The gospel of the promises of the covenant of GodFor our baptism to be a meaningful, and for us to embrace a real hope of salvation byresurrection from the dead and redemption from an otherwise eternal grave, we musthave a simple uncomplicated understanding and a sincere acknowledgement of thefirst principles of truth taught in these events. These principles are described in thefollowing chapters.*********************Chapter 2
God created the heavens and the earth in 6 days for His pleasure according as it iswritten, “
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thouhast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created
.” (Revelation 4v 11).The pleasure of God is that the earth will be inherited by His son (Psalm 2), who bykeeping of the conditions of the covenant of God when he was a mortal man wouldgive God the pleasure He desired, as it is written, “And lo a voice from heaven,saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3 v 17), andagain, “
While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold avoice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
” (Matthew 17 v 5).The creation of the heaven and the earth was deliberate and was done by the angelsaccording to the plan of God, “
By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. For he spake, and it was done; hecommanded, and it stood fast.
” (Psalm 33 v 6) and again, “
For thus saith the LORDthat created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hathestablished it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD;and there is none else.
” (Isaiah 45 v 18).*********************Chapter 3
The purpose for creation
The purpose for which the earth was created was that God should be a Father (Psalm103 v 13) and that His firstborn son (a son of man, Matthew 1 v 16); and the son of God, John 1 v 34) and a family of friends as his companion (after his likeness, John15 v 14) should inherit it for ever (Matthew 19 v 29); (Matthew 25 v 34). The first sonAdam, proved disloyal to the oath but the second son Jesus Christ, proved faithful tothe covenant (Romans 5 v 17); (I Corinthians 15 v 22 & 45) and was given the title byGod of the firstborn and rightful inheritor of the earth (II Samuel 7 v 12-14); (Isaiah 9v 6-7); (Ezekiel 21 v 27).The creation, and the purpose for that creation, are inseparably united by the covenantof God which is an immutable oath that encompasses both the work of creation of the3