God's Words For US
by Cecelia Lester
He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant not of the letter but of the Spirit: for the letter kills but the Spirit gives life . 2 Corinthians 3:6 (NIV)
Paul tells the believers of Corinth that Jesus makes those who follow Him stronger than when the people followed the Old Covenant. We are made stronger because Jesus works with our Spirit.
The Old Covenant consisted of a lot of rules- rules that the people could not follow. Because they could not follow the rules, they had to sacrifice animals.
In our modern world, a covenant is a contract. When we purchase a home or a car, we sign a contract to make the required payments. Also, when we borrow money, we sign a contract to repay the debt we incur. Our marriage vows are also a covenant; we state we will love, honor, and cherish our spouse as long as we shall live.
The covenant with God is a promise of the Spirit. Paul reminds us that the letter of the law kills. It hurts one or both parties involved. He then tells us that the Spirit gives both parties of the covenant a promise to hold on to. God’s new covenant with His people is a Covenant of Grace.
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Cecelia Lester has been serious about her writing for over two decades..
She composes Christian essays and posts them to her blog quietspirit-followingmyking.blogspot.com/
She has served in a faith-based organization, Grace In Action by writing two newsletters and searching for possible grants.
In July 2017, she published her first book, 'Times of Trouble Bring Rays of Joy.'
She and her husband of 52 years live in central Indiana. They have one grown son.
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