BIG NEWS for Covenant of Love! (An Introductory Blog)

Derek Ouellette —  January 6, 2010

This is the “official” announcement and unveiling of the logo for Covenant of Love (break out the champagne people, this calls for a celebration!)

You may already have seen this logo as my Gravatar when I have added comments in the past, and recently you have probably noticed this little logo up in the address bar in your browser (Favicon).

But today I make it official.

Covenant of Love presents:

Drum roll please…

Nice eh? (Yah that’s right. I’m Canadian)

What’s That All About?

So what’s the deal? How does this logo represent Covenant of Love? Let me explain.

(Be warned, this might get a bit technical.)

The covenant which God established with Abraham was both unconditional – that is, through Abraham God will, he is driven to, set things right(!) – and it is conditional – that is, while God’s plan is to redeem creation including all mankind, through Israel, through those who are in Abraham, the question becomes, who is in Abraham (Israel)?

These two aspects of the same covenant are clearly paralleled in Gen 15 and Gen 17. In the first passage God himself passes through the blood of mutilated animals declaring to Abraham that God will stake his own life on the line! ‘If what I promise does not come to pass’, God says, ‘may what happened to these animals happen to me’; this is essentially what was communicated in that morbid event. (The irony is that, in order for God to keep his promise, what happened to those animals had to happen to him.[1])

Yet in chapter 17, when the covenant with Abraham is confirmed a conditional element enters the scene:  “you are to undergo circumcision, and it is to be the sign of the covenant between me and you”. God tells Abraham and his family that they must be circumcised as a “sign”, that is, an outward symbol of an inward event! Circumcision of the flesh was to symbolize a circumcised heart, or rather, faith![2] And anyone who does not undergo this circumcision will be “cut off” from the people of God (Genesis 17:14). So from the very beginning God has set a plan in motion to redeem creation through one man and through his family; yet those who are in that family, who partake in the covenant, are not only those who are born of the flesh, but of the heart, of faith!

The word “covenant” in the New Testament is transliterated something like this: diatheke, and its majority of occurrences are either quotations from or allusions to the Old Testament.[3] In Hebrew the verb form of covenant means “to cut”, to shed blood. So when a covenant (which is a relationship) between God and man is made it is, and was quite literally, “cut” – “without the shedding of blood there’s no forgiveness of sins”[4].

The word “Love” in the Greek is transliterated something like this: agapao, and is used by the New Testament writers to describe the relationship between a husband and his wife[5] and, most importantly, of God’s undeserved love for mankind.[6] Love (agapao) in the scripture is not simply an aspect of Gods character, like God’s sovereignty or holiness or righteousness. The scriptures begin a definition of love not with what God has, but with whom God is; God himself is Love itself. God is love says 1 John 4:8.

The logo for Covenant of Love utilizes the first letter in the Greek word for “covenant” – the delta, and the first letter in the Greek word for “love” – the alpha. Together the delta and the alpha form an abbrevation for “Covenant of Love”!

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. – 1 John 4:10

He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. – 1 John 2:2

[1] Isaiah 53:5-7; “… he was led like a lamb to the slaughter…”

[2] Cf. Deuteronomy 10:16

[3] Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, p.143

[4] Hebrews 9:22

[5] Cf. Ephesians 5:25

[6] John 3:16; 1 John 2:2; 1 John 4:9-10

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  • Wendy Hedrick

    Good Evening Son:
    I love the symbols. Are they written that way in the Greek as well? You have become so creative. It’s AWESOME!!! (and for all you other readers…It’s a Mother’s perogative to say that I’m proud of my Son.)
    Love Mom
    PS I’ll try not to embarrass you!
    Derek mom and I both thought it said sol at first,
    (sorry out of luck) HAHAHAHA!!!