All too often, we Christians want to complicate Christianity. We come up with rules we think must govern what it means to be a Christian. We make up rituals and rites and all manner of complication that have nothing to do with the Christian life.
It is our purpose in this series to cut through all the rituals and rules and expose the true essence of Christianity. Hopefully, by the time this series is complete, everyone reading it will see how truly simple Christianity is.
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Going through all the covenants we’ve looked at the past couple of months may seem a bit tedious to some, but there’s method in my madness. To recap, the Adamic, Noahic, Abrahamic, Palestinian and Davidic covenants all gave God’s people great promises that still apply today. Understanding these promises should give us hope—or even better, assurance.
The Mosaic Covenant, unlike the others, was given to show us our hopelessness when left to our own devices. Commonly known as the law, it demanded a level of obedience no man could live up to. Our failure to be able to live up to the letter of the law showed us that the law was incapable of saving us. Our only hope for salvation was for God to do all the work Himself, which is exactly what He promised under the New Covenant.
All of these covenants, taken together, should provide today’s Christians an unshakable faith and confidence that God not only loves us but is also willing and able to provide for our salvation. Understanding these things leaves little room for doubt.
In sessions two and three of this series, we discovered who we are (beings created in the image of God and after His likeness) and why we’re here (because God wanted to fellowship with us). We also discussed the fact that God knew when He created us that we would fall into sin and be separated from Him, but He created us anyhow. He knew from before the foundation of the world how He would go about redeeming us so we could be His family and share in His fellowship.
Next week, we’ll take a close look at God’s plan for this redemption. Meanwhile, take a look at the first chapter of the Gospel of John—particularly verses 1-3 and verse 14. Give some serious thought to these verses, as they hold the key to God’s plan to redeem His people.
If you abide in Me and My word abides in you, then you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.
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