of Covenants 5/3/20
God's Purpose in His Covenants 5/17/20
of Creation, Part 1 5/24/20
of Creation, Part 2 5/31/20
To understand Covenant is to understand God’s Way of Relationship.
In Part Three of the teaching sermons dealing with the Covenant of Creation, we examine the role of obedience.
Perfect, personal, perpetual obedience is the required response to God as Creator by virtue of the Creator/creature
relationship alone. Adam was unique. He was given a test consisting of one negative ordering: don’t eat the forbidden
Would Adam willingly choose obedience for the sake of obedience alone? Would he believe the wisdom of God as to
what is good and what is evil? Would he pass a specific test such that for himself and his posterity he would merit
Radical obedience provides the key to blessing under the covenant of creation. But Adam rejected the Wisdom of
God and obeyed another word. That plunged humanity into the estate of sin and misery. Find out more and Romans
5 will make a lot more sense.
Remember to bless the LORD, to exalt Him, to desire Him, to glorify Him, to praise Him, and to thank Him. It is
what the LORD wants now.
The Spirit of the Lord would say to the churches: Hold
fast to that which you have been given. Hold to the promises for I am a faithful God. Hold fast to that which is
good. Hold fast to the confession of your hope. Hold fast to the confidence of that hope.
I am the God of great surprises. I am separating, sanctifying, sifting, and sorting. I am the Chief Shepherd. I
know My sheep and they know My Voice. Do not fear, for I am the LORD. I am raising up a Holy Bride. I am a God
of order and I am ordering things aright for Mine. Repent and follow the Christ. I am bringing to Mine love, power,
and a sound mind. Be renewed in the spirit of your mind. I am your safety, your safe place—wherever you are, I
am with you to prevail.
Come unto Me you burdened and anxious ones. In Me is Life. I AM.
So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. Therefore if you do not wake up, I will
come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you. Revelation 3:3
Dr. Mary Craig
of Creation, Part 3 6/7/20
Genesis is the book of beginnings. It is in Genesis that
we find the beginning of the grace the Creator God will provide when Adam, the Federal Head of the human race,
willingly chooses to believe another wisdom and reject the wisdom of God in a radical disobedience of cosmic treason
against his Creator. Yes, in the book of beginnings, we find that in His wrath, God remembers mercy. God gives
in the midst of judgment a promise, the first promise of a Deliverer, a Savior. Hold on to this prophetic word,
for it will surely happen; it has happened in the Person of Jesus Christ and it will happen in full with the Consummation
of the Covenant.
In this sermon we look at the Covenant of Commencement: Adam. We are not only seeing God’s heart, but also gaining
insight into His nature and ways.. God’s way of relationship is covenant. As we become convicted, convinced, converted,
and corrected by the Holy Spirit, we feel the fierceness of the love of God that will not let us go. We experience
a faithfulness of a Living God who also will do what is necessary and sufficient so that what God has said will
surely come to pass.
Hath God said? Yes, God told Adam that in the day that he ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil he
would surely die. God spoke and meant and means what He says. Satan perverts the truth; today we would call it
“spinning” the truth. But it will be, by the amazing grace of the Almighty: “I will be your God, and you will be
Know, reckon, yield,
Dr. Mary Craig
Covenant of Grace Begins in Genesis 6/14/20
The message attached is next in our series, “Covenant:
God’s Way of Relationship.” We are moving along in Genesis and have come to “Noah: The Covenant of Preservation, Part 1.” Since Jesus spoke of the time of His coming again in judgment
relative to “the days of Noah,” this message helps us, I believe, better understand the mind and heart of God,
that in His wrath He remembers mercy.
I hope this message will spark interest in Noah as a person and also in God who initiates the covenants unilaterally
as a bond in blood sovereignly administered. This is Part One of the Covenant of Preservation.
With what we are seeing in the news or living out firsthand, Noah can “teach us a thing or two.” He lived in the
midst of evil, yet he found grace in the eyes of the LORD. He remained faithful and held to the positive and let
the wisdom of the Word of God inform his decisions, including what God said as He judged the earth and its inhabitants.
He obeyed God when it seemed really ridiculous, since it had never rained yet on the earth and He was told to build
an ark exactly to God’s specifications. He believed in something, the Living God, the Creator, someone greater
than himself. He trusted the Source and Supplier of all Life and Blessing and found comfort in the Words God gave
him and in his relationship with the LORD. God demonstrated His faithfulness.
God’s assignment for Noah gave him a mission, a purpose, and meaning. He would be responsible for building that
ark, believing that the surely coming judgment of God would mean destruction to masses of people and animals and
creeping things and birds, but he and his family would, by God’s grace, be spared, along with selected animals
and creeping things and birds. His mission involved caring for himself, for his own family, and for God’s good
creation according as God said. Noah kept a positive attitude and stayed strong in the grace of God by the preservation
power of God. People likely mocked, scorned, and laughed, but Noah kept his focus with whole-hearted obedience
to the LORD.
We persevere because God preserves. Be encouraged and recognize that as we support one another through prayer and
words of wisdom, encouragement, and comfort, we are supported in the process.
Grace is not deserved and cannot be earned. It is the gift of God, and not of works. Noah wasn’t perfect; he fell
short as have we all. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. God declared Noah righteous. God spared a remnant
in His loving-kindness and mercy, and hit, as it were, the “restart” button. Find out more…and be blessed.
Mary Craig, D. Min
The Covenant of Preservation Part 1 6/21/20
The Covenant of Preservation Part 2 6/28/20
We have reached the point in our series “Covenant: God’s
Way of Relationship” where we will begin to consider the beginnings of the Covenant of Promise made to Abram, who
became Abraham. God’s covenants have stipulations, but His covenants are unilateral: no negotiating. The promises
He makes will indeed be fulfilled.
God doesn’t suggest. Instead, God solemnly charged Abram, “Get out of your country, and from your kindred, and
from your father’s house, unto a land that I will show you: and I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless
you, and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing: and I will bless them that bless you, and curse him
that curses you: and in you shall all families of the earth be blessed.” (Genesis 12:1-3)
This is just the beginning of our adventure into Abram/Abraham’s life. In the New Testament, Paul will say to the
16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And
to thy seed, which is Christ.17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ,
the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none
effect.18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
Galatians 3:16-18 KJV
Strengthen the foundation of your faith. The foundation
of the Lord stands sure. May we have wisdom to understand this grace in which we live. See attached.
Mary Craig, D. Min.
The Covenant of Promise Part 1 7/5/20
Faith of Abraham: The Covenant of Promise Part 2
As Christians, we have that “blessed hope” in Jesus Christ
and do not need to live our lives in anxiety. We believe God is sovereign and see Him working in our lives and
in the lives of others every day. We know that He hears the prayers of true believers and that He is good, holy,
pure, true, and wise—infinitely and eternally. Paul the Apostle gives us in Philippians 4 the antidote to anxiety:
rejoice in the Lord always; pray properly, think properly, and live properly. Philippians 4:9 says, “The things
which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.”
The God of peace was with Abraham as he grew in faith believing in the promises the Covenant Lord gave him. God
cut the covenant he made with Abraham, guaranteeing that all would happen as God said. God made a “maledictory
oath” to reassure Abraham. The result was that Abraham was kept by the power of God as he obeyed the stipulations
of the Covenant.
Find out more in our series “Covenant: God’s Way of Relationship” with this week focusing on “Abraham: The Covenant
of Promise, Part Four.” (Next Sunday.) Salvation is by promise, not by law-keeping, not by works of righteousness
which we have done, but according to God’s mercy. God saves us; we do not save ourselves.
Abraham was not perfect, though Paul tells us in Romans that Abraham did not waver in his faith. Abraham had his
faults and his times of trying to figure out how God’s promises could come about. His was not a steady state of
perfect obedience, but by Genesis 22 we read remarkable things about Abraham. Check it out.
Jesus Christ fulfilled all righteousness with a perfect, personal, perpetual obedience in our behalf. He is Just
and True, the perfect Mediator between God (the Living God) and man/humanity. All glory to Him as we move ahead
in amazement at the grace and mercy of the Lord.
May the Holy Spirit open blind eyes, bearing witness to the truth, that we might understand, perceive, and comprehend
with our minds and receive with our hearts all that He has for us.
Dr. Mary Craig
The Covenant of Promise Part 3 7/26/20
I am so thankful to the Lord that many of you are doing
further study on the unilateral Covenants of God. Covenant is God’s way of relationship with His creation as Creator
and as Redeemer.
The Covenant God made with Abraham has such great significance that we are on Part Four. In it we examine the relationship
between promise and obedience, how that in a unilateral, no negotiation, unconditional covenant, God assumes to
Himself the full responsibility for seeing that every promise of the covenant shall be realized. Abraham had obligations,
stipulations, but God solemnly commits Himself as Almighty God that though death may be necessary, the promises
of the covenant shall be fulfilled.
So many of us have times when our faith “runs out the bottom of their feet” (if we’re honest about it). No one
is righteous, not one of us. The more we log in to “if it has to be, it’s up to me,” the more we can find ourselves
very discouraged, beating ourselves up, wondering about our faith, losing hope, questioning…
God assured Abraham. He assures us that His faith, His faithfulness will bring all that He has promised to pass.
In this message, we look at the blessings of Abraham, blessings given by promise. We discover and consider important
truths connected to the blessing of God.
Be encouraged. Jesus is the Promised One. The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Christ, the Spirit of the Father, is the
Promise of the Father.
Mary Craig, D. Min.
The Covenant of Promise Part 4 8/2/20
Back in November, 2019, my daughter Joanna, Marcia M.,
and I were at the World Camp for Jesus in Toronto, Canada. There we experienced a Messianic Communion time with
Bishop Arnold Cabalquinto, who like me, was one of the conference speakers. Bishop Arnold also spoke at the World
Camp conferences under the leadership of Sherry Benish Ministries, in France and in Israel.
Today I received an e-mail from Pastor Sherry Benish that Bishop Arnold died from complications related to COVID-19
on August 2nd. He was 72. His wife had set up a GoFundMe page asking for help with paying rapidly rising medical
bills on July 29th. https://www.gofundme.com/f/financial-support-for-bishop-arnolds-medical-bills
“Arnold Cabalquinto, a full-time preacher and servant of God.
We left for the Philippines in December 2019 to visit our siblings and fulfill some church ministries. Our stay
got extended due to quarantine, our flight back to the US got canceled several times, and my husband Arnold somehow
contracted COVID. He is presently confined at a hospital, intubated, reeling from a cardiac arrest on July 26,
and fighting for his life…Recently his passion turned to urgently preaching about the end times, given the sorrowful
times we live in today. This has been the content of his teaching as he went from place to place, to spread the
Word to as many as he could reach. In the course of this work he contracted COVID. Truly, with all his might until
his last breath, his mind was set on a mission to serve the Lord.” Maria Victoria Cabalquinto
This past Sunday, as part of our sermon series “Covenant: God’s Way of Relationship,” I gave Part Four of “Abraham: The Covenant of Promise.” Someone had questions about my saying that we need “to get from
here to there,” speaking of that time when we physically die and go to our appointed destiny. We don't always know
when the LORD will call us out of this world to Himself. The message attached speaks to The Promise and to the
importance of having the right kind of faith, the faith that saves, the faith that is by grace . Many today presume;
but we can and must know with full confidence and assurance. The audio has more than the written version.
Some time ago, our cat Marmee, so elderly and wasting away from a suspected cancer, had to be euthanized. Jim and
I were with her at the vet. When we walked out of the room, the Lord said to me, "This is why you preach this
Gospel." It is appointed unto man once to die and after that the judgment.
Bishop Arnold knew Jesus Christ to be that One whose he is and whom he served. He served the LORD to the end. He
preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His was not presumption, but a living faith in a living God. Jesus said, “And
this is eternal life, that they may know You, the Only True God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John 17:3.
Bishop Arnold lives and will live eternally in the fullness of the Presence of the Lord.
I hope you read this message attached and/or listen to the audio. May you be touched by the grace of God, by the
Holy Spirit, and may He fill the desires of His heart for you.
Mary Craig, D. Min.
The Covenant of Promise Part 5 8/9/20
So many people presume that getting into heaven on our
own merits, like there’s a big balance scale somewhere, means that if we do the best we can, basically don’t murder
anyone (yet Paul conspired to the killing of many Christians), and are basically “good” people, that “we’re in.”
Is that correct? Or is there another basis on which “we’re in”?
We need to know, and it is a pressing urgency right now, the basis on which a person is accepted by the Only True
and Living God, who is Infinite, Eternal, and Sovereign. We need to know for ourselves and so that we have an answer
for everyone who asks us about the Blessed Hope that is within every true believer. What would we say to the True
God were we to die and find ourselves before Him asking us why He should let us into His Heaven? What is required?
How can we know with assurance that our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life?
We CAN know for sure, and as we ask the Holy Spirit to help us understand with our minds and receive with our hearts
what He is saying to us in His Word, He will respond.
When it comes to Moses and the Covenant of Law, the topic seems to bring up a lot of questions. So, the plan is
to spend several weeks looking at this covenant from this way and that.
One of our MCM Board Members sent me something by John
Piper. Here’s a quote: “… there are two different ways to require obedience.
One is this: salvation by law-keeping requires obedience — indeed, perfect obedience — as the basis of our salvation.
That’s never going to happen. If we want to try to be saved by law-keeping, Galatians 5:3 says to have at it, and
you’ve got to keep the whole law, and it isn’t going to happen. So, salvation by law-keeping is a dead-end street.
By the law comes death. The other is that salvation by faith also requires obedience, but not as the basis of our
salvation, but as the evidence and confirmation of it.
A right understanding of all this sets so many people
free, and this is my purpose, that the Living God would open our eyes, our understanding, and set us free to be
the people God made us and intended us to be.
Remember to bless the LORD, delight in Him, rejoice in
the Lord always, and extol Him for He is El Elyon, the Most High God.
Mary Craig, D. Min.
The Covenant of Law Part 1 8/16/20
We are continuing in our series “Covenant: God’s Way of
Relationship.” The attached sermon teaching notes are from our tele-service August 23, 2020, “Moses: The Covenant
of Law Part Two.” In this message we cover the mercy of God in the covenant given to Moses. The Mosaic covenant
was given to a redeemed people, a people brought out of bondage in Egypt to be God’s demonstration people. The
Law is good, spiritual, holy. However, the Law cannot give LIFE. Only the Holy Spirit gives life. It is the Law
of the Spirit of Life that sets one free from the law of sin and death. We trace the grace in the Covenant of Law.
May the impact of the mercy of God touch your life in
such a way as to bring you closer to the Living God and His desires for you. May the Covenant-Lord be blessed and
thanked for His mercy that is new every morning and which endures forever,
Dr. Mary Craig
The Covenant of Law Part 2 8/23/20
We’re moving along in our series “Covenant: God’s Way of Relationship.”
Attached is the message from Sunday’s Tele-service August 30, 2020, “Moses: The Covenant of Law Part Three” by
Dr. Mary Craig.
In this message we look more at the sacrifices in the Old Covenant worship system and how they are fulfilled in
the once-for-all-time sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
For the amazing grace of redemption, we bless and praise the One, True God and Jesus Christ Whom He has sent.
Mary Craig, D. Min.
The Covenant of Law Part 3 8/30/20
I received about 2020 from the Holy Spirit was that this would
be a year of surprises, some even great surprises. And so it has been. The signing of the Abraham Accords September
15, 2020, was one of those great surprises.
We have been talking about the Covenants. Covenant is God’s way of relationship. It is the vehicle through which
He relates with people. In the message given September 13, 2020, we spoke about “Essentials of the Covenant of
Grace.” (See attached.) In it I reviewed the covenants about which we have talked, starting with the Covenant of
Works up through the Covenant of the Law which God made with Moses.
With all that is going on here in the USA and around the world, it is timely. We need to know the One True God
as a Covenant-keeping God, faithful and righteous, just and true.
So my hope is that you will pray for the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation to reveal to you Jesus Christ, the Consummation
of the Covenant, as we review and press forward in our knowledge. We “trace the grace.” We are laying a strong
foundation which will both sustain and strengthen us for the days ahead.
Come to the waters and drink, for I give you rivers
in the desert as I lead you through dry places. I am the Light guiding you through deep darkness. I am He who was
and who is and who is to come. I am LORD and Savior, Source and Sustainer, Sovereign and True, the Faithful Witness
who bears witness to the Truth. I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and all who come to Me in truth will know
the Truth and the True and Living God. I give to those who believe in Me, Life, eternal Life. Come. Repent, or
Mary Craig, D. Min.
of the Covenant of Grace 9/13/20
With the Davidic covenant we come to the climax of the revelation of the
covenant of grace in the OT. In this covenant God formally establishes how He shall rule among His people. The
kingdom arrives. God had revealed Himself already as Lord of the covenant, but now He openly situates His throne
in a single locality. He will reign from Mt. Zion in Jerusalem.
The kingdom has come and the king has come. With David the ark comes to Jerusalem in triumph. God associates His
kingship with the throne of David, rejecting the tribe of Ephraim and delighting in designating the tribe of Judah
and the house of David as His chosen instrument for rule (Psalm 78.60-72). In the covenant with David, God formalizes
the bond by which God’s kingdom will come among His people.
There is an interconnection between David’s throne and God’s Throne. David’s throne was considered as coordinate
with God’s throne. (1 Chronicles 29.22) Jesus the Christ, the anointed One of Israel is seated at God’s right hand.
His present reign fulfills the OT anticipations and so where the King is, so is His throne. Acts 2.30-36. Hebrews
12.22-24 tells us that believers in Christ are now come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem. The significant
Jerusalem is no longer the “present” Jerusalem, but the Jerusalem above. Galatians 4.25, 26. It is from this Jerusalem
above that life in God’s kingdom begins. Christ’s throne in heaven at God’s right hand is David’s throne in the
Jerusalem above. From there He rules the whole world in righteousness.
So as we begin looking at The Covenant of the Kingdom, trace the grace and trace the Throne.
In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and riches and wisdom and
strength and honor and glory and blessing!” And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth
and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying: “To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor
and glory and power forever and ever! Revelation 5:12, 13.
Sing “Hallelujah to the Lamb.”
Dr. Mary Craig
The Covenant of the Kingdom Part 1 9/20/20