Reading: “And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me”—Jeremiah 32:40
This is a precious consideration to a downcast soul—that a covenant God, in Christ, has not only engaged for himself, but undertaken for his people also. God will not, and his people shall not. Take a look at the foundation of this precious promise. It is God’s everlasting love, everlasting grace, everlasting covenant. Remember also, the Author of it is not changeable as you are—“with Him is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” Furthermore, it is purchased by the blood, sealed in the blood and made eternally firm and sure in the blood and righteousness of Christ; the everlasting efficacy of which is as eternal as the Author of it.
And this is not all. There is a union with the person of Jesus in this covenant. The head without a body would be incomplete; and, united to his Person, the believer is interested in all his graces, fullness, suitableness and all-sufficiency; so that this preserves grace from perishing, because it is an everlasting spring. And Jesus lives to see it all complete. His intercession answers every want, and supplies every necessity. Neither is this all; for God the Holy Ghost sets to his seal, in the heart, that God is true.
His quickening, convincing, converting, manifesting grace in the soul, in taking of the things of Jesus, and shewing to the heart, becomes an earnest and pledge in assurance; and all tending to confirm, that God will not, and his redeemed ones shall not turn away, but his covenant will remain everlasting.