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Ministry Reflection - July 23, 2009

The Davidic Covenant: 2 Samuel 7

It was on the basis of the Covenant of Grace, the covenant God made with David, that He offered salvation to the people of God. The way of salvation has always been the same: not through works, but through faith in Christ. Everyone who was saved in the Old Covenant was saved by looking forward to and trusting in Jesus Christ.

It’s on this same basis that the Lord still offers salvation today. That’s good news, because as we’ve already seen, God will not accept us as we are. We are guilty of Adam’s sin; we have eaten of the forbidden tree. We have sinned again and again against His commandments. Any one sin in enough to condemn us forever, but we have committed many sins. We need Christ to bring us into heaven; He’s our only hope.

But this is exactly what He offers you this morning purely out of His free grace: In the passage from Isaiah we’ve just read, Christ makes an offer that is still valid: If you’re thirsty, He says, come to the water and drink. If you’re hungry for salvation, come and receive it freely. You can waste your whole life trying to make God accept you through your own supposed good works, but He won’t because you don’t have any good works: all our works are like filthy rags in His eyes. If you listen to what Jesus says instead, and come to Him, He will give you life; He will save you; the Lord will make an everlasting covenant with you, according to the faithful mercies shown to David; He will receive you as His child.

Have you taken Him up on His offer this morning? If not, what’s holding you back? What can be more important than your eternal safety? Is what’s holding you back worth your soul? Is it worth an eternity of suffering in hell? Jesus says, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matt. 16:26). Whatever it is, turn away from it. Turn from your sins, trust Jesus to save you, and the Father will receive you. Amen.

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