Teaching Series on Covenant
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of Covenants 5/3/20
God's Prupose in His Covenants 5/17/20
Covenant of Creation, Part 1 5/24/20
Covenant of Creation, Part 2 5/31/20
Covenant of Creation, Part 3 6/7/20
Covenant of Grace Begins in Genesis 6/14/20
The Covenant of Preservation Part 1 6/21/20
The Covenant of Preservation Part 2 6/28/20
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.” 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 Promise Part 1 7/5/20
Faith of Abraham: The Covenant of Promise Part 2
Dear Friends of Mary Craig Ministries,
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