Wednesday, October 24, 2012

God's Unconditional Pledge

"God says: "I will put enmity" and "he shall bruise your head." These promises to apply and accomplish redemption contain no "ifs." They depend on God alone. God here enlists no cooperation whatsoever from fallen men. Rather, redemption is his work, accomplished and applied by divine power. God stands committed supernaturally to establish and perpetuate this spiritual war in the devil's house. Christ is God the Son incarnate, sent from God the Father to save his people from their sins. Christ's work can never fail. Its success is certain. Its success does not rest on any decision of fallen men, any more than the application of redemption does (Rom. 8:31-39). Therefore, this divine pledge is unilateral and efficacious."

Greg Nichols, Covenant Theology: A Reformed and Baptistic Perspective on God's Covenants