“[See] the way and method in which your mercies are conveyed to you. They all flow to you through the blood of Christ and the covenant of grace.” — John Flavel, The Mystery of Providence
And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many” (MK 14.24). The covenant sealed by Christ’s blood is the “everlasting covenant,” promised by God that he “will not turn away from doing good” to his children (JE 32.40). In other words, Jesus’ blood purchased all the good that God does to us, from justification to sanctification to glorification, and every blessing in between from our first cup of dark roast Sumatra in the morning to the gift of sleep at night.
Think about it, we should be in hell right now, but instead we enjoy every good gift that comes down from the Father of lights. Instead of eternal wrath, we get to enjoy Christ through his Word, worship, prayer and fellowship. Instead of eternal despair and horror, we get to enjoy Packer and Piper, pulled pork and pumpkin pie, toddlers and teens, rafting and Riverdance, painting and pets. Well, maybe not pets.
Immeasurable mercies flow to us through the blood of Christ and the covenant of grace.
Today as we enjoy the blessings God heaps upon our heads, let’s praise him for the blood and the covenant. Tonight before dinner, let’s pray, “Father, we should be in hell right now, but instead we’re about to enjoy all this delicious food. Thank you for your covenant to be gracious, guaranteed by the blood of Jesus! Praise you for your love!”
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