By Patrick Hawthorne
Over the last couple of years, during the time in which I discovered blogging, I have met some truly wonderful people. Of those people, a few have unashamedly publicized their following of Calvinistic teachings. While I greatly disagree with the unconditional election (God choosing who goes to heaven and who goes to hell) and limited atonement (Jesus died only for the Elect) portion of this doctrine, I can understand why many came to believe as they do.
The Church today has become so watered down by a feel good message that many forget that we serve a Mighty God, a sovereign and holy God. Many have taken the verse, “Let us come boldly before the throne of grace,” to mean they are entitled to waltz before our Heavenly Father like a spoiled brat with a “Give me,” attitude.
Even so, why can I not subscribe to the teaching that God “elects” some to heaven and some to hell? Why do I not pledge my belief to the idea that God would choose me but not another? Better yet, how can I honestly believe that God will condemn a baby to hell who has no concept of right or wrong simply because they are not part of the “Elect?” The answer is simple. It all comes down to blood covenant.
In a Hebrew blood covenant, as with David and Jonathan (1 Samuel 18-20), the terms of the covenant included family members, even those not yet born. If the family member was not of age to make a determination as to whether or not to remain in the covenant, they were afforded the same protection as those under the covenant. In other words, they were adopted into the covenant until such age as they could choose for themselves.
Later on, when the child became of age, they had to make the decision of whether or not they desired to remain in the covenant. The only penalty for not choosing to be part of the covenant would be that they were not afforded the protection and the terms of the covenant.
We see this with the covenant made between David and Jonathan. After Jonathan died, King David sought Mephibosheth (Jonathan’s son) so that he could fulfill his terms of the covenant. (2 Samuel 9). David drew Mephibosheth to himself by having his soldiers retrieve him and bring him before the palace.
Once he was before King David, Mephibosheth had a choice to make. He could either accept King David’s offer of salvation (in a sense) and security, or he could deny the offer and suffer the consequences of living in a world where he had no guidance or protection from David. It was his choice to make. Had he chosen to walk away, King David would have no choice but to honor his refusal. It was part of the covenant terms.
Some might think, “That was David but is not God. Also, that was a covenant made between two men and does not apply to our covenant with God.” To that I say, “Exactly.” If David, a man after Gods own heart (Acts 13:22), would make a covenant that would extend to the family, how much more will God’s covenant with mankind, through our Lord Jesus, do likewise in this new and better covenant…The Covenant of Grace. Be blessed.