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The Wonder of the New Covenant

16 Dec

It is a shock to many who would settle for a life of serving God that, above all else, He fervently desires our friendship. He desires us infinitely more than we desire Him… He would rather die than not have you with Him. This is the wonder of the message of covenant.

Malcolm Smith

The Lost Secret of the New Covenant, Harrison House, 2002, 279

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Not a Puppet

28 Oct

It is much easier for us to think of Him invisibly beside us. He is with us, but the weight of the New Testament simply states that He is in us and we are in Him… The mathematics of the new covenant is one plus one equals one… Our lives are not something we tell Him about in our nightly report to Him in prayer, for He has lived them in us second by second…

But we are not His glove puppets!… The glorified Jesus is in us, and our walk of faith is choosing to die to the desires of the flesh that seek to live independently of Him and fulfill the lie, and instead to helplessly draw on His strength within us.

Malcolm Smith

The Lost Secret of the New Covenant, Harrison House, 2002, 206-7

You’ve Arrived!

6 Oct

Many believers live in the frustration of trying to arrive at where they already are… In meeting after meeting believers are urged to die with Christ, they go forward to pray and be prayed for instead of realizing that the Spirit placed them in Christ and, therefore, into His death and resurrection when they believed upon Jesus.

Malcolm Smith

The Lost Secret of the New Covenant, Harrison House, 2002, 218

Faith in the Promiser

30 Sep

There are thousands of believers who look upon the acquisition of faith as a mental struggle, the intense focusing of thoughts on a desired object or promise in order to bring it into being… Others understand faith as being in the words of a promise found in Scripture… This reduces the holy words of Scripture to the level of a magic spell… Faith is not directed at the words of a promise but rests in the One who made the promise.

Malcolm Smith

The Lost Secret of the New Covenant, Harrison House, 2002, 125

His Oath, Not Yours

1 Sep

The fact that the Gospel contained in the covenant is based solely on the oath of God separates Christianity from every other religion on earth… The Christian life is not approached with gritted teeth summoning determination and willpower to obey God and show Him our love for Him. The sincere folk who try to do so… see the Christian life based on their oath, instead of resting in the oath of God.

Malcolm Smith

The Lost Secret of the New Covenant, Harrison House, 2002, 127

Changing Planes in Midair

4 Aug

Repentance is the sickening realization that we are wrong because we are going in the wrong direction… The Gospel is the announcement that we can change planes in midair!

Malcolm Smith

The Lost Secret of the New Covenant, 2002, 144

The First Blessing

22 Jul

There is no other religion on earth that announces the forgiveness of all our sins. It is the complete forgiveness of our sin that is the foundation of everything else that is ours in the covenant…

Our assurance that our sins have been forgiven and we have been accepted by God is the first of covenant blessings and the most important in our experience. Without this, we cannot imagine any of the other blessings. This is the kindergarten of the new covenant, yet for multitudes of church members such a joy has not been even sighted.

Malcolm Smith

The Lost Secret of the New Covenant, 2002, 174-5