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Covenant of Grace
I am including this article in this topic because many people do not know what it is. I think it is important and applies to the last days.
What is the Covenant of Grace? The Covenant of Grace is a covenant made between God and sinful man with Jesus Christ serving as the Mediator of this covenant. In this covenant, God promises to freely and graciously give sinful mankind salvation and eternal life through Jesus Christ. The only thing God requires in return is FAITH in Jesus for salvation. This faith trusts in the Person and Work of Christ Jesus for their salvation, knowing that NO effort of their own can ever save their soul. It is called a Covenant of Grace (Heb.10:29). Salvation is found! Salvation is NOT earned or deserved.
WHY do we need a Covenant of Grace? Because Adam failed to live up to the requirement of the Covenant of Works. Adam's failure in the Garden brought sin, misery and death into the world and made it impossible for us to earn of merit eternal life thorough obedience to the law.
Does God’s Law oppose the Promises of God? No way! If a law had been given that could give eternal life, then righteousness would be by the Law. Galatians 3:21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. (KJV)
Can the works of the Law justify anyone? NO! No human being will be justified in God’s sight, because it is through the Law comes knowledge of sin. Galatians 3:24 -25 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. (KJV)
The righteousness of God (Rom.1:17; 3:5, 21-22), is to be found apart from the Law.
Romans 3:20-21 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. 21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; (KJV)
The righteousness of God comes only by FAITH in Jesus!
Romans 3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: (KJV)
Romans 4:5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. (KJV)
Romans 4:13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. (KJV)
Romans 9:30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. (KJV)
Galatians 5:5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. (KJV)
Phil. 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: (KJV)
Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. (KJV)
God has done what the Law could not do. He sent Jesus to die on the cross, and pay sin’s penalty for us. When we accept what Jesus did for us, we believe in FAITH and are saved. Romans 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: (KJV)
God was NOT obligated to come up with another covenant with mankind. Man's failure to live up to the terms of the Covenant of Works, which was obey God’s Laws, ALL of them, placed mankind under the yoke of condemnation. Galatians 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. (KJV)
God would be perfectly right to leave things as they were, where we would be doomed to Hell, but He enters into a new covenant; a covenant of grace. Faith in Jesus justifies us in God’s Eyes. Romans 5:1-2 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (KJV)
Who are the parties to the Covenant of Grace? The parties are God as the offended party, and mankind as the offending party. Because of SIN, a Mediator is necessary to bring the two parties together, and that Mediator is Christ Jesus (1 Tim.2:5-6). Jesus Christ took our place on cross and fulfilled the requirements of the Covenant of Works that Adam and his descendants (us) were unable to fulfill. Christ Jesus paid the penalty for our covenant failure by suffering the judgment of God's wrath for sin on the cross (Lk.23:44).
What must we do to make the Covenant of Grace effective in our lives? Since the Grace of God is free and unconditional, the only thing we must do is to believe God (1 Jn.5:10-13). Believing God is FAITH! God requires faith. God demands FAITH! The Scripture states that those who have faith in the Person and Work of Christ are those who will inherit eternal life (Jn.3:16; Rom.10:9). FAITH is absolutely necessary for salvation. There is no way we can get around that! But, the Bible also teaches that God enables those whom He has chosen to believe in Christ (Jn.6:44; Eph.1:4-7). SO . . . in other words, the FAITH that is necessary for salvation is itself a gracious gift.
Consider the following:
Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (KJV)
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (KJV)
Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; (KJV)
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (KJV)
Eph.2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (KJV)
Eph. 3:7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. (KJV)
Ezekiel 36:26-27 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. (KJV)
John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. (KJV)
People who are dead in sin CANNOT respond in faith to the Gospel unless God, by His grace enables them to respond in faith and repentance. So, it seems the Covenant of Grace does have a condition, but it is a situation that God kindly meets in His elect (Jn.15:16; 17:6; Eph.1:4-5; 2:10; 2 Thes.2:13).
Is the Covenant of Grace different in the OT than it is in the NT? Not really. People were saved the same way in the OT as they are in the NT . . . by FAITH. In the OT, they had the Promise, whereas the NT fulfilled that Promise. The Covenant of Grace in the OT is seen in the Promise made to Abraham and his descendants. God promised to bless Abraham and to make his name great and that all the families of the earth will be blessed through him (Gen.12). The Covenant of Grace is also seen in the covenant made with the Israelites at the foot of Sinai when God set up an elaborate sacrificial system to atone for their sins. All of these sacrifices anticipate the Coming of Christ and His work (Book of Hebrews). All of the OT points forward to and foreshadows Christ. In the NT, all of the types and shadows of the OT are fulfilled in Christ. He did not come to eliminate the law, He came to fulfill it (Mat.5:17). The great contrast between the old covenant and the new covenant, of which both are parts of the Covenant of Grace, is perfectly detailed in Hebrews 7 – 10.
The Covenant of Grace is a fulfillment of the Covenant of Works. What Adam could not do, Christ Jesus did. And since Jesus fulfilled ALL of the conditions of the Covenant of Works, God is now able to enter into a Covenant of Grace with His people . . . forgiving them of their sins and counting them righteous in Christ (Rom.5:1-2).
We are living in the Last Days. We all must watch as we wait for the Coming of the Lord Jesus at the Rapture.
LAST DAYS EVENTS
???Three Comings of the Lord Jesus???
Antichrist and His Names
Antichrist Revealed, Restrainer Removed
Continuing in Sin
Covenant of Grace
Ecumenism, Christian Response
Flaming Fires of Hell
Image of the Beast
Mark of the Beast
Mark of Beast, Obedience or Disobedience
Mark of the Beast Very Near
Rise of the Antichrist
Satan's Counterfeit Messiah
Satan and the Antichrist
Satan's Second Beast
Second Beast in Revelation Chapter 13
Second Beast Will Rise
Temple Rebuilt in Jerusalem
Warning of the Third Angel
WHAT Should We Do?
WHY the Rapture Is Near