will give thee for a covenant of the people.” –Isaiah 49:8
Jesus Christ is Himself the sum and substance of the covenant, and as
one of its gifts, He is the property of every believer. Believer, canst thou
estimate what thou hast gotten in Christ? “In Him dwelleth all the fulness
of the Godhead bodily.” Consider that word “God” and its
infinity, and then meditate upon “perfect man” and all his beauty;
for all that Christ, as God and man, ever had, or can have, is thine–out of
pure free favour, passed over to thee to be thine entailed property forever.
Our blessed Jesus, as God, is omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent. Will it not
console you to know that all these great and glorious attributes are altogether
yours? Has he power? That power is yours to support and strengthen you, to
overcome your enemies, and to preserve you even to the end. Has He love? Well,
there is not a drop of love in His heart which is not yours; you may dive into
the immense ocean of His love, and you may say of it all, “It is
mine.” Hath He justice? It may seem a stern attribute, but even that is
yours, for He will by His justice see to it that all which is promised to you
in the covenant of grace shall be most certainly secured to you. And all that
He has as perfect man is yours. As a perfect man the Father’s delight was upon
Him. He stood accepted by the Most High. O believer, God’s acceptance of Christ
is thine acceptance; for knowest thou not that the love which the Father set on
a perfect Christ, He sets on thee now? For all that Christ did is thine. That
perfect righteousness which Jesus wrought out, when through His stainless life
He kept the law and made it honourable, is thine, and is imputed to thee.
Christ is in the covenant.