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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The Ark of His Covenant, continued
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (I John 1:7)
God keeps on covering us with the blood of atonement provided we pray, study His Word, gather with the saints, cooperate with the Holy Spirit as He leads us into battle against the sins of the flesh, walking at all times in the Light of His Presence.
We are to obey the Scriptures. We can obey the Scriptures as the Holy Spirit guides and empowers us. Sometimes it is wise to confess our sins to another Christian, or the elders of the church, and have them pray for us. We are in a battle against sin and we are to put to death the appetites and passions of our flesh.
For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. (Romans 8:13)
Obedience to the commandments of the New Testament has many points in common with obedience to the commandments of the Law of Moses. But while the old covenant consisted of obedience to the writings of Moses and the Prophets, obedience to the commandments found in the New Testament is not the new covenant. The new covenant is the creating of Christ in us so that we keep the law of God by nature.
We enter the new covenant as we obey the commandments of the Apostles. We must obey the commandments of the Apostles until the new moral nature, Christ in us, takes control of our behavior. If we do not keep the commandments of Christ and His Apostles, Christ will not be formed in us. In this case we will have made the grace of God of no effect as far as our entering the Kingdom of God is concerned.
First the law is on the outside, just as the Book of Moses was placed alongside the Ark of the Covenant.
Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee. (Deuteronomy 31:26)
Then the law is written on the inside.
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: (Hebrews 8:10)
If we are faithful in obeying the commandments of the Lord and His Apostles, the day will come when we begin to keep the eternal moral law of God by nature because it has been written in our mind and heart by the Spirit of God. This is the new covenant.
Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. (I John 3:9)
To be continued.