We humans often make commitments we can’t fulfill. But the Bible records several covenants God made and kept—with Noah, Abraham, ancient Israel, King David, the priesthood, and especially the New Covenant—the one confirmed by the blood Jesus shed when he died on the cross. In each of these covenants, God took the initiative to establish the agreement. God’s word gave teeth to the covenant because His character is so reliable. King Solomon counted on God to keep his word. It’s why at his dedication of the Temple he built he said this in 1 Kings chapter 8: “O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in all of heaven above or on the earth below. You keep your covenant and show unfailing love to all who walk before you in wholehearted devotion.” Solomon counted on God to keep the promises God made to Abraham and his father David. Today we can count on God to keep the New Covenant He has made for our benefit—an agreement ratified by the shed blood of God’s Son Jesus when He died. Under it, every person who accepts Jesus as His Savior can count on receiving forgiveness of sins and eternal life.
Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More