In continuing (which I am again daring to do) consideration of the fact of an everlasting covenant of grace, as opposed to a dispensational line of bull-crap of various covenants (notwithstanding the concept of a "new-covenant" which is merely a different manifestation of presenting the everlasting truth of grace that was there before the "beginning") I present some supporting scripture.
Consider Proverbs 8:22-36
“The LORD possessed me at the beginning of his work,
the first of his acts of old.
23 Ages ago I was set up,
at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
24 When there were no depths I was brought forth,
when there were no springs abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains had been shaped,
before the hills, I was brought forth,
26 before he had made the earth with its fields,
or the first of the dust of the world.
27 When he established the heavens, I was there;
when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
28 when he made firm the skies above,
when he established the fountains of the deep,
29 when he assigned to the sea its limit,
so that the waters might not transgress his command,
when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
30 then I was beside him, like a master workman,
and I was daily his delight,
rejoicing before him always,
31 rejoicing in his inhabited world
and delighting in the children of man.
32 “And now, O sons, listen to me:
blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction and be wise,
and do not neglect it.
34 Blessed is the one who listens to me,
watching daily at my gates,
waiting beside my doors.
35 For whoever finds me finds life
and obtains favor from the LORD,
36 but he who fails to find me injures himself;
all who hate me love death.”
Now the above verses can be understood in more than one way. Yes, in the broad sense, it can be understood as referring to "wisdom". Yet, "wisdom" can also be the understanding of "truth". Is it not said of Jesus, John 1:14 "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth."
John 1:17 "For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ."
For various additional verses, check your concordances for "wisdom" and see how many refer to the "Lord" and the connection with Him.
In the context of Jesus being talked about in the quoted verses from Proverbs, "Grace and truth", as possessed by and integral to the very being of Jesus, were present before the creation. Therefore the correct biblical understanding of the everlasting "covenant of grace" is that it is the primary driver or root of any other subsequent so-called covenant presentation. The purpose of such seemingly additional "covenants" was to reinforce the supremacy of the original "covenant of grace." The original covenant of grace was not superseded! God does not change! He is the same yesterday, today and forever! Grace promised. Grace planned. Grace secured. Grace realized. From creation to consummation (ie the return of Christ) it is all grace! God's grace ALWAYS initiates ANY covenant!
Consider that the Apostle Paul understood this, in what I will refer to here as the Titus revelation.
Titus 1:1 -3 "Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness, 2 in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began 3 and at the proper time manifested in his word through the preaching with which I have been entrusted by the command of God our Savior..."
The promise "before the ages began" can only refer to grace, which preexisted in the nature, person and yet-to-be manifested-in-human-form presence of Jesus Christ. The "manifesting in his word" refers to subsequent events and explanatory other "covenants" that took place AFTER the creating of man "in his image, after his likeness" that was discussed in the previous blog.
This concept is further explained by Timothy. Please see 2Timothy 1:9, "who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,"
The everlasting concept of the workings of grace is additionally confirmed in 2Thessalonians 2:16 "Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace..."
"Eternal" means eternal. From everlasting to everlasting. Grace. Think on it and marvel at the conspicuous grace exhibited to and for us before the very foundation of the world! I am sorry, but there it is, was, and ever shall be. Grace.
Let it be known that the existence from everlasting to everlasting of the covenant of grace IN NO WAY SUGGESTS UNIVERSAL SALVATION! To suggest otherwise is STUPID!
Note that the very description of Christ as being "grace and truth" implies 2 things. "Grace" suggests that there is to be judgment/justice/punishment/recompense. "The wages of sin is death." That all would be headed to a literal Hell - except for the saving grace of Christ on behalf of the elect - is not in dispute.
"Truth" suggests that there is to be lying/deception/untruth. John 8:44 "You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies." 1John 1:8 "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us."