Covenant

Our culture really downplays the idea of covenant. We often view our covenant with Christ as a contract, and if this were the case, we would all be in a lot of trouble. There is lot of teaching out there that says our relationship with God is contractual and that if we do this, then God will do that. If this were the case, it would have to go both ways.

Topics : The Character of God

Our culture really downplays the idea of covenant.

We often view our covenant with Christ as a contract, and if this were the case, we would all be in a lot of trouble. There is lot of teaching out there that says our relationship with God is contractual and that if we do this, then God will do that. If this were the case, it would have to go both ways.

So when people teach that if you give a certain amount of money, then God will bless you with a house and car, it would be accurate to say that if you don’t live a perfect life, then God can send you to hell and destroy your life because you would be breaking contract with Him.

Fortunately, this is not the way it works. If we believe in Christ as our Lord and Savior, then we are in covenant with God.

This covenant cannot be broken. Nothing can separate us from God (Romans 8:38-39). He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).

This promise is very comforting to me, but it is also very terrifying. I Thessalonians 5:23-24 says, “Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.”

God is committed to keeping His covenant with us no matter what we do, but He is also faithful to make sure we keep the covenant, too.

This should be both comforting and terrifying at the same time, comforting in that God is faithful to complete the work He started with us and terrifying in that He will use any means necessary to complete this task and gain glory.

My hope in writing this is that we would take our covenant with God more seriously. We have an opportunity to grow in the Lord and gain the treasure in the field (Matthew 13:44), but we so often try to use God to gain our treasure down here.

Let us run hard after God knowing that He is what we really want, whether we realize it or not. Let us praise His name because He is faithful to keep us in covenant with Him so that we can gain the kingdom of heaven.