- Adam's failure to keep the Eden covenant into which God had created him made redemption necessary for everyone.
- God's covenant with Noah preserved the human race, so that the Lord's pledge to crush the serpent's head/power (which God made in Genesis 3) could be kept. Satan wanted to use human sin to provoke God into destroying humanity, which would have thwarted God's own word. Instead, God's forbearance knew no bounds, and the depth of love behind His redemptive plan was beyond Satan's tiny mind to even imagine.
- God's covenant with Abraham promised a line through which the Savior would come, and pledged redemption to every nation of man -- not just the Jews.
- God's covenant with Moses added a temporary system of laws to Abraham's covenant, in order to spotlight sin, strip man of self-righteousness, and illustrate the salvation to come.
- God's covenant with David made it clear that the Savior would be a king. And not just any king, but specifically a king descended from David, so that men of faith could have a way to know in whom to place their trust.
The New Covenant succeeds where the Law could only fail. The Law invokes guilt, while the New Covenant revokes it. The Law illustrated redemption, while the New Covenant accomplished it. The Law informed the conscience of a rebellious soul, but the New Covenant writes the living law of holiness on the renewed heart! The Law demands, the New Covenant endows. The Law damns, the New Covenant empowers.
But, with all this talk of covenants....where are dispensations?