- Some believe the old covenant was salvation by works and the new salvation by grace.
- Presbyterians and other reformed Catholics believe a conditional covenant with children.
- They presume without basis that circumcision of the old is baptism of the new.
- They adopt heresies as infant baptism, confirmation, sacraments, Godparents, etc.
- Most Baptists and others believe Jesus made a covenant pinata of salvation and spiritual blessings for you to strike at with a personal decision in the flesh to get at the goodies.
- Salvation is only by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12; 15:11; John 14:6).
- A great father is good during life and good at death (Prov 13:22; 19:14; II Cor 12:14).
- We usually call such written covenants the “last will and testament” of an individual.
- Courts employ clerks and servants to find and inform beneficiaries of their inheritance.
- The Judge – God the Father – determines the validity and legality of the covenant.
- The Testator – Jesus the Son – died to put the testament or covenant into force.
- The Executor – the Holy Ghost – applies the benefits to the account of each beneficiary.
- There is only one covenant of salvation – the eternal covenant of grace – though there be several different dispensations and administrations and revelations of that one covenant.
- Blood redemption is by the everlasting covenant of God (Heb 13:20-21; Isaiah 53:10-12).
- As with all covenants or wills, they only go into force at the time of death (Heb 9:15-18).
- The covenant transaction was between God and Christ rather than sinners (Heb 9:12,14).
- The covenant benefits are only for those specially chosen by God (John 6:38; Eph 1:3-4).
- God promised eternal life before the world began but recently revealed it (Titus 1:2-3).
- This everlasting covenant includes regeneration and justification (Hebrews 8:10-12).
- The gospel news of this Divine transaction is for our conscience (Heb 9:14; I Pet 3:21).
- Note: only in your conscience can you be justified by the law or fall from grace (Gal 5:4).
- The news to a natural man – spiritually dead in his sins – is mere foolishness (I Cor 2:14).
- There are no benefits for reprobates, for God cut them out of His glorious will.
- There are no conditions for reprobates, for they could not perform them anyway.
- The news to a spiritual man – alive by regeneration – brings facts to light (II Tim 1:10).
- It brings the news God was in Christ reconciling us to Himself (II Cor 5:18-21).
- It brings things we can do to please our Father and enjoy true living (Ps 19:11).
- The gospel brings joy, relief, and peace of knowing about the covenant (I Cor 1:18,24).
- David ascribed all his salvation and desire to an everlasting covenant (II Samuel 23:1-5).
- God confirmed His promises with an oath for strong consolation and hope (Heb 6:16-20).
- There is no worry about this covenant (Jer 33:20-21; 31:35-36; Is 54:9-10; Ps 89:34-37).
- This covenant we remember and celebrate at the Lord’s Supper (Luk 22:20; I Cor 11:25).
- If you wish to glimpse the glory of this covenant, then read Revelation 5:1-14 and 11:19.
- Slothful and foolish saints may live fruitless lives by forgetting the covenant (II Pet 1:9).
- The God of the everlasting covenant works His will in obedient saints (Hebrews 13:21).