Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 33:21-35:19 / 2 Corinthians 2:12-3:6 / Psalm 104:1-18
God is into new! His mercies are new every morning (Lam. 3:22)…He makes us new creations in Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 5:17)…and one day He will make all things new (Rev. 21:5)! God isn’t into refurbished or remodeled lives. Jesus came into this world to provide a new and living way to God.
Paul says that he is a minister of a “New Covenant”. God established the old covenant with Abraham and central to that covenant was the Law. God then sent Christ to fulfill the Law and He established a new covenant with man founded upon the work of the cross. Jesus fulfilled the Law, became sin for us, paid the penalty for man’s sin and provided redemption for all those who would believe in Him.
God provided a new way of forgiveness for mankind. A way that was not conditional upon the keeping of a Law but the acceptance of a Savior. The letter of the Law demanded man to walk and live in holiness but it did not provide the strength or ability for man to be holy. The Law reminded man of what they were not and killed any hope they had of satisfying or keeping the letter of the Law.
The sacrificial system only withheld the judgment of God and repeated sacrifices were required for reoccurring sin. Jesus ushered in a new and living way for a right relationship with God. Instead of repeated sacrifices, His one sacrifice powerfully forgave all sin. Instead of the letter of the Law, Jesus gave us His Spirit of life, “for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” (2 Corinthians 3:6)
We live today with a new hope and a new life in Christ! Our lives are no longer defined by what the Law says we are “not” but we are defined by a relationship with a loving Savior who says what we are “forgiven and His”. The Spirit of Christ lives within us making us joint heirs with Jesus. New Life In Christ…it is abundant and eternal!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!