God's Abundant Mercy

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The Old Covenant

THE OLD COVENANT

Paul, who persecuted the church, has a revelation on the road to Damascus. He didn't seek out Christ willingly and had no intention of coming to Faith in Christ. 


Paul discloses to the Galatian Church that he has come to understand the faithfulness of Christ. Paul is indicating that the Faithfulness of Christ saved him! Imagine the transformation of Paul, who was a teacher of the law, Paul was accustomed to living under the sacrificial rituals of the old covenant. In the old covenant, intercession was required; "Day after day every priest stands to minister and to offer again and again the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins." (Heb 10:11)

Paul discovers a new revelation on the road to Damascus, the new covenant of Grace. And Paul writes to Timothy;

" ..Even though I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an arrogant man. But I received mercy because I acted out of ignorance in unbelief".(1 Timothy 1:13)

Many have been taught that redemption is limited to those who seek it...and Christ only intercedes for those who accept Him, but Paul didn't fit into any of these categories.

"I revealed Myself to those who did not ask for Me; I was found by those who did not seek Me. I said, 'Here I am! Here I am!'... (Isaiah 65:1)

Paul speaks of those who are unfaithful:

" True, some of them were unfaithful; but just because they were unfaithful, does that mean God will be unfaithful? Certainly not!

(Romans 3:3)

And in the Epistle of Timothy, Paul speaks on lack of faith.

... if we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.

(2 Timothy 2:13)

Isn't Grace amazing? The Persecutor of the Church, Paul, who was faithless and who did not search for Christ by faith, was found by the faithfulness of Christ ..."He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself".

"For you have heard of my former way of life in Judaism, how severely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it."(Galatians 1:13)

Paul discovers that Christ and His faithfulness will help us, He understands our weakness, and intercedes on our behalf.

"So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. "( Romans 9:16)