I might not be saying this quite right . . . I may be overstating it or over emphasizing it . . . but I’m thinking that, in a sense, the church is the prototype for how the promises of God to His ancient people will play out.
Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah . . . (Jeremiah 31:31 ESV)
Though the perfect fulfillment of that new covenant is yet to be seen, since Pentecost God has been demonstrating the dynamic He has promised through the church. On that day when the church was born, Peter cited the utterance of the prophet Joel as explanation for what was happening. Though the full extent of Joel’s prophecy is yet to be fulfilled, it began on that day. So too, the dynamics associated with a new covenant, declared by God through the prophet Jeremiah, is at play today within all those who, by faith, have owned Jesus as Savior and Lord.
But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put My law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be My people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, “Know the LORD,” for they shall all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. (Jeremiah 31:33-34 ESV)
That I, as part of the church, am, in a sense, a proving ground for the dynamics of God’s promises has captured my heart afresh this morning.
He has put His law within me . . . having written it on my heart. Spiritual DNA that was once dead to the God of all creation has been resurrected and made alive to the things of heaven. Having been made alive in Christ, I am now able to interact with God through the Holy Spirit. He who has been given as a seal . . . sent as a teacher . . . ever present as a guide . . . tasked with inscribing on my heart the written word, and the Living Word, of God. Not something I could do on my own . . . but solely a work of divine grace. Not something that could be done under the old covenant of law and my best efforts, but a dynamic unleashed through the new covenant of grace and God’s all sufficient provision.
I am part of a “proof of concept” that mere humans can know the Divine. That, through God’s perfect provision, any can know the LORD. And that all can grow in grace and truth because, in and through Christ, I have been given the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation, having the eyes of my heart enlightened (Eph. 1:17-18). The people of God are the demonstration of the reality of what it looks like for men and women, boys and girls, to have a living and personal relationship with the God of eternity. That’s a bit mind-stretching!
All made possible because God determined to satisfy the claim against men and women resulting from sin.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23 ESV)
God the Son paid the price fully on Calvary’s cross for sin and rebellion so that God the Father could justly fulfill His promise to “forgive their iniquity” and “remember their sin no more.”
And so, sinners saved by grace are privileged to model the dynamics of the new covenant. Hearts inscribed with the law of freedom . . . brought into the dynamics of relationship with the living God . . . given the mind of Christ that we might know Him. How amazing is that? Pretty!
To Him be all praise! Amen?