As promised, I will now address the second paragraph of chapter 7, “Of God’s Covenant.”
Here is the text:
Moreover, man having brought himself under the curse of the law by his fall, it pleased the Lord to make a covenant of grace, wherein He freely offers unto sinners life and salvation by Jesus Christ, requiring of them faith in Him, that they may be saved; and promising to give unto all those that are ordained unto eternal life, His Holy Spirit, to make them willing and able to believe.
but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will surely die.” -Gen. 2:17 (NET2)
For all who rely on doing the works of the law are under a curse, because it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not keep on doing everything written in the book of the law.” -Gal. 3:10 (NET2)
For no one is declared righteous before him by the works of the law, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin. But now apart from the law the righteousness of God (although it is attested by the law and the prophets) has been disclosed – –Romans 3:20-21 (NET2)
For God achieved what the law could not do because it was weakened through the flesh. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and concerning sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, -Romans 8:3 (NET2)
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. The one who believes and is baptized will be saved, but the one who does not believe will be condemned. -Mark 16:15-16 (NET2)
For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. -John 3:16 (NET2)
I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit within you. I will remove the heart of stone from your body and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my Spirit within you; I will take the initiative and you will obey my statutes and carefully observe my regulations. -Ezekiel 36:26-27 (NET2)
No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who hears and learns from the Father comes to me. -John 6:44-45 (NET2)
Your people willingly follow you when you go into battle. On the holy hills at sunrise the dew of your youth belongs to you. -Psalm 110:3 (NET2)
From the beginning of Genesis through the entire Old Testament, God’s grace is as evident as it is in the pages of the New Testament. As Hebrews so clearly states in the 11th chapter, it is all about faith… faith in God’s loving grace that He offers to His children.