Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.(2 Corinthians 3:2-3)
Yes my friends, because not we live- but Christ lives in us; your very lives are a letter that anyone can read by just looking at you. Christ himself wrote it—not with ink, but with God’s living Spirit; not chiseled in-to stone, but carved into human lives. In Jeremiah 31:33 God makes a promise, “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. And no longer shall each man teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more”.
Moreover, it was through the same work of our Messiah dying on the cross that equally did away with the Law as well as established the New Testament. As the written Law was essentially the codification of the Old Covenant, it had to be done away with before the New Covenant could be made. The Apostle Paul stated in his letter to the Colossians, that God actually nailed the Law to the cross, rendering it dead:
And you, who were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, having canceled the bond which stood against us with its legal demands; this he set aside, nailing it to the cross. Colossians 2:13,14
The Fulfillment of the promise is displayed in Romans 2:13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: 15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) 16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
Likewise, Paul also wrote to Hebrews in Chapter 8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: 11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. 12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. As the reminder that the promise is fulfilled now.
I would like to also show the advantage of the fulfilled promise in Romans 6:1, “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?” and in Romans 6:15: “What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!” Paul then continues to explain why we do not sin — it is no longer an issue of obedience to the Law, but one of freedom verses the bondage of sin.
So how do we represent Jesus Christ? Jesus represented Our Father, The God Yahweh when He has taken the form of man. His words were, those who have seen me, have seen the Father… Jesus was a Man who has shown us what we can be if we have the relationship with the Father while on earth, advancing The Fathers Kingdom. He was tempted with all force of the enemy; we have no excuse to not have the same representation of Jesus as He did of the Father.
The Son is the radiance of God’s glory
and the exact representation of his being,
sustaining all things by his powerful word.
Hebrews 1:3 (NIV Bible)
If we want to know what God the Father is like, all we have to do is look at Jesus Christ, for He is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being. In John chapter 14 Jesus declared, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father”. His only interest was to do His Father’s will and to say what His Father asked Him to say.
When Jesus healed the sick, He was demonstrating His Father’s desire for us to be whole. When Jesus fed the poor, it was His Father’s hand of provision that reached out to the hungry. When Jesus forgave the adulteress, it was His Father’s heart that was moved with compassion. When Jesus picked up little children in His arms to bless them, it was the love of His Father embracing these little ones. Even when Jesus washed the disciple’s feet, he was portraying His Father’s humility in the lowliest display of servant hood.
If we want to see the Father, we have to look at Jesus; if we want to show the Father, we have to Show Jesus in our lives.
Therefore, when people, coworkers, family members, nations and etc., look at us… who do they see in us? God the Father? Or….