Covenant and Contract

“Do you promise to love, comfort, honor and keep her for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, be faithful only to her so long as you both shall live?”
On December 18, 2004 I made this promise to my wife, Jennifer Faulk. This promise was one that gave to Jennifer my unconditional commitment no matter what life, disease, or circumstances bring us. We made the commitment to one another that circumstances would not determine our commitment to one another because a covenant is not based on circumstances but on promise.
In marriage there are two types of commitments — the first is the covenant promise. The covenant promise is the till death do you part commitment. It is the unconditional commitment. The second type of commitment is the contractual commitment. This commitment states that I will remain faithful as long as you fulfill your end of the contract.
God does not work in contractual commitments but instead works in covenantal commitments. Our security as believers is not dependent on our ability to fulfill the end of an agreement with God, but instead our security is found in God who fulfills His promises no matter what circumstances come. The strength of God’s covenant is found in His promise, not in our ability to be faithful.

In 1 Corinthians 1:9 Paul sates that “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

There is great news in this life. God is faithful. We don’t need to fret about our righteousness to save us, nor worry that we have fallen out of the good graces of God. Scripture never shows that God is faithful as long as we are faithful. Scripture simply states that God is faithful. He will keep His promise.

Not only is God faithful, but His promise is His commitment to us purchased by his Son Jesus Christ. We have been brought into a perfect relationship with God, and that relationship is not upheld by our ability to be faithful, but it is found in God’s perfect promise.

Rejoice today! Rejoice because God gives grace, He gives peace, and He gives mercy. Rejoice because His grace, peace, and mercy come from His perfect commitment upheld by His steadfast will, secured in His perfect sacrifice.

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