God chose to save man from death and sin not because of the righteousness of man but instead because of the grace of God.
Today we read Genesis 8-10. In our reading we came upon one of the BIG moments in scripture. Today God made a covenant with man. It is important as we we move forward in our readings for us to understand what a covenant is. A covenant is a promise made by God to man that is contingent upon the the character of God.
Let me break it down in two sections this morning. 1. A covenant is not dependent on the works of man. 2. A covenant finds its fulfillment in the character of God.
- A covenant is not dependent on the works of man. As God had just destroyed the earth, he reiterated the reason for man’s condition, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth.” In this statement by God we come to clearly see that God’s promise to not destroy the earth would not be dependent on man’s ability to please God since man’s heart when controlled by sin is actually bent towards evil. We see this same idea in the New Testament talking about our salvation, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ-by grace you have been saved.” A covenant is not dependent on the goodness of man, it is founded and rooted in the goodness of God.
- A covenant finds its fulfillment in the character of God. I want to be clear in what I communicate here. A covenant is not a contract. In a contract two parties agree to a set of terms. When one party defaults on the terms, the contract is voided. Moments after God enters into a covenant with Noah we see Noah get drunk and naked. In this we see that Noah, the righteous survivor, gives God reason to break a contract. God knew how sinful Noah was which is why the Covenant was not dependent on Noah’s actions. God’s covenant is rooted in Him, not in Noah. The same is true today, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
God has saved us fully knowing our sin and our inability to follow Him. Our salvation does not hinge on our ability to follow God. Instead it depends on who God is. Today we know God because He chose to make a promise to us that was not dependent on us.
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