Today, we also abide by an eternal covenant with God. This covenant was initiated when Jesus Christ was born to a virgin, lived a perfect life, died a sinners death, and was resurrected. Jesus paid the price for our transgressions so that we as sinful finite beings could enter into an enteral covenant of salvation for everlasting life. Yet, just as the covenants of old which required an obligation from both parities this new covenant is no different.
God’s side of the covenant was signed and set in motion with Jesus’ ascension. But for man the story is much different. Today, we must obey the Word of God and the process of salvation given to us by the apostles on the Day of Pentecost in order to enter into this covenant. Acts 2:37-40 gives us the three step process and promise of this covenant.“Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. 40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.” In order for humanity to receive this covenant we must first repent unto God for our sins, secondly we must be baptized in the name of Jesus (Acts 4:12), and finally the third step is receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost which is the fulfillment of God residing inside of man. Following this covenant not only gives man the promise of enteral salvation, but it also gives him power while here on earth.
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