It makes absolutely no difference that one objects that the reason why the promise, made to all alike, has failed is that it was a conditional promise, depending for its efficacy and realization upon the works of the children. Then the promise failed because of the failure of the children to perform the condition. But the fact remains that the promise failed. It did not give what it said it would give. It did not do what it said it would do. Quite literally, the covenant promise of God took no effect. In the rough, but understandable, talk of everyday life, the promise did not deliver the goods. God had said to and about these particular children who perish, specifically Esau, "I will be your God, and you will be my people." But to all eternity, He is not their God, and they are not His people. His promise was empty words. It was worse. It was false.
The Covenant of Sovereign Grace (7) or The Decisive Influence of the Reformation Gospel upon the Orthodox Doctrine of the Covenant in the Netherlands
By Prof. David J. Engelsma
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