Since God has given promises and initiated covenants with men, we should trust in His promises and have faith in His Word. He is a God who is always faithful, yet he often tests our faith as we wait for Him to fulfill His promises.

Since God has an amazing, eternal plan and has been orchestrating heavenly and earthly events throughout the ages to offer salvation to the world through his Son, the one through whom the covenants to Abraham, Israel, and David are being fulfilled, we should marvel and worship Him for His love, wisdom, and rule.

Since those of us who are Gentiles were once separated from Christ and alienated from citizenship in Israel, we should be humbled and grateful that, through Christ, God has “grafted” us into the people of God and made us fellow-partakers of the covenants of promise.

Since God is always faithful to His promises, we should anticipate that God will yet fulfill His promises to Abraham, Moses, David, and the nation of Israel. Although today most of the physical descendants of Abraham have not embraced Jesus as the Messiah and many are enemies of the gospel, we should realize that God’s calling is irrevocable and that someday, God will fulfill His many promises to a remnant of Israel and to Jerusalem. In light of this, we should avoid the anti-Semitism that has all too often been a part of the history of the church.

Although believers in Christ are not under the law of Moses, we must study the law and seek to understand the character and nature of God and humans that are revealed in the entirety of the Law and the Prophets. God used the ceremonial, civil, and sacrificial element of the Law as a tutor to point us to Christ.

 

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