Welcome to A Journey through the New Testament! In this series, we will systematically journey through every chapter in the New Testament, unveiling the marvelous insights that can be found in the scriptures.
Last week, we delved into the profound truth that Jesus is the embodiment of the fulfillment of the law. As the harbinger of the new covenant, He imparts essential teachings to guide our journey.
Matthew 5:20 - For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
The Old Covenant outlined righteousness through the Ten Commandments, spiritual directives revealing the character of God. Additionally, it provided instructions for a people without the Holy Ghost. For instance:
Exodus 21:23-24 KJVS - 23 And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, 24 Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
In the old covenant, responding to disrespect meant returning it in equal measure. However, in the new covenant,
Matthew 5:38-39 KJVS - Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: 39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
The Old Covenant was bestowed upon a natural people under the influence of the devil. Devoid of the Holy Ghost, they couldn't love as God does. Therefore, a distinct set of commandments was needed for those bearing the nature of God. This love is innate for the sons of God, surpassing what the Pharisees could produce. Do you walk in this divine love?
Written by Kareem Flowers, Sunrise with Jesus
This is a devotional about walking in love.