How are you? How is your week going? Have you been reminded of God’s Covenant of Grace?
Ever since the Lord has formed my children in the womb, I have been praying for their future spouses and their future marriage. Even though we are decades away from them marrying, I have prayed for them, knowing that this is the SECOND MOST important decision of their lives. This decision will impact the rest of their lives.
However, there is something that I have been praying for more than their future earthly marriage. It is their future marriage with Christ. It is their faith. It is their walk with the Lord. This is by far the MOST important decision of their lives. It will not just impact the rest of their lives here, but it will impact them for the rest of eternity.
The Covenant of Life and the Covenant of Grace that we discussed this past Sunday are the two most important truths that we need to understand from Scripture and from our theology. The whole of Scripture and redemptive history are found upon these two covenants. This is the gospel for us.
God entered into the Covenant of Life with Adam, representing all of humanity. It was rather simple. Disobey by eating the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and receive death. Obey and receive life. We all know the story. Adam failed.
But immediately after the Fall, God entered into the Covenant of Grace with Adam and humanity. He would send a Redeemer that would do what Adam failed to do. He would obey by crushing the head of the serpent. However, His obedience would lead to His own death that was for our disobedience. And His obedience would lead to our life.
Adam disobeyed regarding the Tree, bringing the curse of sin into the world. Christ obeyed regarding another Tree, the cross on Calvary, bringing upon Himself the curse of sin. Through Christ, we now have life.
Is this true for us? Do we believe it? Do we trust in it? Do we cling to it? Is this our only hope? Is this the ultimate good news for us? Is this the most important truth and belief in our lives? If it is, then it becomes the message and motivation of our outreach. It becomes the “What” and the “Why” of our witness.
May this message bless you. May you be encouraged and rejuvenated in it. And may it lead you to bless others with that message of grace and hope!
See you on Sunday for Lord’s Day Worship. Please prepare your hearts for the Table!
In Christ,
Pastor Tim
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