Today, friends, we’re finishing up a week of study. Be sure to review previous days before diving in today. Context is important!
We’re talking about God’s promise to bless us with every spiritual blessing, given before the foundations of the world (Ephesians 1:3-4). God chose to transport that blessing through Abraham and his descendants (Genesis 12:3, Galatians 3:8). The blessing: salvation!
But despite the offer of salvation, mankind rarely recognizes or yields to the need! God made a covenant with Moses, laying down the law, to reveal our inability to keep the law…thus, our need for salvation. The law is our tutor!
Yet, one crucial part was still missing. Think of a three-legged stool. If one leg is missing, what happens! Such is this covenant trifecta! The Abrahamic Covenant was God’s promise of blessing (salvation), the Mosaic Covenant showed us our need, now we just need the ability to keep the stool upright!
That is the purpose of the New Covenant! Please read Jeremiah 31:31-34. With whom did God make this covenant? As Christians, we love to commandeer this covenant, don’t we! We like to think that God made the New Covenant with us…believers in grace through faith. But the covenant was with the house of Israel and the house of Judah! Paul even solidified that fact when, in Romans 1:16, he said, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”
To the Jew first! Yet, in His divine grace, God opened a pathway for us (Gentiles) to enter in as well! Those of faith are sons of Abraham. The vehicle of world redemption has delivered salvation to those who will receive it! Glorious!!!
So, what lessons can we learn from these past covenants? We learn that God chose to bless us abundantly, with the greatest blessing ever: salvation! He used Abraham and Moses to deliver the blessing to us, then sent His Son as the fulfillment of the New Covenant!
Despite prophecies and covenants, and despite Jesus’ appearances on earth, the Jewish people missed the day of visitation. God’s covenants provide the pathway for us all to enter in. These are days we must be alert and understand the times in which we live. If we don’t, we will have missed the lessons of the past, as the Jewish people did, and will miss the day of His Second Coming.
Unbeliever, do you know Jesus? You must! Believer, have you prepared yourself as the Bride of Christ? You must!
Next week we’ll focus on understanding the present, and we’ll consider the question, “Just how close are we?” Stick with us, Bible students!