Of Christ the Mediator.
Chapter 8, Paragraph 1.
“…Unto whom he did from all Eternity give a people to be His seed, and to be by him in time redeemed, called, justified, sanctified, and glorified.“
Christian, you are a gift.
I don’t mean in a “you’re such an awesome person” kind of way. After all, you are fallen in Adam, and although you are being made holy through the Holy Spirit’s work in you, you still have that lingering corrupt nature. We learned all about that back in chapter 7 of the Confession.
We also know that if we are Christians, we have been appointed to eternal life by God. Back in chapter 3, we learned that God chose a people out of His mere free grace and love. These people are redeemed by Christ, called, justified, adopted, sanctified, and saved. We read that already. So why repeat it in this chapter? Is anything different mentioned?
Adding to our knowledge of the saving work of Christ are these words: “unto whom He did from all eternity give a people to be his seed”. The Father, when He and the Son made the Covenant of Redemption, gave a people to the Son. All those who have believed in Christ are a gift from the Father to the Son. Jesus’ redeeming work on earth was not done so that some people might belong to Him. The Father ensured that there would be a people for Christ.
Christian, you are part of a people gifted to Jesus by the Father. You are born again to be His offspring, adopted by God. The attention to detail given concerning your salvation, as well as the salvation of the rest of the elect, leaves no room for error. Your salvation is secure; the Trinity has seen to it. You are a gift. Rejoice in that!
Questions to Consider
- How secure is your salvation, if the Father has given you to Jesus?
Of God’s Covenant.
Chapter 7, Paragraph 3.
“…and it is founded in that eternal covenant transaction that was between the Father and the Son about the redemption of the elect;…“
2 Timothy 1:9
Through the Confession so far, we learned that God has decreed all things that come to pass. This also includes the Son taking on human flesh and laying down His life for sinners, that covenant of grace revealed in the gospel. The agreement between the members of the Trinity to redeem those sinners is called the covenant of redemption.
In eternity past, God the Father and God the Son solemnly agreed to save the elect. The Father sent His only begotten Son so that whoever believes will not perish. These who believe are given to the Son by the Father. (John 10:29) The Father raised Jesus from the dead, and has set Him at His right hand, glorifying Him with the glory they shared in eternity past.
The Son lived a life of perfect obedience to His Father. Was the Son forced to do this? No way! The Son willingly came to earth, because He desired to do the will of the Father. He made the Father known. He did the works of the Father. (John 14:12) He laid His life down for His sheep, and the Father loves Him for this.
The Holy Spirit supported Jesus through His life and aided Him in His ministry. In each step of His sinless life, the Lord relied on the Spirit to enable Him to keep the Law perfectly in His humanity. That same Spirit that helped Jesus is sent to His disciples, and applies Christ’s work to them.
Because of God’s faithfulness in keeping the covenant of redemption, we who are in Christ now receive the blessings of the covenant of grace. We are accepted by the Father because of the Son. We know the Father because the Son has made Him known. The Holy Spirit confirms that we are children of God. Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
Questions to Consider
- How does the covenant of redemption affect your view of the gospel?