Friday, July 31, 2009

Covenant Keeping

Jeremiah 30:22-24
(22) And you shall be my people, and I will be your God."
(23) Behold the storm of the LORD! Wrath has gone forth, a whirling tempest; it will burst upon the head of the wicked.
(24) The fierce anger of the LORD will not turn back until he has executed and accomplished the intentions of his mind. In the latter days you will understand this.

Here we see the great reaffirmation of God's covenant with His people. I won't go into whether that is national Israel or if it refers to the church, but the key point here is that God is faithful on two accounts:
  1. He will take care of His own
  2. His wrath will be poured out on those who aren't His
I think that we as a society really like the first promise, but we aren't so keen on the second. This is why the gospel is so important. Jesus would not have had to come down as God incarnate and die for our sins were it not for the second promise. God's wrath will be justly poured out on those who are not His.

Are you one of His? Do you know Him? If not, there is wrath stored up for you. I would never encourage anyone to give his life to Christ simply because of the wrath to come, but it is a good starting point. Ultimately we have to decide who God is. Is it the God who created the universe and sets the rules or is it our own thoughts and ideas about how the universe should be run? God deserves our worship and obedience because He is God. As Paul wrote:

Galatians 1:3-5
(3) Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,
(4) who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,
(5) to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

1 comment:

tom sheepandgoats said...

A verse I am fond of is Rev 4:11

You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being.