6- The Spread of the Gospel Pt.1: The Old Testament History Leading up to the New Testament Church

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The Spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the First Millennium of the Undivided Early Church 

(The Formation of the Different but United Culturally-based Rites of the Universal (Greek Katholikos, or Catholic) Church, the Different ‘Sister Churches’ in the Universal (Catholic) Communion of Sister Churches Known Collectively in the First Millennium as the Catholic Church

Part 1: The Old Testament History Leading up to the New Covenant Christian Church

  • The 7th Day Covenant with ADAM (The Adamic Covenant)

Universal (Catholic) in scope, including all humanity descended from Adam

  • The Covenant with Noah (The Noahic Covenant)

Universal (Catholic) in scope, including all humanity descended from Noah

  • The Covenant with Abraham (The Abrahamic Covenant)

Limited in scope to Abraham’s descendants, but Universal (Catholic) in purpose, for the blessing of all nations descended from Noah

  • The Covenant with Moses (The Mosaic Covenant)

Limited in scope to Israel, but Universal (Catholic) in purpose, to train Israel God’s “first-born son” nation descended from Noah to maturity so it could become a witness to lead the fallen-away “other son” nations back

  •  The Covenant with David (the Davidic Covenant)

Limited in scope to David’s descendants, but Universal (Catholic) in purpose, for the blessing of all nations descended from Noah

The Bible describes each of the individual Covenants above as “everlasting” because they are all part of the one ongoing Covenant Family of God (“Abel was a Christian”).  In the period when each of the Covenants above was the most recent Covenant, God the Covenant Father of Love expected more maturity in love from His adopted Covenant children and often gave them a higher moral standard of love to aim for, beginning a new Covenant each time the new goal was satisfactorily achieved.  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 descended from Adam Through Successive Stages Through the Various Covenants.

The Faithful Line of the Covenant Family

(The Ongoing “Olive Tree” Family Tree of God’s Faithful People)

The faithful descendants of Adam (through his son Seth) are:

The Sethites

descended from them (through Noah the last faithful Sethite before the Flood and his son Shem) are: 

The Semites

descended from them (through the Semite Eber) are:

The Hebrews

descended from them (through the specially chosen Hebrew Abraham and his grandson Jacob/Israel) are:

The Israelites

descended from them (from the Israelite Tribe [and Southern Kingdom] of Judah) are:

the Jews 

The Fallen-Away ‘Gentile’ Lines of the Covenant Family

In each of the Covenants there are many Covenant children who fell away from faithfulness to their Covenant Father.  The Cainite Civilization which corrupted the godly Sethites except Noah was ended by the Flood, but there were many continuing lines of faithful Noah’s descendants who fell away at various times after Noah, becoming ‘Gentiles’, including the Midianites and Arabs (Ishmaelites) descended from Abraham, the whole 10 Northern Tribes of Israel, and many Jews, especially before the Babylonian Exile.  After the Exile, however, the Jews had matured tremendously as a nation, they satisfactorily achieved the goal of their 3 non-universal Covenants , proving that as a nation they would now rather die than fall away, meaning they were ready for:

  • The New Covenant of Jesus Christ the New ADAM

Universal (Catholic) in scope, composed of Christian Jews and the Gentiles they invited back.

 © 2008 Peter William John Baptiste, SFO

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