God’s Box – Preface

God’s (Box) – Covenant (His covenant with me!)

The Lord God is a faithful God and keeps His covenant for a thousand generation.

The above phrase is a paraphrase from the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy. (Deut 7:9)

A simple way to look at the relationship of God and creation (mankind) which is defined in great detail in the Bible (OT & NT).

Gen 1:1¶In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

The triune God head of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit created mankind and gave them dominion and responsibility for this creation. The limits of this dominion and responsibility was/is defined in an Everlasting Covenant starting with the creation of Adam and Eve and His command.

Gen 2:16-17 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: [17] But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die

Just a few verses later we see that Adam and Eve broke the covenant which we now refer to as “The Fall”.

Gen 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

There are several things to notice about the above the verse Deut 7:9. The first is that the word covenant is singular, not plural. There are fifteen verses in the King James Version of the Bible. that reference an “Everlasting Covenant” between God and mankind. These “Everlasting Covenant” references can be considered to be referencing the same covenant agreement. Taken literally, this would mean that God has a single “Everlasting Covenant”, which He progressively revealed to Noah, Abraham, Moses, the nation of Israel, and David. If this is the case, thisEverlasting Covenant” is still in effect (today)!

I have written an E-book, The Everlasting Covenant that shows the connectivity of all these covenant revelations which can be viewed as the backbone of the whole Bible (OT & NT) around this concept and is very similar to what is now described as “Progressive Covenantalism“.

Theology is the study of God. Man has developed methods (theories & rules) to organize and interpret God’s Word. All of us have a “personal theology” and it is our beliefs about God. This short document touches on “my theology”. It starts with my belief that there is but “one God” all knowing, unchanging God, and all-powerful God.

The Bible is his revelation to man and it is one story (one covenant) about Christ Jesus! God knew when he created Adam that Adam would break the covenant and God planed a way of redemption/restoration through Jesus. We get the first glimpse of that in Genesis 3:15.

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

The Bible gives us insight into God’s Box (what He expects of man). Yet we have the freedom to get out of the box (violate Covenant/sin). God’s foreknowledge of man’s sin allowed Him to provide a way (plan/mystery) for man to return through Christ Jesus!

1 Cor 2:7-8 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: [8] Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

There is God only ONE :

1 Timothy 2:5-6 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.

God is all knowing!

The omniscience of God is the principle that God is all-knowing; that He encompasses all knowledge of the universe past, present, and future. In the beginning, God created the world and everything in it, including knowledge.

1 Chronicles 28:9 As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.

This Everlasting Covenant is one set of rules, the Bible (OT & NT). It not only tells what God expects. but explains the relationship of law and grace, faith and works, God’s foreknowledge, foreordination and His faithfulness, our unfaithfulness, and freedom, plus His desire and standard for us to have fellowship with Him.

We gain understanding of God and these requirements as we study the Bible. This is developing our own understanding, our Theology.

Rom 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. [2] And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Theology is the study of God. Man has developed methods (theories & rules) to organize and interpret God’s Word.

Additional Info: Theology

My personal theology is primarily being developed using the concepts of Biblical Theology (Redemptive, Biblical historical) combined with Typology resulting in a Christ centered hermeneutic which interprets all of Scripture through the lens of Jesus and Him crucified. Below is additional information on terms and concepts that aid in this process.

Biblical Theology sees the Bible as one progressive story that moves along the axis of redemptive history, starting in Genesis (creation) and ending in Revelation (New Creation).

Additional Info: Biblical Theology

Redemptive Theology – The term “Redemption” in Christian theology refers to the mystery of God’s deliverance of mankind from the evil of sin and His restoration of man to the state of grace by an act of divine power and merciful love. This redemptive act spans the whole of man’s history from the time of his first sin and fall from grace. “God … wishes all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of truth” (1 Tm 2.4).

Additional Info: Redemptive Theology

Typology is a method of biblical interpretation whereby an element found in the Old Testament is seen to prefigure one found in the New Testament. The initial one is called the type and the fulfillment is designated the antitype. Either type or antitype may be a person, thing, or event, but often the type is messianic and frequently related to the idea of salvation.

Typology is consistent with Paul’s Christ centered hermeneutic that interprets God’s Everlasting Covenant revelation as a progressive process starting with Adam and ending with the final revelation through Jesus. In fact, Hebrews states that Jesus is the great Shepherd of the sheep by an everlasting covenant, signed with his blood4. In Romans chapter five Paul uses the typology of Adam being a type of Christ.

Biblical Theology uses the hermeneutic of the “Emmaus Road”. On the Emmaus Road, Jesus starts with Moses and the Prophets (Old Testament) and interprets all of Scripture concerning Himself. “All of Scripture” implies Jesus is the glue that ties the Old and New Testament together which led Paul to declare he had “decided not to know anything among you, except Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

My personal theology begins with the thought that in the beginning God. He has always existed and that He created man (you & I) for His pleasure. God deals with man through a covenant relationship. God’s covenant defines God’s Box, both the boundaries of the freedom that He has granted man and man’s responsibilities to God. God determined the rules (terms) and man has no input. Our first exposure to this concept is when God commands Adam not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

This commandment is the foundation God’s covenant relationship with (me) His creation. Yet it was thousands of years later that God refers to this event as part of His covenant. In Hosea, God tells Israel that they like Adam have broken His covenant.

A covenant is similar to what we call a contract or treaty today. A covenant defines the terms of the agreement, both the benefits and penalties. In the Bible these benefits are sometimes called rewards or blessings and are received for keeping the covenant and the penalties or punishments for breaking the covenant are sometimes called curses.

God has determined the terms of this covenant. He is the superior party. It is for His glory. Man has (I have) no input into its terms and conditions. There is no negotiating. God’s covenant is binding to all humans (me) past, present, and future. Since creation, every person has lived under the same covenant relationship with God. In fact, we might view God’s Covenant much like a box (God’s Box) with the covenant determining the boundaries. All humans (we) are in the same box, under the same covenant rules. A modern-day example might be God’s Covenant is like an invisible/underground doggie fence. The underground fence is the covenant relationship/law and the doggie collar that shocks is our conscience.

Just as the doggie fence is meant for the dog’s protection they still want to be free and sometimes they are able to escape. The statement “Father knows best” truly speaks of God the Father. Paul says “the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith” and also states So then, the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous, and good.

God’s desires the best for us and His purpose for creating mankind was for His pleasure. He has desire for a people to whom He will be their God, they will be His people, and He will dwell with them.

God’s desired relationship defined by His eternal covenant is not revealed in a single Scripture reference, but is progressively revealed, a composite of revelations. God’s covenant revelation starts with Adam and ends with the second Adam who is Christ.

Starting with His warning to Adam of don’t eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil God has progressively revealed this eternal covenant to man (us). In each revelation God delegates freedom of choice to mankind. Each revelation emphases rewards (blessings) for those who accept (obey) the terms (commandments) and punishment (curse) for those who reject (disobey) the terms.

God’s first recorded use of the word covenant was with Noah. In one of these references to Noah, God said when I see the rainbow I will remember the eternal covenant with all living creatures. However this was not God’s first revelation to man, because we have already seen that Hosea calls God’s relationship with Adam and Eve a covenant.

God’s covenant relationship with man culminates in Christ. The culmination of the covenant by Christ’s crucifixion was planned by God before the world was created. The Bible states that this was kept a mystery, because if man knew they would not have crucified Jesus .

Due to God’s unchanging nature all of God’s covenant revelations are progressively cumulative and eternal. God is unchanging and all knowing and He will never revoke or change them. Each revelation builds on the previous one and ultimately is fulfilled in Christ. Jesus said that He came not to abolish the Law but fulfill it.

Jesus and His crucifixion is the key to understanding God’s eternal covenant relationship with man. This is the unifying message of the Bible. All of God’s covenant revelations terminate in fulfillment of the promise that a SEED of Eve (Jesus Christ) would crush the head of Satan.

Understanding our covenant relationship with God is foundational in building our faith. God’s eternal covenant planned before creation and initiated with the first Adam and completed in the second Adam (Christ) is still in effect and will be completely fulfilled when Jesus comes again for His bride, the church. This will initiate His final step in the covenant revelation. This is revealed in the book of Hebrews.

Now may the God of peace— who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus,

the great Shepherd of the sheep,and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood— [21]may he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you,[fn] through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen1

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