So many of us run around on eggshells, wondering if God is watching every move we make, judging us, criticizing us, disappointed and angry. But if you read the Word, in Genesis 1, the first thing He did after creating man was bless them. He didn’t bring the law, the rules, and the hammer. He blessed them. It’s like His original objective for man was to pour out His blessing on him, to love us. It wasn’t to hurt us or criticize us.
What’s truly awesome is that when you study Galatians, you will see why Jesus died on the cross. It says Jesus came so the blessing God gave to Abraham could be restored unto us. That is part one of why He came. He came to restore the blessing.
But many of us are still living in the old covenant. We are still living in the Old Testament times, under the law. Galatians says, “Who has bewitched you and put you under the law? Weren’t you saved by grace?” Why do we continue to live by the law when we are a new creation, created to live by grace through Christ, who gives us strength, who is our righteousness? We are the righteousness of Christ. We are no longer jars of clay. We are a new creation, and John 5 says we have crossed from death unto life. Heaven on earth is knowing God. John 17:3 says eternal life is knowing God. It is to know God. That is what eternal life is. It starts today. It starts now.
What is different between the old covenant and the new covenant, before Christ and after Christ? It is that Christ sent His Holy Spirit—the all-powerful, the all-mighty God, who created heaven and earth—to live inside His people. That didn’t happen before. We couldn’t be a house of the Holy Spirit. We couldn’t be a house of God. We couldn’t be His temple because Christ had not come and made us clean to house the Holy Spirit. We weren’t worthy of it. He made us worthy. We never go back. We can’t say, “Without Him, I am weak,” because we are never without Him. If you say that, then you don’t understand you are truly never without Him once you’re in Him. It’s impossible ever to be without Him again. You are with Him.
It takes a while to renew your mind and truly understand what transpired that makes you who you are. You are no longer that old person barely saved. You are the righteousness of Christ, seated at the right hand of the Father with Jesus. You have a constant defender, an intercessor, who is Jesus. You constantly have God on your side every time you are weak in your tent or your flesh. You are strong in Him because He is in you. It is up to you and how much you have renewed your mind and have faith in who He says you are for His power actually to work in you. He says, “I can do more than you can even imagine according to my power that is at work in you.”
What kind of vessel are you? Are you one in whom His power is working?