THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE: 1-20-19



LESSON TITLE: "A NEW COVENANT"



WELCOME

TODAY WE ARE BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD, THE BIBLE. THIS BOOK IS GOD'S LIVING WORD. IN ITS PAGES, WE ARE TOLD "FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD." IT IS IN THIS BOOK OF BOOKS THAT WE FIND THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF MAN'S QUESTIONS AND NEEDS. THIS MORNING YOUR AREA CHURCHES OF CHRIST WELCOME YOU TO A PROGRAM COMMITTED TO THAT PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY AS WE PRESENT THE LIVING WORD. NOW HERE IS YOUR HOST, RAY SULLINS.



WHAT A PRIVILEGE WE HAVE THIS MORNING TO JOIN TOGETHER IN THE STUDY OF GOD'S LIVING WORD. WE WELCOME YOU TO OUR PROGRAM AND WE THANK GOD THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO BE WITH US TODAY. WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY WE HAVE TOGETHER THIS MORNING TO GLORIFY OUR CREATOR. MAY WE EACH DO OUR PART TO MAKE THIS TIME ACCEPTABLE IN HIS SIGHT AND ACCORDING TO HIS WILL. NOW, LET'S APPROACH OUR FATHER'S THRONE IN PRAYER.

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE'RE SO THANKFUL FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE. FATHER, WE ASK THAT YOU HELP US TO SHINE AS LIGHTS EACH AND EVERY DAY IN THIS WORLD THAT OTHERS MIGHT KNOW YOU THROUGH US AND THAT WE MIGHT BE FOUND PLEASING IN YOUR SIGHT. AND FATHER, WE KNOW THEY WERE ONLY ABLE TO BE FOUND JUSTIFIED THROUGH THE BLOOD OF YOUR SON AND WE THANK YOU FOR THAT GREATEST OF ALL GIFTS. AND WHEN THIS LIFE IS OVER FATHER PLEASE GIVE US THAT GREAT REWARD THAT IS AWAITING US IN HEAVEN WITH YOU. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

WHAT A WONDERFUL PRIVILEGE WE HAVE AS CHRISTIANS TO LIFT UP OUR VOICES IN PRAISE TO GOD. HOW ENCOURAGING IT IS TO HAVE THIS AVENUE OF WORSHIP TO OUR CREATOR! SO, THIS MORNING WON'T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING TOGETHER OUR FIRST HYMN OF THE MORNING. THE NAME OF THE SONG "THERE IS A HABITATION!"



DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS



HOW MANY OF US ARE GOOD AT KEEPING SECRETS? IT HAS BEEN INTERESTING WATCHING MY CHILDREN GROW UP AND GO THROUGH DIFFERENT STAGES IN MANY ASPECTS OF THEIR LIVES. AT FIRST, THEY JUST COULDN'T KEEP THEIR MOUTH SHUT. IN FACT, IF YOU TOLD THEM ANYTHING, YOU COULD BE SURE IT WOULD BE REPEATED. ESPECIALLY TO THE ONE WHO THEY WERE NOT SUPPOSED TO TELL IT TO. I'LL HAVE TO ADMIT HOWEVER, THAT I KNOW MANY ADULTS THAT ARE JUST AS BAD. I GUESS EVERY CHURCH HAS THAT INDIVIDUAL THAT WORKS BETTER THAN THE 10 O'CLOCK NEWS, IF YOU TELL THEM ANYTHING. I MENTION ALL OF THIS TO REMIND US THAT GOD HAD A GREAT SECRET THAT WAS HIDDEN FOR A LONG TIME. IN EPHESIANS 3:9, PAUL SAID, "AND TO MAKE ALL SEE WHAT IS THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE MYSTERY, WHICH FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE AGES HAS BEEN HIDDEN IN GOD WHO CREATED ALL THINGS THROUGH JESUS CHRIST." YOU SEE FOR AGES THERE WAS SOMETHING HIDDEN IN GOD, UNTIL THE PROPER TIME CAME.

SO, WHAT WAS HIDDEN? PAUL AGAIN ANSWERS THIS QUESTION IN HIS BOOK TO THE COLOSSIANS. IN CHAPTER 2, AND VERSES TWO AND THREE, WE READ, "THAT THEIR HEARTS MAY BE ENCOURAGED, BEING KNIT TOGETHER IN LOVE, AND ATTAINING TO ALL RICHES OF THE FULL ASSURANCE OF UNDERSTANDING, TO THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE MYSTERY OF GOD, BOTH OF THE FATHER AND OF CHRIST, IN WHOM ARE HIDDEN ALL THE TREASURES OF WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE." THERE WE HAVE IT. THE TREASURES OF WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE WERE HIDDEN BY GOD UNTIL THEY WERE COMPLETELY REVEALED THROUGH HIS GLORIOUS SON, JESUS CHRIST.

WHAT A WONDERFUL BLESSING WE HAVE TODAY AS CHRISTIANS TO HAVE THE PROMISED, REVEALED SECRET THROUGH JESUS OUR LORD. FURTHERMORE, THE ONLY WAY WE CAN BE PLEASING TO GOD TODAY, IS BY ACCEPTING AND FOLLOWING THE REVEALED MYSTERIES WHICH WE NOW HAVE BECAUSE OF CHRIST. ARE YOU TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE REVEALED KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM OFFERED TO YOU BY GOD?

TODAY WE WILL BEGIN A NEW SERIES OF STUDY ENTITLED, "BEHOLD ALL THINGS HAVE BECOME NEW." OUR SPECIFIC TOPIC OF THE DAY WILL DEAL WITH, "A NEW COVENANT." SO PLEASE CONTINUE WITH US THIS MORNING AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG WE WILL RETURN WITH THIS LESSON FROM GOD'S WORD. AS FAR AS OUR GUEST SPEAKER OF THE DAY, WE ARE HAPPY TO AGAIN HAVE BROTHER JERRY SULLINS. AS ALWAYS, WE THANK HIM FOR JOINING US THIS DAY.

FOR NOW, LET'S RETURN TO OUR SONGS OF PRAISE. WON'T YOU JOIN IN OUR SECOND HYMN OF THE MORNING, THE NAME OF THE SONG, "MY HOPE IS BUILT ON NOTHING LESS."



LESSON

BY JERRY SULLINS



AGAIN WE WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME YOU TO THE LIVING WORD BROADCAST. IT'S A PLEASURE TO BE IN YOUR HOMES THIS MORNING VIA TELEVISION AND TO STUDY THE WORD OF GOD WITH YOU. FROM TIME TO TIME WE START NEW SERIES AND THIS IS THAT TIME THAT WE'RE BEGINNING A NEW SERIES THAT HAS TO DO WITH A STATEMENT THAT IS MADE IN SECOND CORINTHIANS FIVE VERSE 17.

I WANT TO ASK YOU TO OPEN YOUR BIBLES. WE'RE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT DIFFERENT VERSES IN THE BIBLE AND READING FROM THE BIBLE. THIS IS A BIBLE STUDY. THIS IS A PROCLAMATION OF GOD'S WORD AND SO FOR YOU TO EXAMINE THAT EVERYTHING WE'RE SAYING IS TRUE IT MIGHT BE GOOD IF YOU HAVE YOUR BIBLE CLOSE BY. IN SECOND CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 5 VERSE 17, THERE THE BIBLE SAYS, IN FACT THE APOSTLE PAUL IS SPEAKING TO THE CHURCH AT CORINTH MADE UP OF JEWS AND GENTILES, AND HE SAID, "THEREFORE, IF ANYONE IS IN CHRIST, HE IS A NEW CREATION; OLD THINGS HAVE PASSED AWAY; BEHOLD, ALL THINGS HAVE BECOME NEW." NOW THAT MEANT SOMETHING TO JEWISH CHRISTIANS ESPECIALLY IN THAT DAY AND TIME BECAUSE THEY HAD BEEN LIVING UNDER AN OLD COVENANT BEFORE JESUS CAME AND DIED UPON THE CROSS. GOD HAS ALWAYS HAD A COVENANT RELATIONSHIP WITH MANKIND. HE CHOSE TO HAVE COVENANT RELATIONSHIPS WITH INDIVIDUALS AT TIMES, AS WELL AS WHOLE NATIONS.

WE KNOW THAT IN THE DAYS OF NOAH, AS IS STATED IN GENESIS CHAPTER SIX, HE MADE A COVENANT WITH NOAH THAT NOAH WOULD GO AND PREACH TO THE PEOPLE FOR OVER 100 YEARS ASKING THEM TO REPENT BECAUSE THE THOUGHTS AND IMAGINATIONS OF THEIR HEARTS WERE ONLY EVIL CONTINUALLY. AND HE THREATENED THAT HE WOULD HAVE A GREAT FLOOD, A WORLDWIDE FLOOD, THAT WOULD DESTROY ALL THE PEOPLES ON THE EARTH THAT WOULD NOT REPENT. WELL, MOST OF THEM DID NOT REPENT. ONLY NOAH AND HIS WIFE, HIS THREE SONS, AND THEIR WIVES WERE SAVED. BUT BECAUSE OF THE COVENANT, OR THE LAW AGREEMENT, HOWEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT, AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN GOD AND NOAH BECAUSE NOAH FULFILLED THAT COVENANT AND BUILDING THE ARK AND BY SAVING AT LEAST THOSE WHO WOULD LISTEN. ONLY HE AND HIS WIFE HIS THREE SONS AND THEIR WIVES WERE SAVED. FROM THAT TERRIBLE FLOOD. BUT THAT WAS A COVENANT.

GOD LATER ONLY, GENESIS CHAPTER 12, MADE A COVENANT WITH ABRAHAM, THE FATHER OF WHAT WE KNOW OF FAITH. AND THAT COVENANT WAS A SEVEN PART COVENANT AND I'M NOT GOING TO MENTION ALL THE THINGS BUT BASICALLY WHAT HE WAS TELLING ABRAHAM WAS IF YOU WILL DO WHAT I ASK YOU TO DO, THAT IS THE COVENANT THAT I MAKE WITH YOU, THROUGH YOUR SEED ALL NATIONS OF THE EARTH WOULD BE BLESSED. AND THROUGH HIS SEED CAME THE NATION THAT WE REFER TO IN TIMES PAST AS THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL. THEY ARE THE JEWISH PEOPLE AS WE KNOW OF THEM TODAY. HE MADE A COVENANT WITH THEM IN EXODUS CHAPTER 12. MOSES WENT UP ON TO MOUNT SINAI AND HE RECEIVED THE 12 COMMANDMENTS AND MANY OTHER THINGS THAT HE WOULD REVEAL TO THE PEOPLE OF GOD, THAT IS THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL. HOW THEY WERE TO LIVE IN RELATIONSHIP TO HIM THAT HAS TO DO HIS WILL. WE KNOW THROUGHOUT THEIR HISTORY THEY FAILED TO DO HIS WILL AND HE MADE COVENANT AFTER COVENANT WITH THEM STRIVING TO SAVE THEM IN THE FUTURE FROM THEIR SINS. BUT IN THE LAW OF MOSES THAT COVENANT DID NOT INCLUDE THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS.

SO AS WE TURN BACK TO SECOND CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 5 VERSE 17, "THEREFORE, IF ANYONE IS IN CHRIST, HE IS A NEW CREATION; OLD THINGS ARE PASSED AWAY; BEHOLD, ALL THINGS HAVE BECOME NEW." WHAT HE WAS SPEAKING OF WAS NOT JUST MAYBE MAN'S LIFESTYLE AS IT WAS UNDER THE OLD TESTAMENT BUT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT THIS, AS WE READ IN OTHER PLACES IN THAT VERY SAME BOOK, THE DEMOLISHING OR THE TAKING AWAY OF THE LAW OF MOSES BECAUSE THERE WERE MANY THINGS THAT THE LAW OF MOSES DID NOT OFFER. IT WAS A COVENANT THAT WAS TO BE TAKEN AWAY. NOW, IF WE LOOK AT SECOND CORINTHIANS CHAPTER THREE, IF YOU HAVE YOUR BIBLES, LET'S LOOK THERE FOR A FEW MOMENTS. THE LAW OF MOSES IS MENTIONED IN VERSE SEVEN AS BEING THE MINISTRY OF DEATH WRITTEN AND ENGRAVED ON STONES AND WAS GLORIOUS SO THAT THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL COULD NOT LOOK STEADILY AT THE FACE OF MOSES BECAUSE OF THE GLORY OF HIS COUNTENANCE WHICH GLORY WAS PASSING AWAY. HOW WILL THE MINISTRY OF THE SPIRIT NOT BE MORE GLORIOUS? WELL, CERTAINLY IT WILL BECAUSE IT WAS A DIFFERENT TYPE OF COVENANT. IT WAS A NEW COVENANT THAT GOD WOULD MAKE WITH ALL MANKIND.

THEN AS WE NOTICE ALSO IN THE BOOK OF SECOND CORINTHIANS CHAPTER THRE LOOK AT VERSE SEVEN AS WELL. AS WE HAVE LOOKED AT VERSE SEVEN LET US ALSO LOOK AT VERSE NINE, "FOR IF THE MINISTRY OF CONDEMNATION HAD GLORY, THE MINISTRY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS EXCEEDS MUCH MORE IN GLORY." THE MINISTRY OF CONDEMNATION WAS THE LAW OF MOSES. IT WAS A LAW OF SIN AND DEATH. IT BROUGHT PEOPLE TO UNDERSTANDING OF SIN BUT IT DID NOT GIVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF THEIR SINS. THERE WAS A WAY THAT THOSE SINS, AS GOD AUTHORIZED IN HIS LAW OR HIS COVENANT WITH THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL THAT THOSE SINS WOULD BE PASSED DOWN FROM AGE TO AGE UNTIL THE BLOOD OF CHRIST WAS SHED ON THE CROSS OF CALVARY. IN HEBREWS CHAPTER 10 VERSE FOUR, THE HEBREW WRITER SAID IT IS NOT POSSIBLE FOR THE BLOOD OF BULLS AND GOATS TO TAKE AWAY SIN. NO, THE BLOOD OF BULLS AND GOATS NEVER WAS INTENDED TO TAKE AWAY SINS BUT TO ROLL THOSE SINS FORWARD ONE TIME EACH YEAR. FOR THE PEOPLE TO PUT THE SINS ON THE BACK OF A GOAT AND THAT GOAT WOULD BE RUN OUT INTO THE WILDERNESS SYMBOLIC OF THE SINS PASSING DOWN THROUGH THE AGES UNTIL JESUS WOULD COME. BECAUSE, AS THE HEBREW WRITER SAID ALSO, WE'RE NOT SAVED BY THE BLOOD OF GOATS OR BULLS AND GOATS BUT WE'RE SAVED BY THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST THAT WAS SHED ON THE CROSS OF CALVARY. SO IN A WAY THIS WAS A LAW THAT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO BE KEPT BY THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL.

YOU KNOW, I CAN'T IMAGINE HOW IT MIGHT'VE BEEN BACK IN THAT DAY AND TIME BUT IN A WAY I CAN. BECAUSE LET'S IMAGINE THAT YOU WERE A JEW AND YOU LIVED UNDER THE LAW OF MOSES. AND LET'S SAY YOU ARE ALSO A PRIEST. EVERY DAY, HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF ANIMALS WOULD BE SACRIFICED FOR THE INDIVIDUAL SINS OF THE JEWS, COLLECTIVE SINS OF THE JEWS. ON AND ON THEY WOULD SACRIFICE ANIMAL AFTER ANIMAL SO THAT THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD COULD BE DISPLAYED TO THE PEOPLE. BECAUSE THAT MEANT THIS SIN, ALTHOUGH FORGIVEN, AND AWAY WAS PASSED DOWN UNTIL JESUS WOULD SHED HIS BLOOD ON THE CROSS OF CALVARY.

I WOULD LIKE FOR US TO REFER TO A SCRIPTURE THAT IS FOUND IN JEREMIAH CHAPTER 31. A PROPHECY CONCERNING THE NEW COVENANT OR RELATIONSHIP GOD WOULD HAVE WITH MAN. IF YOU HAVE YOUR BIBLES TURN TO JEREMIAH 31 AND WE WILL BEGIN READING IT. VERSE 31, "'BEHOLD, THE DAYS ARE COMING, SAYS THE LORD, WHEN I WILL MAKE A NEW COVENANT WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AND WITH THE HOUSE OF JUDAH.'" SYMBOLIC OF ALL PEOPLE. "'NOT ACCORDING TO THE COVENANT THAT I MADE WITH THEIR FATHERS IN THE DAY THAT I TOOK THEM BY THE HAND TO LEAD THEM OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT,'" NOT THE LAW OF MOSES HE IS SAYING. "'MY COVENANT WHICH THEY BROKE, THOUGH I WAS A HUSBAND TO THEM, SAYS THE LORD. BUT THIS IS A COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD: I WILL PUT MY LAW IN THEIR MINDS, AND WRITE IT ON THEIR HEARTS; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.'" HE SAID IN THE NEXT VERSE I WILL WHAT? "'"FOR I WILL FORGIVE THEIR INIQUITY, AND THEIR SIN I'LL REMEMBER NO MORE,"'" UNDER THE NEW COVENANT.

NOW WHAT WAS THAT NEW COVENANT? WELL, THE HEBREW WRITER OVER AND OVER AGAIN IN HEBREWS CHAPTER 9 AND CHAPTER 10 AND IN OTHER PLACES, MAKES REFERENCE TO THE LAW OF FLESH WHICH WAS THE LAW OF MOSES AND THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE WHICH IS THE COVENANT. THAT RELATIONSHIP WE HAVE WITH GOD THROUGH OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. IT IS WRITTEN ON OUR HEARTS. WE DON'T SEE THE 10 COMMANDMENTS WRITTEN ON STONE AS THE ISRAELITES DID OR OTHER LAWS THAT WERE FOUND IN PARCHMENTS THAT MOSES AND OTHERS WROTE DOWN SO THAT THEY COULD READ OR WERE LED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT TO SPEAK FORTH THESE LAWS. A LAW THAT WAS WRITTEN ON STONES. BUT THE LAW THAT IS WRITTEN ALTHOUGH WE CAN READ THAT LAW IN THIS BIBLE IS WRITTEN ON OUR HEARTS. THAT'S WHY WE IN EVERY SITUATION OF LIFE AS CHRISTIANS, THE NEW CREATION THAT IS IN CHRIST, THAT'S WHO WE ARE! WE KNOW BY WHAT IS IN OUR HEARTS AS WE LEARN FROM THE WORD OF GOD. WHAT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS CHRISTIANS? WHAT WE CAN DO AS CHRISTIANS AND WHAT WE SHOULD NOT DO AS CHRISTIANS? IT IS LAID OUT FOR US. THAT IS THAT NEW COVENANT AND IT IS NOT SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE TO SAY, WELL, IT IS WRITTEN ON THE STONE THAT WE SHALL HAVE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME. WE KNOW IN OUR HEARTS THAT IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR US TO DO THAT AND BE PLEASING TO GOD. NO, OLD THINGS HAVE PASSED AWAY! THINGS ARE NEW AND BECAUSE OF THAT OLD THINGS HAVE PASSED AWAY. YOU SEE, AS WE DEAL WITH SIN THERE'S A NEW LAW, ACTS 2:38, THE FIRST DAY THE GOSPEL WAS PREACHED, "'REPENT AND BE BAPTIZED EVERY ONE OF YOU IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS.'" NOT THE ROLLING OF SINS FORWARD ANOTHER YEAR, ANOTHER YEAR AT THE END OF EACH YEAR. NO! WE RECEIVE THE FORGIVENESS OF OUR SINS. THE REMISSION. THE BLOTTING OUT OF OUR SINS. THE LORD REMEMBERING THEM AS HE PROMISED NO MORE BECAUSE WE ARE NEW CREATURES IN CHRIST. WE DON'T NEED A PHYSICAL PRIEST TO APPROACH THE THRONE OF GOD FOR US. WE ARE THE PRIESTS OF GOD AND WE APPROACH THE THRONE OF GOD TO RELIEVE OURSELVES OF ANY SIN IN OUR LIVES. OH, WHAT A PRECIOUS VERSE FOUND IN REVELATION ONE VERSE FIVE, TO HIM WHO LOVED US. AND WHAT DID HE DO FOR US? HE GAVE US THROUGH THE SHEDDING OF HIS BLOOD THE FORGIVENESS OF OUR SINS. WE ARE WASHED FROM OUR OWN SINS IN HIS OWN BLOOD. WHY? BECAUSE THAT'S THE COVENANT THAT GOD MADE WITH US. AND EVEN AFTER WE BECOME CHRISTIANS, IN FIRST JOHN FIVE VERSE NINE, THERE JOHN SAID TO CHRISTIANS. HE SAID, IF WE CONFESS OUR SINS TO WHOM? TO PRIESTS? NO. IF WE CONFESS OUR SINS TO GOD HE IS FAITHFUL TO FORGIVE US OF OUR SINS AND TO CLEANSE US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS. THAT'S A GREAT BLESSING OF THE NEW COVENANT! WE DON'T HAVE TO DEPEND ON ANYONE ELSE. WE HAVE DIRECT ACCESS TO GOD HIMSELF! ISN'T THAT A WONDERFUL PROMISE OF THE NEW COVENANT? AND LOOKING AT THE APOSTLE PAUL, YOU PROBABLY KNEW I WAS GOING TO USE AS AN EXAMPLE. ISN'T THAT A WONDERFUL EXAMPLE. THIS IS A MAN WHO MURDERED CHRISTIANS! HE BROUGHT MANY CHRISTIANS TO THEIR DEATH BUT HE WAS SAVED WHEN HE OBEYED THE GOSPEL. HE MET CHRIST ON THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS, SYRIA, THAT'S WHERE HE MET CHRIST AND CHRIST APPEARED TO HIM IN THE FORM OF PHILIP. AND PHILIP WAS SENT TO HIM BY THE HOLY SPIRIT AND PHILIP EXPANDED TO HIM, WHOM ISAIAH WAS SPEAKING OF, WHEN HE SAID THE LAMB BEFORE HIM SURE IS DUMB BUT NOT HIS MOUTH. WHO IS THIS PERSON THAT ISAIAH IS SPEAKING OF? AND HE BEGAN AT THOSE POINTS, AT THAT POINT IN THE SCRIPTURE TO REVEAL UNTO HIM THE COVENANT THAT HE COULD HAVE WITH JESUS CHRIST THE LORD. AND HE SAID HERE'S WHAT HINDERS ME TO BE BAPTIZED. READ ACTS CHAPTER EIGHT AND YOU'LL FIND THAT THE APOSTLE PAUL BECAME A CHRISTIAN THAT DAY AND HE DEDICATED HIS LIFE. AND HE SAID IN PHILIPPIANS CHAPTER THREE, HE SAID I HAVEN'T YET OBTAINED OR APPREHENDED ETERNAL LIFE BUT THIS ONE THING I'M GOING TO DO. I'M GOING TO FORGET THOSE THINGS IN THE PAST AND I'M GOING TO LOOK TOWARD THE FUTURE. I'M GOING TO DO THOSE THINGS THAT I NEED TO DO BECAUSE I'VE BEEN SAVED BY THE GRACE OF GOD THROUGH MY OBEDIENCE TO THE GOSPEL. AND I AM GOING TO LIVE FOR CHRIST! AND I KNOW THROUGH THE NEW COVENANT THAT NOW I CAN HAVE TRUE HOPE BECAUSE BEFORE HE WAS A JEW AND HE HAD NO HOPE FOR THE SALVATION OF HIS SINS, OTHER THAN THE MESSIAH, WHO MIGHT COME. BUT THE MESSIAH HADN'T COME. HE MET HIM ON THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS AND HE ACCEPTED WHAT HE NEEDED TO DO TO BE SAVED. AND ANANIAS TOLD HIM, WHY ARE YOU TARRYING? ARISE AND BE BAPTIZED. WASH AWAY YOUR SINS CALLING ON THE NAME OF THE LORD.

NOW MY FRIEND, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO? THAT NEW COVENANT IS AVAILABLE TO EVERY HUMAN BEING ON THE FACE OF THIS EARTH. ARE YOU GOING TO BE BURIED WITH CHRIST IN BAPTISM? THAT'S THE WAY WE GET INTO CHRIST! YOU KNOW, WE NEED TO GET INTO CHRIST. THEREFORE, IF ANY MAN BE IN CHRIST HE'S A NEW CREATURE. OLD THINGS HAVE PASSED AWAY AND ALL THINGS HAVE BECOME NEW. NOW I SUBMIT TO YOU THAT YOU NEED TO CONFESS THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD. REPENT AND TURN AWAY FROM YOUR SINS AND BE BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF YOUR SINS. NOW WON'T YOU DO THAT? THAT'S WHAT JESUS WANTS YOU TO DO. IF YOU HAVE ANY HOPE, IT'S FOUND IN THE NEW COVENANT THAT GOD HAS MADE WITH US THROUGH CHRIST.



CLOSING COMMENTS



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HOW BLESSED WE ARE TO HAVE A NEW COVENANT, SEALED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST. THE QUESTION IS, HAVE YOU RESPONDED TO THIS SAVING COVENANT FROM GOD, FOR ONLY THE FAITHFUL WILL BE FULLY REWARDED IN THE END.