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Judy Beaty GREL 1003 Principals of Biblical Faith Prof J Gordon Eisenman 11 October 2000 Why do we need the Covenants Could mere obedience to law bring about forgiveness of sins and salvation Gods whole plan of salvation is promised and understood through the Covenants Many denominations have different beliefs however thanks to the Covenants all believe that the only condition for salvation that He requires is faith These Covenants were and are still very necessary because they convey Gods promise An understanding of the Covenants helps build a persons faith and gives one a much better basis for understanding of the Bible The need for the Covenants was pointed out by God in Romans 323 where He said all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God In the Old Testament the believers did not have Gods Spirit in them as a permanent gift The laws of the Old Covenant were broken by Gods people even though both Covenants made clear that the way to be declared not guilty by Him was not for good work or deeds but by faith The Old Covenant What and Where Whenever God makes a promise or gives man a commandment or a prohibition He makes a covenant with man This type of contract usually comes about through negotiations Once an agreement is reached it is usually sealed in some formal way Thus it becomes binding to everyone The Old Covenant was essentially a contract between God and the Israelites His chosen people He sent Moses to these people to convey his message which was If ye will obey my voice indeed and keep my covenant then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people for all the earth is mine and ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests and an holy nation KJV Exodus 195 6 The physical sign of following the Old Covenant was circumcision
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