Meditation Monday is where I share my reflections on Sunday’s sermons from my church, Watson Chapel Baptist Church, Pastor Todd Howard.
Currently we are going through 2 Corinthians and Genesis. Yesterday the passages we were in were 2 Corinthians 3:1-6 and Genesis 2:1-3. Took a break from writing for the holiday but I am back at it again.
Old Covenant Fulfilled By The New Covenant
In our Sunday morning service we learned the marks of a true minister and in our evening service our focus was on understanding the Sabbath. It is interesting to note, Paul’s major opposition to the Gospel were either those that followed Judaism or those who adopted parts of the Christian faith and mixed it with Judaism. The false teachers were spreading teaching that promoted Jesus and circumcision or Jesus and some of the ceremonial aspects of the law. Paul preached Jesus and nothing else.
One of the marks of a true minister is one who understands the New Covenant message. One who understands Christ is the fulfillment of the Old Covenant and all its ceremonies, rituals and feasts. The Lord of the Sabbath has become our Sabbath rest. Which should bring great joy to the believer.
The law condemn us. The law points out our sin and screams at us “you are guilty”. But God through Christ says come drink of the well of grace and forgiveness. Christ life, death and resurrection freed us from the guilt of the law. Those that repent and believe are set free from the condemnation of the law. Not because of anything we have done but because Christ’s righteousness is applied to us. That is grace.
How does this apply to the Sabbath? Many ways but I will jot down a one. The Sabbath was a sign of the Old Covenant (Ezek. 20:12). Sabbath keeping was an outward sign of the Old Covenant. They were to live this sign out as a marker that God has set them apart. But also was a sign that something greater was coming and He will be your Sabbath rest. Years later a man steps on the scene and says “I am Lord of the Sabbath” and through the Spirit brings life to hearts of stone.
Thank you Lord for grace and rest.
Until next week
Soli Deo Gloria/For His Glory Alone