established with the new heaven and earth, Revelation 20:6; Revelation 11:15, Ephesians 1:10.
Today, He is King, Messiah of humanity, we're under His heavenly authority, though He is not physically present here on earth Ephesians 1:20-23. Believers today are responsible to carry out the economy according to the Mystery dispensation of Equality, Ephesians 3; II Corinthians 5: 17-23. The Holy Spirit is residing within believers physical bodies, operating to fulfill the promises of the New Covenant to those who are His, making them ambassadors to the world. God purchased believers by the crucifixion and resurrection, and makes His presence in each believer's body, calling it His Temple, I Corinthians 6:19-20. (Transformed believers, Romans 12:1-2; II Corinthians 3:18; Romans 10:9-13; I John 5:9-14). The Church, meaning, the called out believers of today are called His Body, Ephesians 1:22-23.
We need to mention one more thing which needs to be said and hopefully it will encourage others to do His will and seek the truths found within a dispensational understanding of God's plan and work. David was a man after God's own heart and God recorded this fact about him in, Acts 13:20-24. Today God wants to locate and educate faithful teachers and laymen in our world! Will He find men and women after His own heart, II Timothy 2:2?
The old covenant to the Nation of Israel, referred to in the book of Hebrews, is the Mosaic Covenant, Exodus 34:8-10, 27-28. The ‘new’ refers to the New Covenant as it related to the Nation of Israel's promises and redemption fulfilling his promise to them. God promised He would make a new covenant unique to the Nation, Jeremiah 31:31. The New Covenant for Israel is in addition to the other covenants promised and already given, which will be fulfilled in the last dispensation. The book of Hebrews gives hope of the continuation of the original promises under the New Covenant that validates or authenticates all the other covenants of promises made to Israel.
In Hebrews 8:7-12, a new covenant was given to the Nation of Israel, the Mosaic Covenant that was temporal until Christ, the Messiah, and promises to Israel are now incorporated into the second stage of the Redemptive Covenant, Hebrews 9:15. The second stage of the Redemptive Covenant is the New Covenant that many get confused with the Mosaic Covenant. The passages in the book of Hebrews, with its terminology are referring to the Mosaic Covenant many times, and how it relates to aspect of the New Covenant, it is not the first stage of the redemptive covenant that was implemented back in Genesis and planned in eternity past. Redemption is the other important aspect that relates to the fulfillment of redemption for the Nation of Israel, Hebrews 10:16-18, Jeremiah 31:31–34. Israel as a Nation will find the completion of their redemption promises in the Millennium and eternity Romans 11.
The covenant spoken of in the book of Hebrews was passing away in reference to the Mosaic Covenant, not the Redemptive Covenant’s existence. It is showing how Stage one of the Redemptive Covenant is complete, along with the passing away of the Mosaic Covenant. The Hebrew writer does refer to the fulfilled prophecies to Israel as a Nation and the Mosaic Covenant being incorporated into the New Covenant of Redemption. All the promises to the Nation of Israel that existed, and was found in the Abrahamic and Davidic Covenants come to a final fulfillment in the last two future dispensations, II Corinthians 3:7-18. However, when the Nation of Israel who were supposedly to take up the responsibility, refused to take up the offer given to be the stewards, as seen in the passages of Acts 1-7, and the stewarship being given to another, under a new dispensation, Act 28:28. This new dispensation was hidden in prior dispensations, and not prophesied, the Word of God calls it "a mystery not before revealed," Ephesians 3; Romans 16:25-27; Colossians 1:24-29.
The covenant spoken of in the book of Hebrews to Moses was being replaced with a better Covenant, the New Covenant:
- Hebrews 3:1-6,
Christ Jesus is better than Moses, the receiver of the (old) Covenant given through Moses to the 12 tribes of Israel who came out of Egypt. The book of Hebrews is comparing the covenant of Moses and redemption given to Israel by Jesus Christ. A new covenant to Israel incorporated into the New Covenant of redemption the second stage of the redemptive covenant, also called the everlasting covenant.
- Hebrews 4:8-10,
Today, relationship to the better covenant given specifically to the Nation of Israel, for them to be right before God they need to accept or receive Jesus as the Lord Jesus Christ (Messiah). Hebrews in comparing a rest, for Israel, better than that given by Joshua. The rest of the Lord Jesus Christ, one receives not from personal labor, but from what Christ Jesus gives freely. Even believers today under the Dispensation of Grace know that our rest only comes as a free gift apart from anything we can do for ourselves by God transforming believers through the works Jesus Christ accomplished, no personal works can make us right before God.
- Hebrews chapter seven, the word covenant is used for the first time in the book of Hebrews. Hebrews 7:22
“by so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant.” The covenant which the book of Hebrews is addressing is a guaranteed covenant of better things than the Mosaic Covenant with its priestly heritage. It is not comparing the Redemptive Covenant of the Dispensations before, but a specific aspect, containing the Levitical priesthood. It may be worth taking note that the prophetic passage and this particular passage is referring to a priesthood before Abraham and the Mosaic Covenant, Genesis 14:18-20; Psalms 110:4. We see Melchizedek in the transition period from the Dispensation of Human Government and the Dispensation of Promise. His identity was note revealed in Scriptures from previous dispensations, and used as an illustration of a priesthood without beginning or end, used to illustrate deity of Christ Jesus, and the only priest forever of the better covenant.
- Hebrews 8:6 -13,
"But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second. Because finding fault with them, He says: “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah - not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” In that He says, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away."
- Hebrews 9:1,
“Then indeed, even the first covenant had ordinances of divine service and the earthly sanctuary.” The writer of Hebrews is not saying the Redemptive Covenant planned in eternity past had earthly services and an earthly sanctuary, but it is referring to the Mosaic Covenant which did. Contrast it to the previous chapter 8:13 where it says the covenant spoken as old is passing away and is vanished – The Redemptive Covenant God’s plan does not pass away or vanish, having an eternal fulfillment from eternity past to eternity future, Hebrews 13:20 “Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,”!
- The Aaronic priesthood, the tables of the Mosaic Covenant, the Ark and the manna all relate to the covenant given to Moses, not the Redemptive Covenant which was implemented back in Genesis one, in the dispensation of Innocence.
- Hebrews 9:4,
“which had the golden censer and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which were the golden pot that had the manna, Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant;” This passage is showing how the laws of the Mosaic Covenant were representations of certain aspects of the eternal Covenant, so that the Nation of Israel could experience their fulfillment in the Redemptive Covenant or the New covenant of promises, promised to them for fulfillment.
- The LORD Jesus Christ (Israel’s Messiah who is King of the world) is the mediator of this Eternal or Redemptive Covenant, and how his mediation forgives all, those who were under the Mosaic Covenant, so the promises of Israel’s inheritance could be given. Hebrews 9:15 "And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance." This passage is speaking the truth of Christ Jesus being mediator directly to the Nation of Israel, which is also shown by the Apostle Paul to be for the Dispensation of Grace. Christ's mediation office is for all who are sons of God’s redemptive plan since Adam and Eve, for there is no other, I Timothy 2:5, Romans 5.
- Hebrews 9:18,
"Therefore, not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood" Romans 3:25-31; 5:6-11; Ephesians 1:7; 2, shows the importance of the blood of Christ in relationship to redemption and the empowering of the New Covenant for all dispensations and covenants. Hebrews 9:16-28, show the connection with the Mosaic Covenant, also called the old covenant received at Mount Sinai. Chapter 10 is full of exhortation of encouragement to all Jewish people given in the promises to their Nation for those who accept the Lord Jesus Christ as the one who will fulfill the promises made to them. Chapter 11-13 exhorts that the Lord Jesus Christ is the power and plan God has promised before Moses, promised for all the saints’ the hope found in Jesus. The examples go back all the way to the first dispensation of Scripture for those looking for the redemption of humanity, which is in Christ, they will receive salvation and the eternal kingdom.
The Nation of Israel will be stewards of the earthly kingdom, Revelation 5:10; Exodus 19:6 and reign here on earth as priests with the Lord Jesus Christ, I Peter 2:4 -11; Revelation 1:6; 5:10; 20:6. In Acts the Nation had rejected their commission. However, in the future dispensation of the earthly Kingdom they will once again be the primary stewards of God’s rule, (kings and priest). Their leadership will begin again in the prophesied transition of the seven years tribulation and find fulfillment in the millennial reign of Christ. Through the Book of Revelation which expounds the transition into the Dispensation of the Kingdom, the Nation of Israel is implored to have their conduct honorable, living before other nations in preparation of setting up His Kingdom on the present earth, Revelation 1:5-6, 10, 20; 2:2, 9, 14, 20, 24-28; 3:4,7- 9, 21.
Revelation 20:4-6, the saints who will be martyred in the tribulation will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years; Revelation 2:7, 8-11, 17, 25-29; 3:4-6, 7-13, 20-22. Revelation 21:24, and the nations of those who are saved will walk in its light, and the kings of the earth will bring glory and honor into the New Jerusalem.
Today's dispensation believers are equally special to God, Titus 2:14, but the Nation of Israel does hold a relationship that is unique to them because of the promises to Abraham, Romans 9:22-33; 11:1-27. Today our relationship to Israel’s promises and covenant are spiritually experienced through faith in the finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ according to the Dispensation of Grace, that was a mystery of full equality. The fulfillment of the promises and covenant to us will be after the Rapture in our spiritual bodies, Ephesians 2:11-13; I Thessalonians 5:6; II Thessalonians 2:6; I Corinthians 6:2-4. The universal principle of "faith towards God" and "blessings of obedience" never change, and all humanity is accountable no matter what dispensation they live or had lived.
Individual Jews living today are responsible to live according to the Dispensational economy of equality, and when the Rapture occurs the believing Jews will be raptured also, ending the Dispensation of Grace as the world goes into the punitive judgment of the tribulation period. After the Rapture, our Lord will save anyone who receives Him as Lord and Savior, including the believing Jews who will be the stewards of God’s program through the transition and into the Kingdom on earth, The Dispensation of the Kingdom.
The connection to covenant is scriptural and is revealed with the promises of the former economy, becoming applicable to the new organism, the Dispensation of Grace that was brought about by the New Covenant or Redemptive Covenant also called, the Everlasting Covenant, Ephesians 2:12-13, 14-17.
Sixteen truths for the New Organism of Equality connected with the New Covenant:
First: This covenant shows that God planned before Abraham, Noah, Eve and Adam that salvation would be offered equally to the world, Romans 1:16; 3:21-26; Colossians 3:10-12; Galatians 3:28.
Second: The covenant made in eternity past would save those who believed, readily accepting the provision of the New Covenant or Redemptive Covenant, I John 5:9-14; Romans 10:9-13; John 3:16; 1:11-12; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2:8-9.
Third: Ever since the Covenant of Redemption, all who would receive the opportunity, have eternal life, II Peter 3:9-16.
Fourth: Today's covenant was not non-existent, but contained in the covenant made in eternity passed, but now revealed in the Dispensation of Grace, Ephesians 1:4; II Timothy 1:9; Titus 1:2; Hebrews 4:3. The truths given to the Apostle Paul stating it was a mystery hid in God, now becomes clear to all on an equal bases when comprehending dispensations and the connection of carrying out God's covenant to humanity, Romans 16:25; Ephesians 3:9 Colossians 1:24-29!
Fifth: This covenant is part of the existing covenants with Israel, Ephesians 2:12-13. The Redemptive Covenant is the most important relationship followed by the spiritual connection to the commonwealth of Israel, and the relationship to the promises.
Sixth: This covenant brings together all thing in heaven and earth, made by God for this purpose, Ephesians 1:6, 10-11.
Seventh: It was not given because anyone deserved it, but because of His Love, Ephesians 2:1-5.
Eighth: An inheritance was obtained, Ephesians 1:11. Today a believer is part of the Kingdom of God no longer a stranger, but is made alive who formally had no part, Ephesians 2:1-5.
Ninth: All believers are partakers of His promises through this same Body (the name ‘body’ given to all the saints since the beginning of time.) and heirs together with all the saints, Ephesians 2:16-22; Ephesians 3:6, (Ephesians 2:19, “you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God).
Tenth: No longer strangers or foreigners, but fellow citizens of the Kingdom of God, Ephesians 3:1-9.
Eleventh: The Body, the church today joined and knit together of believers, Ephesians 4:16.
Twelfth: There is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, male or female, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all believers, Colossians 3: 10-11, Galatians 3:28,
Thirteenth: The Gospel is not to bring shame because it is the power of God, it brings salvation to everyone who believes: the Jews where first and now the Gentile, Romans 1:16.
Fourteenth: All sinners are equally guilty, Romans 3:9.
Fifteenth: This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, Romans 3:22.
Sixteenth: Both Jews and Gentiles equal in Christ, Romans 3:29, Romans 9:24, Romans 10:12, I Corinthians 1:24.
The Eternal Covenant runs from Eternity passed through the existence of humanity on earth, and into Eternity of the New Heaven and Earth, also known as the Redemptive Covenant. It empowers salvation for humanity upon personal acceptance by faith, received by one’s cognitive response of faith to the recorded Word, Romans 1:17; 10:17; I John 5:9-14 and the Holy Spirit’s working, Romans 8:26-30; 10:9-13, Ephesians 1:13.
A.) The Word of God reveals the Eternal Covenant existed and planned by the Godhead in eternity past. The Eternal Covenant started redemption for believers with God's foreknowledge plan, before it was needed and prior to the creation of the heavens and earth, Hebrews 13:20; Genesis 9:8-17; Ephesians 1:4; II Timothy 1:9; Titus 1:2; Hebrews 4:3.
B.) The Eternal Covenant was at work in the first three dispensations Romans 1:20, Romans 2:12-16: The Dispensation of Innocence Genesis 3:15, 21. The Dispensation of Conscience, Genesis 4:4, Luke 11:49-51, Hebrews 11:4, 12:23-24, Genesis 6:9, Hebrews 11:7. The Dispensation of Human Government Genesis 14:18, Exodus 3:1, Genesis 11:27-32, II Peter 2:5-7, Genesis 9:12-17 . The Eternal Covenant came through Seth's descendants, Shem's descendants and then Abraham, at least 2000 plus years, after Shem, Luke 3:23-38.
C.) The covenants and promises connection with the Eternal Covenant guarantees to Abraham fulfillment. His earthly descendant the savior came through the Nation of Israel, the promised Deliverer for humanity, Genesis 3:15. The Savior came through Abraham’s line, Judah which would be a blessing to the whole earth, and from the effects of sin, bringing reconciliation by God as prophesied, Genesis 49:10, I Samuel 17:12, II Samuel 7:12, II Kings 8:19, Matthew 2:6, Hebrews 7:14, Hebrews 8:8, Revelation 7:5, Revelation 22:12-16.
Genesis 17:7, 19, The guarantees extended to the Covenant promises God made with Abraham as everlasting.
Genesis 12:1-3, Blessings would affect the whole earth because of the One eternal covenant Seed contained and empowered the promises of the covenant, Galatians 3:5-16, 5-9, 22, 26-29; John 3:10-14.
Genesis 17:11, 13, Circumcision was given as an everlasting sign in the flesh for Israel within the covenant to Abraham.
Genesis 17:8 Land deeded, promised by God through the Abrahamic Covenant to the Nation of Israel for an everlasting possession was and is guaranteed by the Eternal Covenant's completion.
D.) The Eternal Covenant and the connection guarantees the Dispensation of Grace, eternal salvation: Ephesians 2:12-13, Ephesians 1:6, 10-11.
- 12. The New Earth – Bride and Groom and the Eternal Covenant Revelation 21-22
The Eternal Covenant, the New Heaven, New Earth and New Jerusalem, God’s Holy city, is fulfilled in the Bride of the Lamb’s marriage. The Bride is not an exclusive to the Dispensation of Grace. The Church called His Body, it is part of the universal family of God. Very clearly the Word of God says the holy city Jerusalem from above is the mother of all the redeemed, Galatians 4:26, the city of God, Psalms 46:4; 48:1, 8; Hebrews 12:22; Revelation 3:12; 21:2,10, 23; 22:19. All the inhabitants will be the redeemed, transformed by the work of the Lord Jesus Christ. The marriage feast of the Lamb is when Heaven and earth become one with the Godhead. When all believers who were redeemed unite together with the Lamb, celebrating the eternal state, Revelations 22:16-17, Matthew 25:10, Matthew 22:1-14.
The description of the city, the New Jerusalem, filled with the saints of all dispensations, defined as being adorned as the Bride of Christ, Revelation 21:2, 9-10. The Bride of Christ is the Holy City coming down from Heaven and uniting with humanity on the New Earth, Revelation 21:10-11. God joins with humanity in the marriage of the New Jerusalem and New Earth.
The New Jerusalem is the Tabernacle of God’s abode, Revelation 21:3; Isaiah 33:20; Amos 9:11; Acts 15:16; Hebrews 8:2; Revelation 15:5; Psalm 15:1; Psalm 43:3; Psalm 46:4; Psalm 61:4; Isaiah 4:6; Isaiah 16:5. When this marriage is consummated and there will be no more death, sorrow or crying or pain, God wipes away all negative tears, Revelation 21:4-5. At that time God sits on His throne in the New Jerusalem, and He makes all things new.
- Satan, fallen Angels, sin, evil and the nonbelievers are in the Lake of Fire, this is right after the Great White Throne Judgment, Revelation 21:6-8 cf. Relation 20.
- The New Jerusalem and the Bride is described in, Revelation 21:9-21. The city is about fourteen hundred miles square. It is described in Scripture as the city of God, Psalm 46:4, Psalm 48:1, Hebrews 12:22, Revelation 3:12.
- This great city, is holy, and contains pure gold, like clear glass, Revelation 21:18, 21.
- God is Her light and it contains the most precious stones, jasper stone, as clear crystal, Revelation 21:11; 22:1.
- A great and high wall with twelve gates (twelve angels at the gates), (three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west) - names written on them of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel, Revelation 21:12,21.
- The streets of the city are composed of pure gold, like transparent glass.
- The twelve gates have twelve pearls - each individual gate was one pearl, Revelation 21:21.
- The wall of the city has twelve foundations (on the foundations these are the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb), measure the city (laid out as a square) - its length, breadth, and height are equal, (twelve thousand furlongs) the wall: one hundred and forty-four cubits, (construction of its wall was of jasper). The foundations of the wall were adorned with all kinds of precious stones and on the foundation was the name of the 12 Apostles, Revelation 21:14.
- The first foundation was, jasper, Revelation 4:3; 21: 11, 18-19,
- the second sapphire, Revelation 21:19,
- the third chalcedony, Revelation 21:19,
- the fourth emerald, Revelation 4:3, 19,
- the fifth sardonyx, Revelation 21:20,
- the sixth sardius, Revelation 4:3, 21:20,
- he seventh chrysolite, Revelation 21:20,
- the eighth beryl, Revelation 21:20,
- the ninth topaz, Revelation 21:20,
- the tenth chrysoprase, Revelation 21:20,
- the eleventh jacinth, Revelation 9:17; 21:19-20,
- the twelfth amethyst, Revelation 21:20.
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