I always found it interesting, why the Bible is split into two, why there is an Old Testament and a New Testament. Behind these testaments, stand a covenant. I like to think of these covenants as being a model for our relationship to God. In what position are we in relationship to God. It is important to understand these models and how they are different.
On the one hand, the law makes people’s lives bearable, humane. On the other hand, the law makes all people sinners and transgressors. It is the law that reveals to the person that there is a force that is stronger than his mind and will, constantly pushing him to transgress the law. A person understands that to live by the law is good. However, to always fulfill the law contrary to desire and want – does not work out. Hence the person experiences pain, shame, and humiliation. He would like to be good, kind, truthful, but great strength and battle with oneself is necessary. And so the question is: with whom does man battle? Against whom does man use great force, and yet still turns out to be defeated? Hence the question of a person – what is the matter? Why can’t I be how I want? The Bible answers this: the devil has room in the person, the spirit of lies and evil, hence in the members of man the law of sin and death is at war. “I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.” (Romans 7:21-25)
Salvation from the law of sin and death is only in Christ! Thus, the law becomes a schoolmaster to Christ and pushes the person to seek a way out of himself, and Christ has the way out!
Christ came into the world in order to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8), to reveal the Kingdom of Light or the Kingdom of Heaven. Christ came to redeem people from the law of sin and death, so that people could fulfill their purpose for which they were created for. The Kingdom of Heaven, or the Kingdom of God, or Kingdom of Light – is the pillar and affirmation of truth. “But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” (1 Timothy 3:15) This Kingdom is the kingdom of life, where there is no death! In this kingdom reigns everything true: true love, true peace, true joy, and only truth. Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance (Galatians 5:22-23). In other words, God Himself reigns, God is love. “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” (1 John 4:16) His nature is never changing, it is always, it is immortal! “Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting! Amen.” (1 Timothy 6:16) As there was love two, three thousand years ago, the same love is today, will be tomorrow, and forever be! And in love, as it is known, there is peace, joy, and meekness, and all these qualities are eternal, unchanging, they have not suffered any change in the entire existence of mankind. As there was patience, it is still so, and will remain so; as there was joy, it is still so, and will remain so; as there was meekness, it is still so, and will remain so, for this is God Himself, without a beginning and an end!
God clearly proves and shows that He is, was, and will forever be! That He is unchanging. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” (James 1:17) Immortality is revealed here. If a person wants to be immortal, the immortality of God must dwell in him and become one with the person. In other words, immortality itself, which is Christ, must become the life of the person and then the person will be – immortal! “When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory.” (Colossians 3:4) For Christ spoke of Himself: “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life!” (John 14:6) Thus, two kingdoms are revealed to the person or two spiritual spheres. These two kingdoms are always evident in the practical life of mankind!