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July 29 – The Best Covenant Of God’s Love

Introduction:  Grace be to you and peace, from God our Father, and from our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.  Our text is the Epistle Lesson just read, from Eph. 3.  We begin with prayer.

Dear fellow disciples of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ:

  • You are probably aware that there are several records of “covenants” that God made with people in the accounts of Holy Scripture.  A covenant is much the same as what we call a “contract.”  It is an agreement, a binding agreement.  I suppose it is somewhat remarkable that God would “bind” Himself to agreements made with human beings, but this is a reflection of the greatness of His love for us, His commitment to our blessedness, good, and well-being.”
  • The covenant we read about in the Old Testament reading, often called “The Noahic Covenant,” is not the first recorded in Holy Scripture.  The first is the “Adamic Covenant,” the promise of God to send a “Seed of the woman” Who would crush the devil’s head and bring salvation from human sin, wretchedness, and misery.  The fruits of this covenant, sometimes referred to also as “the New Covenant,” are described by the apostle Paul in our text for this morning.  There is no question that when we look carefully at what God has given to us – guaranteed by His covenant, His contract with us, that Paul is describing “THE BEST COVENANT OF GOD’S LOVE.”
  • In fact, this covenant of God’s love and salvation is so great that:

 

I.  Those Who Know God’s Love In Christ Jesus Bow Their Knees To God

 

Text:  “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from Whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.”

 

Statement:

  • We must remember Who it is that has made this covenant of love with us!  It is none other than the Only True and Living God, the Almighty God Who created all things, Who caused the flood and removed it and promised it would never happen again.  It is God – the Lord Jesus Himself, Who rebuked wind and wave and the storm was calmed, to Whom all nature is subject, for He Himself “upholds all things by His Word of power.”  He is the One Who has bound Himself to us by His covenant – an iron-clad, sure and certain contract; and certainly He is faithful to keep what He has promised to us.

 

Application:

  • Of course, there are those who do not accept these things.  There are some who like the disciples “do not understand about the loaves,” whose hearts are hardened – so that they do not know Who God is, His power, His might, His prerogatives, and His love for us.  Let us take care that we are not among them – but that we eagerly and joyfully receive all that God has promised to us in Christ Jesus, all that He has bound Himself to grant to us. 

 

Transition:  If we do this, then we too will:

 

II.  Pray God To Grant Us The Riches Of His Glory, The Full Measure Of His Love

 

A.  We Will Pray That God Will Strengthen Us With Power Through His Spirit

 

Text:  “That according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being.”

         

B.  To The End That Christ Be Dwelling In Our Hearts By Faith

 

                    Text:  “So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.”

                   

1.  So that we are rooted and grounded in love

 

2.  So that we are growing in our comprehension of the massive and glorious nature of God’s love for us

                   

3.  Because then we are being filled with the fullness of God

 

Text:  “So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith – that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

 

Statement:

  • Note that all of this comes from God, out of “the riches of His glory.”  It all centers in what He has “covenanted” and promised to us in Jesus Christ, our dear Savior and Lord, in His suffering, death, and resurrection as “the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world.”  What we are praying for is simple receptivity – that God would enable us to receive, grasp, and understand the magnificence of His love for us, which He has guaranteed to us in “The Best” covenant, that of His love for us in Christ Jesus.

 

Application:

  • We pray God for this – for by nature our hearts are hard and unbelieving, like those of the disciples!  And He supplies all of this to us through His Word and Sacrament, for “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God,” and we are “born again not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible seed – by the Word of God that lives and abides forever.” 

 

Transition:  And if we know God, and the greatness of His love for us, then we have absolute confidence in our “bowing our knees” to the Father, in our prayers, for:

 

III.  God Always Grants Far More Abundantly Than All That We Ask Or Think – To Him Be All Glory

 

Text:  “Now to Him Who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever.”

         

A.  He is Able, And He Grants It

 

B.  By His Gracious And Powerful Spirit – Which Is At Work WITHIN US

         

C.  This Blessedness Is Forever – Throughout All Generations

         

D.  So, To Him Be Glory Forever!

 

Statement:

  • It is an incredible reality – which we struggle to grasp – that God always grants more of His blessedness and love to us than we ask!  We usually struggle with believing that He will even grant what we ask – and yet He always grants more!  Such is the glory of His love for us!

 

Application:

  • And let us remember that this is God’s will – for we are meditating upon His Word – that we know these things, that we comprehend the full magnitude of His love for us in Christ Jesus!

 

Conclusion:

  • So surely this new covenant of God’s love for us in Christ Jesus is “The Best Covenant.”  And being a “covenant,” it is all guaranteed to us, certainly much more so than any human contract – for God is the One making this covenant and guarantee to us!
  • This covenant is not only received in His Word to us, but remember what Christ says about His Supper, the Sacrament:  “this cup IS the New Covenant in My blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of  sins.”  When we drink of it we are receiving the covenant of God – which He is sure to keep!  Indeed, “to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever, Amen.”

 

Votum:  And the peace of God, which surpasses all human understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds in the true faith, which is in Christ Jesus, even unto life everlasting, Amen.