God loves us despite our sin. He sees us as we are spiritually, looking beyond the sin nature to our new nature in Christ.
2 All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord.
It’s always been this way. God put His PLAN in motion before the foundations of the world were ever laid. His plan to redeem us, to make us His own–again, to make us like Himself with Himself inside us, has always been PLAN A. There has never been a plan B.
All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast–all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.”Revelation 13:8
People have the idea that the New Covenant of Jesus was a new idea. 500+ years earlier, Jeremiah the prophet gave us the structure of the New Covenant. Let’s look:
First, we find confirmation of what Solomon said:
“I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve [Old Covenant].” Jeremiah 17:10
Second, we see God restating PLAN A:
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. (4) I will build you up again, and you, Virgin Israel, will be rebuilt.” Jeremiah 31:3
There are several key elements to this pronouncement:
- God’s love is everlasting and irrevocable (Romans 11:29);
- God’s kindness is unfailing;
- God initiates a relationship with us by drawing us (Revelation 22:17);
- God promises to rebuild Jerusalem, which He did–only to tear it down again in 70 A.D., and then rebuild it once again in 1948-49, destroy a third of it again in the future, and then personally rebuild it when Christ comes to reign there;
- After describing Israel to be “unfaithful,” He then declares her as, “Virgin Israel,” thus establishing the fact the He is going to transform her–a portend of what is to come.
Later in the chapter, God gives us the details of His PLAN:
“The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a NEW COVENANT with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. (32) It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and lead them out of Egypt [the Sinai Covenant of Moses], because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them [hence, the term, unfaithful],” declares the LORD.
(33) This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
Sound familiar? Let me help: “Here I am [behold]! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him and he with me.” Revelation 3:18 The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is the central point of John 14-16 and Romans 8.
The NEW COVENANT is based upon Jesus living in our hearts through the Holy Spirit. He sees us as He declared Israel as “Virgin Israel.” We are NEW CREATIONS in Christ!
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone and the new has come! (21) God made Jesus who had no sin to be the sin sacrifice for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:17, 21
Let’s stop viewing ourselves according to our old nature, which has passed away, and start looking at ourselves through the eyes of Christ: Pure, holy, perfect (mature, complete, whole). He sees us as we will be, so let’s live by faith in His faith in us. We don’t have to understand it, but we do need to believe it.
What is our response to so great a PLAN?
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! (34) “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” (35) Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?” (36) For from him and through him and for [to] him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. Romans 11:33-36