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Stephen ColemanBIB-10707/25/2019Professor Dan HenkeCovenant Fulfillment: What the Bible SaysSince the beginning of time, God has made covenants with His children. In that same time period, He has been faithful to keep His end of the bargain while they continually falter. God has always wanted a relationship and what is best for human kind. He has tried to accomplish this by making covenants with His children and leading and guiding by example. This has not always gone the way He desired, yet He stayed faithful and true to His word. This kind of devotion is what He expects from His creation. It is actually a true representation of what covenant is. No matter what the other person does, or how they act, stay true to the promise made. This can also be used as an example of His love. How does one know how muchGod loves them? Have His covenants always been fulfilled? This paper seeks to answer those questions and more as a deeper look is taken at how God has been faithful to mankind, how relationships with Him have been formed through covenant, and how the sacrifice of His son, Jesus Christ, has played a significant role in the fulfillment of all covenants.Starting in the beginning, one can see that the first covenant mentioned in the Bible is the Abrahamic Covenant. “And I will make of thee, a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing. And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse himthat curseth thee; and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 12:2-3, KJV). Here, God is promising to make His people great. He is setting them apart and above other 1
nations and people so that they can be an example of His love and the way everyone should live. One rite associated with this covenant was the act of circumcision. All males were to be circumcised as this represented a form of clean living. This same act can be seen in the New Testament, albeit in a spiritual sense. With the sacrifice of Jesus and the beginning of the New Covenant, people were also given a gift. The Holy Spirit. By allowing Him into their hearts, they were allowing their heart to be “circumcised” and cleansed. This would help ensure righteous living. “Calvin states that because the new covenant is, in fact, the covenant with Abraham, it derives its inviolability from it. This also shows that God has never made any other covenant than that which He made with Abraham, and that the covenant which God made at first is perpetual” (Macedo, 2016). God honored this covenant and its fulfillment is based on the fact that those who follow God are Abraham’s heirs. The covenant made with the Israelites in Sinai passed from generation to generation. A New Testament example of this is when Paul was converted from a Christian hating zealot to a powerful believer and the first missionary for Christ.