What is a Covenant with God?
The meaning of covenant with God and what it means for today’s believers
What is a covenant?
One of the best definitions of the word is “an agreement, as opposed to natural, relationship of obligation under oath.” This meaning of covenant accounts for all its uses in the Bible.
The first covenant God made with man was the Abrahamic Covenant. God became our God and Abraham’s descendants became His people. God promised Abraham that if he and his kin were faithful to God, then He would be in favor of them. God put upon Himself the obligation to protect and bless them while also giving the descendants of Abraham the obligation to follow Him and be faithful to Him. Abraham would be given the Promised Land and God’s spiritual blessing, and his children would become kings. God solemnized His relationship with His people. The Call of Abram in Genesis 12:1–3 is as follows:
Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
It is also important to note that covenants are made electively and not naturally. Meaning, the agreement is not made out of necessity but by the will and choice of the party or parties involved. More than a contract, covenants are eternal and without an expiration date.
Can man make a covenant with God?
Coming to know the general idea of a covenant, you may be tempted to make a covenant with God. He did keep His covenant with Abraham and He did make Abraham great. The question is, is it possible to strike such a deal with God? The thing is, the Bible does not necessarily instruct believers to make a covenant with God. People might think that if one promises to do certain things for God, then he will be blessed. The trouble with this premise is that there can be no assurance that man can keep his promises. Again, it is important to note that covenants are eternal. In the likely case that man breaks a covenant that he instituted himself, then he becomes a liar who slights God with false promises.
An important thing to remember here is that we are believers who are also part of the covenant that God first made with Abraham. God already promised salvation to His believers through His Son; the best thing we can do is to keep that covenant by living in the way that God meant for us to live.
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GotQuestions.org. “What is the Abrahamic Covenant?” GotQuestions.org. January 04, 2017. Accessed September 25, 2017. https://www.gotquestions.org/Abrahamic-covenant.html.
“Ask a questionQ & A.” LookingforGOD.com. Accessed September 25, 2017. https://www.lookingforgod.com/questions-and-answers/category/25/question/492/.
“Genesis 12:1–3.” Biblia. Accessed September 25, 2017. https://biblia.com/bible/esv/Gen%2012.1%E2%80%933.