Covenant and Mercy to Whom?
This post was made in reference to a comment posted to me concerning the video on WorldNetDaily by Richard Rives – JUST THE FACTS – dated November 11, 2014 “How Do You Know if You Know God?”
I would like to thank you for the brotherly kindness and love that you demonstrate on this forum. In response to your post to me below, I agree with the heart and sentiment of what you are saying for the most part.
There is no law that can be kept to give us life – to save us.
The wages of sin = death. The sacrifice of Jesus only can atone for us.
So understanding that it has been this way from the beginning with Adam
until the last man saved; we should wonder why God gave us an Everlasting Covenant (the Ten Commandments are called “the words of the covenant”), what are the conditions of that covenant, what does God say our responsibilities are, and lastly what are His promises to us if we continue to keep it.
Also, I hope you would consider that the Holy Spirit wasn’t given until Pentecost. Many people before that were saved through keeping God’s Everlasting Covenant too. Nineveh who was a heathen nation repented and were saved by following the tenor of the Everlasting Covenant at the preaching of Jonah.
God forgave the nation of Nineveh and Jesus speaks of them in Matthew 12:41 saying, “The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.”
Of John the Baptist’s parents it was said in Luke 1:6, “And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.”
That doesn’t mean that they never committed a single sin, because we know that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. It also doesn’t mean that they didn’t continue to have challenges and fell into sinning at times. What it does mean though is that they knew God’s covenant and they kept it and continued keeping it.
When they sinned they confessed, repented and returned to God in obedience to His laws to the best of their ability. That is exactly what Jesus preached in the gospels. This is what following after the Spirit; following after righteousness is all about. That is what we’re called to do in keeping God’s holy covenant which Jesus is at the heart of. We have to overcome sin until the end in order to be saved according to Scripture. (Matthew 10:22; 24:13, Mark 13:13, Hebrews 3:14, Revelation 2:10, 2:26
“Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God,
which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love Him
and keep His commandments to a thousand generations;”
“And I prayed unto the LORD my God,
and made my confession, and said,
O Lord, the great and dreadful God,
keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love Him,
and to them that keep His commandments;”
“Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that
great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,”
“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith
the Lord, I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;”
We can see clearly by scripture that God’s covenant contains sets of laws:
Moral Laws and Sanctuary Laws.
(For us today it’s the heavenly sanctuary laws with Christ ministering and interceding; not the earthly one with carnal commandments and ordinances.)
Our God works according to laws; His laws which He established for specific purposes.
As you stated the unrighteous will not inherit eternal life. What is unrighteous and ungodly are determined by what God says they are…obviously it would be anything in opposition to or that transgresses His laws. (Romans 3:20)
“For we are made partakers of Christ,
IF we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;”
“And he that overcometh, and keepeth My works unto the end,
to him will I give power over the nations:”
“And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake:
but he that shall endure unto the end,
the same shall be saved.”
“Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.”