*** double click video to view full screen***
Description: Our spirits are alive to God, but our heart still struggles against sinful thoughts and acts.
NEW COVENANT OR OLD?
Transcript of a clip from the talk A HEART CLEANSED BY FAITH by Rev. Ernest O’Neill
You know that the primary truth that you grabbed hold of when you became a Christian was “repentance
for the forgiveness of my sins” and that’s the Old Covenant. If you say to me, “Now Pastor, that’s
what’s preached throughout the churches in America. Now that isn’t the Old Covenant. Why do you say
it’s the Old Covenant”, I’ll tell you why, because you still, six months or two years after you’re
born again, you still cry the original cry of frustration that was expressed not by a Christian but
by a Jew trying to live under the law and up to the law, Paul himself. You still cry out his cry in
Romans 7:15, “I don’t understand my own actions because I do not do what I want but I do the very
thing I hate”, and for many of us who are born of God, that’s still the cry of frustration, the cry
of frustration that every Jew cried under the Old Covenant.
And maybe you say, “That’s insane”. It’s insane. That’s right what you say but it’s insane. That’s
where I started. That’s where I started, that’s why I first felt guilt because I couldn’t do what I
knew I should do. That’s when I first sought Jesus as my Savior because I was unable to deal with
this power of evil within me. Do you mean I am back where I started?”
Well, actually you know you’re not. You know you’re not back where you started. You know that you
have experienced God’s gracious acceptance of you because of Jesus. You know that you have sensed a
relief from guilt and you know that you’ve experienced forgiveness of sins. Moreover, even though
you often resist God’s Spirit in your life yet you know too that at times you’re able to obey His
Spirit and you know that there is at times within you a sense of Jesus’ Spirit urging you to obey
God and to love Him and to want to serve Him.
So you know you’re not in the position you used to be in. You know you’re aware of God in a way that
you weren’t before you first gave your life to Jesus or received His Spirit and yet loved ones you
know fine well that there is also coming up from deep deep down inside you, a fountain of filth and
dirt and sarcasm and anger and bad temper that you are not able to control.
It’s as if your spirit is alive to God and you’re regenerate and your spirit is born again. It’s as
if even your conscience is alive to God and knows what it ought to do. It’s as if even your will
wants to do it and your conscience tries to constrain your will to do what you know you should but
there’s this stream of evil that comes up from deep deep down inside you, a stream that opposes both
your conscience and your will and feeds your will such a powerful stream of filth that the will
finds itself unable at times to hold it in and even when it does hold it in, it holds it in by dint
of powerful repression and great strain in your own life but often it’s not able to hold it in and
against your conscience, the will has to let that stream forth and you lose your temper or you’re
sarcastic with somebody or you tell a lie to somebody or you’re absolutely dishonest to somebody or
you give a wrong impression to somebody else or you get proud of something you’ve done and you know
that there’s something inside you that is not Jesus.
Loved ones the truth is that stuff comes from your heart and your heart is still as unclean as it
was when you were first born of God, that’s what’s wrong. Your spirit is alive to God, even your
mind and your will and your conscience, but your heart, the deepest part of you, the place where you
really live, your own deepest self, is still as unclean as it was when you first heard of Jesus, and
that’s the problem. The heart needs to be cleansed.
Comments : New Covenant Or Old?
Leave a Comment
Start a Discussion
Indepth Discussions : New Covenant Or Old?
It Appears there are no Group Discussions for this talk - Click " Start a Discussion " Green Toggle above to create the first one.