Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Covenant of Grace!

The Baptist Confession (1677/1689) says: "Such is the provision which God hath made through Christ in the covenant of grace for the preservation of believers unto salvation; that although there is no sin so small but it deserves damnation; yet there is no sin so great that it shall bring damnation on them that repent; which makes the constant preaching of repentance necessary."

This confession statement is one of my favorites, among so many favorites in the Baptist confession.  The idea that our God has made "provision" through our Savior in the Covenant of Grace is a beautiful truth.  Couple this with the idea that "there is no sin so great that it shall bring damnation on them that repent", and we have the greatest news ever.  This statement upholds God's sovereign provision of salvation, His Holiness ("no sin so small but it deserves damnation") His grace, the need to preach repentance (final phrase) and the idea that in God's covenant economy, believers are preserved.  Well worded 1689 signatories.  Well worded-- 

My three year old son usually says "Jesus" or "died on the cross" during family worship, catechism, etc. as his answer to most questions.  Didn't most of us growing up in Christian homes, at least for a little while, think "Jesus" was the right answer to every Bible question?!  The other day, when all the children were asked a question, he didn't know the answer, but he quickly blurted out "Covenant of Grace!"  We laughed, and partly because his daddy loves speaking of the Covenant of Grace.  But as I reflect...I long for him to truly know what Christ has done in the Covenant of Grace.  Would that he not only know the phrase...but truly know what it is...God's covenantal arrangement whereby He saves His people...a covenant progressively revealed "by farther steps",  until the skull-bruising seed of the woman made final atonement for sin and formally concluded or enacted it. 

For this daddy, I loved hearing the words, and I hope the phrase becomes knowledge for him...and knowledge that leads Him to worship...