From that moment of broken relationship, the remainder of the Bible represents an unfolding of successive covenants. These covenants are part of God’s plan of restoration and salvation for mankind. The covenants all lead and point to the final and ultimate covenant: The New Covenant of redemption ushered in by Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior (1Cor 11:25, Heb 8:6). The relationship with God the Father that was broken by man in the Garden can now be restored through Jesus and the New Covenant!
- Our study will show why Jesus Christ is the only way, truth and life (John 14:6). All people, of every nation, tribe and tongue can know and walk again with God. But there is only one way that can happen – through Jesus Christ as a result of the New Covenant. This is the final covenant in which we now live.
We will also learn that, as Christ followers, we have entered in to a covenant relationship. As part of that New Covenant, we become sons and daughters of God, and co-heirs with Jesus (Gal 4:5-7).
- The study of covenants will reveal that God desires relationship with us, not simply religious formality or ritual. As Adam walked with God in the Garden (Gen 3:8), so God desires to walk with us daily by His Spirit (Gal 5:16, 25).
- Our study will give us fresh eyes to see the 8,000+ promises of the Bible. We will look at conditional promises (require an action on our part) and some that are not conditional (a gift, favor or grace). As New Covenant believers, having faith in God’s promises can give us greater authority and power in our lives and ministries.
- The study of covenants will give new understanding of the greatness of our God and the profound truth in His Word. Our faith and trust in God will grow as we see afresh His faithfulness and unstoppable purpose being worked out through the ages. We will also see more of the purpose of God for our lives and ministries made manifest by His Holy Spirit.
Truly, our God is a covenant-making and covenant-keeping God. All of His promises to us are “yes” and “amen” in Christ (2Cor 1:20). As you study, allow your heart to rise with praise and thanksgiving; allow your faith to soar! Discover afresh the solid ground of the hope we have in Jesus, as God’s plan of salvation unfolds around us and through us.
THE CENTRAL THEME OF THE BIBLE IS REDEMPTION
WHO WROTE THE BIBLE?
As students of the Bible, it is critical for us to know the Bible’s origins. One can say that 40 writers who were inspired by the Holy Spirit of God wrote the 66 books of the Bible. These writers came from all walks of life and their writings spanned more than 1,500 years.
GOD IS THE AUTHOR OF THE BIBLE
While it is true that man wrote down the words on paper, the Author of the Bible was God! The Bible itself reveals this: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2Tim 3:16); “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2Pet 1:20,21). The Bible testifies and clearly states that God authored the Bible.