Grace is the Good Monster!

Are You A Dual Covenant Believer? I am, at least from time to time!

I am about to celebrate my spiritual birthday. 39 years ago, the days prior to Thanksgiving 1973, in a hotel room in Jackson, Michigan, I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ! What a ride ever since! However, over all of those years I was subjected to lots of wrong teaching, especially when it came to a Believer's relationship with God, through Christ. So, over the past several years and especially over the past year, Its like I've been a complete new make over! I have stated many times that my Bible reads like a new book. However, in the midst of all of the joy found in the revelations of the New Covenant, is also the pain of discarding all of the past Old Covenant teaching that I've embraced. Ouch!

Especially over this past year, I have wrestled with God in some areas where He has shown me that my past teachings have been false. It's like one day a light goes on and BINGO! I see something in a complete new way, a way that I've often fought against. Here is one area...I used to believe that a Christian could loose their salvation. To be fair, I felt that this was a difficult task to complete, but I believed that it was possible. Within this past year I was brought face to face with the fact that God saves us and that it's a forever thing. Our salvation is totally dependent on what Christ has done for us and has nothing to do with our own actions! No one, other than my wife, would ever know of the struggle I had with this as the Spirit was revealing this to me, through the Bible! I did everything in my power to try to prove what I was seeing as new revelation was wrong! But I kept coming back to the same place...God saves us forever! No matter what!

So from time to time, I'm confronted with someone who throws me a curve ball based on my new belief in unconditional eternal security. People are now accusing me of being a Baptist! lol It seems that when I try to catch or hit that curve ball I still seem to wrestle with some Old Covenant thinking, based on past teaching I've received. Obviously I can reject the Old as the light of the New comes forward, but I find that I have to continually be on my guard when it comes to issues like this.

Friend, here's the deal....we cannot mix the New Covenant with the Old Covenant. When we do we make a mess out of both covenants and the only result will be confusion that can lead to condemnation; and I find that most Christians today are very close friends with condemnation!

I close with this passage for you to ponder today: Matthew 16: 5-12 (NLT)

Yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees

5 Later, after they crossed to the other side of the lake, the disciples discovered they had forgotten to bring any bread. 6 “Watch out!” Jesus warned them. “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”

7 At this they began to argue with each other because they hadn’t brought any bread. 8 Jesus knew what they were saying, so he said, “You have so little faith! Why are you arguing with each other about having no bread? 9 Don’t you understand even yet? Don’t you remember the 5,000 I fed with five loaves, and the baskets of leftovers you picked up? 10 Or the 4,000 I fed with seven loaves, and the large baskets of leftovers you picked up? 11 Why can’t you understand that I’m not talking about bread? So again I say, ‘Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.’”

12 Then at last they understood that he wasn’t speaking about the yeast in bread, but about the deceptive teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

Keep your eyes focused on Jesus! On the completed works that He has already completed for you. The Holy Spirit will help us all continue on this wonderful journey called New Covenant Grace!

Grace and Peace!