The Biblical Covenants & End Time Events

Steve Viars December 12, 1989 Genesis 0:

- Like to begin with:

I.  Context of the Biblical Covenants

 

   - this is basically a 3 minute overview of what we dealt

     with last week

   A.  God is King Forever

       Scripture makes it clear that the Lord is King forever

       & ever

           that kingdom exists without interuption and

           includes all that exists

 

    B.  Man Was Given Dominion & Responsibility

        - Man was created in the image of God and therefore

          had the ability and the responsibility to subdue

          his world, his situations, and himself

        - under God, he was a "dominion haver"

 

    C.  Satan Tried To Construct A False Kingdom & Is

        Therefore A Dominion Usurper

        - made statements such as

             "I will exalt my throne above the stars of God"

             "I will be like the most high"

 

        Satan came to the garden with a temptation - man had

        a decision to make:

             - Will I represent God properly and exercise

               dominion over this creature, this situation,

               and my own self

             - Will I follow Satan's false kingdom and

               therefore be dominated by the very creation

               that I was supposed to exercise dominion over?

 

        You know what happened:

 

    D.  Mankind Fell

        results were:

        1.  war

            - between Satan & Christ

            - between followers of Satan & followers of

              Christ

        2.  all men would be born on the wrong side of the

            battlefield (born sinners)

 

        3.  death

            - spiritual death - sep. from God

            - physical death

            - potential of the second death

 

  - Though we tried to tie that up last week and talk about

    some present day applications, the bottom line

    historically was that we left man last week in pretty bad

    shape.

  - As a result of these points, you've got passages like

    Gen. 6 where God says this about man:

        "The wickedness of man was great in the earth, and

         every imagination of the thought of his heart was

         only evil continually"

      Gen. 11 - where the people are going to build a city and

         a tower, whose top would reach to heaven where they

         could make a name for themselves

 

  - You almost don't want to turn the page to Genesis 12 to

    see what is going to happen next

 

  - Instead of reading about severe judgement from God or

    increased wickedness from men

          - we read about God coming and making a promise, a

            covenant with man

 

II.  Examples of Biblical Covenants

 

    A.  Abrahamic

 

        1.  background

 

            though we won't take time to read these verses,

            the passages say:

 

            a.  polytheist - Josh 24:2

 

            b.  barren - Gen. 16:1

 

         read Gen. 12:3

 

        2.  provisions

 

            a.  land

 

            b.  seed

 

            c.  blessing

 

        - promises were made a formal covenant in Gen. 15

 

        - these promises are repeated over and over in the

          Scripture

        - if you read through the book of Genesis, I think

          you'll be amazed at the number of times these three

          ideas are mentioned

        - in fact, these three promises form the framework

          for all future covenants

 

    B.  Palestinian

 

        Deut 29-30

 

        emphasis - land

 

 

    C.  Davidic

 

        II Sam. 7:12

 

        emphasis - seed

    D.  New

 

        Jer. 31:33-34 (read)

 

        emphasis - blessing

 

    E.  Summary

 

        1.  Have these covenants been fulfilled?

 

            - Answer - no

            - just ask any Jew if they have all the land they

              were promised (then get ready to hear an earful)

            - all prophecy in the Bible that has been

              fulfilled has been fulfilled literally

                 - Jesus to be born in Bethlehem

                        - He was born in Bethlehem!

 

        2.  Are these covenants fulfilled in the church?

 

            - no - must always maintain a distinction between

                   Israel and the church,

                 - promises made to Israel will be fulfilled

                   in Israel

                 - Paul - Rom. 11 - Hath God cast away His

                                    people - God forbid

 

        3.  What do these covenants have to do with end time

            events?

 

            - many facets of the covenants will be fulfilled

              in the end times

            - Millennial Kingdom will take place on this

              earth - God's people will get their land

            - Millennial King will be Jesus Christ - from the

              loins of David even though Satan tried many

              times to stamp that line out

            - Those of us living in the kingdom and in the

              eternal state will have God's law written on

              our hearts

                  - He will be our God and we will be His

                    people

 

        4.  Do these covenants have any implications to the

            church today?

 

            Yes - for many reasons

                    - for example

                    - knowing that the Jews had rejected Him

                    - knowing that He was going to build His

                      church

                    - in the upper room - He lifted the cup

                      and said, This cup is the new covenant

                      in my blood

 

Point is - the church is experiencing some of the benefits that will be enjoyed by all of God's people in the end times

 

III. Application of Biblical Covenants

 

    A.  God delights in making and keeping promises

 

        LORD - covenant God

 

    B.  God wants to provide a home/place for his people

 

        - have you ever been in a position where you had no

          place to live?

        - can be a very unsettled feeling - even if for a few

          days

     

        - point - some people live like that spiritually

 

        John 14:1-3 - Let not your heart be troubled, ye

                  believe in God, believe also in me.  In my

                  Father's house are many mansions, if it

                  were not so, I would have told you.  And if

                  I go and prepare a place for you, I will

                  come again, and receive you unto myself,

                  that where I am, there you may be also

 

        Hebrews 11:8-10 - By faith Abraham, when he was

                  called to go out into a place which he

                  should after receive for an inheritance,

                  obeyed; and he went out, not knowing where

                  he went.  By faith he sojourned in a land

                  of promise, as in a foreign country,

                  dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the

                  heirs with him of the same promise; For he

                  looked for a city which hath foundations,

                  whose builder and maker was God.

 

    C.  One of the great blessings of salvation is a "fleshy"

        heart

        - there's a great contrast in Gen 1-11 & Gen 12 -

          rest of Bible

        - Gen 1-11 - man going from good to bad

        - Gen 12 - man going from bad to good

               - if they'll put their trust in God's promises

 

               - for the person who trusts Christ:

                    - that image that was lost can be

                      progressively renewed

                    - that dominion that was abdicated can be

                      progressively restored

 

                    - that heart that was toward the things

                      of God and the people of God can be

                      softened and made pliable

Steve Viars

B.S. - Bible, Baptist Bible College
M.Div. - Grace Theological Seminary
D.Min. - Westminster Theological Seminary

Pastor Steve Viars has served at Faith Church since 1987. He and his wife Kris were married in 1982 and have two married daughters, a son, and two grandchildren. Pastor Viars’ gifted teaching ministry, enthusiasm for the Word of God, and organizational skills are instrumental in equipping Faith Church. He oversees the staff, deacons, and all Faith ministries and serves on the boards of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, Biblical Counseling Coalition, Vision of Hope, and the Faith Community Development Corporation.

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