Sunday, October 10, 2010
Spurgeon: The Covenant Blessing
Mike, your last post was very insightful. Thank you for your consistent encouragement in your words. I learn a lot and love reading how God is transforming your mind. I just recently came across this passage in Spurgeon's Grace: God's Unmerited Favor...bulwark.
"However, when God comes in the covenant of grace, He does not merely give us the law in a book--the law written in legible characters--but He comes and writes on the fleshly tablets of our hearts. That way, the man knows the law by heart. What is even better, he loves the law. That law accuses him, but he would not have it altered. He bows and confesses the truthfulness of accusation. He cries, "Lord, have mercy upon me, that you may incline my heart unto Yourself, to walk in all Your ways, and to keep Your commandments and Your statutes" (See 1 Kings 8:58). This is the covenant blessing: God makes men to love His commandments and to delight themselves in truth, righteousness, and holiness."
Earlier he writes...."It is a covenant of grace, a covenant made, not with the worthy, but with the unworthy; a covenant not made upon conditions, but unconditionally, every supposed condition having been fulfilled by our great Representative and Surety, the Lord Jesus Christ."
What a wonderful reminder that God's grace is not only completely responsible for our salvation in our atonement, but also, for our sanctification, as we come to love his perfect law which he has given to us as a gift. God is always the actor. It is through His word, and the by the power of the Holy Spirit that we, the unworthy, may know our Creator and Redeemer.