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Knowing and Serving God

August 26

THE COVENANT OF GRACE

I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God.
Exodus 6:7

God has made certain promises. So what is the great central promise that He has made in the covenant of grace? He has promised to be a God unto man. That is the great promise: "I will be to you a God." Do you see the importance and significance of this? God had been the God of Adam, but Adam sinned against Him and fell; he became the slave of Satan and broke the connection with God. And the remarkable and astounding thing is that God turned to man and assured him in the covenant of grace that He had a way whereby He could still be a God to man. "I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God" (Exodus 6:7).

Make a note of that because as you go through the Scriptures you will find that this great promise is repeated time and time again. You will find it in Jeremiah 31:33; 32:38-40. You will find it in Ezekiel 34:23-25; 36:25-28; 37:26-27. You will find it in 2 Corinthians 6:16-18 and in Hebrews 8:10 and, in a marvelous way, in Revelation 21:3 where we read: "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them." That is the final state. So you see that is the very essence of God's promise in the covenant of grace--that what had been broken by sin and the Fall was going to be restored. And the supreme blessing therefore, the ultimate blessing, the blessing of blessings, is that God is my God, and that I have a right to say, "my God." And the whole of salvation is included in that.

How often do we tend to define salvation in terms other than that? Yet the greatest thing a human being can ever say since the Fall is this: "God is my God."

A Thought to Ponder
The greatest thing a human being can ever say since the Fall is this: "God is my God."

From God the Father, God the Son, pp. 226-227.



Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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