We Must Not Interpret How God Feels About Us Based on Our Circumstances

We must not reinterpret how God feels about us based on our circumstances.  The cross settles forever how God feel about us, and the resurrection shows us how much power is using to bring about His good plan for our lives.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 184

The Shadows of the Old Covenant

[Hebrews 11:40] gives balance to our thinking. The key is God’s one plan, a plan that unfolds so that his later and better covenant does not invalidate the earlier, or exclude its participants.  Rather, the greater blessings given to us are the very blessings they sought, and that they will receive together with us.  The two great administrations of God’s one plan are distinguished in time and form, but not in God’s purpose, or in the nature of his salvation then, now and for ever.  We best understand the relation between them as we trace the Word of the Spirit, who shows us treasures of Christ in the new and the old (Matthew 13:52).  The shadows of the Old Covenant are not deceptive wraiths; they are ‘fore-shadows’ that enable us to understand better that which comes in Christ.

– Edmund Clowney, The Church: Contours in Christian Theology, copyright 1988, page 55