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A Better Plan

Recently, my wife and I were traveling through small towns, looking at colorful fall leaves, hiking trails, photographing covered bridges, and enjoying a place somewhat different from home.  We organize these trips in advance, but we are always ready to adjust to a better plan.  

The first few books of the Bible tell of God’s original plan for His people through the “law.”  Most of us know of this law as being centered around the ten commandments.  Actually, there were more than six hundred of these do’s and don’ts.  In the rest of the old testament of the Bible, we see the struggles of God’s people under these laws and their ongoing failure to achieve what God intended.  

2 Corinthians 3:7 says these laws “brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone” but still “brought glory” to God.  Verse 9 says, “If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness!”  People failed over and over again under God’s old plan, so He decided to provide a better plan.  The better plan that “brings righteousness” is called the “new covenant” - the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus, giving us a personal relationship with God through our faith in Him.

God changed His plan by helping us learn in the best way we could.  He gave us the example of Jesus.  2 Corinthians 3:12-13 says we don’t have to be afraid of failure under the law anymore and can be encouraged, confident and “very bold.”  This is the good news of the gospel of Jesus.


  • Are you faithfully following the One who replaced the law for us?  
  • If so, in what ways can you be bold and encourage others?
  • If not, what next step up can you take in order to receive God’s plan for your life through faith in Jesus?

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