Pastor-teacher Don Hargrove

Faith Bible Church

Sunday, Sept 27, 2009  

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Salvation ( Jn 3:18; 16:7-12); the spiritual life (Gal 5:16), spiritual maturity (Eph 4:11-13)

 

GOD’S COVENANTS – Part 8:  Abraham’s Faith and the Abrahamic Covenant

 (Messiah & A.C. #254)

 

A.   Covenants and Dispensations.  

 

            1.   Covenants  (בְּרִית, διαθήκη), Rom 9:4.

 

            2.   Dispensations (οἰκονομία), Eph 3:2.

 

            3.   It is imperative for every CA believer to orient to the uniqueness of dispensation of the church age – its dynamics, privileges, mandates, and focus, Col 3:1; Col 1:27; Gal 2:20; Philip 2:5; 2 Cor 10:5; Eph 5:20; 1 Pet 2:9;  1 Thess 5:16-17; Jn 15:12; Acts 1:8.     

 

B.  The Eight Covenants of Scripture:  3 Gentile (Edenic, Adamic, Noahic) and 5 Jewish (Abrahamic, Jewish Real Estate, Mosaic, Davidic, and New).

 

            #1:  The Edenic/Creation Covenant (Gen 1:28-30; 2:15-23; Psa 8:3-9; Hos 6:7). 

 

            #2:   Adamic/Redemptive Covenant (Gen 3:14-19).  

 

            #3:   Noahic Covenant (Gen 8:20-9:17).

 

            #4:  Abrahamic Covenant (Gen 12:1-3, 7; 13:14-17; 15:1-21; 17:1-21; 22:15-18  26:2-5; 35:9-11; Ex 2:24; 6:1-8).

 

             #5:   Mosaic Covenant: God’s only conditional covenant - for believer and unbeliever.  Ex 20:1-Dt 28:58.  9 Reasons the ML is no longer valid. 

 

                        1.  The Law of Moses was rendered inoperative with the death of Jesus Christ, Rom 7:1-6;

 

                        2.  Christ is the end of the Law, 10:4; Gal 2:16; 3:19; Heb 7:19

 

                        3.  The Mosaic Law was never meant to be permanent, Gal 3:19.

 

                        4.   The Mosaic Law requires Levitical Priesthood, but Christ brought in a new order of priesthood according to the Order of Melchizedek, Heb 7:11-18.

 

                        5.   The Mosaic Law was the middle wall of partition that was broken down with the death of Jesus Christ, Eph 2:14-15.

 

                        6.   The Mosaic Law was designed merely to be a tutor or pedagogue over a minor to bring him to mature faith in the Messiah, Gal 3:23-25.    Having become believers, we are no longer under this tutor, the Law of Moses. 

 

                        7.   The Mosaic Law brought a ministration of death and condemnation and has been done away with, 2 Cor 3:2-11.   

 

                        8.   The Mosaic Law with all of its 613 commands stands or falls together; it is a unit that cannot be divided, Js 2:10; Gal 5:3.     All one has to do is break on commandment, like eat bacon, to break them all.

 

                        9.   We are now under the Law of Christ, Gal 6:2; Rom 8:2; 1 Cor 9:21.

 

            #6.   Real Estate (AKA Palestinian) Covenant, Dt 29-30.  

 

            #7   Davidic Covenant, 2 Sam 7:8-17; Psa 89; Jer 23:5-8; 33:19-20; Luke  2:11-12;  1 Chron 17:10-14;

 

            #8   New Covenant to Israel, Jer 31:31-34; Eze 16; 36:24-28; 37:21-28; Rom 11:26-27.

 

D.   The 7 major dispensations fall within three broad categories (theocentric, Christocentric, and eschatological).

 

            1.    Theocentric

 

                         #1 -   The Age of the Gentiles – Adam to Abraham.

 

                         #2 -   The Age of the Jews – Abraham to Jesus Christ.

 

            2.   Christocentric.

 

                         #3 -   Age of the Hypostatic Union – Jesus Christ to Pentecost

 

                         #4 -  Church Age – Pentecost to Rapture, Rom 16:25.

 

            3.    Eschatological.

 

                        #5 -  The Tribulation – 7 yrs., from signing of treaty to Second Advent.

 

                        #6 -  The Millennium – 1,000 yrs. of Christ’s Kingdom on earth.

 

                        #7 -  Eternal State.