The Old and the New

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.

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Holiness

Holiness

Without holiness, no man shall see the Lord. This is the truth. If I am not holy, I will not see the Lord! The Lord our God has chosen us in Christ before the foundation of the world for one goal and that is to be holy and unblemished in love – to be His people! “…Were not a people, but are now the people of God…. but ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people” (1 Peter 2:10,9).

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Romans Chapter 7

Romans Chapter 7 is a very serious and deep chapter. Unfortunately, many christian denominations do not understand this chapter. Apostle Paul clearly describes in this chapter the man in whom the law of sin and death reigns. Unfortunately, many christians today, living under the law of sin in death, not understanding it and not being freed from it, reassure themselves that Apostle Paul speaks of himself here, which means that everything must be okay and good with them.

But if we carefully study Scriptures, then we will see what Apostle Paul is really talking about here.

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The role of the law

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?

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Spirit, Soul, and Body

“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Thessalonians 5:23)

“Your whole spirit and soul and body,” says scripture. This shows that man is threefold just as God is three (1 John 5:7). After all, man is created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27).

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