Summary: Imagine being part of a before-time covenant, a covenant that was made before you and I were born!
Beneficiary of a before-time Covenant
By Pastor Bryan Coelho
II Sam. 9:1-13; Eccl.7:13
I Sam.18:1-5 – there is a covenant relationship in the Bible and this relationship is a relationship that reveals the future course of life for David and descendants forever. This relationship briefs of a relationship that happened in the eternity past – which we call it as an eternal convention – Titus 1:2 – a before-time covenant; and in this covenant God in His immutable nature would give eternal life to those who believe; Acts 2:23; 4:28; Rom.8:28-32. The Father determined that love would be expressed through grace - grace in its essence is love. So God’s before-time covenant was rooted in love – in order for this to come to pass God had to deal with His covenant.
In God there is justice, holiness, righteousness and love. We have God’s constitutional attributes, which do not change and which, we cannot partake in – those are His Omnipotence, Immutability, Omnipotence, and Omniscience. Then there are His non-constitutional attributes like love, mercy, justice, righteousness and holiness and we become partakers of it. Every attribute of God determines His plan and therefore we can rest in God’s plan. When I understand this and come into God’s plan based upon every attribute, I am not afraid of life as an individual. I am then able to deal with the past, live life in the present and not threatened by anything in the future.
This covenant relationship that David and Jonathan had was dealt with Mephibosheth in future because this was a before-time covenant. Mephibosheth was crippled in both his feet but did not know that a time like this would come where in he would be a beneficiary of a before-time covenant. We are like Mephibosheth. We have been crippled not just in one foot but both our feet. We cannot do anything unless we become beneficiaries of a before-time covenant. All of us need reconstruction in the cerebral hemisphere. We need to come into understanding of a before-time covenant.
Mephibosheth is crippled – son of Jonathan who is the son of Saul – he was of the house of Saul and David was actually continually in enmity with Saul but he did not forget the covenant. The devil is after the crippled who can be healed. Matt.9:13 – Jesus came for the sinners. Satan is not after the strong people but after the weak people made strong. Grace makes weak people strong. This was a before-time covenant where in Christ would come and die for all our sins – past, present and future and through this we would receive a life – the gift of salvation through grace. The world does not know this and we need to preach such a message.
I Sam.18:3 – the covenant renewed their relationship with each other. I Sam.23:16 – when David was distressed Jonathan encouraged him in the Lord. Mephibosheth means the reproach has been taken away – eradication or extermination of all shame. He was given a pre-natal name though he would be physically crippled. A Pre-natal name looks at us through the creation. We have a name besides our name given to us. One of the rewards that we would receive in heaven is Christ calls us by a name that only He knows. People normally have two names – one is the pet name and the other is the name by which they are called. The pet name reveals intimacy – and so it is a name, which is based upon an eternal convention through grace.