A covenant can be termed as an agreement, an arrangement, a contract or a bond. It makes the parties involved equal partakers of whatever is covenanted upon.
It is evident through all of the books of the Bible that God relates with His people through covenant.
In the Old Testament, many of the covenants were conditional. They either brought God’s unreserved blessing for obedience or His forthright curse for disobedience.
“Deuteronomy 28” is a good example of God’s conditional covenant in the old testament. We can decipher from this passage the choices of covenant the Israelites were given to make.
Its either they chose to be blessed or be cursed.
It is obvious that the disadvantages of the Old Testament covenant are the blessings and curses. This is so because the Old Testament covenant was between God and Abraham. Man as we know has the tendency to fail, and as such, God had to introduce a checks and balances system, hence the curses.
The old covenant was flawed, imprecise and fallacious.
Whilst one might agree that the law was sacred, venerated, equitable, unbiased and acceptable; however neither righteousness nor life could come through it, hence the emergence of a new covenant.
The new covenant is between God and Christ Jesus.
This new covenant is exclusive of curses, because both covenant parties involved are infallible.
The new covenant in itself shows the frailty and paucity of the old covenant, being that it is quintessential, eternal and affirmative.
In the old covenant, promises made by God to the people could easily be reversed by their disobedience, whereas the new covenant promises are everlasting.
This new covenant is our birthright as Christians, and it is unbreakable.
In the book of “Galatians 3”, apostle Paul wrote to the Galatians to redress their ideology of perfecting their righteousness before God, by the performance of religious activities, in a bid to preserve the covenant.
It is imperative to state that God will not withdraw any of His covenant promises to you, irrespective of what you do or do not do, for even in our unfaithfulness, God remains true.
Perhaps you feel God has disowned you from His family or reneged on His covenant with you because of a sinful act or the other you committed. Do be rest assured that God has not changed His mind, and your actions cannot affect the covenant.
Why? Does a covenant not require the faithfulness of both parties? Yes it does.
Why then will our unfaithful actions not affect the covenant?
Because God’s covenant partner is Christ Jesus, not you!!! Selah.
As such, this covenant cannot be broken, for Christ is perfect and without sin. “1st Peter 2:22″.
We are partakers of the covenant because we are in Christ Jesus.
Romans 8:17: ” Now if we are children, then we are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory”.
We are joint heirs of the new covenant with Christ, however, Christ is God’s covenant partner, and it is His faithfulness, sinlessness and perfection that appears before God, not our sins or unfaithfulness; hence the covenant cannot be broken by us.
Does the above revelation give us a license to dwell in sin? No. For the Bible says in Romans 6:1;
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound”? The answer to that is an emphatic NO!!!
What is required from us is not to take God’s grace for granted, rather to enjoy our life in Christ and daily strive to know and be more like Him.
Finally, there are many blessings in the Bible that come with the new covenant, and they are ours to enjoy. Do not let condemnation or guilt keep you from possessing and relishing God’s promises to you.
You are supernaturally promoted by covenant.
For Further Study
Questions for you to reflect on
- How often do you remember that you have an unbreakable covenant with God.