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I am blogging once again from my home in Bellingham. We have had a bit of wet weather here and today the ground has a bit of Winter white that has fallen during the night. I am expecting my granddaughter Eleonore in a couple of hours, and I know that today will be filled with lots of activity (ha, ha).
What does it mean to live life in the New Covenant? What is the difference between living in the Old Covenant and living in the New? We often think of salvation as a matter of where are we going to go when we die. I believe that salvation is much more than that. I believe that salvation is the saving of our souls.
James 1:21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
1 Peter 2:11 Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, 12 having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.
Our souls are the throne of our lives that administers the will of the spirit through the ways and actions of our lives. Our spirit is meant to be joined to the Spirit of God; thus, it is empowered by the life-giving force of the One who gives life in all things. This is our heavenly Father, the Father of spirits. He is the Father of lights, and He causes our spirits to be the light of our soul. When our spirts are joined to God’s Spirit, our spirit inspires the thoughts, reasoning, imagination, emotions, and desires of our soul. Our soul then acts as the bridge between the spirit and the natural. It is the throne of our administration in life. In the Old Covenant the administration of the soul was an administration of information. This was in the form of a knowledge of good and a knowledge of evil. It was based upon the information of creation and the human conscience or upon the Torah/Temple society given by God. That administration of information could only inform us of our failures, it could never transform our failures to become testimonies of God’s goodness and strength. It included visitations of God’s presence that brought about momentary changes, but it could never sustain the increasing glory of God in our lives. It was a covenant that was based upon information from God and experiences of God that had to be remembered. Any covenant that must be remembered is always destined to fade. It is only an administration of God’s Spirit within our hearts that can transform our spirits to inspire our souls to think as our Father thinks, to reason as He reasons, to imagine as He imagines, to feel as He feels, and to desire what He desires. That administration is an administration of grace. Grace is the manifest presence of God in our hearts that transforms us from within to become givers of life to our world. Grace changes us and causes us to become increasing manifestations of the truth of God as His sons and daughters in this world. Our souls are being saved; thus, our lives are a demonstration of life-giving realities to our world.
2 Corinthians 3:16 Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
The Old Covenant was based upon information that only served as a teacher that informed us of our failures and our need for a reconnection to God in our hearts. Jesus came to reconnect us to God as our Father. He came to give us an administration of grace that would empower us to become truth. The Old Covenant was one of truth as information, but only the New Covenant can cause us to become truth by the power of God’s transformation from within! God’s mercy is a judgment that frees us from an administration that cannot transform us, but God’s grace empowers us to be transformed in our character, nature, way, power, and authority in increasing and growing measures in life. God’s mercy justifies all to live, but only God’s grace empowers us to live! God’s grace empowers us to reign in life. This is the increasing salvation of our souls.
Ted J. Hanson
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