Old/New Covenants, and Oaths/Covenants (from Bible.org)

I’m spending some time again this morning reading from Bible.org. I am quite fascinated by how a non-Mormon reads the New Covenant, Old Covenant, and Abrahamic Covenant. In reality, the reading at Bible.org and elsewhere is very similar to the Book of Mormon view. For example, the Law of Moses was a lesser law, but it came after the higher law of the Abrahamic Covenant (and the New Covenant is re-establishing it). Also, the Law of Moses was not just foreshadowing the sacrifice of Christ, but it is dependent upon the sacrifice of Christ to make any sense. It assumes the work of Christ in its structure and logic. This sounds very much like the Book of Mormon! I’m feeling a bit sheepish that I didn’t know non-Mormon Christians had this same idea. 🙂

Also, I’m curious about the point being made at Bible.org that the covenant with Abraham was made with an oath, and the promise that Christ was a high priest forever was made with an oath, but that the Law of Moses covenant was not made with an oath. Also, there seems to be the idea that a covenant made with an oath is unconditional, but a covenant made without an oath is conditional. But then, I think that implies that if you don’t follow through with a covenant that is conditional, you simply don’t get the blessings. You and God are both off the hook, as it were. But, a covenant that is unconditional, implies that if you break the covenant, then there are real serious consequences (such as D&C 84:41 But whoso breaketh this covenant after he hath received it, and altogether turneth therefrom, shall not have forgiveness of sins in this world nor in the world to come).

I want to keep thinking about oaths & covenants further, but I think these articles I’m reading might be on to something!


One response to “Old/New Covenants, and Oaths/Covenants (from Bible.org)

  • Karen

    So it sounds like the covenant or promises of the Law of Moses were made without an oath. They were still under the Abrahamic Covenant in some sense, but not willing to really step up to that responsibility, so the lower law or lower covenant was given?

    The children of Lehi were also given a conditional covenant: “Inasmuch as yet keep my commandments, ye shall prosper in the land.” And if you don’t, then you’re cut off from his presence. For a time, though.

    Ah, and it’s the Abrahamic Covenant, that unconditional one, that allows that to be “for a time.” They aren’t cast off forever because of the higher covenant. They aren’t ready to live up to the consequences and responsibilities of the Abrahamic Covenant, but God still remembers that he made the covenant.

    I like that picture a lot.

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