A Short Study of 2nd Samuel 23:5

Although my house be not so with God; yet He hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire, although He make it not to grow.”
(2nd Samuel 23:5)


King David knew his own sinfulness and impotence to save himself. He knew the depravity of all men by nature and the impossibility of any person being and made right with God by their works. He knew the sad state of his earthly family and kingdom, yet he expressed here an assurance of salvation and eternal life for himself. How could he be so sure and not be presumptuous or self-righteous? It was because of the “everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure.” This is the everlasting covenant of God’s grace which was set in order by Him before the foundation of the world. It was a sure covenant because the Lord Jesus Christ was (and is) the Surety of the covenant. All of its requirements, conditions, and demands were placed upon Christ, not upon David or any other sinful human being. God’s elect are certain to be saved because all the promises and blessings of this covenant are in Christ (2nd Corinthians 1:20; Ephesians 1:3). This is the Gospel covenant made sure by the blood of Christ whereby He paid the entire debt of the sins of His people owed to God’s justice. His righteousness is the ground of the certainty of the salvation of all God’s chosen people. 

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