For the moment we will take
the simplest description of covenant, which is a relationship
of union of God and Man set out by God. It is unilateral; that
is, God makes covenant and not Man. Whilst it is not a contract,
there is an obligation on the part of the recipient to respond
with obedience to God, but that expectancy is perfectly reasonable
and logical, and in no sense an imposition.
In our following
Studies we will try to define and explain the matter of Covenant,
but what we are pressing now is that all of Scripture is Covenant.
If we do not understand covenant, then we do not really understand
Scripture as we should, and could, if we were prepared to examine
the nature of covenant, the Covenant of God. At the beginning,
then, we need to explain what we mean by the term 'the Covenant