“God’s Promises” for me to you! – It’s my Birthday! Let’s Take It To The Word…~Listen to this Study this Thursday on www.BlogTalkRadio.com/Jesusandwe @7:00p.m. (est) ~ call in 1-718-664-6534

Five Great Bible Covenants

In form, a covenant is an agreement between two people and involves promises on the part of each to the other. The concept of a covenant between God and His people is one of the central themes of the Bible. In the Biblical sense, a covenant implies much more than a contract or a simple agreement between two parties.

The word for “covenant” in the Old Testament also provides additional insight into the meaning of this important idea. It comes from a Hebrew root word that means “to cut.” This explains the strange custom of two people passing through the cut bodies of slain animals after making an agreement (cf. Jer. 34:18). A ceremony such as this always accompanied the making of a covenant in the Old Testament. Sometimes those entering into a covenant shared a meal, such as when Laban and Jacob made their covenant (Gen. 31:54).

Abraham and his children were commanded to be circumcised as a “sign of covenant” between them and God (Gen. 17:10-11).

At Sinai, Moses sprinkled the blood of animals on the altar and upon the people who entered into covenant with God (Exo. 24:3-8).

The Old Testament contains many examples of covenants between people who related to each other as equals. For example, David and Jonathan entered into a covenant because of their love for each other — this agreement bound each of them to certain responsibilities (1 Sam. 18:3).
The remarkable thing is that God is holy, omniscient, and omnipotent; but He consents to enter into covenant with man, who is feeble, sinful, and flawed.

In this article, I want to examine five great covenants of the Bible.

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Question: “What does the Bible Say about Soul sleep?” Let’s Take It To The Word…~Listen to this Study this Thursday on www.BlogTalkRadio.com/Jesusandwe @7:00p.m. (est) ~ call in 1-718-664-6534

“Soul sleep” is a belief that after a person dies, his/her soul “sleeps” until the resurrection and final judgment. The concept of “soul sleep” is not biblical. When the Bible describes a person “sleeping” in relation to death we can reference Luke 8:52 52 And all were weeping and mourning for her, but he said, “Do not weep, for she is not dead but sleeping.” 53 And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. 54 But taking her by the hand he called, saying, “Child, arise.” 55 And her spirit returned, and she got up at once.; we can also read in 1 Corinthians 15:6 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep., here it does not mean literal sleep. Sleeping is just a way to describe death because a dead body appears to be asleep. The moment we die, we face the judgment of God, Hebrews 9:27 27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, 28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

We as believers believe, absent from the body is to be present with the Lord, and you can find this in 2 Corinthians 5:6-10 6 So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, 7 for we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please Him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.; also in Philippians 1:23, 23 I am hard pressed between the two.

Our desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; and for unbelievers, death means everlasting punishment in hell, Luke 16:22-23, 22 The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried, 23 and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side.

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The Names of God- Our God, Let’s Take It To The Word…~Listen to this Study this Thursday on www.BlogTalkRadio.com/Jesusandwe @7:00p.m. (est) ~ call in 1-718-664-6534

Now why are we told to praise His Name?

In Bible times a name was never just a label you hung on somebody to keep from confusing him with someone else.

A name expressed the kind of person they were, or were hoped to become.
That’s why God sometimes changed a man’s name. He intended for the person’s character to be reflected in his name.

So when He changed Simon to Peter, He said, in effect, “Don’t see yourself as wishy-washy. You are a rock, a stone, firmly attached to the foundation stone (which is Christ).

Saul, “the asked for one” was humbled to Paul–“Little one”
Jacob “the supplanter” became Israel “who strives with God”
So, in the case of God Himself, He gives Himself names that are really extensions of Himself. His names reveal His nature and His character.

We will focus here on the compound names God has given himself, but first I want to briefly touch on four more general names He has given Himself.

These are all Hebrew words, of course.
Elohim
The first name we find of God in the Bible is Elohim. (Genesis 1:1). It is used over 2700 times in the Bible. The prefix “El” signifies “one who is great, mighty, dreadful.” It is also a plural word that suggests the fact that God is a Holy Trinity–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Some say that the word is related to the Hebrew word meaning “to swear” and implies the covenant nature of God. So the word Elohim might have meant to the Hebrews, “The great mighty three-in-one God who establishes and keeps covenant forever.”

El Shaddai

El Shaddai (remember the song?) is another name for God. It is used 48 times in Scripture. It is always translated “The Almighty.” The first time this name is used is in Genesis 17:1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

This was when God changed Abram’s name to Abraham and promised that he would be the father of many nations.

Adonai

A 3rd name that God uses for Himself is Adonai. It occurs about 300 times in the O.T. This name suggests Lordship and ownership. When God calls Himself by this name, Adonai, He is saying, “I am the One who owns and rules over everthing that exists.”

This is the name that Isaiah used in Chapter 6:1 when he wrote “In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.”
His focus was on the truth that God owns and rules over all that exists.

Yahweh

But the most frequently used name for God is not Elohim, El Shaddai, or Adonai.
The most frequently used name for God is YAHWEH or Jehovah.
It occurs more than 6800 times in the Bible.

Writer of this article
Steve Hall, 1999

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What It Costs to Be A True Christian, Let’s Take It To The Word…~Listen to this Study this Thursday on www.BlogTalkRadio.com/Jesusandwe @7:00p.m. (est) ~ call in 1-718-664-6534

Let there be no mistake about my meaning. I am not examining what it costs to save a Christian’s soul. I know well that it costs nothing less than the blood of the Son of God to provide atonement, and to redeem man from hell. The price paid for our redemption was nothing less than the death of Jesus Christ on Calvary. We “are bought with a price.” “Christ gave himself a ransom for all” (1 Cor. 6:20; 1 Tim. 2:6). But all this is wide of the question. The point I want to consider is another one altogether. It is what a man must be ready to give up if he wishes to be saved. It is the amount of sacrifice a man must submit to if he intends to serve Christ. It is in this sense that I raise the question, “What does it cost?” And I believe firmly that it is a most important one.

I grant freely that it costs little to be a mere outward Christian. A man has only got to attend a place of worship twice on Sunday, and to be tolerably moral during the week, and he has gone as far as thousands around him ever go in religion — All this is cheap and easy work: it entails no self-denial or self-sacrifice. If this is saving Christianity, and will take us to heaven when we die, we must alter the description of the way of life, and write, “Wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to heaven!”

But it does cost something to be a real Christian, according to the standard of the Bible. There are enemies to be overcome, battles to be fought, sacrifices to be made, an Egypt to be forsaken, a wilderness to be passed through, a cross to be carried, a race to be run. Conversion is not putting a man in an armchair and taking him easily to heaven. It is the beginning of a mighty conflict, in which it costs much to win the victory. Hence arises the unspeakable importance of “counting the cost.”

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What Does Jehovah God Want From Me Now That I’m Saved? ~Listen to this Study this Thursday on www.BlogTalkRadio.com/Jesusandwe @7:00p.m. (est) ~ call in 1-718-664-6534

I can remember before I came to the Lord from my darkened, spiritually-dead perspective, I was frustrated and felt very alone. As a young adult I knew I was not of this world but I had not a clue of who I was. One New Year’s Eve, I was sitting on the floor of my apartment getting ready to do the “Dick Clark thing,” yet I was bored. I looked up at the TV, and on top of it was the Bible. I picked it up, turned to the New Testament, and started reading. I did not stop for three days. It answered a lot of questions I had about who and why I was.

This certainly got my attention, and after that, the search was on. I did all of the things I was, “expected” to do. I went to college and got an education. I worked in various positions until now. In all of this, I was still searching and seeking how I fit in. Like most people I thought That Jehovah was there for me when I needed Him. I believed if I was in a jam or had a problem then I would be able to call out to Him and He would come to my rescue. I also thought I was to live my life abstaining from certain sins, but when trouble would strike God would bail me out. But now since I’ve been saved and read the Bible, I realized that I was greatly deceived.

Jehovah God wants certain things from all of us who have been washed in the blood of the Lamb and been forgiven. Tonight I will speak on four very important things that Jehovah wants from all Christians now that we are His children.

There are other important things Jehovah wants from us not mentioned in this study.

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