Friday, February 22, 2008
THE BLOOD OF THE EVERLASTING COVENANT
The everlasting covenant of grace is the covenant, of which Christ is the Surety and Mediator (Hebrews 7:22 8:6).
This is an "everlasting one." It commenced from everlasting, as appears from the everlasting love of God, which is the rise and foundation of it; from the counsels of God of old, which issued in it; from Christ's being set up from everlasting, as the Mediator of it; from the promises of it which were made before the world began; and from the spiritual blessings of grace in it, which were given to God's elect in Christ before the foundation of it. Moreover, it will endure for ever; nor will it be succeeded by any other covenant.
And the blood of Christ may be called the blood of it, because the shedding of it is a principal article in it. By it the covenant is ratified and confirmed, and all the blessings of it come through it, as redemption, peace, pardon, justification, and even admission into heaven itself. Christ, through it, was brought again from the dead, because by it He fulfilled His covenant engagements, satisfied divine justice, and abolished sin, yea, death itself.
By John Gill