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“The Manifold Wisdom of God”

Displayed in the Covenant of Grace

Ephesians 3:10


God’s choice of his Son to be our Redeemer displays his great, infinite wisdom; and that wisdom is manifest in the everlasting covenant agreements of the three Persons of the Holy Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.

      I do not pretend to understand the deep, hidden mysteries of the covenant of grace, or of the proposals, and agreements, and oaths of the triune Godhead. I know that God does not need to plan, devise, or work out anything in his great mind. He knows everything. But I do know that a covenant was made (Jeremiah 31:31-34), that God the Father made proposals to his Son for the accomplishment of our redemption (Psalm 2:8; John 10:16-18), which our Savior voluntarily accepted (Isaiah 50:5-7), and that these transactions of grace between God the Father and God the Son were sworn to by the Triune Jehovah, and secured the salvation of an elect multitude before the world was made (Hebrews 6:17-19; 8:10-12).

      In the covenant of grace, as it is revealed to us in the Scriptures (Ephesians 1:3-14), God the Father proposed the conditions upon which redemption could be accomplished. God the Son pledged himself to satisfy all the demands and conditions required by the holy character of God. And God the Holy Ghost promised to effectually apply all the blessings of grace, earned by Christ’s obedience, to the elect.

      Remember, these are things that took place before the world began, when no one and nothing existed but the eternal God (Ephesians 3:11; 1:3-6; 2 Timothy 1:9). It was in those great, eternal counsels of grace that the Lord God set his heart upon his dear Son and chose him to be the Person who would perform the great work of redemption (Romans 3:25;1 Peter 1:20), “wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence” (Ephesians 1:8).




Don Fortner








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