Dear Lord, Heavenly Father, every day we need Your presence and Word more and more. May we follow in Christ’s footsteps on this earth and live by every Word that comes from You. May Your Word in this lesson consume and and change us, desires, actions, and thoughts, into Your likeness. We thank You in advance for victory! In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.
In the previous study (which was a long time ago—sorry), we looked at Hebrews 8:3-6 and concluded that the new covenant which saves us in Christ is better than the old one which was based on the law because it was “founded on better promises” (Hebrews 8:6). The old covenant could only demand righteousness from us, but the new one is better in that it can provide righteousness for us in Christ. In verse 7 and 8, Paul continues to explain the differences between the old and new covenants by explaining why we need the new covenant and how it affects us.
“7 For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another. 8 But God found fault with the people and said: “The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.” Hebrews 8:7-8, NIV
In verse 7 Paul points out that God would not institute a new covenant if there wasn’t a problem with the first one. In verse 8 Paul explains that the problem was not with the covenant itself but with the people with whom God ratified it. It says “God found fault with the people.” The old covenant was conditional based on the obedience of Israel to the law. It failed because it rested on man’s promise to obey the law, which he repeatedly broke. In comparison, the new covenant is based on God’s promise of what He will do, which He outlines in verses 8-12. The old covenant failed because it was based on the action of man, which resulted in him swiftly breaking it. The new covenant is the opposite. It’s based on what God will do, and seeing as He never lies and always fulfills His promises, it is infinitely more sure and secure!
This means that you do not need to lie awake at night in fear for your life on earth or your eternal salvation. The guarantee is not dependent on your weak, unreliable humanity, but it rests in God’s unchanging, perfect, ever-truthful character. We are assured of our salvation in Christ! The new covenant is as permanent as God is eternal! It is 1,000,000% guaranteed!
Grace is not contrary to works; both have a place in the experience of a person who has given his life to Jesus. Grace is the cause of salvation; works are its result. Confusion comes when we change the roles and think that works do not qualify for salvation or that we are already saved in Christ and do not have to worry about works.
The other confusion arises when we want our good works to be the result of our effort. If human effort is somehow important, it is for seeking Jesus and maintaining a daily companionship with Him through prayer, Bible study, and witnessing.
Why is effort needed? Because the human nature that we still bear, leads us far from God; it is not natural for us to want to live in communion with Jesus.
However, the fact that it is not natural does not mean that you must continue vegetating in the ground of spiritual mediocrity and passively accept a life of spiritual defeats.
Victory is possible with Jesus….
Alejandro Bullon, Finding Fulfillment in Christ, p. 157
"who “will render to each one according to his deeds”:” Romans 2:6
“You are a garden locked up, my sister, my bride; you are a spring enclosed, a sealed fountain… You are a garden fountain, a well of flowing water streaming down from Lebanon.”—Song of Songs 4: 12, 15 (via godsradicaldaughter)
“The woman God can use knows where her value comes from. She is precious because of Who created her. She is valued because of the One Who dwells within her, not because of the material he used to fashion her or how he chooses to use her. —Donna Partow”—Becoming a Vessel GOD Can Use —Donna Partow (via reverentwomanhood)
“Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, and come with me. See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.”
Grateful for the sabbath that I am about to partake in. God has done so much for me this week. I’m so grateful for the little victories! God you are so awesome! Thankful!! You are truly my joy and you keep a smile on my face! Thank you God! Happy Sabbath tumblr!
“Having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart.” II Corinthians 4:1
“How do you handle discouragement? … Some of us can become impatient, some of us may give in to murmuring, some of us may opt for some form of self-medication in hopes of just drowning the discouragement out. What kept the apostle Paul from throwing in the towel was the mercy of God. When you know you deserved death, and you get life, it changes everything. Paul never got over having experienced the mercy of God in his life – of being able to get what he didn’t deserve. That gives Paul the power to persevere. Paul’s secret is that he never lost sight of it. He never got over God’s mercy, and throughout his life it changed everything. Mercy was Paul’s medicine.”
“Growth is the law of a healthy life. You are condemned to death the day you stop growing. However growth implies pain. perhaps, because of this, many people resist growing. They prefer being comfortable and live without facing challenges, without climbing the mountains of life.”—
Alejandro Bullon, Finding Fulfillment in Christ, p.147
"Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God;" 1 Thessalonians 4:1