Let that truth set you free from the worries and anxieties of daily living, even as the waves of challenge wash over you. Before you were . . . your were His!
May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep . . .
The writer of Hebrews is telling us that before we were even in existence, Jesus was on the way to save and sanctify us. Rightly understood, the truth of God’s eternal covenant—that is, a covenant that was made before the beginning of time or human existence—will provide you with a peace that passes all understanding. You were on the mind and heart of God before you were on this earth.
Our finite minds cannot come close to fully comprehending the eternal encouragement this truth of a covenant as old as eternity has been designed to provide. That is why it requires our attention day and night. We must never lose sight of this unimaginable blessing rooted in the good pleasure of our God.
Before you were . . . your were His! That means before you did anything worthy of God’s favor, His favor was already yours. Before you did anything commendable of His blessing, His blessing was already yours. Before you did anything to warrant His love, His love was already poured out upon you.
God has always dealt with you based on His mercy, not your merit. God has always related with you based on His grace, not your good works. So if you did nothing to earn God’s favor, blessing, or love, it is secure forevermore! And this amazing grace is yours regardless of what you do in this life! No matter how good your good works, God will not love you any more than He already does; no matter how dreadful your failures, God will not love you any less.
Perhaps you should read that last sentence again. You already have everything you need because of the eternal covenant of God! You have His forgiveness, His pardon, His adoption, His acceptance, and His promise to finish what He determined from all eternity and what He began in time with your rescue (Philippians 1:6).
How your heart should swell with joy unspeakable! God has given you a well-spring of life and a storehouse of love. How good—how loving, how kind, how gracious—must our God truly be to have established this covenant in eternity past and extended it throughout eternity future? Surely we cannot begin to plumb the depths of our good God!
So regardless of where this finds you today, pause a moment to feast upon its fullness: Before you were . . . you were His! Before the world was . . . you were His! Christian, there never was a time when you were not His. And remember, what God has joined together shall stay joined together forever and ever. And this eternal security is not rooted in your faithfulness to Him (because we are so often unfaithful), but in His unwavering, eternal faithfulness to us.
May the lives we live be a holy hymn that sings of this eternal truth with every breath we take and every step we make.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!