Pastor-teacher Don Hargrove

Faith Bible Church

Sunday, Sept 6, 2009       

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THE COVENANTS OF GOD – Part 2

 (Messiah & A.C. #248)

 

A.   The first six direct Old Testament  prophecies of Jesus Christ, the Messiah.

            #1,   Gen 3:15, The Messiah would be born of a virgin and be divine.

            #2,   Gen 22:18; Gal 3:16:  The Messiah would be a Jew. 

            #3,   Gen 49:10:   The Messiah will be from the tribe of Judah

            #4,   Numbers 23-24,  24:16-17 - Messiah will be King.

             #5,  Dt 18:15-19, the Messiah will be Mediator.

             #6 ,  2 Sam 7:8-19;  1 Chron 17:11-14, Messiah will come from the line of David.

 

B.    The Prominence of Covenants throughout the Word of God.  

            1.  Basic idea of a covenant. 

            2.  There are 3 gentile covenants: Edenic, Adamic, and Noahic; and 4 Jewish covenants (Abrahamic, Palestinian, Mosaic, and New).  

            3.  The covenants of God demonstrate the unfailing faithfulness of God.  

                        a.   God is faithful in times of national divine discipline, Lam 3:21-25.

                        b.   God is faithful to the unbeliever, Mt 5:44-45; Acts 17:26-27.

                        c.   God is faithful to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness every time we confess our sins, 1 Jn 1:9; Psa 32:5.

                        d.   God is faithful to provide all you need to advance to the highest stage of maturity and move into fantastic escrow blessings – OWC, 1 Cor 1:9; Eph 3:17-20; 1 Thess 5:24; Heb 10:23. 

                        e.   God is faithful to protect us from Satanic forces, 2 Thess 3:3.

                        f.   God is faithful to provide for us during times of testing, 1 Cor 10:13.

                        g.  God is faithful to provide for all of our necessities in life, Lk 12:27ff.

                        h.   God is faithful even when we are faithless, 2 Tim 2:13; Mal 3:6.

                        i.    Demonstration of God’s faithfulness in the life of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Gen 12:13-19; 26:1-13; 27:1-38; Ex 3:6; Heb 11.

 

C.  Dispensationalism.     

            1.   Basic overview of dispensationalism. 

            2.  Dispensationalism is responsible for the greatest period of spiritual enlightenment known to man in the area of understanding the plan of God, especially with respect to prophecy and the nation of Israel.

            3.   Understanding the crux of dispensationalism:   Every believer is either a dispensationalist or holds to some form of replacement theology.  

            4.   3 key points of dispensationalism.

                        a)   Consistent literal/natural interpretation applied equally to all Scripture.

                        b)   Distinction between Israel and the church.

                        c)    Development of God’s specific program for each age.

 

            5.   All dispensations begin with a new covenant.

            6.  The three grand dispensations each have at least two subsets of dispensations.

                        a.  Theocentric:  God-centered periods: age of gentiles (Gen 1-11), and age of the Jews (Gen 12-Malachi).

                        b.   Christocentric:   Christ-centered periods of the Hypostatic Union and Church Age.

                        c.   Eschatological:  Tribulation and Millennium. 

            7.   Each dispensation is a distinct stage in the angelic conflict,

1 Tim 3:16; 5:21;  Eph 3:10; 4:9; 1 Pt 1:12; 1 Cor 4:9.

 

D.   The Eight Covenants of Scripture.  

            1.   Edenic Covenant. – Perfect Environment, Gen 1:28-30; Hosea 6:7.

            2.   Adamic Covenant.  Gen 3:14-21.

            3.   Noahic Covenant, Gen 9:1-17.

            4.   Abrahamic Covenant (land, seed, and blessing), Gen 12:1-3; 17:14.

            5.   Real Estate Covenant (aka Palestinian), Dt 29:1-30:10; Zech 12:10; Eze 16.  

            6.   Mosaic Covenant:  conditional covenant  of moral law, Ex 20-40.

            7.   Davidic Covenant, 2 Sam 7:11-16; 1 Chron  17:10-14; Psa 89:3-4, 36; Jer 23:5; 33:14-20; Luke 1:26-33.  

            8.   New Covenant to Israel, Jer 31:31-34.