The Covenant with Noah (Gen. 6-9)

The account of Noah and the ark is one that always features prominently in children’s Sunday School materials with colorful illustrations of lots of animals, but it is actually a very dark story; God did, after all, destroy the entire world with a flood because of the moral corruption mankind had sunk to. From a covenantal perspective, the Flood account is a key foundational pillar in the Covenant of Grace.

Start of the Covenant of Grace (Gen. 4-5)

Many commentators observe the typological parallelism of Abel as a type of Christ, as well as the idea that Abel’s offering was of a blood sacrifice, anticipating the sacrifice that Christ would make in dying on the cross. More, however, can be said in terms of the covenantal significance of Gen. 4:1-6:8. This passage speaks of both the nature of man, the nature of God, and the way God has chosen to engage with man under the Covenant of Grace.

The Covenant of Works (Gen. 2-3)

In understanding the Bible, we need to realize that it revolves around a two covenant structure. The Covenant of Works (as the Westminster Confession puts it) or the Covenant of Life (as in the Larger Catechism terms it) highlights the potential for man to have had greater communion with God, had the covenant head, Adam been faithful to God. His failure to do so cast all mankind into misery, but opened the door to God's redemptive plan.

Creation and Covenant (Gen. 1)

The covenantal nature of Genesis 1 can be more clearly seen if one remembers three essential aspects of kingship, namely that a king—must have a realm over which to rule, the power to rule that realm, and legitimacy in exercising that rule, typically manifested in the majesty and glory that accompanies his reign. We see all of those things in Genesis 1:1-2:3, even though God is not explicitly called a king.

Why Do We Need Creeds, Confessions, and Catechisms?

Creeds, confessions, and catechisms are constraining.  It is one thing to take a handful of verses and say this is my opinion as to what the Bible says; it is quite another to say that this is what the church’s established, collective understanding is on what Scripture teaches.  This can be a good thing though.  It keeps pastors, teachers, and individuals from making the Bible say whatever they want it to say, and honesty toward our neighbor and integrity toward our Lord should compel us to be clear and forthright about the faith we profess as Christians.