One of the great differences between the old and new covenants is the type of blessings received as a result of the people’s obedience. Note these verses.

All these blessings will come to you in abundance if you obey the LORD your God: …
Deuteronomy 28:2 NET

The list following Moses’ statement contains physical blessings. Now from Paul:

Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ.
Ephesians 1:3

The list that follows Paul’s statement contains innumerable spiritual blessings.

The theology of prosperity, as does most of Christendom in one way or another, fails to distinguish properly between the two covenants. Let us avoid this mistake.

In Christ we do not have the promise of financial prosperity. We have every possible spiritual blessing already at our disposal, a situation more desirable by far than any physical advantage this world contains.

 

Devotional for October 5

Text: Matthew 7:1-6

Memorize: “Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For by the standard you judge you will be judged, and the measure you use will be the measure you receive.” Matthew 7:1-2 NET

It was said of T.W. Brents, “He was absolutely without mercy toward error, but not so toward men; a man of charity toward human weakness and frailty, but woe be to the man who stood before him to champion an unscriptural position!” Jesus does not want us to sacrifice truth, but he warns against the judgmental attitude, the finger ready to point at the faults of others. Williams translates the first part, “Stop criticizing others.” Continue reading