Understanding the Two Covenants of Abraham-Part 2

Understanding the Two Covenants of AbrahamWe continue our study on “Understanding the two covenants of Abraham” – God starts by telling Abram He will establish between God and Abram a covenant and multiply him exceedingly. But is this the Abrahamic Covenant?

Genesis 17:2-4 (NKJV)

And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.” Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying: “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many (multitude of) nations.

Now if you are paying close attention to the text you probably noticed something curious in this passage.  God starts by telling Abram He will establish between God and Abram a covenant and multiply him exceedingly. At first glance, if you are familiar with Abrams story, you may have assumed this is the same covenant from earlier in Abrams story beginning in chapter 12. The one God announced in chapter 12, the one God confirmed in chapter 15 and echoed the whole way through. The one that had that ritual, the one that promises he will have many descendants. But when you look closely at the language it isn’t the same covenant. It speaks of a different covenant. First, the language is in the future tense. Not just in English, it is also in the future tense in Hebrew.  He says I WILL establish something with you. So this is something yet to happen. Continue reading

Understanding the Two Covenants God made with Abraham

Understanding the Two Covenants God made with AbrahamGod made two covenants with Abraham. The first is what we call the Abrahamic Covenant and the second is the Covenant of Circumcision. Many people seemed confused about the relationship and meaning of these two covenants. Today we begin a series on “Understanding the Two Covenants God made with Abraham”

Hebrews 6:12 (NKJV)

12 that you do not become sluggish (lazy), but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

For the fourth time, God appears to Abram. And the occasion for the visitation is similar to the previous three visits by God to Abram: God’s covenant with Abram. But now, God is ready to bring Abram the full revelation of His covenant. Including a sign, that Abram will carry in his body to show that God has made this promise to him and his family.
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Is the Bible Without Error?

Bible Without ErrorWhat do they mean when someone asks is the Bible without error?  Most likely you’ve heard critics of the Bible claiming the Bible is full of errors and can’t be trusted. So, What is the inerrant (incapable of being wrong) word of God?

Maybe as a new Christian, you had doubts about the trustworthiness of the Bible. Such doubts are not only, natural, but they’re also good in a way. We should always test what people tell us about the way of salvation. Given all the false religions in the world, knowing that we can trust our Bible is no small matter. To understand the trustworthiness of scripture, we first need to define inerrancy. To say the Bible is inerrant, we mean it is free from error; it is completely truthful. Paul Feinberg has a good working definition: Continue reading

Why Does God Permit Suffering?

What is the cause of our suffering What is the cause of our suffering and why Does God Permit Suffering to exist in His Creation?

 

The question of suffering is a common one, but the Bible has the answer. In short, the answer to why suffering exists is our sin. Sin is disobedience to God and a departure from living in the counsel of God’s word. When Adam decided to disobey God’s word in the Garden, he brought sin into the nature of mankind:

Romans 5:12 (NKJV)

DEATH IN ADAM, LIFE IN CHRIST

12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men because all sinned—

Adam’s decision to sin set in motion of chain of events that plunged the world into every suffering imaginable, as Paul explained:  Continue reading