Covenant theology is among my greatest discoveries.
The concept of covenant is a compelling and dominant feature of all of Scripture. Covenant is that golden thread that runs seamlessly through Scripture–stretching from Genesis to Revelation: I will be your God, you will be my people, I will live among you (Genesis 17:7; Exodus 6:7; Deuteronomy 29:12-13; Jeremiah 24:7; Zechariah 8:8; John 1:14; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Revelation 21:1-5).
Moreover, covenant is Trinitarian (Ephesians 1:3-14). Perhaps we can savor the thought of what Reformed theologians call the covenant of redemption–a covenant forged in eternity between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Covenant is also the culmination. According to the Apostle Paul, way back in eternity, it was the Father’s covenant will to unite all things in his Son (Ephesians 1:7-10). It’s the movement of history. It’s where we’re headed.
Therefore, I’m convinced that when we understand the depth and richness of covenant and live from this understanding, our churches, homes, and communities will be transformed, for the glory of God and the good of humanity. This is the compelling force of living in covenant community (see Acts 2:41-47).
It’s the benediction of the wonderful homily to the Hebrew Christians: “Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen” (Hebrews 13:20-21).