Of God’s Covenant.
Chapter 7, Paragraph 2.
“Moreover Man having brought himself under the curse of the Law by his fall, it pleased the Lord to make a Covenant of Grace wherein he freely offereth unto Sinners,…“
God was under no obligation to rescue His people from their sinful estate. Man, failing to obey God, received the consequences of such disobedience. Sin entered the world, bringing with it misery, alienation from God, and death both spiritual and physical. Corrupted human nature was passed down to each person born by ordinary means. There was and still is no way for us to obtain life through keeping God’s law.
So yes, God could have stopped there. Adam and Eve blew it, we were all doomed, and God would still be perfectly just and good to leave us to our wretchedness and miserable fate. Yet He made a covenant. This solemn agreement gave the elect what was not deserved – it was, therefore, a Covenant of Grace.
This Covenant of Grace is not grudgingly given, but is freely offered to sinners. Free! How lavish, how generous is this grace that God provides! How great is the love bestowed upon His people!
O the deep, deep love of Jesus,
Vast, unmeasured, boundless, free!
-S. Trevor Francis
Questions to Consider
- What makes the Covenant of Grace so gracious?