It is commonly taught that the church began at Pentecost in Acts 2 with the giving of the spirit. But that the kingdom is for a future time, after Jesus returns. We have looked at various aspects of the Covenant and seen that this is only partly correct. The church, as we know it, is not a company newly formed in Acts 2. It is a continuation of the congregation of Israel, the assembly or called out ones, which existed all along. It will become the Kingdom of God as it gets right with God. Then the promise will be fulfilled as God grants repentance with the full pouring out of His Spirit. This will bring us into the end time harvest before the return of the Lord Jesus Christ at the second advent.
Salvation became available through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus. But this is not to say it was unavailable before Calvary because He is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. It is his sacrifice that pays the price for all saints of all times to be reconciled to God.
Abraham, the father of faith, was not saved [or justified] by the old testament Law, but because he believed God.
Ga 3:6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
Salvation comes to us today no differently than it did to the old testament saints. It can come, by having faith in the promises; by calling on the name of the Lord; by coming to know the Lord through meditating on his word, and by God directly revealing himself to those who seek him.
Let's conclude by taking a look at one last reference to the everlasting covenant from Hebrews 13.
Heb 13:20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
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