Questions for Pastors: Covenants (3 of 3)


By: Charles A. Borchard

Back in the Noahic covenant, a problem was brought forth. God, being all knowing, has known that people will be evil and has always had a solution to this issue. When he identified in the Noahic covenant that people are evil, and that this is a problem, it was for the benefit of those listening. God declaring that there was a problem indicates that he has  a solution.

As we saw in the preceding covenants, more and more pieces of this solution have been revealed with each new covenant or covenantal renewal. The point we last left off was with the Davidic covenant, the last of the covenants in the Old Testament, where God declared that He will establish a kingdom, and by logical extension a king, using David and his particular descendants. That’s a major reveal on God’s overall solution to the formerly proclaimed problem of evil.

Moving forward in history, a certain baby is born, and many argue that this baby grows into the man who hails from the line of David and is the rightful king of God’s established kingdom.

Here’s the thing. If you ever find yourself just dying to know more about the covenants, then the best thing to do is to research each covenant for yourself. I took much of what this post has to say from the biblical book of Hebrews. Think about this: You could’ve done that!

Who’s it with?

When I begin to think of the New covenant I ask myself, “Who is this covenant with?” Immediately, my mind brings me back to John 3:16, which says *cue choir* “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, so that whosoever believes in Him may not perish, but have everlasting life.”

What makes it a covenant?

Because God is as awesome as He is, He has chosen to bring the world (whosoever believes in Him) into a period of grace. From the time of Jesus’ sacrifice onwards, people have been, for lack of a better expression, treated differently than we have in the past.

What’s different about this one?

This covenant is the only one out of all seven that provides a permanent solution to the proclaimed problem: evil. Other covenants required the sacrifice of animals to temporarily cover the sins of the person, but this covenant offered up a perfect man, a God-man, to eliminate sin once and for all for those whom are chosen. Them other covenants got nothin’ on this one.

What makes Christ the solution?

Jesus perfectly fulfills encompasses each piece of the solution that has been presented by each covenant. That’s short and to the point, but it’s as simple as that.

What’s left?

Those details in the book of Revelation is what’s left. Take some time to look it over for yourself. I have found that there is going to be a kingdom with all of His people in it proclaiming his name (Revelation 4, 5:9-10; 1 Thessalonians 5:2), and that’s something that will happen quicker than you can call the cops.

Not the Old, but the New

We no longer have a covenant, or a law, that condemns. Christ has fulfilled the law and brought justification of our sins by faith through grace alone (Matthew 5:17, Ephesians 2:8). This does not mean the law is no longer a thing, but rather the Law was a temporary fix that begged for a better solution to the problem.


How blessed are we to not have to sit and wonder when the Messiah, the solution to the problem of evil as noted in covenants centuries ago, will come to pass? Many Jewish people have lived and died without even understanding that the Law has been fulfilled and that there is now a new covenant by which the people of God are ruled. This is reason to give God praise right now.

Here’s the thing. If you ever find yourself just dying to know more about the covenants, then the best thing to do is to research each covenant for yourself. I took much of what this post has to say from the biblical book of Hebrews. Think about this: You could’ve done that!

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Questions for Pastors: Covenants (2 of 3)


By: Charles A. Borchard

There are many covenants in the Bible, some of which mainly comprise of covenant renewals, or reminders, with the Israelites. Each covenant has it’s own small piece of the of the solution to a problem that is presented in an early covenant. The problem is evil, as noted in the Noahic covenant in Genesis 8:21. With the problem noted for humanity, God then sets forth implementing the solution, and human history follows that progression. Continue reading

Questions for Pastors: Covenants (1 of 3)


By: Charles A. Borchard

It can be hard for ministers to remember that not everyone has the biblical knowledge they do. At the very least, a minister dedicates time into reading the Bible personally, and also academically for sermon preparation. At the most, pastors are trained by years of theological study and Bible exposition. Regardless of which category a pastor falls into, he is in the upper percentile of church goers who actually read their Bible. Continue reading

James: Living What You Believe


By: Matthew Berend

James identifies himself as a bondservant of Christ- a man who is convicted to a life of not just knowing rightly, but living rightly. James was a man who was devoted to the practical application of the Gospel, and the necessity of that. Throughout his book, James postulates that an authentic life of genuine faith will manifest itself in a life well lived. It isn’t just enough to study and to know the Word of God, we must also be prompted to live according to what we believe- for that it truly how we make a difference. Continue reading

Community: From Romans (1 of 2)


By: Charles A. Borchard

At first, I did not expect the book of Romans to be a place to go to receive insights on what biblical community is to look like. My raw thoughts on Romans were
that it is a letter with much theology, and any conversation about what would be contained therein would take years to complete, and I was not ready for that at the time of doing this study on community. Continue reading

And When You Move?: Heresy, Laziness, and Ungodliness! Oh My! (2 of 2)

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By: Charles A. Borchard

What happens if there are just not any solid, Bible-believing, Bible-teaching churches in the area that you are looking to move? This should be the largest fear of a dedicated Christian in selecting where to move himself or herself and their family. The fact that it is such a large worry is the reason that church research and selection of a church in the area to which you are to move is the first preemptive consideration that should be taken. Continue reading

And When You Move?: Discerning the Essentials (1 of 2)


By: Charles A. Borchard

We live in a culture and time when it is increasingly common for people to relocate for various reasons. The reason for relocation can be one, or many, of numerous. One of the main problems for the serious and committed Christian church member when it comes to moving to another city is finding another church that will fit what they are looking for to match their family and their family’s spiritual growth. Continue reading