Monday, June 18, 2007

A New Covenant

“He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant – not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” 2 Corinthians 3:6

The concept of this verse has recently changed the way I view my relationship with God and my relationship with others – especially with my children.

When Jesus said “it is finished”[1] he ended the covenant established with the Ten Commandments[2]. When Jesus said “this cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you”[3] he introduced a totally different agreement between mankind and God.

“Do you not know… that the law has authority over a man only as long as he lives?... by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.” Romans 7:1, 6

Have you ever thought about the concept of no law? We assume that laws are written to improve relationship and avoid chaos. However, law brings punishment. Grace brings kindness and peace.

Without law, there is no judgment (Romans 8:1-2). Think about that. Are you living under grace or under law?

Lord, may we live in the freedom you have given us through the fulfillment of the old covenant. May we recognize that being “good” is not valid in the new covenant. May we minister by the new covenant which gives life.

[1] John 19:30

[2] Exodus 34:10-28

[3] Luke 22:20

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