“I will be their God, and they will be my people.” Jeremiah 31:33 (NIV)
One of the words that is used in the Bible several hundred times is the word covenant. This is a word that everyone who has been married or owned a house will understand. It conveys the idea of an agreement between two parties. When you marry someone the two of you agree to certain things you will do for the other person. Also you will be guaranteed certain things in return. Usually the terms include fidelity to the other person and to a life long commitment to the vows. Each side to the covenant promise to do certain things and in return are guaranteed specific things by the other party.
Those people who have believed on the Lord Jesus have a covenant with God. However the situation is very different in that covenant. It is not the kind of covenant where two parties sit down at the bargaining table and hammer out a mutually satisfying agreement. The covenant Christians have with God is an agreement that is totally one-sided. That is – God promises to give His people blessings for a price. Jesus is the One who agrees to pay the price or the terms of the covenant.
In Hebrews 9:15-17 the believer’s covenant with God is described in terms of a will. Jesus is the one who dies so the beneficiaries can receive the blessings promised. Once the testator died the will cannot be changed. The beneficiaries must receive the blessing in the will.
If we take the bread and wine in the communion service we are stating that we have an agreement, or covenant with God that is secure and certain through the blood of Christ. Jesus Himself said the night of the betrayal that the bread and wine are the symbols of the new covenant.
Maybe our lives are in a sorry state. Possibly all our hopes of the good life here and now are dashed by circumstances beyond our control. Our health may be gone, our savings may be exhausted, our RRSP’s are not going to support us as we wished, one of our children has tragedy in their life and we cannot help them, whatever the adverse situation happens to be, we remember that we have God committed to our side ultimately. We, who are God’s people, do have wonderful things guaranteed to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Our hope of enduring to the end of this life and the final victory in eternity is solely built on what Jesus has done for us. We dare not trust anything we do as helping us to obtain or sustain our life in Christ. We leave the securing of our salvation and any blessings in this life entirely to Jesus.
A very fine verse of a hymn by Edward Mote goes like this:
His oath, His covenant, His blood support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way, He then is all my hope and stay.
Do you have this confidence in your life? Do you have this agreement with God that is guaranteed to you by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus? If you do then remember that nothing death or hell can do will remove you from the love of God. You are in the place of ultimate safety and security.
If you are not in this covenant with God there is nothing you can expect by way of safety or rescue by God. You are left to your own wits to deal with the sorrowful aspects of life.
But Jesus Christ invites us all to come to Him and receive the benefits of what He did here so long ago. No one is excluded but those who exclude themselves. The invitation is given to everyone to come and receive blessings now and heaven for eternity. Will you come?