CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Sunday, October 18th, 2015
1 Timothy 3:1-16
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
But this is the 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. – Jer 31:33
Jesus Christ did not come to erase the old covenant; He came to fulfill it. On this side of the Cross, God promises us a new covenant. The old covenant was an external law. God’s instructions were recorded externally: first on tablets of stone, and later on paper. Under the old covenant, we had to earn our righteousness with good behavior. External performance earned us internal worth.
But the new covenant is an internal law. God has written His law in our minds and on our hearts. Because we are filled with His Holy Spirit, we can ask for understanding of everything God wants us to do! Under the new covenant, God is not interested in behavior modification; He is interested in heart transformation! He has given us the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16) so we can think like Jesus. He has mended our broken hearts so we can act like Jesus!
The old covenant worked from the outside in; the new covenant works from the inside out. Don’t try to earn right standing in the Kingdom of God. Instead, simply understand that Jesus Christ has earned it for you! Thank God He was willing to do all the hard work on the Cross so that we don’t have to!
Father, change me from the inside out. I want to know You for who You really are. I want to understand Your words like never before. I want to be led by Your Holy Spirit like never before! Thank You for the Cross! I know that I have relationship with You through Your Son Jesus Christ!
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