Okay, so attempting to write a paper regarding Christ’s fulfillment of the Old Testament, my fingers took a wrong turn into a topic that doesn’t belong in the paper, but it looks rather interesting to explore:
The pattern of covenantal relationship between God and humanity always begins with God’s initiative and continues with His promises, and humanity’s response. In some ways, these covenants are unilateral, in that humanity has no input into their composition, but rather has the choice to either comply with the right response (righteousness) or defy God’s conditions for covenant, thereby refusing the grace God has offered.
Obedience is going to enter into there somewhere, along with the benevolence of an all-knowing God and the responsibility of the creation to pay attention to the Creator.
But, I don’t have time at the moment, so I’m parking it here, and going back to the paper.