Covenant Theology

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One description of Covenant Theology views the history of God’s dealings with mankind, from Creation to second coming of Christ, under the framework of the three overarching theological covenants of redemption, works, and grace.

Covenant Theology teaches that God has established two great covenants with mankind and a covenant within the Trinity to deal with how the other two relate. The first revealed covenant with mankind  called the (1) Covenant of Works, was made in the Garden of Eden  between God and Adam (mankind) and promised life for obedience and death for disobedience. Adam disobeyed God and broke the covenant, so the (2) Covenant of Grace, promised eternal blessing for belief in Christ and obedience to God’s word. It is thus seen as the basis for all biblical covenants that God made individually with Noah, Abraham, David, and nationally with Old Testament. Israel as a people, and universally with man in the New Covenant.

The third covenant, the (3) Covenant of Redemption, is the agreement within the Trinity (before creation) that the Father would appoint his son Jesus to give up his life for mankind and that Jesus would do so (cf. Titus 1:1-3).

These three theological covenants are called theological because they are not explicitly presented as such in the Bible but are thought to be theologically implicit, describing and summarizing the wealth of Scriptural data.

Covenant theologians deny that God has abandoned his promises to Israel, but see the fulfillment of the promises to Israel in the person and the work of the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, who established the church in organic continuity with Israel, not a separate replacement entity.

Course Assignment:

All of Wicket Gate Bible College courses are essay courses that require independent study and a term paper/essay. Please read at least ten resources on this topic and then write a ten page essay discussing a summary of your resources and your personal opinion on the subject