Sunday, January 31
I heard an excellent sermon today on Malachi 3:17 “ And they shall be mine", saith the Lord of hosts, “in that day when I make up my jewels, and I will spare them as a man spareth his own son who serveth him”.
It brought to mind several things, but most importantly of course it brought to mind the Gospel. I heard a minister say not long ago that there are some people who only mind the ‘good’ verses in the bible and that isn’t a biblical way to approach the Scripture. I think he was teaching out of the Old Testament and focusing on God’s judgment which we see abundantly in the OT. Partly because that is where we find the Law Covenant and where we find blessings for obedience and curses for disobedience. Certainly obedience is a desirable and wonderful thing and we long always to be obedient but we must also remind ourselves that we HAVE ALL spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus NOW. We long to not be disobedient and there can be consequences in this life for disobedience but we are not cursed, Christ took our curse (Galatians 3:13) and obeyed the law perfectly for us. Hallelujah!
It reminded me that Christ has come and we live on this side of His coming, we live in the New Covenant where He has fulfilled all the Covenants, where we can embrace His promises without fear and where we can know that there are no verses that are not good news. You see the Gospel is GOOD news, how simple is that? There isn’t a way to preach Christ to the elect and not preach good news, even in the Old Testament and that is what the people of God need to hear and have the desire to hear, Christ first, Christ last and Christ always!
Which brings us back to the jewels. We are His jewels, His peculiar treasure and we are loved with an everlasting love and today I was reminded of that. Think about it for a moment and let the truth penetrate your heart and mind. We are sinners with nothing to offer nothing to commend us to Him and yet we are called His jewels, His precious jewels!
Grace and Peace!