Allegory of the Two Covenants

(The following account is from Galatians 4:21-31 KJV).

Abraham, a patriarch of the Old Testament, had two sons. God had promised Abraham and his barren wife Sarah that He would bless them with a son in their old age. Due to a lack of faith, Sarah gave Abraham her maidservant, Hagar, to whom Ishmael was born. The son, promised by God, was later born to Sarah when she was ninety years old and Abraham was one hundred. Ishmael was born after the flesh to a bondswoman who was not free while Isaac was born to a free woman by the promise of God.Read more

The Relevance of the Old Covenant

But now hath he [Christ] obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. —Hebrews 8:6

It is a wonderful privilege to live in this dispensation of grace and truth. Jesus Christ, the mediator of the New Testament, established with mankind a better covenant with better promises. The old covenant had promises of secular good and earthly, national security. The new covenant promised both spiritual and eternal blessings.Read more

Bible Study – The Two Covenants

Scripture Reading: For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people. —Hebrews 8:10

Summary: The old covenant, established by God through the law given to Moses, was imperfect to bring about true righteousness in mankind. A new covenant was established through the sacrifice and priesthood of Jesus Christ which brought about true freedom and holiness.

Note: While general headings are given, supporting scriptures overlap under different headings.Read more

The Two Covenants

A Divine Plan

From the beginning of creation, God had a plan for humanity. When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, God was working to bring mankind to a place of full redemption. The fullness of His design was not immediately evident; but over the course of hundreds of years, the beauty and power of the ultimate plan of salvation was revealed through the coming of Jesus Christ.

Covenants of God

The Bible is a book about man’s journey and his relationship with God. Through the various dispensations of time, God has required different things of different generations. It is vital to understand the system and principles under which God is dealing with mankind today. The foundational systems from which God deals with mankind are referred to in the scripture as “covenants.” The scriptural covenants from God were much more than a mutual agreement between God and man. A covenant signified more accurately God’s promises and counsel by which He conveyed His favor and blessings to man.Read more

Old vs. New

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