Excerpt from Chapter 1 – “BAPTISM AND THE COVENANT”

Published October 7, 2017

Throughout history God has related to his people by means of covenants. God loves us and wants a close relationship with us through which we glorify him. God’s covenant love is seen in his common grace to all people by which he is good to all. He gives life to his creation, and the bounty of fruit from our labor and rain for both the just and the unjust (Ps. 145:9, 15– 16; Matt. 5:45; Acts 14:17). But God’s covenant saving love is for his elect (Deut. 7:8; Ps. 145:8, 13, 17; Matt. 5:43–45; Mark 10:45; John 3:16; 10:11; Rom. 5:8; Eph. 1:4–5; 1 John 4:10, 19). A covenant is a conditional promise from God to his people. He has made a covenant with his people to be our God and us his people (Gen. 17:7–8; Ex. 6:7; Lev. 26:12; Deut. 29:12–13; 2 Sam. 7:24; Jer. 7:23; 31:33; 32:38; Ezek. 11:20; 14:11; 36:28; 37:23, 27; Zech. 13:9; 2 Cor. 6:16; Rev. 21:3, 7). God chose to deal with humanity through means of covenants that stipulate what he promises to us and what he requires of us. He has given us certain requirements to fulfill and offers many blessings to us if we keep the covenant.