Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion to look for a second…In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.
Hebrews 8: 6, 7, 13 ESV
While the monumentally improved New Covenant is solidly in place and in full effect, the old covenant was slow to die before effectively vanishing into oblivion. And although dying a truly violent death in 70AD with the leveling and conflagration of Jerusalem, the old covenant remained alive in the hearts and minds of many for centuries to come. Moses and those lost in the desert so long ago clung desperately to a false and fabricated hope that still claims victims to its illegitimacy even today. For many still, refuse to believe or understand that man had no input in the righteous conception of this better new covenant. So thankfully, it was not dependent on our stubborn hearts or inept erroneous concepts to achieve conception. We just couldn’t seem to grasp the everlasting depth of love in God’s heart and what bearing it has on eternity for each of us.
Thank God for Christ’s unconditional love, and for his assurance that we are saved forever and have our victorious existence through his righteous grace and not our bungling efforts at self-direction. This grace is fully empowered by Christ Jesus’s forever sacrifice on the cross where our worldly flesh died right along with his. It is finished as Jesus has permanently ratified the new covenant with his blood on our behalf, not on our efforts.
Belief emanating from our hearts is our key to the Kingdom of God, not adherence to a list of laws and regulations that harden our hearts and minds instead of softening and nurturing them. To use our hearts and minds to full advantage the Kingdom of God must be current and flourishing in and through us to help propagate the righteous truth and God’s unreserved love to a lost and dying world. For the Kingdom of God begins in our hearts and spreads outward unhindered by any perceived need for personal or collective sacrifice or works.
Dear Heavenly Father, hear our plea for humility and a believing heart that we might follow your spiritual lead and rest in your grace. Amen
A F Fischer