BIRTHING THE NEW COVENANT
By Dr. Stephen Phinney
Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. (2Cor. 3:5-6)
As I was watching a children’s movie with three of my grandchildren, I heard the horrid scream of my eldest daughter in the back room. As any parent knows, the scream of anguish from one of your children is beyond heart-wrenching but, this time I knew exactly what was going on. My very own baby was giving birth to my 10th grandchild.
My eldest daughter is amazing to watch in child labor. She manages pain like a dam holding back water and then it happens, in one loud shout (more like a scream), every ounce of stored-up pain is released in one single expression – giving birth to new life. Her pain became our gain – Enock Judah was born.
How could something so amazing come from such agonizing pain?
If you are like most of us indwelt Christians, you take for granted the price (pain) that Jesus paid for our re-birth (John 3:3). He too stored up the agonizing pain of the re-birthing of the Covenant and then, in one single cry – the cry of the damned, He birthed the New Covenant. His pain became our gain – the birth of the Bride of Christ.
What is this cry of the damned? First, ask a mother what the last 7-minutes of child-labor is like and you will get a glimpse of the definition. Most are accustomed to hearing the cry of the damned in words such as, My God, My God, why has Thou forsaken Me? Even though this is a clear translation of these words, it is nowhere close to expressing His torturous scream those bystanders heard that day nor the meaning of those words. Damnation IS being forsaken!
The cry of the damned is simply this. It is the most horrible, most sinful, most agonizing cry that ever proceeded out of the mouth of a man. It is literally the silenced cries of the damned souls in the lower-parts, collectively shouted out through one earthly representative - Jesus. But here’s the twist. Jesus Himself was damned by His Father, becoming one of those silenced cries from the pit. Yes, He became sin (one of the damned) on our behalf (2 Cor. 5:21).
So, what is the purpose of the cry of a mother in those last minutes of birthing? Check your Scriptures. The parallel doesn’t get any clearer! Thank you, my daughter, for teaching this old Opa a redemptive lesson.
Study | (Gal. 3:13); (Rom. 4:25); (1 Cor. 15:3); (1 Peter 2:24); (1 Peter 3:18); (Rom. 3:25-26; Heb. 2:17; 1 John 4:10) ;(Heb. 2:9; Rom. 5:8-9).
Inspiration brought to you by: 365 Days With The Indwelling One, Stephen Phinney | 2018©
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