Essay on Old Testament Covenant and New Testament Grace

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Minor essay 1: Old Testament Covenant

The idea of covenant is central to the Bible’s story. “Covenant presents God’s desire to enter into relationship with men and women created in his image. This is reflected in the repeated covenant refrain, “I will be your God and you will be my people” (Exodus 6:6-8). Covenant is all about the relationship between the Creator and his creation. The idea may seem simple; however the implications of covenant and covenant relationship between God and humankind are immeasurable” (Gentry & Wellum, 2012, p21).

What is Covenant?
The English word ‘covenant’ suggests legal restrictions, documents tied with pink tapes and sealing wax.

In Biblical context, the Hebrew word that is
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Sometimes Israel is spoken of and sometimes Christians are spoken of. We need to realise that the commands and exhortations that are given to Israel do not apply directly to us, nor do the commands and exhortations given to Christians apply to them.

This is also important because the Old Testament is rich in revelation for believers of all ages about the character and nature of God, how he works in the lives of people, and how we can trust and obey Him. It is also full of revelation that was given directly to Israel and is directly applied to them only. If we try to apply the OT laws directly to our lives we will become hopelessly confused in making decisions God’s way and following Him the way He desires.

Paul says in Rom.15: 4, that the Scriptures were given to us that we might have encouragement and hope. We cannot receive God’s encouragement and hope if we do not apply them properly to our lives. When properly applied we receive the blessing that God intended for the Old Testament to be in our lives.

Minor essay 1: New Testament Grace

“Grace is the church's great characteristic. It's the one thing the world cannot duplicate, and the one thing it craves above all else for only grace can bring hope and transformation to a jaded world” (Yancey, 2002).

What is Grace?

The word for Grace in the Greek is "charis." Grace is the favour of God and it is something that we have not deserved. It

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