Christianity teaches that sinners are justified by faith and we are righteous by faith. What the overwhelming majority of Christians do not understand is the correct understanding of the covenants is critical to effecting righteousness by faith. As A.T. Jones expressed it:
Thus the covenant from Sinai brought them to the covenant with Abraham. The first brought them to the second covenant. The old covenant brought them to the new covenant. And thus the law, which was the basis of that covenant, —the broken law, —was the schoolmaster to bring them to Christ, that they might be justified by faith. A.T. Jones RH July 17, 1900
The correct understanding of the covenants is also critical to grasping the Everlasting Gospel and the mediatorial work of Christ as our High Priest in the Heavenly Sanctuary from the foundation of the world.
"The priesthood of Christ commenced as soon as man had sinned. He was made a priest after the order of Melchizedek. Ms43b-1891 (July 4, 1891) par. 5
The Lord sent a most precious message through elders Waggoner and Jones; a message that was built upon a framework of the two covenants entirely different from all other Christian denominations before it. It is vital to understand the covenants as Jones and Waggoner taught it.