2 COR 3:6.
“Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life”.
I bought a new laptop in February 2017.
Since then, each time I ON it, a particular message pops up, and I either ignore it each time or click the little “×” at the right hand corner to hide it.
Why do I do this? Why has it been so difficult for me to simply click “update” and upgrade my Microsoft software to the latest version?
The reason is simple: “This old version is still working ” period.
Jesus said :
” No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.”
That is the problem. I keep believing that my old version of Microsoft Outlook is sufficient.
But the maker of Microsoft is saying to me, Sir, this version is obsolete. They aren’t saying that it no longer functions. NO. They are simply saying: “It is a more difficult version to use, and we cannot support it any further”.
Is anyone getting my drift?
This is an epiphany of sorts, regarding the Old Covenant of Law and the New Covenant of Grace.
The reason many Christians are refusing to upgrade or downplaying the need to do so is similar to my own lethargy on Microsoft Outlook .
THEY THINK THE LAW IS WORKING JUST FINE, as long as it draws men and women in every Sunday. As long as there is one story of David vs Goliath, or Moses and the Red sea to tell from it. Or Daniel in the Den of lions.
As long as a prescription on how to live holy and how to please God can be extracted from it, it’s working.
They won’t even mind touching it up here and there, to produce a milder version (or mixture).
Brethren, that is an error. What is the message from our Maker?
7″For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.
8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old………….
13 Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.”
“Ready to vanish away” means it won’t unless you let it. Selah!!
The Lord give thee understanding. Amen.
2 Cor 3:7-18 MSG
“The Government of Death, its constitution chiseled on stone tablets, had a dazzling inaugural. Moses’ face as he delivered the tablets was so bright that day (even though it would fade soon enough) that the people of Israel could no more look right at him than stare into the sun. How much more dazzling, then, the Government of Living Spirit? If the Government of Condemnation was impressive, how about this Government of Affirmation? Bright as that old government was, it would look downright dull alongside this new one. If that makeshift arrangement impressed us, how much more this brightly shining government installed for eternity? With that kind of hope to excite us, nothing holds us back. Unlike Moses, we have nothing to hide. Everything is out in the open with us. He wore a veil so the children of Israel wouldn’t notice that the glory was fading away—and they didn’t notice. They didn’t notice it then and they don’t notice it now, don’t notice that there’s nothing left behind that veil. Even today when the proclamations of that old, bankrupt government are read out, they can’t see through it. Only Christ can get rid of the veil so they can see for themselves that there’s nothing there. Whenever, though, they turn to face God as Moses did, God removes the veil and there they are—face-to-face! They suddenly recognize that God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone. And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.”
-Dr Nich Mbaezue-Daniel