Personal Testimony

I was recently asked to write a personal testimony. This is what I wrote:

I was born just two years after my parents became Christians. They had both been raised around the church, but they did not know the grace of Christ until they were recovering from a time of great personal turmoil. One night after they had become engaged, my hippie aunt shared the gospel with them, and they began to follow Jesus. They immediately became members of my aunt’s OPC church, where they were married a few months later.

I was born into and baptized at that same church, where we were members until I was about 13. Along the way, my dad became a deacon and then an elder. He has continued to serve as an elder in OPC and PCA churches ever since.

By God’s grace, I am a child of the covenant: I don’t remember a time when I didn’t believe Jesus was my Savior. I used to think my testimony was boring, but now I am thankful that I never went through the kinds of grief and pain that make for an “exciting” testimony.

Anyone who walks with Christ over time will be taught the depths of their sin and reminded of their need for Jesus, and I am no exception. He has humbled, corrected, and encouraged me innumerable times. I have seen his faithfulness, and even though I am unfaithful, I love him and will follow him through death and into the life to come.


Apostacy and covenant faithfulness in 1-2 Kings

God’s covenant faithfulness extends even to the apostate:

“[I]t is clear throughout 1-2 Kings that both Israel and Judah, despite their multiple apostasies, continue to be objects of Yahweh’s attention and care. Israel and Judah together, and Israel and Judah as separate nations, remain the people of God. This is more obvious with regard to Judah… but it is also evident in Yahweh’s patience and faithfulness to the north…. The very fact that Yahweh continues to send prophets to call Israel’s kings to repentance is a sign of his continuing mercy…. Yahweh is still reluctant to abandon his people…, so deep is his affection for them and for their fathers. Yahweh considers this rebellious people his own, bound to him by covenant, and he shows mercy “because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” Even though they are divided politically and liturgically, Yahweh views both Israel and Judah through the one lens of the covenant.”

– Peter Leithart, 1 & 2 Kings (Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2006), 18.

The implications of this idea — for both individual Christians who have received the sign of the covenant, and for the community of the people of God, which is of mixed election — seem significant.