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What Does ‘Covenant’ Mean?

What does “Covenant” Mean?

God is Love. The Father loves the Son, the Son loves the Father, and the love that binds them together is the Holy Spirit. The Church is brought into God’s eternal love by faith in Jesus Christ, and the love of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. That is what the “Covenant” is.

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God exists as a “Trinity” or a “Tri-Unity.” Each of the three persons of the One God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, have eternally existed in a mutual eternal holy bond of love. Jesus tells us that there is no greater love than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13). Thus, when the Bible says, “God is love” (1 John 4:8), what it means is, that the eternal Triune God is a mutually self-sacrificial, and self-giving, and other-centered God. The Father glorifies the Son, and the Son glorifies the Father (John 17:1,5), and the Hoy Spirit glorifies the Son (John 16:14). All three persons exist for the sake of the other, and give up the entirety of their being wholly to the other. The holy and eternal bond of love that exists between the Father and the Son is the Holy Spirit.

The New Testament speaks of salvation in a glorious way. Jesus Christ, in His death and resurrection and ascension, forever removed the curse of sin which has separated man from God. When Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to “indwell” a believer, He is preparing the soul and spirit of the believer, upon death, to enter into that eternal bond of love that exists between the Persons of the Trinity. Thus, Jesus prays in John 17 in His High Priestly prayer for all believers, that we would enter into the glory of the love of God which existed before the world began:

20 “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; 21 that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.

22 The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; 23 I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. 24 Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.

25 “O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me; 26 and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.” ~ John 17:20-26

It is for this reason that we have chosen the Trinity Knot to be our symbol. The Trinity symbol represents the mutual indwelling love and unity of each of the persons of God – the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Circle, however, that is interwoven within the Trinity, represents the Church. Christ died that we may be in God, just as the Son is in the Father, and the Father is in the Son, so too is God in us – by the bond of the Holy Spirit. In short, we are united together to God by faith in Christ, and the indwelling love of the Holy Spirit. That is what “Covenant” means.trinity-knot-2

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