“For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” (Psalm 100:5 ESV).
God is a covenant making, covenant keeping God. A covenant is like a contract or agreement with vows that must be upheld. Our Bible is divided up into two covenants (the word Testament comes from the Latin word for covenant). And though there are many covenants in the Bible, reformed Baptists have typically looked at the Bible through the lenses of three different covenants: the covenant of works, the covenant of redemption, and the covenant of grace.
In the beginning, when God created Adam and Eve, He called them to work, keep, and subdue the earth, and to be fruitful and multiply. And He put them in the Garden of Eden and told them, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Genesis 2:16-17). So if they were obedient they could eat of the tree of life and live and flourish forever with God. But if they were disobedient they would die, physically and spiritually. This is what is known as the covenant of works. Do this and live, or do this and die…
Of course we know they failed to live up to that covenant. But praise God that isn’t the only covenant God made. Before He even created Adam and Eve He knew they would fail; so before time began the Triune God made a covenant of redemption: the Father, Son, and the Spirit made a plan to redeem a people through the person and work of Jesus. And that covenant of redemption plays out and is applied in the covenant of grace, the New Covenant, where Jesus lives, dies, and rises again to save His people.
We live because of what Christ did, not us… That’s why Psalm 100:5 says that our good God is a God whose steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness extends to all generations. The idea of steadfast love is covenant love; it’s love that makes vows, and says I’m in for better or for worse. So, even though Adam and Eve, and even though we have been unfaithful, God’s covenant faithfulness extends to all generations, and His covenant love in Christ endures forever. So, may we live for the praise of our covenant making, covenant keeping God… For He is truly good!!!
I am nothing; Christ is all!