Chapter Three:

Our Relationship To God

How Does One Enter The Covenant?


Being under the New Testament era, those of the last days or the last dispensation, our part is fulfilled when we hear the Word (and/or read the Word - the Bible), believe that it is God’s Word, and that Christ was that Word made flesh, in the person of God’s son; confessing Him to be so before men; repenting of our sins, calling on the Name of the Lord, and being baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit to receive the remission of our sins. We then receive the Holy Spirit as a guarantee , the divine assurance of God’s grace in the sacredness of Christ’s Spirit as we become the righteousness of God in Christ. When we follow the pattern according to the scripture, and do His Will, God adds us to His Church, the body of Christ, and calls us children, being fellow heirs with Christ in the promises of God. To maintain this covenant relationship with Him, we must “walk with Him in faith”, continually following in His way and worshiping Him, and becoming Christ-like, as obedient children of God in Christ. Our “old-self” is buried in baptism, in the sense of being “whelmed”: to turn upside down as to cover something with a result of destroying something. And having “died to sin”, putting to death our fleshly lusts, we rise out of the grave of the waters to walk in a “new life”, given to the Spirit of Christ. This is the idea of being born again! In the physical maternal womb, we are “whelmed” in amniotic fluid, and when we are born, we enter into a new life.

John 3:3-5: “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except one be born anew, he cannot see (as understanding) the kingdom of God. “

Can we boast about it? Certainly not! For only by the grace of God are we even given the opportunity to return to Him! And only by walking continually with Him can we maintain this relationship, “Walking in the light as He is in the Light”! (1 John 1:5-7)

2 Corinthians 3:2-5: “You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart. And we have such trust through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.”

Under His grace, by obedience to His commands, we rejoice in His blessings, and live to the fullness of His Word.

Solomon spoke of the joy of being a child of God, and it sounds much the way it should be when we, as Christians, observe the Lord’s Supper, and the way we view the blessings in Christ: Eccl. 9:7,8 : “Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works. Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment.”

Ah! What Grace! What a feeling of Joy!



Table Of Contents

Preface
Introduction
About The Author
Chapter One: The Covenants
Chapter Two: The Old Testament
Chapter Three: Our Relationship to God
Chapter Four: The Old Covenant
Chapter Five: Under The Law?
Chapter Six: Learning Faith
Chapter Seven: The New Covenant
Chapter Eight: The Royal Law
Chapter Nine: Experiences and Learning
Chapter Ten: Growing Spiritually
Chapter Eleven: Striving For Perfection
Chapter Twelve: Relationships and Responsibily.
Chapter Thirteen: Walking Worthily
Chapter Fourteen: Learning Faithful Love
Chapter Fifteen: What Is Grace

References

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