The Covenant of Grace
Genesis 15:1-2, 4-6, 8-12, 17-18
This is such a rich passage, it is hard to know which areas to dig into. I would like to point out that the foundation of this entire passage is laid on verse 1, "I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward". The covenant wasn't the reward. The promises were not the reward. Abraham's inherited righteousness was not the reward. God and God alone was the reward. Abraham didn't follow the promise; He followed God. From the beginning his focus was on God and he followed without even knowing what the promise was. Many churches today have this reversed. We are often taught to seek the blessings of God as if the relationship is secondary or not important at all. Those who seek the promise or the blessing and forget the relationship, don't have anything of value to inherit. We were created for the purpose of having a relationship with our Creator. Anything short of that focus is doctrine based on error. If we could gain everything and claim every promise and not have a relationship with Jesus Christ, we would be unsatisfied. Everything this life has to offer is worthless when placed in the eternal perspective. Once this life is over, only what is founded upon our relationship with God will remain. If we have intimacy with God, we are rich even in poverty, but if we have riches without God, we are destitute. Or as Jesus stated in Revelation 3:17 "Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing' -- and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked -- 18 "I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.
Many who claim riches are blind to their poverty because God is not their shield and reward. As with Abraham, our entire Christian life is founded on this principle or w ...
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