In the Hebrew Scriptures, covenant among people or nations has been described, but the most of memorable promises are those that God extended to humankind, for instance, the promise to Noah never again to destroy the earth by flood(Genesis 6:18) or the promise to Abraham that his descendants would multiply and inherit the land of Israel. God's revelation of the law to Moses on Mount Sinai created a pact (formal agreement) between God and Israel known as the Sinai covenant. In Christianity, Jesus' death established a new covenant between God and humanity. Establishment of a covenant was also marked by a ceremonial act. For instance, (Genesis 26:26-33) tells us of a covenant being accompanied by a meal as well as an oath ;( Jeremiah 34:18) refer to passing between the "halves" of a calf cloven in two. Another common feature of covenants in the Bible is the designation of symbol of the covenant, such as the rainbow (Genesis 9:13) or the monument of stones erected by Jacob and Laban (Gen. 31:51). Only committed covenant partners who have taken the oath of allegiance to the Lord Jesus Christ can survive the thrust of wickedness in our society. Any divine covenant always requires separation unto godly standards and demands. Abraham was called out from his kindred into a covenant of blessing and righteousness. We live in a world that is filled with truce-breakers, liars, dishonesty, broken marriages, disintegrated families and all sorts of abhorrence practices. Unfortunately this isn't common in the world only, but has found its way into the churches.
Characteristics of covenant and principles
Covenant Walk. This involves faith and obedience. You have to break ties with old groups and live to take a walk with God. In covenant walk, the goal is to seek divine guidance in the daily life's journey. As covenant partners, there's no way to walk together without common ground. Covenant Plan. This is guided by understanding the role in the whole plan, trusting completely in God that the plan is sure and reviewing the plan to stay on course and not to be distracted. Call to covenant making. This is the formation part of the covenant where the partners are made aware of the covenants requirement. If the contents of the covenant are considered beneficial to the covenant partners, then a deal is struck. God has called us unto the covenant of peace and reconciliation through the blood of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 13:20 NIV). You have to decide whether to accept or reject it. As a covenant partner it is important to ask yourself whether the activities you are engaged in please the Lord or grieve him. You cannot abuse your liberty in Jesus Christ then expect his blessing and guidance as well. Our covenant with Christ is sealed by the gift of the Holy Ghost which is the earnest of our divine inheritance (Ephesians 1:13). The Holy Spirit, the blood and the word of God play the central role in the new covenant that we have been called into in Jesus Christ.