Monday, June 04, 2012

Homeschooling by Faith Part 2---And Your Offspring After You

Faith is not something we try to stir up within ourselves. It has no relation to the televangelist's admonition that if you ask the Lord for a sports car and if you have faith while asking--if you really believe that He will give you that sports car--then you will have it. 

Instead faith is a simple act of seeing a promise from the Father in scripture and taking Him at His word. Faith is when you believe that promise no matter how unlikely it seems or unworthy you feel of deserving it. 

We don't get sports cars by asking for one in faith because no where in scripture are we promised one. But, we are promised far greater things than material possessions in scripture. 

What are these great promises? We can't believe them unless we know them since faith comes from hearing, and that by the word of Christ (Rom 10:17).

Abraham, who is the father of all who believe, was given this covenant by God:
"And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. And I will give to you and to your offspring after you the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession, and I will be their God.”And God said to Abraham, “As for you, you shall keep my covenant, you and your offspring after you throughout their generations." Genesis 17:7-9 
It is almost as if God cannot get the word "you" out of his mouth without following it with the words "and your offspring after you" no matter how overly repetitive it sounds.

But here's a question of monumental significance: does God's heart toward families change under the new covenant?  After all, the above promise to Abraham is an old covenant promise. Does God still desire to work through families in the new covenant?

The answer from scripture is a resounding yes. We know that the Father still desires for His glory to pass from generation to generation because He has declared to us that His Son has accomplished through his death what the old covenant was powerless to achieve. In Christ, this promise to Abraham is fulfilled.

In Christ, all the promises are yes and amen! 2 Corinthians 1:20

Furthermore, we are told that the new covenant is a far greater covenant than the old covenant:
"But as it is, Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises." Heb 8:6
As an example of how the promises are fulfilled in Christ, think of how God promised David that he would always have a son upon the throne. Not long after that promise, the kingdom of Judah fell to the Babylonians and the line of kings was cut off. Was God unfaithful to David?

By faith we understand that instead of failing his promises, God fulfilled them in a way that is far greater than we could have even imagined. Yes, there is an everlasting king reigning on David's throne, to this very day, the son of David, whose kingdom is far superior, far more grandios than any mere local kingdom. He is a king who is reigning in the hearts of people groups all across the globe and the allegiance He engenders is far greater than any earthly king throughout all of history.

May we begin to comprehend all that Jesus accomplished for us when He made atonement for our sins, once for all, sat down at the right hand of the Father, put all His enemies as a footstool at His feet, and sent out His Holy Spirit in power. May we see by faith how all the promises of the old testament are ours in Christ, and claim them for ourselves and for our children, that His glory may pass from generation to generation. May we homeschool by faith.
Isaiah 65:22-23
My chosen ones will long enjoy
   the work of their hands.
They will not labor in vain,
   nor will they bear children doomed to misfortune;
for they will be a people blessed by the LORD,
   they and their descendants with them.

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