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Knowing and Serving God

August 31

THE TWO DISPENSATIONS UNITED

The just shall live by his faith.
Habakkuk 2:4

My fifth proof of there being one covenant is that clearly, according to the Scriptures, there is only one way of obtaining salvation and all those blessings, and that is the way of faith. All the Old Testament saints believed explicitly in God, and they exercised faith. In Habakkuk 2:4 we read, "The just shall live by his faith." This is the theme and the message of the Old Testament from beginning to end; and--for example, in Hebrews 11--it is reiterated in the New Testament. Paul, quoting from Habakkuk, says in Romans 1:17, "The just shall live by faith," and this is the theme of all his epistles.

But Paul puts it still more clearly and specifically in Romans 4:23-25, where, referring to Abraham, he says, "Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; but for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification." It is clear that we receive justification by faith, exactly as Abraham received it by faith. For one more example under this heading, read again from the end of Hebrews 10 through chapter 11 to the beginning of chapter 12. It is the same truth, elaborated at length.

The sixth proof is that there is only one mediator under the two dispensations--the same mediator, the Lord Jesus Christ--"the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world" (Revelation 13:8). Take the promise made to Adam about the seed of the woman. God says that salvation is going to happen in that way, and other Scriptures prove that the seed of the woman is no other than the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the mediator in the Old Testament types--they all point to Him; also the prophecies all point to Him. It is always the Lord Himself.

A Thought to Ponder
It is clear that we receive justification by faith, exactly as Abraham received it by faith.

From God the Father, God the Son, p. 239.




Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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