Sunday, October 7, 2012
It All Hangs On God
Have you ever thought how much our salvation hangs on God's faithfulness to keeping the covenant He made in His Son? Our whole salvation hangs on God the Father, when He made an eternal covenant with His Son Jesus Christ. We by faith receive the finished work and ENTER into THAT new covenant with the almighty God through Jesus Christ. Our God is a God of covenant. He will NEVER break a covenant that He has made. Man is the covenant breaker, not God. That is why God the Father could never make an everlasting covenant with anyone else except His own Son, Jesus.
The first Covenant ever made on man's behalf was right after the sin of Adam. In it, God announced what He would do to save the race that was potentially in the first couple. He announced the very first PROMISE of their salvation and deliverance from the bondage of sin.
"And I WILL put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heal." Genesis 3:15
Notice that this promise contains NO REFERENCE to humans' part in bringing it to pass. It refers only to the "I WILL" of God. He was the guarantor of the covenant salvation that He announced. He COMMITTED HIMSELF to placing a supernatural enmity between humankind and the serpent that would culminate in the coming of a certain seed (Jesus Christ) who would utterly defeat the serpent, crushing his head . There were no "ifs," no conditions, that humans must fulfill if this wonder were to come to pass in their history. There was only the unconditional announcement that hung on the covenant oath of God.
One of the most important truths that I have learned about the new covenant is that Jesus, the Son of God, is the NEW COVENANT IN HIMSELF. It is a covenant made by God the Father with God the Son. The Father guarantees the divine side of the covenant, and the Son guarantees the HUMAN side having taken our humanity as us and for us. It becomes ours individually, as we believe on the Lord Jesus and are JOINED to Him. The new covenant is out of our hands (praise the Lord) and beyond our ability to break. It is guaranteed by the Triune God and, therefore, is unconditional and unbreakable.
Jesus Christ is the representative Man of the new covenant. As the Son of God, he stands in an eternal, infinite love relationship with the Father. As the sinless Man, He is worthy to enter into covenant with Him. He makes the covenant solely for us. As the eternal object, of the Father's love and delight, He does not need to enter into covenant with Him. He has NO NEED of any of the promises and blessings of the covenant. In limitless love for us, He has joined Himself to us, never to leave us. We are inseparable from Him. He ACHIEVES the new covenant and earns all of its blessings NOT for Himself, BUT FOR US! When the Holy Spirit joins us to Him, all the promises of the covenant made to Him become ours.
Jeremiah 31:33, 34 tells us, "But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I WILL put my law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; I WILL be their God , and they WILL be My people . No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying 'know the Lord',' from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I WILL forgive their iniquity, and their sin I WILL remember no more."
Ezekiel 36:25-27 says,"Then I WILL sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I WILL cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I WILL give you a NEW HEART and put a NEW SPIRIT within you; I WILL take the heart of stone out of you flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I WILL put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes. You will keep My judgments and do them"
I would like to continue this "Thought to Ponder" in another posting. I believe that the more we understand the new covenant that Jesus made in His blood,the more that it will strengthen our relationship with Jesus Christ. We will know who we are in Him and who He is in us. It is all about WHO we know NOT WHAT we know about Jesus that validates our relationship with Him.