Jeremiah 31:31 is the unifying verse binding past and future, Old and New Testament, Law and Grace, Jehovah and Jesus Christ, Judaism and Christianity. From this lofty perspective we find grand patterns in the Bible that offer hope and encouragement for followers of Jesus Christ.
These meditations and scholarly articles are expressions of my personal journey as a disciple of Jesus Christ. Always founded on Biblical references and often including historical and technical considerations, these studies are made available to everyone with an interest in becoming a Christian or growing in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Many ideas expressed demonstrate a fresh outlook on established theological doctrines. For further study reference links are provided in the sidebar.
Covenants and Promises
The prophet Jeremiah declared the covenant broken by the people of Judah to be replaced with a New Covenant.
They broke it by being unfaithful to their God. Therefore the broken covenant was abandoned by God. God no longer held himself accountable to its provisions. But he held out a promise of something better.
What are the covenants of God and why did God make covenants and promises? Some answers are revealed in the following articles.
Faith and righteousness
Faith is the basis of right standing with God. We are saved by faith, we live by faith, and we walk by faith. Just what is faith and why is it so much a part of the believer’s life? A few answers are in the following articles.
Repentance and healing
God’s power and love is reflected first in our own healing and then in the healing power of prayer. Repentance is the process of humbling ourselves and asking for forgiveness. When we repent, we also change our ways. Healing was an integral part of the ministry of Jesus and he calls each of us to do the things he did.
Jesus Christ is the messiah. He was foretold in Old Testament prophecy and arrived in Roman Palestine, fulfilled prophecy in his life and was crucified and buried. He rose again and now sits at the right hand of the Father. He instigated the New Covenant of Jeremiah 31:31 and awaits the time of his return in power when he will restore all things to the kingdom of God. Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith and it is only through a personal relationship with him that we are born again and have become children of God.
Forgiveness and grace
God’s love is demonstrated by his grace that abounds to each of us. Grace is unmerited favor and is motivated by an intense love. We are saved by grace and we can do nothing to earn God’s favor and redemption.
Without knowledge of history, many instructive passages in the Bible are not understood. Also there are many questions about how Christianity drifted so far from the early teachings of Christ.
Once you become a Christian, you go through a life-long process of maturing in Christ. As you mature you will receive healing for your past injuries and begin to manifest the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Some examples of the maturing process are listed here.
The power of God is manifest in Christians who pray as they fight the forces of evil. The baptism of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost resulted in an outpouring of power in the early church. As Christians mature, they become more involved in intercessory prayer and healing prayer.
The primary christian activity according to the Bible is to preach the gospel, make disciples and teach them to obey all that Jesus taught. We are called to help others, both Christians and non-Christians. Those who need help are our neighbors. Martin Luther declared that this should be the primary activity of believers.