Old Testament Law – New Testament Promise
“And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the Lord your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul, that I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil.” Deuteronomy 11:13-14
“And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31
Under the Law of Moses God promised all those who would love and serve the Lord with all their heart and soul, (meaning both their attitude and their actions) they would receive the fulness of the covenant promises to never be lacking in anything, but be more than abundantly supplied for every need and heart’s desire. The corn representing all the produce of vegetation from the ground, the wine, representing celebration, good hospitality and successful commerce from selling their goods in the market place — and the oil representing good health, healing and wholeness. Having all these in ever-increasing supply, meant they would lack for nothing.
Happy and fulfilled indeed is the one whose heart is passionate for the Lord, for His Word and His pleasure. And here is the amazing truth of this promise. In their pursuit of God’s pleasure He tells them His pleasure is tied to their prosperity.
“Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.” Psalm 35:27
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” 3 John 2
When from our hearts we honor and hold sacred the things which God honors and holds sacred, When we hear, believe and receive His Word with gladness in our hearts, when we boldly speak and live the truth regardless of the social, cultural or circumstantial considerations of ungodly sinners, then we are truly loving God with all our heart, soul mind and strength.
When turning from our old nature of sin, we begin to take pleasure in what God takes pleasure in, when we grieve what God grieves, when we rejoice in what God rejoices in, when we love and cherish what God loves and cherishes then we are growing in grace and the knowledge of God.
“But grow ingrace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18
The more we know and understand of the grace of God toward us, the more amazing that grace becomes. God has put life before us to choose to live in the fulness of it or reject it to go after other gods. He has freely given us the choice. [Deuteronomy 30:19-20] We can be ruled by the dictates of our Adamic human nature which always tends toward sin, or we can humble our selves under God’s mighty hand, to be ruled by His Spirit, and thereby reap the joys and truly life-giving, heart and soul fulfilling pleasures of His promises.
Thank God through Jesus Christ we are not left alone in this pursuit. By the power of the Holy Spirit working in us, God is causing us to desire the things that are pleasing to Him and most beneficial to us.
“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world…” Philippians 2:13-15
And this transformation of heart is working in us from the moment we make our confession of faith in Jesus Christ, declaring with our mouths that Jesus is Lord and believing in our hearts that God has raised Him from the dead. At that very moment the Spirit of God comes into our hearts and begins to transform us from darkness to light. He is working in us now to give us the love of God in our hearts.
“And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” Romans 5:5
“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: in whom we have redemption through his blood,even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: and he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell…” Colossians 1:9-19
Finally, God has given us the road map, the instructions, the discernment, the understanding, the wisdom and the will to do what will bring us into the fulness of His promises for us.
Hear His Word now. Be reminded of what He has commanded us to do and what we gladly embraced at the beginning and be diligent not to let these things escape us.
“Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, according as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: for so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:1-11
We can do this. We are doing this. Let’s keep going, keeping our eyes on Jesus while we walk by faith and not by sight. Let us, therefore, abound more in the knowledge of God and of our Lord Jesus Christ, letting our light so shine before men that they will see our good works and glorify God in Heaven.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
Caveat: Don’t brag, don’t boast, just be who God has created you to be, shining to the world the light God has put in your heart. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. [Luke 6:45] The love of God in our hearts is light. When we speak it light emminates from every word and darkness flees.