Genesis 17:7-8 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.
What’s our part in the plan of God for our lives. We could argue that we are saved by grace and not works which is true, but regardless of the fact there is a part for each of us to play. Truth be told, we cannot say we accept the grace of God only to turn away from the truth living a life of sin, rather there is a requirement.
The requirement; however, is not based on our human efforts, but rather on obedience. Obedience is the only requirements we have as children called and chosen by God to accomplish His will in our lives.
As we can see from the scripture, God is the author of our faith. He made a promise to Abraham that He would fulfill in our lives. The good news in all of this is the fact that the knowledge of God has been revealed to our minds, and being revealed it is our choice to obey the word of God that we might be called His people.
Presented with this great wealth we have a choice in God’s plan whether to obey or disobey. In the first sentence of Genesis 17:7 we read where it is recorded that God will be the one establishing His covenant with us. In no way are we able to meet the requirements of God, we have no right to broker a deal with God, but because God is holy and is the standard of holiness He through His authority was able to broker a covenant with us.
Being that He has the right and power to free us from sin, He willed it to bring us out of sin, but it would be by His power, His glory, and His holiness which He imparted upon us when we agreed to His will for our lives.
” I will establish my covenant between me and thee” it is the work of God to perform, He will become our God and we His people crediting to our lives His holiness. Through this we have the privilege of becoming sons of God, having the right to accomplish those things written.
We were saved from sin as becoming the children of God, but our salvation goes beyond what we believe. While many of us are happy and content that we are saved having the hope of entering the kingdom of God, for others it goes beyond simply being saved. The mission is far greater and exciting than being saved, it is filled with victorious adventures just waiting for us to discover.
Leading us to His holy mountain God entered into a covenant with us, and agreeing to take part in the will of God He gave us His laws we are to obey, and that we might prosper. On that day God separated us from the world, and placing in our hands the kingdom. We have become the people of God and are to have no other besides Him.
As He has promised Abraham we have become Abraham’s children, as He had promised to Abraham He has become our God, and as He had promised we have become His people. We are the glory of God, the works of His hands, the symbol of His power and the display of His might.
In all this, we became the children of God, not by works of the law, but through grace. Before we came to Sinai we had no law, and it was while we were sinners without the covenant, and without a heart for God, God brought us to His holy mountain where He reveal himself to us. First He saved us in our sinful state, then He brought us to His holy mountain and gave us His law.
We were saved by grace and although we are not perfect, we are sure in our weakness if we should cry out to God He will hear us, and deliver us from evil. It doesn’t matter who we are, or what we have done, God loves us and wish to enter into a covenant with us. He has become our God.
Ephesians 2:4-10 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.