Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Depth and Benefit of the Abrahamic Covenant

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him. (2Chronicles 16:9a) God has certain things that He wants to do, but what He wants to do is conditional i.e. they are based on the promises that He has made.

God says He will keep the promises because of His covenant. Thus the basis of the Abrahamic faith is on a definite promise and the starting point of our faith walk is the finished work of Jesus. If Jesus did not die and was not raised on the third day, then our faith is of no use.

Paul said if in this life we only have this hope then of all men we are most miserable. (1 Corinthians 15:19) This means there is an extension of these promises into life after death.

The depth of this covenant goes beyond just having a good life on earth even if it is about the best life ever lived. If that is all it is about, he said we are of all men miserable. In essence there is a large portion, in fact a very substantive portion of the covenant in the life that we are going to live after we leave this physical body.

When people get into the Abrahamic covenant and become conscious of it, the reason for making certain decisions become clearer. Sometimes it could be because of the repercussions that reach through eternity.

As a result of this people will decide to conduct their affairs in a particular way behaving like strangers and pilgrims on the earth because of the hope that they have before them (Hebrews 11:13b). So there is a depth that is attached to this than just the laws of success. Observing principles and laws is good, but it must be solidly based on understanding the Gospel and knowing that this is where ones faith is grounded... Pastor Poju Oyemade

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