How Our Mercies Are Conveyed

“[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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  • Frank

    This is a good reminder. But we need to remember that the LORD also says that, “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts” and “I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” So maybe that cup of dark roast Sumarta is not such a good idea. Not everything that’s permissible is beneficial

  • http://www.theblazingcenter.com Mark Altrogge

    Hey Frank, that verse from Ezekiel is one of my favorites. Sounds like you’re not too hot on coffee…. I think it’s one of God’s gifts for us to enjoy…providing you like the taste! Thanks for commenting.

  • Scott Rhkerd

    As I sit in my warm comfortable living room in the earlly morning hour with my bible in my lap and sipping a hot cup of maxwell house. I find It is good to the last drop and Gods word is good to the last verse. Mark thank you for your constant reminder of Gods goodness and our need for grateful heart.

  • http://www.theblazingcenter.com Mark Altrogge

    Hey Scott,

    Great to hear from you! I like that – God’s word is good to the last verse! Thanks for your encouraging comment.