I can't help but notice how I still live in some moments with an old mentality with the old habits. Swishing around in my mind is this exchange of the new and the old. In this season I'm slowly allowing God to replace old thoughts and opinions with new mindsets and perspectives.
I've been intrigued by a few things reading a book called The Naked Gospel. This is what I'm learning... The laws in the OT. - the old covenant and the new covenant found in Jesus. While the old covenant remains good, we are under a new covenant in Jesus that is profoundly different. I'm more clearly understanding the significance of the change. This new covenant is one that we cannot fail under, but rather find rest in His grace.
This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel,
after that time declares the Lord,
I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts.
I will be their God, and they will be my people.
This verse has never been so beautiful to me. I'm not called to abide by regulations first written on stone tablets. I will fail if I ever try that. I'd remain forever unsuccessful. I'm no longer called to look to the laws as a counsel for direction in my life. Rather as I invite the Holy Spirit into all aspects, His will, His desire, His operation, will be woven into my heart and mind while NOTHING can take me away from being His child.
That's a covenant of love. grace. faithfulness.
"For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace."
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”
Futhermore, I'm inspired by what the Bible teaches about the law and it's comparative perspective to the Holy Spirit.
I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?
I'm captivated in the truth these verses proclaim. What an unfathomable God, to send Jesus to fulfill the law, so that we don't have to. Because, we've tried and we can't. What a God that pursues and loves, loves, loves, His creation. Whoa.
I read awhile ago, along the lines that, the law exposes our depravity, and thus our need for a Saviour. It makes us aware of our sin. Yet we do not remain in it, once we accept Christ, we can be set free from the chains the law places on us. It doesn't show grace, nor encouragement, nor healthy revival. It simply leads us to Christ.
"Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith."
I desire to live under the reality of the new covenant, finding freedom in His Grace.
" The law is perfect, but it makes no one perfect. " - Andrew Murray