He emptied Himself!
He paid the debt that we owed, redeeming us as His Own: proffering gratuitously to reach out to man to return to Him. Basically, the Old Testament is concerned with bringing us to Christ.
There is much repetition in my book, but it is by repetition that we gain knowledge and understanding, and persevere in our Faith. God was pertinacious concerning His covenants, and the three that we need to be most concerned with are:
The covenant of Faith with Abraham. This was a covenant for obedience by Faith from Abraham, and God promised to make a great nation of Abraham and that they would possess the land of Canaan.
The covenant with the children of Israel. The law then was given to Moses at that time. (Exodus 19:3-6) God alone set the conditions, and in return for Israel’s loyalty and obedience God promised to love Israel and protect them, giving them His presence. (Exodus 33:13-17). The Jews broke covenant with God again and again, and God destroyed the relationship. (Jeremiah 6:16-19. Malachi 2:2).
The covenant through Faith in Christ for salvation. (Matthew 26:28). The new covenant by God’s grace brought the opportunity for man to return to God, through faith by obedience under Christ’s blood, to receive forgiveness of sin. God alone set the conditions for this covenant, also, but He promised forgiveness and eternal life. It is superior and founded on better promises. (Hebrews 8: 6-13)
Thus we would move from the Faith of Abraham, through the learning of disciplined obedience, to the Faith in Christ.
We cannot grow in our faith without knowledge of God's Word. We are to study to show ourselves proved in His righteousness. 2 Timothy 2:15
Quote from Tom Wacaster:
Knowledge will give certainty to our faith. It is tragic that some allow their knowledge to destroy their faith. A good case in point is the increasing number of young people who go off to college only to have the professors destroy their faith in God. One brother observed, “One of the sad casualties of higher education—even for preachers—is loss of faith.” Learning, coupled with solid faith in the word of God, is a good thing. A study of archaeology, science, languages, and history will enhance our faith provided we have a healthy attitude toward the scriptures.
If we believe the Bible and observe it as the Word of God, then our whole life should be centered on its precepts (a command or principle given as a general rule of action), and our heart should be humbled before God. We should be giving Him the honor due Him in obedience, and giving the first fruits of our life and our time. We should live as though we trusted in His Promises that we will receive through His Son, the Christ. Not as something due us because we “obeyed”, but in humble gratitude for payment of what we owed.
We were promised a rose garden, but we had to learn how to handle the thorns. Christ was crowned with the thorns for us. How do we handle Christ?
Now God calls all men unto Himself through His son, the one that the prophet Moses predicted that would be raised up and who we would be required to listen to in obedience. Those that hear that call and believe it, by electing to respond to it, are given the right to become sons of God by obedience to that will. (John 1:12) After answering the call of God to cleanse our consciences through baptism (Heb. 9:14; 10:22), our lives should be given to His care, to be doing what is right in His sight. Through obedience to His will in the act of baptism, it is then that God adds us to His Church (Acts 2:38-41), putting us under the New Covenant in Christ’s blood, and it determines our relationship with God, and our relationship with our fellow man. God, The Covenants, and You is designed to show the purpose of those covenants, what God demands of us, the principles ingrained in them, and how we should apply them to our lives in order to do what is right in God’s sight.