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Christ's Calvary Commitment 31

Sealed with Salt

Salt ShakerGod's covenant with humans was made binding at Calvary when Jesus died. The commitment Christ made at the cross secured our salvation. In Acts 2.36 we read, "All the people of Israel, then, are to know for sure that this Jesus, whom you crucified, is the one that God has made Lord and Messiah." Jesus death and resurrection clinched his victory. In Acts 2.31 we are also told, "David saw what God was going to do in the future, and so he spoke about the resurrection of the Messiah." A binding covenant is often sealed in the Orient with salt. It is considered a pledge and a promise of fidelity if salt is exchanged. "If I come to your house," writes Bishop Pillai, (1900-1970 AD) "and eat with you food that has been seasoned with salt, I can never betray you or do you harm. Even if you commit a crime and I am asked to testify I cannot do it because I have eaten your salt." Bishop Pillai wrote as an Indian Orthodox Bishop to explain to Christians the orientalisms in the Bible which threw light on its customs.✞

Bleeding Covenant

Magnified Blood SampleEvangelism must also be interlaced with the death and resurrection of Jesus. Acts 2.27 reads, "God has raised this very Jesus from death, and we are all witnesses to this fact" and in Acts 2.32 "you will not allow your faithful servant to rot in the grave." The writer of the well known hymn "When I survey the wondrous cross" The Rev Isaac Watts (1674-1748 AD), who is credited with writing 750 Christian hymns, echoed this sentiment, "See from his head, his hands, his feet, sorrow and love flow mingled down! Did ever such love and sorrow meet, or thorns compose so rich a crown?" As a young school boy, Watts enjoyed developing rhyme. Once, when asked why he had his eyes open during prayers he responded, "A little mouse for want of stairs ran up a rope to say its prayers." As he was taken off for punishment, he cried, "O father, father, pity take and I will no more verses make."

"Peter's Binding Evangelism"
by Ron Meacock © 1982 - 2017

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