Q&A: Is Genesis 12:2-3 Actually a Covenant?

Question: Is Genesis 12:2-3 actually a covenant? Wouldn’t it be more accurate to simply call these verses promises? Answer: If Genesis 12:1-3 is taken in a vacuum, then we might not consider it a covenant, simply because it is not specifically identified as a...

The Daniel 9 Prophetic Calendar

Daniel chapter nine finds Daniel examining the prophet Jeremiah’s declarations of a seventy-year exile (Jer. 25:14, 29:10), and responding humbly to the Lord in prayer, as the time of the exile was drawing to a close. The personal humility that Daniel demonstrates in...

Some Definitions Related to God’s Program and Administration

Understanding the Biblical usage of terms such as dispensation, covenant, and kingdom of God can go a long way in helping is recognize what God’s big picture is, and how He intends to fill in the details. Let’s take a look at some definitions and...

Is the Messiah Given to the Gentiles as a Covenant?

Question: In Isaiah 42:6, doesn’t the phrase “I will appoint You as a covenant to the people, as a light to the nations” (NASB) indicate that the Messiah was given to the Gentiles as a covenant, and thus the New Covenant is also extended to the Gentiles and the church...

Are Romans 2:28–29 and 1 John 2:27 New Covenant Passages?

 The New Covenant promised to Israel and Judah in Jeremiah 31:31–34 includes two components that some argue are fulfilled by the church. In Jeremiah 31:33, “I will put My law within them and on their hear I will write it…” and in Jeremiah 31:34, “They will not teach...

Does God Speak To Us Today?

As believers there are certain principles to which we must be thoroughly committed. For example, our experience cannot determine our theology. Instead, we must submit our experience and our theology to God’s word. Peter illustrates this principle for us when he...

Q & A: John 3:15 and 14:12 – Promises available to everyone?

Q: Is the faith of Jn. 3:15 the same as that mentioned in 14:12, and are the results available to everyone? A: John 3:15 uses the word pisteuon, which is a participle form of the word believe, thus: “the believing one in Him has (present tense) eternal...