3- The 7 Covenants of the One Ongoing Covenant Family of God

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The 7 Covenants of the One Ongoing Covenant Family of God 

The number 7 in the Bible is the number of Covenant Oath.  There is no covenant without swearing an oath (and the Hebrew word for swearing an oath literally means “to seven oneself”).  The number 7 in the Bible is also symbolic of fulfilment, completion – thus it seems odd that there are only 5 major covenants in the Old Testament and only 1 in the New Testament, for a total of 6 – until we recognize the future fulfilment of the Christian Church in the Kingdom of Heaven when Christ returns as the 7th, Eternal Covenant.  Covenant renewals are not counted here (on a number of occasions after temporarily falling away from faithfulness, God’s People renewed their commitment to the previous major covenant, as they did under Joshua and Ezra). Undergoing Baptism is taking the New Covenant Oath.  Note all of these individual covenants together are stages of maturity in love of the ONE ongoing Covenant Family of God (which is why the Early Church Fathers said that “Abel was a Christian” – they recognized that godly Abel, son of Adam, belonged to the one ONGOING adopted Covenant Family of God which culminated in the Christian Church).

PAST: Old Testament Covenants whose time as “the latest” stage of maturity in love God the Father wanted His Covenant children to strive for is past. 

The 7th Day Covenant with Adam (The Adamic Covenant)

The Covenant with Noah (The Noahic Covenant)

The Covenant with Abraham (The Abrahamic Covenant)

The Covenant with Moses (The Mosaic Covenant) 

The Covenant with David (the Davidic Covenant)

PRESENT:  The New Covenant of Jesus Christ (The Christian Church) 

FUTURE:  The Eternal Covenant (The Fulfillment of God’s Kingdom in the New Heavens and New Earth)

All the Old Testament Covenants Are Fulfilled in Jesus Christ and His Universal New Covenant Church, Which Is in Covenant Family Continuity with Them: God Has Fathered One Human Family Through Successive Stages Through the Various Covenants

 © 2007 Peter William John Baptiste, SFO 

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