Old Vs. New


~Mathew 23:23 Woe unto you, … hypocrites! for ye pay tithe …, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

My life growing up was spent attending church and following my parents’ example. I followed their religion because it was the thing to do. I didn’t question it – I just did it. It was no different in Christ’s day. The Jewish religion had the same type of followers as I claimed to be.

My outer shell (my flesh and bones) had the appearance of being a religious person. But once I got around my friends or by myself, my true sinful nature came out. I think we can all say that this is true at some point in our lives. The Jewish law was a schoolmaster and, as Christ points out in today’s verse, involved judgment, mercy and faith. The New Testament covenant that Christ brought is the same: judgment, mercy and faith.

Judgment:

~John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Mercy:

~John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Faith:

~Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

I was a hypocrite. I lived one kind of life at church – pious, self righteous, and lost as lost could be. Outside of church, I did what came naturally and that was to sin! My nature had not changed!

However, thirty years ago today, I was presented the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a way that I had never heard before. It did not involve anything that I could do to earn my salvation. But it did involve acknowledging that only Christ could provide that salvation because He is the One who died on the cross, paid the price for my sins, and opened the door for me to be born again! Thank You, Lord!

~John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

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One Response to Old Vs. New

  1. Vicky Albert says:

    Thank you LORD for the gift of salvation, so rich and free!!!

    JESUS PAID IT ALL

    I hear the Savior say,
    “Thy strength indeed is small;
    Child of weakness, watch and pray,
    Find in Me thine all in all.”

    Refrain

    Jesus paid it all,
    All to Him I owe;
    Sin had left a crimson stain,
    He washed it white as snow.

    For nothing good have I
    Whereby Thy grace to claim,
    I’ll wash my garments white
    In the blood of Calv’ry’s Lamb.

    Refrain

    And now complete in Him
    My robe His righteousness,
    Close sheltered ’neath His side,
    I am divinely blest.

    Refrain

    Lord, now indeed I find
    Thy power and Thine alone,
    Can change the leper’s spots
    And melt the heart of stone.

    Refrain

    When from my dying bed
    My ransomed soul shall rise,
    “Jesus died my soul to save,”
    Shall rend the vaulted skies.

    Refrain

    And when before the throne
    I stand in Him complete,
    I’ll lay my trophies down
    All down at Jesus’ feet.

    Here’s a sto­ry about the song:

    “On New Year’s night, 1886, some mis­sion­ar­ies were hold­ing open-air serv­ic­es in or­der to att­ract pass­ers­-by to a near-by miss­ion, where meet­ings were to be held later. “All to Christ I owe” was sung, and af­ter a gen­tle­man had giv­en a short ad­dress he hast­ened away to the miss­ion. He soon heard foot­steps close be­hind him and a young wo­man caught up with him and said:

    “I heard you ad­dress­ing the open-air meet­ing just now; do you think, sir, that Je­sus could save a sin­ner like me?”

    The gen­tle­man re­plied that there was no doubt about that, if she was anx­ious to be saved. She told him that she was a serv­ant girl, and had left her place that morn­ing after a dis­a­gree­ment with her mis­tress. As she had been wan­der­ing about the streets in the dark, won­der­ing where she was to spend the night, the sweet mel­o­dies of this hymn had at­tract­ed her, and she drew near and listened at­tent­ive­ly. As the dif­fer­ent vers­es were be­ing sung, she felt that the words sure­ly had some­thing to do with her. Through the whole serv­ice she seemed to hear what met her op­pressed soul’s need at that mo­ment. God’s Spir­it had showed her what a poor, sin­ful and wretch­ed crea­ture she was, and had led her to ask what she must do. On hear­ing her ex­per­i­ence, the gen­tle­man took her back to the mis­sion and left her with the la­dies in charge. The young, way­ward woman was brought to Christ that night. A si­tu­a­tion was se­cured for her in a min­is­ter’s fam­i­ly. There she be­came ill and had to be tak­en to a hos­pi­tal. She ra­pid­ly failed and it became ev­i­dent that she would not be long on earth. One day the gen­tle­man whom she had met on New Year’s night was vis­it­ing her in the ward. Af­ter quot­ing a few suit­a­ble vers­es of Script­ure, he re­peat­ed her fa­vo­rite hymn, “All to Christ I owe”…and she seemed over­whelmed with the thought of com­ing to glo­ry…Two hours af­ter­ward she passed away.”

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