Q&A: Unsaved People in Covenant with God?

Unsaved People in Covenant with God?

Do unsaved people in the church benefit from being in covenant with God?

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God's covenant is so amazing and so vast that even people who do not have a relationship with Christ but are a part of a church family benefit from that covenant. Paul makes this rather startling statement in 1 Corinthians 7 where he says that the spouse, the unbelieving spouse of a believer, is made holy by their relationship, and even the children of that believer are made holy. Now, we can debate exactly what does it mean that they're made holy, but clearly it's a good thing. There's a benefit there in some way because that unbeliever is connected in a relationship with a believer; God blesses them, God does something more in their life than he does if they're not connected to it at all. So, there is some spiritual benefit there. There's something going on that God is doing for them that they would not receive otherwise. But then even in a more general sense, being a part of a covenant people, a people who are seeking to follow God and to live a Christ-like life, there's going to be kind of an excess, an overflow of that in the nonbeliever's life. They'll benefit even from the community, from the fellowship, from the love and the service that comes out of that community. And all of that ultimately, I think, is designed to steer someone to God who is the author of that covenant.

Answer by Dr. Dan Lacich

Dr. Dan Lacich serves on the pastoral team of Northland, A Church Distributed, in Orlando FL