Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Opus 2016-262: Thanks Thoughts: Grandfather Clause

As I worked through my daily Eucharist the words “new covenant” stood out to me. 
(1 Corinthians 11:25 NAS77)  In the same way He took the cup also, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."
As much as I consider myself a child of the new covenant, old contracts are not always voided by new ones.  We have some grandfathered in. 

We see it in technology.  When the rotary dial was phased out in production it still worked for the old phones around.  USB 1 still works in new computers with USB 2.

Jesus made a specific statement that applies to this.
(Matthew 5:17 KJV)  Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
So think of the Old Testament (covenant) as being a rotary dial.  It worked and worked well.  It was also slow and inflexible.  Things have changed.  We now have buttons and smart phones.  Some people have special ring tones to tell them who is calling.  We have call forwarding, texting and voice mail.  The wires have even changed but the general concept of phone numbers and communication remain the same. 

God is waiting to communicate with His people. 

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