Referenced from: The Convenants, Kevin Conner
God's Convenant, M. Hickey
1. What is a Convenant?
In Bible times the word "convenant" involved promise, commitment, faithfulness and loyalty even unto death. A convenant was sacred and was not lightly entered into by the parties involved. In Bible times a person was only as good as their convenant word.True believers are in convenant relationship with God through Christ and the New Convenant. They are also in convenant relationship with each other.
In English the word "convenant" signifies a mutual understanding between two or more
parties, each binding himself to fulfill specific obligations; a legal contract; a binding
agreement; a written agreement. It also refers to a solemn agreement to do or not to
do a certain thing.
B. Old Testament Hebrew
Strong's concordance defines the Hebrew word Berivth as "a compact (made
by passing between pieces of flesh)" which implies the thought of cutting a convenant
(Gen. 15:17; Jer. 34:18).
C. New Testament Greek
In the New Testament there are two Greek words for convenant. Diatheke means "a
disposition, arrangement, testament or will". The other Greek word, Suntithemai
means "to put together, place together, to make arrangement. It refers to the arrange-
ment between two men.
In every case in scripture when a convenant was instituted between God and man.
God is seen as the initiator. A convenant in this context, is a contract between God
and man drawn up by God and presented to man. Man can either accept it or reject
it but he cannot change it.
II Why Make a Convenant?
III What Constitues a Convenant?
A. The Words or Promises
B. The Blood of the Convenant
C. The Seal of the Convenant
Sign or Token of the Convenant
IV. What is the Duration of a Convenant
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