Covenant of Redemption

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The Bible speaks of a covenant that was made between God the Father and God the Son. This is suggested by passages such as Psalm 2:8-9, Isaiah 53:10-12; and Ephesians 1:3-14. Because this covenant is between two Persons of the Trinity, it is a mystery and very difficult for our finite minds to fully comprehend. Nevertheless, there are some things that are important for us to understand. To help us, Puritan author John Flavel (1627-1691) described the nature of this covenant when he proposed a conversation that could have taken place between Father and Son in eternity past.

 

As you read this, do you see the love of the Lord Jesus Christ for His Church? Only a true man who was also truly God could have shown such love! Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

 

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John Flavel

 
Father: My son, here is a company of poor miserable souls, that have utterly undone themselves, and now lie open to my justice! Justice demands satisfaction for them, or will satisfy itself in the eternal ruin of them: What shall be done for these souls?

 

Son: O my Father, such is my love to, and pity for them, that rather than they shall perish eternally, I will be responsible for them as their Surety; bring in all Thy bills, that I may see what they owe Thee; Lord, bring them all in, that there may be no after-reckonings with them; at my hand shalt Thou require it. I will rather choose to suffer Thy wrath than they should suffer it: upon me, my Father, upon me be all their debt.

 

Father: But, my Son, if Thou undertake for them, Thou must reckon to pay the last mite, expect no abatements; if I spare them, I will not spare Thee.

 

Son: Content, Father, let it be so; charge it all upon me, I am able to discharge it: and though it prove a kind of undoing to me, though it impoverish all my riches, empty all my treasures, (for so indeed it did, 2 Cor. 8:9. “Though he was rich, yet for our sakes he became poor”) yet I am content to undertake it.

 

Blush, ungrateful believers, O let shame cover your faces; judge in yourselves now, has Christ deserved that you should stand with him for trifles, that you should shrink at a few petty difficulties, and complain, this is hard, and that is harsh? O if you knew the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ in this His wonderful condescension for you, you could not do it.
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This text was taken from the April/May/June 2016 issue of the magazine for COAH (Come Over And Help)