The Covenant Of Loyal Love, And Our Responsibility

April 26, 2013

Friends,
Daniel, God’s highly esteemed prophet (Dan. 9:23), in praying to the Lord, reveals that the Lord “keeps His covenant of loyal love with all who love Him and obey His commands.” (v. 4) All of Scripture confirms this fact. In Dt. 29:9, God tells the people, “Carefully follow the terms of this covenant”, and in 11:13, “faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today”, and in 8:1, “Be careful to follow every command”, and in 2 Kings 17:38, “You must never forget the covenant (the agreement) I made with you.” Multitudes of times God insists that obedience to His laws is the proof of our love, and the requirement for His covenant with His people to be kept valid.

God’s Covenant of Loyal Love is one much like that of husband and wife. God promises to cherish, shield, care for, love, rescue, and commune with all those who faithfully remain in His presence of love. He is their God and they are His people.

Because God’s chosen bride (Israel) broke the First Covenant of Loyal Love, God designed a New Covenant through a new way –the way of the Spirit (Rom. 7:6)– for all who repent of sin and put their trust in Christ. This Way retains all the laws that entail moral righteousness and love, but it incorporates a different, much more superior, power: God’s own Spirit to indwell all who come into the New Covenant. Included in this cross-over from death to Life (John 5:24) is a leaving behind of sin. In coming into The Covenant of Loyal Love, a person receives a cleansing and a new heart and spirit (Ezek. 36:25-29) and mind (Rom. 8:5-9 // 1 Cor. 2:16 // Eph. 4:17-24), across which God’s laws are now written (Heb. 8:10) so that we can remain faithful. (v. 9) This new self has been given to us so that we are empowered to live like Christ in true righteousness and holiness. (Eph. 4:24 // 1 Peter 1:14-16 // 1 John 2:6)

This empowerment has been made available to us through Christ’s atonement (Rom. 8:2-4), through which He renders sin in us vacant and powerless. (John 1:29 // Rom. 6:6,7 // Heb. 9:26 // 1 John 3:5) For God “condemned sin in sinful man” (Rom. 8:3), meaning that, “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sins [cease sinning / be set free of sin’s power / renounce sin / depart from sin / separate oneself from sin / walk clear of sin] and live for righteousness.” (1 Peter 2:24) This absolutely is about walking in obedience to God; and only by doing so are we kept inside the Covenant of Loyal Love.

As Jesus says in John 14:15, “If you love Me, you will obey what I command.” And, “If you obey My commands, you will remain in My love.” (15:10) This is why 1 John 3:24 says, “Those who obey His commands live in Him, and He in them.” Therefore, love, being proved through obedience, is definitely the term of agreement we are required to uphold.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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