17 This is what I am trying to say: The agreement God made with Abraham could not be canceled 430 years later when God gave the law to Moses. God would be breaking his promise. – Gal.3:17 NLT
Just as Jesus used everyday examples to teach, Paul does the same thing here. Everyone who had ever made a purchase of home or land, easily understood that once the transaction had been completed and witnessed, it became a legal contract. While contracts and covenants are both legal and binding, the big difference in the two is this; A contract is valid only as long as both parties do what they have bound themselves to do while a covenant is binding on one party even if the other party fails to keep their end of the deal. So, since God knew man would not keep up his end, He made a covenant that bound Him regardless of what man did. Once God made the covenant promises to Abraham, God was bound by His own word to keep it forever. Nothing man did or does or will do can change God’s plan. He was faithful to Israel even though they failed Him time after time. The new covenant is not a change in God’s plan, it was decided on long before the foundations of the world were laid. Under the new covenant, God is faithful to all who receive Jesus as Savior, even though, we, like Israel fail Him time after time, He is bound by His own Word to remain faithful to us.
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” -Anonymous
1 Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? 2 Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. 3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.–Phil. 2:1-4 (NLT)
God is waiting to show you the way.
As Christians, we find encouragement, comfort, love, and fellowship when we meet together on a regular basis. God instructs us to do this in Hebrews 10: 24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. (NLT)
Most of us have heard the example of taking one red-hot ember from the fireplace and placing it by itself. It quickly loses its glow and turns from red to gray to black. But, if you take the ember and place it back in the fireplace with the other embers, it quickly begins to glow and becomes red-hot again. We are like that ember, we need to be with other Christians so that we don’t lose our glow and our passion for Jesus. The more we stay together and study together, the more likely we are to agree quickly and wholeheartedly with God and with each other. Be humble and always look out for others. Think of others as being better than yourself. If we do this, we will be of one mind and we will please our Lord and Savior. Jesus sent His disciples out 2 by 2, that is our example when we go out to witness. Then we come back to the fireplace (your study group) to be reheated so that we can go out again.