My title begins with a question that may seem just outright ridiculous, but as ridiculous as it may seem to be, it nevertheless is in need of our attention. There are, at this period of time in the Church’s history, professing theologians who have come up with this audacious system of theology that teaches the Church is not in a Covenant Relationship with God.
It is not my intention to be argumentative, but I must say that such beliefs cross the lines of fellowship; seeing as how two cannot walk together, “except they be agreed” (Amos 3:3). The fact of the Church being a Covenant People of God is clearly revealed in Scripture, as we shall soon see with several points of reference, beginning with our text verses:
“Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;” (Ephesians 2:11)
“That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:” (Ephesians 2:12)
“But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:13)
In writing to the Ephesian believers, Paul the Apostle begins in chapter 2, verse 11, through the end of the chapter, unveiling the Mystery of the Gospel.
Until the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ were accomplished, the Gentiles found themselves outside of the Promises of God. God was in covenant relations only to the Jewish people.
The Sacrificial Death of the Lord Jesus Christ revealed that both the Jew and the Gentile Elect were included in the Everlasting Covenant of Grace; by which Jews and Gentiles were reconciled unto God in one body, by the Cross, “having slain the enmity (hatred and racism toward one another) thereby” (Ephesians 2:16).
Through Christ, both Jews and Gentiles, have access by one Spirit unto the Father (Ephesians 2:18). We who are Gentiles were, at one point in time, strangers from the Covenant of Promise, but are now made nigh by the Blood of Christ; thus proving us (that is, the Bride of Christ) to be in Covenant Relations to God; which brings us to our next point.
As anyone with a Judean-Christion background knows, the marriage of a bridegroom and his bride is a commitment founded upon a covenant relationship, with God at the center. The couple becomes bound to one another in holy matrimony for life.
In Christianity, the Word of God teaches us that Jesus is the Bridegroom (Mark 2:19; Matthew 9:15; John 3:29); while His Church constitutes His Bride, who are members of His Body, of His Flesh, and of His Bones (Ephesian 5:30). The believer who has been spiritually joined unto the Lord is one spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17), and has entered into an eternal covenant relationship with Jesus Christ.
As the seal of holy matrimony in the physical consummation initiates the covenant relationship between husband and wife; so it is with the spiritual consummation in reception of the Promise of the Holy Spirit in the heart of a believer. He is sealed unto Christ for all eternity (Ephesians 1:13; 2 Corinthians 1:22) in a Covenant Relationship, teaching us of our special place in the heart of God; and yet once again, confirming to us of our position in Covenant Relations with God.
The Book of Ephesians is a beautiful testimony of the Church’s position in Christ. It completely unveils the Mystery of the Gospel, teaching us fundamentals of the faith. The Church being in a covenant relationship with God is certainly a fundamental doctrine, which we will detail further from the Book of Galatians.
But for now, I encourage you to meditate upon this material and the references given; and I am certain you will come up with the same conclusion, walking with us in agreement, as we contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints (Jude 3).
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