6 MAY (PREACHED 7 MAY 1775)
An everlasting covenant
‘Although my house be not so with God; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire, although he make it not to grow.’ 2 Samuel 23:5
SUGGESTED FURTHER READING: Revelation 1:12–18
Having spoken of the covenant in general, I now come to speak particularly of its properties. It is everlasting, ordered and sure. Each of these would bear a whole discourse but I shall endeavour to comprise them all in one.
Everlasting. This in two senses:
(i) From everlasting. It is not a new and hasty contrivance, but was established in the counsels of God from before the foundation of the world (Titus 1:2). Christ as the head of the covenant was set up from everlasting (Proverbs 8:23). And from hence we may prove that there never was but one true religion since the fall of Adam, though under various dispensations (see Hebrews 11), and that salvation is all of grace.
(ii) To everlasting. It is unchangeable. It is inexhaustible. It has been the refuge of the people of God in all ages. It is so to us, and thousands yet unborn shall rejoice in it when we are gone off the stage of this life. It is not the weaker for all the assaults that have been made against it, it is not the poorer for all the supplies that have been derived from it, but, like its great Author, is the same yesterday, today and for ever [Hebrews 13:8]. It will be still the same to eternity.
The promised land of peace
Here griefs, and cares, and pains,
Faith keeps in constant view;
And fears, distress us sore;
How different from the wilderness
But there eternal pleasure reigns,
We now are passing through!
And we shall weep no more.
Here often from our eyes
LORD pardon our complaints,
Clouds hide the light divine;
We follow at thy call;
There we shall have unclouded skies,
The joy, prepared for suffering saints,
Our Sun will always shine.
Will make amends for all.
SERMON SERIES: 2 SAMUEL 23:5, NO. 3 [1/3]