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Knowing and Serving God

August 29

ONE COVENANT OF GRACE

I will be their God.
Genesis 17:8

Consider the new disposition of the covenant of grace--the word "new" simply means a new administration of the same covenant. Let us remind ourselves of God's purpose in this covenant of grace. Through sin and the Fall men and women lost their knowledge of God--they were estranged from Him, and God's purpose of redemption was to bring us back to know Him. The working out of the new economy of this covenant has been done in and through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is important, first of all, that we should establish clearly that we are still dealing with the same covenant. So let me give you these proofs.

The first is that there is but one covenant of grace, and it is the same covenant in the Old Testament as it is in the New Testament. We notice that the great promise made in the Old Testament ("I will be their God"--the promise made to Abraham in Genesis 17:8) is mentioned several times in the New Testament. It is one and the same promise. The greatest thing that can happen to anybody is to say, "My God." Nothing is to be compared with this, and it is the New Testament term as well as the Old Testament term.

The second proof is that you find the same kind of blessing in the Old Testament and in the New Testament. Take Psalm 51 and see what David prays there: "Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me" (verse 10); he wants to have the joy of his salvation restored to him (verse 12). Sometimes Christian people speak very wrongly of the kind of spiritual experience that was enjoyed by the Old Testament saints. There is a tendency to say that we have this experience but that they had nothing. You would be very surprised to hear that the psalmist is further on spiritually than you are!

A Thought to Ponder
There is but one covenant of grace, and it is the same covenant in the Old Testament as it is in the New Testament.

From God the Father, God the Son, pp. 235-236.



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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