REALITY IS ……….

Are you getting the guilts out?  Do you think you can be perfect?  Do you think you are perfect because there is no one else like you?  Do you think you can endure your whole life when it is empty, because you think you have the truth?

I have a few more scriptures from Hebrews 8 & 9 about the covenants.  It is new and different and I want to tell you other aspects that the second covenant contains and about sin and its solution.

Heb 8:10  “FOR THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD: I WILL PUT MY LAWS INTO THEIR MINDS, AND I WILL WRITE THEM ON THEIR HEARTS. AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.

Many times these words appear in the Old and New Testaments.  The first time is in Exodus and by the time we get to Ezekiel we see that it is not yet true, still just a promise and has not happened yet.  Then in 2COR3:3 Paul begins talking about it as something new that is happening and is true.  We are His people.  It is acknowledged also in James as ‘yes’ we are His people.  This is the New Covenant, He has put His law into our hearts and minds and He is our God and we are His people.  Plus all the work that Jesus did- His words being the way and His death and Resurrection.

Heb 8:12  “FOR I WILL BE MERCIFUL TO THEIR INIQUITIES, AND I WILL REMEMBER THEIR SINS NO MORE.”

More of the Second Covenant and here the importance of knowing your sin has a tendency to become obvious.  If you don’t know that you have sinned or that you are a sinner then you can’t take advantage of God’s mercy and forgiveness.  We are sinners and we should want forgiveness.  If you harm or offend your mate then you want to be forgiven so that you can accept God’s forgiveness in the same way.  People sometimes want all the guilt out of their lives and they want to believe that they never do wrong, but we do.  We make mistakes and take it out on our families and spouses and friends and strangers.  We are very imperfect beings.  We are angry and unforgiving ourselves sometimes.  God is the only good, perfect being who never does wrong.  Why live the wrong and say it’s good?  Why not be sorry when you do offensively.  Be humble and admit it.

It is too high a standard to be perfect all the time.  To maintain an aura of perfection you have to rationalize your mistakes.  We often do harm, make up for it, repay with good.  Love your enemies, repay good for evil, not evil for evil.  Don’t retaliate but endure chastisement from our women for it is well deserved.  ‘Husbands love your wives’, for that is what we are called to do.  But repent, be sorry when you are wrong.

Oh yeah!  John Wesley says about Hebrews 8:12:  Hebrews 8:12

For I will justify them, which is the root of all true knowledge of God. This, therefore, is God’s method. First, a sinner is pardoned: then he knows God, as gracious and merciful then God’s laws are written on his heart: he is God’s, and God is his.

Very Important words!  But the Song of Solomon says it so beautifully in chapter 2 vs. 16  ‘My Beloved is mine and I am His; He pastures His flock among the lilies.’  I don’t know about the second part but the first part is beautifully true.  He is the beloved, He is ours.  He is talking about the church His beloved and bride.  Ha.  They, the Jews the Israelites received much encouragement about this new covenant by hearing about it all the time, ‘their salvation’.  In Jeremiah 24:7   ‘I will give them a heart to know Me, for I am the Lord; and they will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with their whole heart’.

God seems to be encouraging Himself too with these words, by having hope in their return.  He knows they will return, He is looking forward to it but worries like a Father over His children until they do.  My sister went away to college but she went one year to France and we missed her.  She was just a little thing first time away from home seeking a dream.  She wrote about gross stuff like the toilets there and she met weird people that she wanted to get to know and it all sounded so scary and dangerous to us.  It was just because we loved her.  It was kind of a hard year for her family, but she was having a good time.  When it was time for her to come home she wanted to stay and we missed her more.  But when my folks ran out of money to send to her, she came home.

But that is how God misses us like a whole family who’s precious one is gone, sorrowfully.  Just like the Father in the Prodigal Son story.  He runs to greet them at the airport and kisses them.  Ha.  His church, His people.  He actively seeks his/her return.

Jer 31:1  “At that time,” declares the LORD, “I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be My people.”

He is a personal God.  He wants to be intimate with every family and to be their God, and again they will be His people.  Repent often it will not harm you, be sorry to GOD, hate your sin to the point you don’t want to do it again.  I think you can understand my words, but if you want God’s blessing of forgiveness or want to be on God’s side…  If you have guilt and don’t know why or fear!?…  If you want a better way- many motivations; any problem you need God for, some answer or something.  Many things God will fix; forgiveness will fix a lot of puzzles.  You can find a new start and life.  God is good, look at the work He has done and is doing.  Do you want to be one of His people?  Do you want God to be involved in your life?  He is personal and closer than a brother.

Heb 9:12  and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.

The blood of animals wouldn’t do it, wouldn’t earn anything permanent for us.  God wouldn’t change for that.  But His own Son shed His blood and that moved Him to a whole new deal with us for all eternity.  By His blood and only Jesus’ blood He earned eternal redemption for us and only on this earth.

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