What is the Covenant of Grace?

Where the Eternal Covenant was made between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, the Covenant of Grace is made between God and Man.  This Covenant of Grace is where God promises eternal salvation to Man based upon the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.  This is called a Covenant of Grace because it is initiated by God, due to no part and worthiness of man, and is unmerited favor received from God.

In this covenant, Jesus would become man (John 1:1,18; Heb. 2:9), be the mediator of a better covenant (Heb. 8:6), and being under the Law (Gal. 4:4) he would fulfill the Law perfectly (1 Pet. 2:22).  Therefore, the righteousness accomplished by Christ is given to the believer so that he has the righteousness that is not his own, but that of Christ (Phil. 3:9).  The believer's responsibility is to have faith in the work of Christ (Rom. 5:1; Eph. 2:8-9).  The New Testament saints looked back to the cross, just as the Old Testament saints looked forward to it.  Both were justified the same way, by faith (Rom. 3:28; 4:1-11).

The manifestation of the Covenant of Grace was progressively disclosed.  It began in the Garden of Eden after Adam and Eve sinned and God promised a redeemer (Gen. 3:15), to Abraham the promise to bless the nations (Gen. 12:2-3), the covenant of the Ten Commandments given to the Israelites at Mount Sinai (Exodus 34:28), and believers in the New Covenant (Jer. 31:31-37) which is fulfilled in Christ (1 Cor. 11:25).


About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.