lørdag 29. desember 2018

No. 1749: God is the same in both the old and the new covenant, but by Jesus' sacrifice on the cross, God sees us humans with far greater indulgence and opportunity to have a second and third chance!

No. 1749:
God is the same in both the old and the new covenant, but by Jesus' sacrifice on the cross, God sees us humans with far greater indulgence and opportunity to have a second and third chance!

Moses brought the law, it showed us our sin. But Jesus brought grace and truth, and we became free. Scripture says that the one who is freed by the Son becomes truly free, hallelujah! Picture of the Prophet and Lawgiver Moses.

Joh. Obvious. 2. 19 I know of your works and of your love and service and faith and patience, and your last works, which are more than the first. 20 But I oppose you, that you let Jezebel the woman tell her that she is a prophetess, and teach and deceive my servants to commit fornication and to eat idols. 21 And I gave her time to repent; but she will not repent of her adultery. 22 Behold, I cast her into a bed of sickness, and those who commit adultery with her I cast into great trouble, if they repent not of her works. 23 And I will carry away her children by death, and all the churches shall know that I am he that searcheth the reins and hearts, and I will give to each of you according to his works.

Luke 13. 6 But he said this parable: A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. 7 And he said unto the husbandman, Behold, for three years I have come, and have searched for fruit in this fig tree, and have found none; cut it down! Why should it also occupy the ground for no avail? 8 But he answered him, Lord. Let it still stand this year until I get dug around it and put fertilizer on it, 9 if it could possibly be next year! If not, you can cut it down.

I have written and spoken this before, that the lot of sin is death. God never sees through the fingers of sin, yet through Jesus' sacrifice, death, suffering, and resurrection. Then the new covenant is both better, different and here we see that several new words and phrases come for the day.

One of the words is the word grace. It makes a big, big difference.

Luke 9. 51 And it came to pass, as it was in the time of his coming, that he turned his face toward Jerusalem, to go up, and sent messengers before him. So they departed, and entered into a Samaritan city to prepare for him; 53 And they received him not, because his face was toward Jerusalem. 54 When his disciples saw James and John, they said, Lord! Do you want us to fire fire down from heaven and devour them as Elijah did? 55 But he turned and spoke strictly to them, saying, You know not what your spirit is. 56 For the Son of man has not come to destroy human life, but to save. And they went to another town.

Notice that two of his disciples wanted them to die at death and be destroyed. Just as Elijah the prophet did. But what was Jesus' answer? Yes, we do. Just the opposite, Jesus came with grace. And he came with the truth and justice.

Joh.e. 1. 17b. grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

We also read about similar examples in the groping testament how God corrected those who opposed his words, prophets, and commandments.
Here is an example.

2 Kings 2. 23 From there he went up to Bethel, and as he went up the road, some little ones came out of the city. They scoffed at him and shouted to him, "Come up here, you crazy boy!" Get up here, you crazy kid! 24 When he turned and saw them, he was cursing them in the name of the Lord. Then two bears came out of the forest and torn forty-two of the children. 25 From there he went to Mount Carmel and returned from there to Samaria.

Elisha shouted at them, which Jesus warned against doing, why?
Since Jesus has sinned, the debt is paid. God is on our side, against sin, Satan and the flesh. In other words, all that is needed for God to be and be content with us as human beings. It is present in Christ Jesus!

Although God acts with far greater grace, and goodness and mercy in the new covenant. So the consequence for our sin is the same, an eternal separation from God. Here the writing is very clear, both in the old and the new covenant!
Room. 6. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Notice the words of the Tyatira church, they are wonderful and wonderful:
"I gave her time to repent!"

The same thing we encounter in Jesus' parable that Luke writes and reproduces:
"Master! Let it still stand this year until I get dug around it and put fertilizer on it, if it could be next year! if not, you can cut it down. "

This fig tree had been standing for three long years and not given fruit. As with many believers, they stand there year in and year out. No fruit, but what is the Lord's answer and offer? Let them have an opportunity, isn't that wonderful ?!

One opportunity, one occasion, I let her lie, the chance is still there!

But then we come to the serious part of it all, that is, God does not look differently on sin and its consequences. The is just that in the new covenant we usually get "more" opportunities and God shows grace, and not always demands.

Finally, demands are made. Scripture is ready here. Here is one of many examples.

Joh.e. 15. 2a Every branch on me that does not bear fruit, he takes it away,

This is the requirement, also in the new covenant and in the New Testament. This is the Master's and Jesus' own words and teachings.
"Every branch on me that does not bear fruit, he takes it away,"

Now is the time for all of us, we have got so many opportunities and chances. Who do we want to follow?

We are glad we live in the new covenant, and God has again and again shown us grace.
But the time has come to make a choice and not linger on either side anymore. At the same time, God wants to put a line over what has been and that we should put it behind us. Begin again and join the Lord even though we have spent a lot of time, effort, and resources. Satan - our soul mate - wants us to hang in the "straps" and be concerned with our past. It will characterize our future. This is what God will forgive us for in Christ Jesus, and we shall begin again when the blood of Jesus cleanses from all sin!

1 John. b. 7b Jesus, His Son's blood cleanses us from all sin.

Final Comment:

God wants us to become His harmonious, happy and happy children, where we know a sense of mastery and that we are head and not tail. There is something about the Christian life, where God wants us all to be "winners" and to overcome sin, the world, Satan and our own flesh.

1 Joh.b. 5. 3 For this is the love of God that we keep his commandments; and his commandments are not heavy. 4 For all that is born of God overcomes the world; And this is the victory that has prevailed over the world: our faith. 5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

It is now time has come to shake the "dust" of our feet and lives. Take up our cross again. And go with the Lord, and not let the sins of the past and the "ghosts" stand in the way.

Today is salvation today, today God hears and answers our prayers!

2 Cor. 6. 1. But as co-workers, we also exhort you not to receive in vain the grace of God. 2 He saith unto you, In the time that pleased me, I heard thee, and in the day of salvation did I help thee. See, now is a pleasant time, see, now is the day of salvation!

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