BCL Grow: The Noahic Covenant — Genesis 9:15-17

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Genesis 9:15-17 (Grace)

Bible Passage

I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.” — Genesis 9:15-17


“Finally, the common grace covenant provides the arena for Christ to come. God promised Adam and Eve salvation through the coming Champion-Offspring. Had God destroyed the world completely, this promise would not have been fulfilled.” — Michael G. Brown and Zach Keele, Sacred Bond; Covenant Theology Explored, p. 82.

Steps to Take

1. Consider: In the Noahic (common) grace covenant, God promises that “never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth” (Gen. 9:11). While this covenant is a unilateral promise of God, there are regulations that humans are expected to follow.

2. Remember: The regulations God gives to Noah in the common grace covenant are tied to creation and consist of the following: 1) be fruitful and multiple, 2) eat animals and plants, but humans are not to eat meat like wild animals would do (with the blood); and 3) uphold the sanctity of life via capital punishment (Gen. 9:1-7).

3. Rejoice: The primary purpose of the common (Noahic) covenant was to preserve humanity and the world so that the seed of the woman could be born, Christ Jesus, who would crush the head of the serpent, Satan (Gen. 3:15). Jesus redeemed God’s people from the debt of their sin that they could never repay themselves and earned eternal life for them by his perfect obedience. Forgiveness for sin and Christ’s righteousness are counted to all God’s saints by God’s grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.

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