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WHAT IS THE COVENANT OF GRACE?

MAR 8

Genesis 3:15
Memorise Genesis 3:15
“I will put enmity between thee and the woman…”

The first instance of the Gospel appearing in the Bible is found in Genesis 3:15. Here, God tells Satan that the seed of a woman (the Saviour) would be sent to bruise his head (save man from the bondage of sin by destroying Satan’s power). This is once again mentioned in Galatians 4:4 whereby the identity of the Saviour is revealed as Jesus, the Son of God. At a time of God’s own choosing, Jesus would be sent to live among man and to die on the cross for the sins of man to save him from the consequences of sin.

Man sins because he is born a sinner. This is because all of Adam’s descendants inherit the sin nature which he acquired after giving in to Satan’s temptation to disobey God in the Garden of Eden (Romans 5:12). Every person is subsequently already born in a state of condemnation and on the way to hell unless he chooses God’s simple plan of salvation: believe in the Lord Jesus and be saved (Romans 5:17-19). 

This is God’s Covenant of Grace which has been offered to man since the time of Adam’s fall. Just like the Covenant of Works, it is God who dictates the conditions, and here God decides to bestow unmerited favour to man by sending Jesus to pay the awful price for our sins because man is incapable of doing anything to counter the effects of our own sin. God agrees to grant salvation on the condition of faith in His Son, Jesus, as Saviour. Once again, man had no input into the design of this covenant.

As its name suggests, the Covenant of Grace is a wonderful testimony to the gracious provision of God in granting us the free gift of salvation. There are no longer any works that we need to perform in order to fulfill the terms of this covenant. Christ alone has met all the requirements for us, and therefore anyone who is in Christ, can receive the full benefits of God’s promise! Are you in Christ, and a part of the Covenant of Grace?

Thought: That God even bothered to provide a plan for our salvation is proof beyond doubt of His infinite grace and mercy.
Prayer: Thank You Lord for granting me salvation so richly and freely through Jesus my Redeemer.