By Pastor Glem Melo
For today’s Gospel feast at Kagay-an Reformed Church:
GOD’S PERSON AND SAVING WORK IS OUR ROCK OF COVENANT ASSURANCE AND SECURITY
“And he said to him, ‘I am the LORD [lit. YAHWEH] who brought you out from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to possess.’” (Genesis 15:7)
The LORD Himself is the foundation rock of our covenant assurance and security. His name is YAHWEH, the One Who Is (see Exodus 3:14), the Self-Sufficient One, and the Source of all life. Because HE IS, the fulfillment of all His covenant promises is 100% sure. Because HE IS, our salvation and preservation is 100% secure.
God’s word to Abram in Genesis 15:7 is strikingly in parallel with His word to Israel in Exodus 20:2: “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.” Both serve as preamble and historical prologue to YAHWEH’s covenant with His people.
This side of salvation history, God established the new covenant through Christ’s death and sacrifice (Luke 22:20). “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:13-14).
Hallelujah! The LORD, the Source of all life, has acted to save us. He set us apart for Himself, and we belong to Him. He redeemed us in order to give us “an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you” (1 Peter 1:4). And “fully convinced that God [is] able to do what he had promised” (Romans 4:21) we (like Abram) are to endure all trials and adversities, and persevere in the life of faith as “as sojourners and exiles” (1 Peter 2:11) in a dark and hostile world.
Believer in Christ, be secure in the LORD. The All-Sufficient One is your covenant King, Protector and Preserver. Put your trust fully in the salvation that Christ accomplished on the cross for you. And set your hope completely in the eternal inheritance that He promised to give you on His second coming. He will unfailingly and completely fulfill all his covenant promises to His people.
“God makes himself known to Abram, ‘I am the LORD’, Yahweh, the One who is (for the verb is connected to the verb ‘to be’, and is explained as ‘I AM’ in Exodus 3:14). He is the source of all life, the unchanging one, controller of man’s destiny, and therefore well able to design his salvation… Abram meets with the Saviour of mankind.” – Joyce G. Baldwin
“God did not rescue Abram from idolatry because of who Abram was, but in spite of who Abram was! Apart from God’s saving acts in his life, Abram would have remained an idol worshipper in Mesapotamia. And if God had not continued graciously to intervene in Abram’s life, he would have died in Haran with his father, Terah.” – Scott Hafemann
“By pronouncing his name and mighty acts the Lord ensures that Abram knows his identity, his proved reliability and his continuing work in his servant. God’s faithfulness was the foundation rock on which Abram could rely; he had only to recall the many times he had proved it in his experience since leaving Ur. It is good and necessary for us frequently to recall the works of the Lord, and in the light of all he has done move on to new acts of faith.” – Joyce G. Baldwin
“[T]he Lord confirms Abram in the course of his vocation, and recalls to his memory the original benefit of his deliverance; as if he had said, ‘I, after I had stretched out my hand to you, to lead you from the labyrinth of death, have carried my favor towards you thus far. Therefore, respond to me in turn, by constantly advancing; and maintain steadfastly your faith, from the beginning even to the end.’” – John Calvin