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Covenant: God's Way of Relationship Series

“I will be your God and you will be My people” expresses the heart of the Living God in relationship. God’s covenant binds Him to us and us to Him. Understanding the binding character of the covenant, the signs and seals, the granting of gifts, the offering of sacrifice, the fellowship of a meal, and the necessity of the bond in blood satisfies the yearning of our hearts to rest in the love of God our Creator and Redeemer.
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A covenant is a bond in blood sovereignly administered. A covenant is characterized by a bond, a binding oath, signs and seals, cutting, a bond in blood, life and death, provisions, and in the case of God’s divine covenants, it is unilateral. God’s multiple bonds with His people unite into a single relationship. Details may vary, but the covenants of God are one. By structure and by theme, God’s covenants are one.

Each successive covenant builds on the previous relationship, continuing the basic emphasis already established. In the progression of the covenant of grace we can find a unity in historical experience as God deals with His people.

The framework of covenant is “I will be Your God and you will be My people.” God is with us.
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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 fruit!
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By the word of His mouth God created all that is. He declared it good. He created humanity, male and female, in His own likeness and image. He established a unique relationship between Himself and what He created. He also spoke to man and determined man's role and responsibilities. He also established unilaterally and sovereignly a life-and-death bond
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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 LIFE?

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.

Teaching Series on Covenant
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The Character of Covenants 5/3/20

Finding God's Purpose in His Covenants 5/17/20

The Covenant of Creation, Part 1 5/24/20

The Covenant 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 fruit!

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 LIFE?

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

The Covenant 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 My people.”

Know, reckon, yield,

Dr. Mary Craig

The 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

Noah: The Covenant of Preservation Part 1 6/21/20

Noah: 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 Galatians:
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.

Abram: The Covenant of Promise Part 1 7/5/20

The Faith of Abraham: The Covenant of Promise Part 2 7/19/20

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

Abraham: 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.

Abraham: 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.

“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.

Abraham: 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.

Moses: 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

Moses: 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.

Moses: The Covenant of Law Part 3 8/30/20

The word 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 perish.

Mary Craig, D. Min.

Essentials 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

David: The Covenant of the Kingdom Part 1 9/20/20

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