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BY ELDER DR MASIMBA MAVAZA

The New Covenant Life
Lesson 13
Memory Text: John 10:10
Memory Text: “ ‘I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly’ ” (John 10:10).

INTRODUCTION

This quarter has been a study on the covenant, which (to pare it down to its simplest, purest form) is, basically, God saying, This is how I will save you from sin, period. Though the outcome, the grand finale, of the covenant promise is, of course, eternal life in a world made new, we do not have to wait until that time to enjoy the covenant blessings today.

The Lord cares about our lives now; He wants the best for us now. The covenant is not some deal where you do this and this and this and then, a long way off, you will get your reward.

The rewards, the gifts—they are blessings that those who by faith enter into the covenant relation can enjoy here and now. This week’s lesson, the final in our series on the covenant, looks at some of these immediate blessings, some of the promises that come from God’s grace shed into our hearts because, having heard Him knock, we have opened the door. Of course, there are more blessings than what we can touch on this week. It is just a start, the start of something that will, indeed, never end.

SABBATH: God has in store for us more blessings that our house can contain & hands can receive. Daily, He knocks at our door, willing to bestow upon anyone who opens his door to Him. The quarter’s study focused on covenant. Simply, it is summed up by God saying, “This is how I’ll save you from sin, period.” Those who enter it by faith receive the blessings here & now, & in the new world to come. God is love!

SUNDAY: Pure joy which is a gift from God is for anyone who have faith in God. The Christian walk is one of faith alone. Yet, we can’t deny our feelings as humans. Out of faith in God, He gives us a good feeling (joy in full, see 1 John 1:4). John, one & last of the disciples was with Jesus from almost start to finish, witnessing many events. He talks of how joy is the result of our fellowship with God. John felt this!

MONDAY: Police, investigating a homicide case placed a hidden mic in the grave of a deceased woman. After many months gone, guilt propelled the killer to the graveyard to plead for forgiveness & the mic aided the police to nab the killer. In Christ, we do not have to live under the stigma of guilt (Rom. 8:1). God is able to forgive us as if we never sinned (John 5:24; Rom. 3:24, 25; 2 Cor. 5:21). Jesus paid it all for us!

TUESDAY: At the core of the new covenant is the promise of a new heart— a heart rooted in love & imbued with Christlike faith (Eph. 3:17-19). In this new heart, Christ plants His holy law & Himself. The gift of a new heart helps us to catch a glimpse of God’s amazing love. This love calls us to love God & man (Matt. 22:37-39; 1 Cor. 13). By His love working in us, our lives are transformed for the best!

WEDNESDAY: Perhaps, the promise of eternal life is the greatest gift of the new covenant (John 11:25). Eternal life is in twofold; the present & the future. Presently, we are to have life in abundance (John 10:10). In the future, we have the hope of resurrection (John 5:28, 29; 6:39. Those who die in Christ & those who would be alive in Him will go to heaven at His second advent (DA, p. 388). Death is only a sleep!

THURSDAY: The new covenant comes with a call for mission. Life is given to us for a purpose. In the Bible, God informs us how to use our lives. Imagine gifting someone with a library filled with rare books only for the person not to read the books but use them to build fires. That’s a waste of something costly! Our lives has meaning in sharing Jesus (Matt. 28:19, 20). “Talk about a sense of mission & purpose!”

FRIDAY: Christ, He was sinless & innocent. Yet, crucified for our sins. By divine sympathy, He was treated like a sinner, mocked, & spat at that He might draw men to God! The mob plucked out His beard & on His head was placed a crown of thorns, just for our sake. “Come, my brother, come just as you are, sinful & polluted.” Lay your burden at Jesus’ feet & listen to His voice of mercy. He shines His light on us!

—Ellen G. White, “God’s People Delivered,” pp. 635-645, in The Great Controversy; “Rejoicing in the Lord,” pp. 115-126, in Steps to Christ, Bible Echo and Signs of the Times, August 1, 1892 & Testimonies for the Church, vol. 5, p. 353.

Keywords

Covenant – The old covenant was based on the promise of man; “all that you’ve said we’ll do” while the new covenant was based on the promise of God; “I’ll put my law in your hearts… I’ll be your God… I’ll dwell with you”. The ultimate goal of the covenant (both) was to save man. From the Old to the New Testament, all men are saved under the new covenant—salvation by faith in Christ.

Captions

SUNDAY- Joy
MONDAY- Guilt-Free
TUESDAY- New Covenant And New Heart
WEDNESDAY- New Covenant And Eternal Life
THURSDAY- New Covenant And Mission

Discussion Questions

📌 “We see ourselves in relation to the cosmos,” wrote Francisco José Moreno, “and we are aware of our ignorance and final powerlessness; hence our insecurity. As a result, we fear.”—Between Faith and Reason: Basic Fear and the Human Condition (New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1977), p. 7. Compare this statement with what you studied this week in Ephesians 3:17-19. Discuss the differences between the two sentiments.

📌 God promises us joy as believers in Jesus. Is joy the same as happiness? Should we always be happy? If we are not, is there something wrong with our Christian experience? What can the life of Jesus reveal that will help us understand the answers to these questions?

📌 Discuss further this idea of being filled with “the fulness of God” (Eph. 3:19). What does that mean? How can we experience this in our lives?

Entire Lesson Summary

The covenant is not just some deep theological concept; instead, it defines the parameters of our saving relationship with Christ, a relationship that reaps us wonderful benefits now and at His return.

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