Of God’s Covenant.
Chapter 7, Paragraph 2.
“…life and salvation by Jesus Christ, requiring of them faith in Him, that they may be saved;…“
God was pleased to make a Covenant of Grace with sinners. Did you get that? He was pleased. This was not a decision made begrudgingly. Sometimes as parents we are frustrated at the foibles of our children. “Now to go and fix everything for them again!” we sigh. But not so with God. While Adam and Eve broke God’s law, and plunged mankind into a state of sin and misery, Jesus Christ willingly came to save the elect.
This covenant of grace was not also done hastily. Adam’s disobedience did not take God by surprise, so that He had to scramble to redeem a people. The omniscient, omnipotent God decreed in Himself from all eternity all things that come to pass; the covenant of grace is no exception. It has been His plan from the beginning. He knows what horrid sinners we are, yet still saves us, for His glory.
All who believe in Jesus receive life and salvation, freely and immediately. There is no waiting period, no trial to see if you deserve it. If you are in Christ, you do not have to sit on pins and needles anticipating His reaction, and you do not have to walk on eggshells around Him for fear of losing His love. Sam Waldron describes it aptly:
God does not need to make covenants of swear oaths to us. His promises need no confirmation, yet God condescends to swear an oath to confirm them to us. The fact that He does so shows that God is at pains to assure his people of the utter certainty of his promises, of his faithfulness, of their utter security in his love and grace. Some people always like to keep you guessing. God is not like that. He wants us to be utterly certain of the security of our relationship with him.
–1689 Baptist Confession of Faith: A Modern Exposition
Rest in the promise of His covenant of grace. Has He spoken, and will not make it good? “…so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us.” (Hebrews 6:18)
Questions to Consider
- What are the requirements of the covenant of grace?