The Publisher's Desk: Inspiring coincidence causes me to reflect

Does life ever give you noteworthy coincidences? 

Two things that are so similar you think, this feels like more than coincidence. I recently encountered that. 

The first was when Jeremy Sprouse at the Patrick Street church of Christ recently gave an inspiring sermon on God doing away with the Old Covenant and establishing the far superior New Covenant. 

The second came when reading “Hermeneutics” by D.R. Dungan. 

Both helped me recall that we have something precious in the New Testament. Both encouraged me to keep studying and obeying. Dungan’s words were so inspiring I thought perhaps ya’ll could be inspired, too. 

“When Israel came over the Jordan ... [they] heard the substance of the law, as it related to the promises. Their righteousness must consist in perfect obedience to all the demands of that law; and if such obedience should be rendered, they would be blessed in the basket and store, and in their flocks and herds, and in all the good things that pertained to this life. And, on the other hand, if they failed, they were to be cursed in all these respects (See Deut. 28:1; 29:1; Joshua 8:30-35) ... But the promises in Christ are far better. They are complete pardon, sufficient help, every needed grace and providence, resurrection from the dead, inheritance in the mansions in the heavens prepared by the hands of the master himself. No wonder, then, that Paul says that this has been established upon better promises than that (pages 126 and 127).” 
He really brings out the stark differences in the Old and New Covenants. 

When the Old Covenant was in effect, the expectation for Israelites was perfection. The New Covenant, on the other hand, recognizes that we aren’t perfect and offers so much help from Jesus.  

The writer of the book of Hebrews points out that in the Old Covenenant, the only sacrifice they had for mistakes was the blood of animals that merely postponed judgment, one they had to be reminded of year after year. 

The New Covenant, on the other hand, gives us the sacrifice of Jesus. The Bible says his sacrifice allows God to essentially forget our mistakes. He says he won’t think about them again once we’ve repented. We don’t have to be reminded of them. The writer of the book of Hebrews exhorts us, then, to give the more earnest heed. 

I’ve learned so much from Jeremy. He and the elders and members at Patrick Street church of Christ really know and teach the Bible. If you’re looking to really know God’s word (and, through that, God himself), I encourage you to visit us at Patrick Street church of Christ. I think you’ll find a loving family that is just trying to be Christians, no more and no less. 

 Dykowski is the publisher of the Dublin Citizen and can be reached at 445-2515 and publisher@dublincitizen.com.

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