All Christians are covenant kids
Paul Richard Strange Sr.
Jesus Christ connected all of the remnant church from the Twelve Tribes of Israel, to all of the persons given to Him by the Father from among the non-Jewish nations, and they formed together His church.
This is the outworking of God’s covenant with Abraham in fulfilled terms for people in all nations and ages who call on the Name of the Lord Jesus with a heart purified by faith in His saving death and glorious resurrection. We all belong to each other, we all share in the common salvation and we are all covenant kids.
The New Covenant really is a covenant, with real covenant blessings for obedience and real covenant curses for disobedience.
It is my conviction that Christianity finds its healthiest expressions in the lives of families and churches and societies whenever a high percentage of believers in all types of churches reason from a more covenantal mindset. The covenantal mindset, beginning with the realization that Christians are Abraham’s descendants, leads us differently about some matters than if we neglect to preach and teach that Christians are Abraham’s descendants.
Many Christians bring little children to the church to receive water baptism, which identifies a child born to Christian parents as a descendant of Abraham. Large numbers of Christian families bring little children to receive a special prayer of dedication to the Lord.
While I agree with the practice of baptizing little ones born to practicing Christians, it is a joyful reality that Christians instinctively have a keen interest in the spiritual lives of little ones. This is, I believe, a covenantal instinct.
Covenantal thinking reflects itself in many other ways in Christian congregations, as well. The breaking of the Bread and drinking of the Cup in the communion of Christ’s body and Christ’s blood is a testimony that all believers partake of Christ together, share an eternal family connection, and enjoy the celebration of the defeat of sin and death at the Cross.
Since all Christians are covenant kids, it behooves us to affirm the things which are most reflective of our covenantal connection to Jesus Christ and to all fellow Christians of all generations, past, present and future.
The first part of grabbing hold of what it means to be covenant kids is to preach and teach more faithfully and frequently that Jesus Christ is the Seed of Abraham, through Whom God has fulfilled His promises to the ancient Patriarch Abraham, and that Christians are the New Jerusalem Wife of the Lamb, and the Holy Temple of God.
Two physical "seeds" come out of Abraham: Isaac and Ishmael. Both of these descendants of Abraham became great nations. But, even greater is the fact that through faith in Jesus Christ, an innumerable multitude have been made into children of Abraham, justified by faith as Abraham was justified, and accepted by grace into the kingdom of Jesus Christ with no relevance of language, nationality or any other natural distinction!
The hesitancy of some pastors to make it plain that Christians are Abraham’s descendants is a hindrance to a more joyful covenant life in our churches. May we change this, for God’s glory. All Christians are covenant kids!