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God's Covenant of Grace is eternal. The essence of the covenant will be realized in its fullest extent in heaven. There, God will dwell with His people and they will commune forever with Him. There, no sin or separation will interrupt their eternal fellowship. There, the rich promises of the Covenant of Grace will be fully experienced by all true believers without end.

God's Covenant of Grace is most rich and gracious! In the Covenant of Grace, through Christ its Covenant Head, God grants more to His children than they lost in their first covenant head , Adam, in the Covenant of Works. This gracious truth is shown in the following chart.

More Received In Christ Than Lost In Adam

In the first covenant, the Covenant of Works, Adam lost for his children:

In the second covenant, the Covenant of Grace, the "second Adam," Jesus Christ, gained for His children:

1. An earthly Paradise

1. A heavenly Paradise

2. A humanly uncertain righteousness

2. A divinely-certain righteousness

3. Rule over earthly creatures

3. Rule over all things

4. Close communion; God with man

4. Oneness in communion; God inseparably joined to man in Jesus Christ

5. The love of God toward a loving and responding person

5. The grace of God; love toward rebellious sinners

The depth of God's grace in the Covenant of Grace is unfathomable. What an indescribable blessing it is to be cut off from Adam and the broken Covenant of Works with its results, and to be implanted into Jesus Christ and the Covenant of Grace with its promises! God's grace is His wonderful, one-sided work of love toward sinners who deserve condemnation instead of salvation. Rev. Hellenbroek defined the Covenant of Grace as "the way by which God through Christ becomes the property of the sinner and by which he in turn becomes the property of God."

 

And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God.

- Revelation 21:3

 



 

For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of One shall many be made righteous.

Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.

That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

- Romans 5:19-21

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

Which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

That being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

- Titus 3:5-7

 

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