How Do I Get In On That? Entering the Covenant
September 4 I was called for Jury duty.
The biggest thing that I thought about in regard to jury duty was swearing oaths. What is a Christians’s duty?
His oath--”I will”
God comes to people and draws them into covenant when they are not even aware of what they need.
Adam and Eve
Hiding from God
God searches them out and provides a way for them to be right and acceptable before Him
Gives them a promise of a future defeat of the deceiver
“I will put enmity between you and the woman. He will bruise your head and you will bruise his heel”
Was he aware that he needed anything from God? Bible doesn’t say what his relationship with God was like
make you into a great nation
make your name great
bless those who bless you
curse those who curse you
The promise of a New Covenant
This is the covenant I will make
put my law in their minds
write it on their hearts
Be their God
make them my people
These “I will” statements, these promises that God made, according to the writer of Hebrews were sealed with an oath.
, says that when God made an oath to Abraham, He swore by Himself because He could swaer by no one greater.
What could be more unchanging than that?
What could be more certain than an unchanging God who swore by Himself who is unchanging?
It’s like a double positive. It’s like building a fortress to protect Fort Knox, one of the most impenetrable manmade places on earth.
When God swears by Himself, it is done.
When we talk about oaths, we struggle because Jesus himself said, “Don’t swear at all, by heaven, by earth, or by Jerusalem, or by your head.”
This might be a subject for another time.
I think that Jesus was urging complete honesty from his followers. They didn’t need to bring outside things into their promises in order to make it more truthful.
But God, to add emphasis to something that was immutable, unchangeable, brought His character, his person into the promise .
This work of salvation is HIS work! His doing! Initiated by Him.
He comes to us when we are helpless.
No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,