The Covenants of Promise (03): Covenant Culture
The Covenants of Promise (3): Culture
How Church, Children and Culture are Transformed by Covenant Faithfulness
Eph. 2:12: Remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
Church/Rites - We must Share in the Signs & Seals of The Covenant which dramatically affects the Assembly for Worship. These are the worship-actions, visible oaths which structure liturgy and by which we are to live (baptism & communion). See 1 Cor 10:16–17 Implication: Covenant Renewal Worship.
Children/Relatives - We must See that Children are included in The Covenant. We must see that children are included. In every administration of the covenants of promise, the central promise is that He will be “God to you and your descendants” (Gen. 17:7, Dt. 7:9, 30:6, Ps. 103:17). This is essential since redemption includes the fallen sons of Adam and daughters of Eve. Just as in Israel we are “no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God” (Eph. 2:19). Implication: Covenantal Paedo-Baptism and Paedo-Communion.
Culture/Reign - We must Seek the Promise of Inheritance of The Covenant. All biblical covenants include a sense of dominion and a virtually explicit promise of the kingdom transformation of the world, culminating in the new covenant era. God purposed to bestow the lost inheritance of Adam on His new humanity (in Christ, the last Adam). Through Christ the covenant purpose is to “create in himself one new humanity” (Eph. 2:15). Implication: Covenant Hopefulness in History.
Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more