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A covenant is a relationship.  God’s covenant with us consists of commandments and promises that He gives us by His grace.  There is a broad organic relationship between the commandments and promises, which sometimes ties them at the most fundamental level (as demonstrated in Ephesians 6:2-3).  See also Covenant Structure.

See also The Book and the People of the Lord and His Covenant

Matthew 11:28, 29, 30  –  A covenant is a yoke – a yoke of relationship.  Jesus is inviting us into covenant relationship with Him.

Luke 22:20  –  “the new covenant”

Acts 7:8  –  “the covenant of circumcision”

Romans 9:3, 4, 5  –  “Israelites, to whom belongs…the covenants”

1 Corinthians 11:25  – “the new covenant”

2 Corinthians 3:6  – “a new covenant”

Ephesians 2:12  –  “strangers to the covenants of promise”

Hebrews 7:22  – “a better covenant”

Hebrews 8:6  – “a better covenant”

Hebrews 8:8 (quoting Jeremiah 31:31 below)  – “a new covenant”

Hebrews 12:24  –  “a new covenant”

Hebrews 13:20  –  “the eternal covenant”


Genesis 17:1, 2  –  “I will establish My covenant between Me and you”

Psalm 25:14  –  If you want to know and understand the covenant, cultivate a reverence for Christ.

Jeremiah 31:31 (quoted in Hebrews 8:8 above)  –  “a new covenant”

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