Bahá’u’lláh’s Covenant is, in its broadest sense, a renewal of the Covenant of God. His dispensation is the fulfillment of the Everlasting Covenant. Bahá’u’lláh has also assured us that God’s Covenant will not end with this Covenant, for He has promised a new Manifestation Who will come in a thousand or more years.
In addition to renewing the Covenant of God, Bahá’u’lláh has created another Covenant with His followers. This is the “specific,”1 the “lesser,”2 or “second form”3 of Covenant in which He called upon the believers to turn to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá after His passing. The Covenant of Baha’ullah and The Covenant of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá will examine this second type of Covenant.
1 Shoghi Effendi, The World Order of Bahá’u’lláh 137
2 The Universal House of Justice, The Covenant, intro.
3 Written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance 147