Grace & Peace


Monday, February 1, 2016


Children then heirs

Jesus came to reveal to us the Father heart of God. He said, “If you’ve seen me you’ve seen the Father.” Jesus was speaking to Old Covenant believers who were under the law. They for the most part related to God as if he was a stern task-master who would punish any disobedience. That was their concept of God.

Before the work of the cross, the Holy Spirit had not yet been sent. The Holy Spirit would come on some at times, such as kings, prophets and judges, yet these people were not born-again, but  they were in covenant relationship with God. To be included in this covenant you had to be born a Hebrew. Now there was some provision for the foreigner, but to be automatically included in this covenant, whether male or female, you had to be born a Hebrew. If you were a male, you had to be circumcised at a certain age, or you would be excluded from the covenant and all that the covenant provided.

For most of them, they related to God through temple service and rituals, striving to keep the law their hearts were often cold. Through the law is the fear of punishment. It’s hard to relate to someone or something that you think is watching and judging your every move. You’ll probably remain distant in heart.

God relates to people through covenants. Covenants are somewhat like agreements. If I feel as though I owe someone something and I can’t pay it back, I’ll probably avoid that person or feel guilty every time I’m near them. That debt would be on my mind, probably causing me to remain distant. If these Old Covenant Hebrews broke the Old Testament law, there was a prescribed offering or sacrifice that covered that sin until the next time they fell short, but their slate wasn’t clean for very long.

Their sin debt was always on their conscience. Under the Old Covenant, for the Hebrew it meant their obedience and their offering the prescribed sacrifice if they weren’t faithful to keep the law of Moses, or else judgment came. Once again, enter Jesus and parables like the prodigal son. He revealed a loving Father who longs for us, who accepts us just as we are.

The Bible tells us if we are born-again we are children of God through faith and we can give thanks to the Father who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of his holy people. Our sin debt has been wiped clean by the work of the cross and the Spirit we received brought about our adoption to son-ship.