Classic Christianity – A Closer Look at The New Covenant P9 (06-14-21)
As you read the book of Hebrews, you will come to understand the New Covenant we are under today, with so many precious promises for us. The writer of Hebrews contrasts this covenant with the Old Covenant that it replaced. The Old Covenant was conditional in nature, and was to the people of Israel, that if they could keep all the requirements of the law, the law of Moses, with all its ten commandments and regulations, God would be their God and they would be His people. But man could not keep that, and neither could you and I today, who think we can do better in obeying the ten commandments of Moses, and come up with our own religious system that we might approach God.
So to understand the need of the New Covenant, you have to understand the problem of all mankind. You have to understand what caused our death, and that there is only one solution to death and that is life, but not a temporal life, but eternal life. That life is a life that God intended for mankind to have when He … Listen to Broadcast & Read More
Classic Christianity – A Closer Look at The New Covenant P6 (06-07-21)
Have you ever asked, “What is the purpose of the law?” If you turn to Galatians 3:19-24, you have your answer. Why is this important to know? Bob George uses several illustrations to help explain this. He used illustrations of a hammer and a mirror. And, if we know what our role is, as ministers of a New Covenant (2 Corinthians 3:6), not of an Old Covenant, then we have a sure foundation in truth. This presumes you understand the difference between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant and that the New Covenant replaced the old one (Hebrews 8:7-9).
So a hammer is made for the purpose of building a house. In the hands of a carpenter then it can build something useful. But in the hands of a murderer, it can be used to beat someone in the head with. So there is nothing wrong with a hammer, but how it is used depends on whose hands it is in. So what do people do with the law? They use it as a means to obtain righteousness, or right standing, before God, and then use … Listen to Broadcast & Read More
Classic Christianity – A Closer Look at The New Covenant P5 (06-02-21)
When you read the Old Testament, you get a better understanding and visual picture of why we need a New Covenant. In my growing up, the ten commandments were taught as something to live by and memorize. I am not sure what people still think about the ten commandments today, because in my state, the ten commandments were ordered to be taken down from the capitol grounds, and I would hear from church-going people that Roy Moore needs to stand down and obey the law of the land. But the point is, the ten commandments is something closely tied to the conscience that God has created in mankind as something that is holy, righteous and good. In Muslim countries, I have heard that if you steal gold out of a store, because they do not have such items locked up in a case, then you can get your hand chopped off. That is overly harsh punishment to me, but the point is they would not have such a law if they thought stealing was not wrong.
Classic Christianity – A Closer Look at The New Covenant P4 (06-01-21)
As you ponder over the reason for the New Covenant, take a look at the history of the Israelites under an Old Covenant. The Old Testament is the recorded history of their failures to keep the law and of God’s faithfulness, His patience, kindness and mercy, in the midst of their failure. So why did they fail? The same reason we fail today. The law is holy, righteous and good. The problem is not with the law, but with us. To know about the real problem, just look at the fall of man in the garden of Eden.
God created Adam in His own image. Adam was created with free will, and he chose to live independent of God, to not trust God but instead to trust the lie of Lucifer, or Satan, in the garden of Eden, that you can be your own god and control your own destiny, to know right from wrong without God. God had warned him that the day he chose to eat of that knowledge of good and evil he shall die. He did and he died. He died spiritually, meaning … Listen to Broadcast & Read More