THE EVERLASTING COVENANT
NEVERTHELESS I WILL REMEMBER MY COVENANT WITH THEE IN THE DAYS OF THY YOUTH, AND I WILL ESTABLISH UNTO THEE AN EVERLASTING COVENANT. THEN THOU SHALT REMEMBER THY WAYS, AND BE ASHAMED, WHEN THOU SHALT RECEIVE THY SISTERS, THINE ELDER AND THY YOUNGER: AND I WILL GIVE THEM UNTO THEE FOR DAUGHTERS, BUT NOT BY THY COVENANT. AND I WILL ESTABLISH MY COVENANT WITH THEE; AND THOU SHALT KNOW THAT I AM THE LORD: THAT THOU MAYEST REMEMBER, AND BE CONFOUNDED, AND NEVER OPEN THY MOUTH ANY MORE BECAUSE OF THY SHAME, WHEN I AM PACIFIED TOWARD THEE FOR ALL THAT THOU HAST DONE, SAITH THE LORD GOD. EZEKIEL 16:60-
The LORD GOD of glory has always had a people in the earth which were and are the apple of HIS eye. HE has and does love them with an unwavering and everlasting love. In times past HE chose to manifest that relationship (by type and foreshadow) as a conditional (and temporary) covenant with a particular nation (Israel) out of all the nations of the earth. HE did this in order that HE may demonstrate the inability of men to keep HIS law and to magnify the glory of HIS grace in loving HIS true people unconditionally. There is much error in thinking that Israel as a people or nation are the “elect” of GOD. This concept produces much turmoil in the earth; not only politically but spiritually as well.
Whole schemes of “eschatology” (i.e.; the study of end times) are built on the supposition that Israel is the “chosen nation” of GOD for all time. Entire systems of theology (i.e.; the study of GOD and HIS relationship to man) are based on the idea that the rudiments and commandments of this “old” covenant are still in effect and binding upon GOD’s people today in one form or another. Yet it seems abundantly clear in the scripture that GOD has now (i.e.; in these last days)[note: the scripture speaks, of but two ages in the earth, the former times and the latter days; the former times being before the manifestation of CHRIST in the flesh and the latter being since] manifested HIS relationship to HIS people not in the type and foreshadow of the past but as it truly is, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” (John 10:27-
Those who are the recipients of HIS grace have been given the privilege of partaking of the benefits of this everlasting covenant which is built upon better promises than the first. (see Heb.8:6). None of the promises nor benefits of this “covenant” are conditional but are bestowed on GOD’s people without merit either realized or forseen. This covenant which has now been revealed in JESUS CHRIST is not new in the sense that it is an improvement on the old nor even that it is a replacement for it Rather it is the true covenant of grace (see Eph.2:11-
GOD giving HIS people true repentance.
“Then thou shalt remember thy ways, and be ashamed”. The LORD JESUS said that the work of HIS SPIRIT would be to convince men of sin, righteousness, and judgment. (see John 16:8) Repentance, like faith, is an action of man but the gift of GOD. When the LORD quickens a man HE will bring him to a place of sorrow and shame over his sin. As we look at most modern “conversions” we see little evidence of repentance as multitudes are taught “how to be saved” by an easy three or four step formula. Where is the broken heartedness spoken of in the scripture?
GOD giving HIS people a glimpse of HIS glory.
“and thou shalt know that I am the LORD”. Unregenerate men can see everything about JESUS CHRIST; that the re-
GOD taking away the sin and sorrow of HIS people.
“and never open thy mouth any more because of thy shame, when I am pacified toward thee for all that thou hast done.” Though our weeping may endure for a night, joy comes in the morning. Just as surely as the LORD gives HIS people repentance, HE also grants to them the glorious relief of forgiveness. We no longer bear our sin and shame when HE grants us faith to believe HIS promise to take away our sins as far as the east is from the west. “Surely HE hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem HIM stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But HE was wounded for our transgressions, HE was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon HIM; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on HIM the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:4-