God, our Father, is totally committed to whatever He says. He takes His Word to be higher than His name. There is no force, power, or authority greater or higher than His name, but to showcase how much He values His Word, He is forever definitive about it. The Father values covenant immensely. More than just a simple agreement to Him, it is an everlasting commitment. He is an eternal Father, not temporal. Relationship is of the utmost importance to Him. It was man in the garden of Eden who made the choice to sin and put a wedge in his relationship between himself and the Father. Despite man breaking his commitment to the Father and trying to hide in consequence, it was the Father who came looking for him, and not vice-versa. Disobedience and sin raise up a people who are unlawful, uncommitted, and uncovenanted. The Father, on the other hand, continues to speak and is forever committed and covenanted to people who forgo the ways of the world and are totally joined together with Him.
In the garden of Eden there were no laws for man except one: not to partake of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Our sovereign Father has a character and nature of absolute righteousness, holiness, and justice. In Him are found no in-congruencies. As Adam was created in His image and likeness, this was his standard as well. The internalization of the Father’s nature and character was a normal way of life. Prior to the rebellion of sin, the Father and Adam communicated on a daily basis. This communication was not about “do’s and don’ts” but was an engaging conversation on enquiry, purpose, and heart. Even after Adam sinned, the Father still communicated with him, but we don’t know whether these conversations were as regular or as normal as they had been before sin entered the picture.
The Father has been covenanted to His children since before the foundation of the world, and nothing can change how He feels about us. He continually seeks after a generation that will awake in His likeness and follow His ways. So, from Adam to Abraham, He consistently spoke and gave guidance for what was in His heart. But time and time again, based on lawlessness, disobedience, and sin, man broke his covenant with the Father and served foreign gods contrived out of the wickedness of his heart. This systemic disobedience steadily diminished the light of the Father’s nature and character within the environment of life that we were given to possess. The more the internalization of the Father’s covenant became diminished in the heart of man, the less value man placed on it.
God the Father spoke to Moses and ascribed for him a list of laws for the people to live by. These laws were not meant to keep them in bondage, but to showcase the very essence of the nature and character of the Father and thus teach them how they were to live if they were to live distinctively different from the pagan nations around them. As usual, the people at first agreed and followed suit, but only for a limited time. Before long, they broke the covenant; they went back on their commitment to the Father and brought down His judgment upon them. Even though the Father’s words are pure and His commands righteous, the law given outwardly could not produce a perfect people.
The new covenant was exemplified in the person and life of Jesus, the last Adam. He was the lamb slain before the foundation of the world. Christ perfectly demonstrated the internalization of the Father’s nature and character. His purpose in coming to mankind was not simply to save people so they could go somewhere else, but to show them a representation of one who manifested the image and likeness of the Father in a world of disorder. This Son of man/Son of God exhibited the authenticity and purity of a life lived on the plane of a relationship interconnected to the Father with His law inscribed on the heart and mind of a Son.
Christ is the pattern Son given to us; He is the very essence of the new covenant. The old was good but could not lead man back to the Father in a relationship with him as sons. In the old the law was written on the outside, on tablets of stone and expressed by verbal words. While the blood of animals signified salvation, it was not ultimate, which is why those sacrifices needed to be made repeatedly. It took the blood of a righteous, just, and holy Son—Jesus—to redeem, restore, and reconcile man back to the Father. Because of this, today the law of the Father—His nature and character—is inscribed on the minds and hearts of the sons of God. These are the ones who live by the life of the Spirit and possess the Father without any leakage in their lives.