Sunday, January 9, 2011

Covenant not contract....

I was interested in finding out the difference between a covenant and a contract. I stumbled across the Greek word Diatheke, which means: covenant or (last will and) testament.

I'm not normally into the Greek translation, but I figured it couldn't hurt.

I took this next passage from a Lutheran Church website:  

An attention getter—John 3:16. Ask a crowd of believers for the most famous passage in the Bible. "JOHN 3:16!" a large percentage of them will reply. Isn't it interesting that this passage just happens to be in "testamental" form?
When a person goes to an attorney to draw up his "last will and testament," five things are usually involved: (1) a testator, the one who makes the will; (2) heir(s); (3) a method of effectuation, the way by which a testament goes into effect (by death); (4) a testator's promissory signature, which validates—through his word of promise—that which will be given to the heir(s); and (5) the actual inheritance to be left behind.14
John 3:16: "For God (the Testator) loved the world (the heirs) so much that He gave (into death) His one-and-only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him would not perish (the Testator's signature by word of promise) but have everlasting life (the inheritance)." Amazing!

Though one definition of covenant is contract,  it seems deeper. A contract ends once something is fulfilled, a covenant is like devotion. (forgive me if I'm just getting on a soapbox.)

Hebrews 8:
8:... Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
9: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
10: For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people.

God's covenant is forever. 
We are his Beloved so we get to be his inheritance

1 comment:

  1. I must confess that God's faithfulness to the covenant we have is beyond anything I can comprehend. I just remain grateful. Thanks for posting, creating an opportunity to dwell on Him and His ways. :-) ~ Hannah