by Scott Hahn
Published by St Anthony Messenger Press
Scott Hahn explores the “covenant love” God reveals to us through the Scriptures, and explains how God patiently reaches out to us – despite our faults and shortcomings – to restore us into relationship with his divine family. Begining with Adam and Eve and coming down through the generations to the coming of Christ and the birth of the Church. You’ll discover how the patient love of the Father revealed in the Bible is the same pesistent love he has for you.
“What is it that unites people as members of one family? Flesh and blood and a common name. Accordingly, the members of God’s universal family, the Church, are united in the sacrificial family banquet we call the Eucharist – Christ’s flesh and blood. Similarly, just as a common name unites a family, we as Church are united through baptism, rebirth and adoption into God’s family in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit” ……………….
“God’s plan unfolds in three stages: the Old Covenant is promise; the New Covenant is fulfillment; eternity is consummation. The time period between A.D. 30 and 70 represents a momentous turning point in God’s covenant plan as it unfolds in history. All Old Covenant signs had to give way to New Covenant realities. Likewise, at the end of time, the New Covenant signs (the sacrements) – which actually do what they signify – will give way to the tangible realities of eternity.
While the fulfillment is spiritual and invisible, its reality cannot be underestimated. The New Jerusalem is now. This is not another piece of the puzzle of covenant-historical interpretation. This is the puzzle; this is the picture. This is the climax of the Old and New Covenants.”