God's Eternal Covenant
Pastor Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)
“...I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people [born-again Jews and Gentiles]...and their lawless deeds I will remember no more. ...In that He says, 'A new covenant,' He has made the first obsolete." Hebrews 8:10-13 and Jeremiah 31:33
"...I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands." Isaiah 49:15-16
It is not my remembering God, it is God’s remembering me which is the ground of my safety; it is not my laying hold of His covenant, but His covenant’s laying hold on me. Glory be to God! the whole of the bulwarks of salvation are secured by divine power, and even the minor towers, which we may imagine might have been left to man, are guarded by almighty strength.
Even the remembrance of the covenant is not left to our memories, for we might forget, but our Lord cannot forget the saints whom he has graven on the palms of his hands. It is with us as with Israel in Egypt; the blood was upon the lintel and the two side-posts, but the Lord did not say, “When you see the blood I will pass over you,” but “When I see the blood I will pass over you.”
My looking to Jesus brings me joy and peace, but it is God’s looking to Jesus [our Redeemer] which secures my salvation and that of all his elect, since it is impossible for our God to look at Christ, our bleeding Surety, and then to be angry with us for sins already punished in him. No, it is not left with us even to be saved by remembering the covenant. There is no linsey-woolsey (a coarse cloth made from linen interwoven with wool or cotton) here-not a single thread of the creature mars the fabric.
It is not of man, neither by man, but of the Lord alone. We should remember the covenant, and we shall do it, through divine grace; but the hinge of our safety does not hang there - it is God’s remembering us, not our remembering him; and hence the covenant is an everlasting covenant.
Morning and Evening, August 13 & 14, by Charles Haddon Spurgeon
"I am the Lord, and there is no other; I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity;
I, the Lord, do all these things." Isaiah 45:6-7
"You are my God. My times are in Your hand." Psalm 31:14
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