Excerpt from New Covenant Power

Talk given by M. Nadine

 

“Love never fails.” (1 Cor 13:8)

God is love, and the rainbow is a symbol of His covenant love for us. His covenant promise is contained in the prayer that Jesus taught us, the Our Father. Jesus is the New Covenant, Word made flesh. Matthew 6:6 says, “When you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in private.” In Acts 6:4, we read that when the people came out of the Upper Room, they were devoted to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. God began to show me that the prayer Jesus taught us, the Our Father, accomplishes both of these things. It is a prayer that also contains the ministry of the Word, His ministry.

One of the reasons He is ‘our’ Father is because we are part of the Blood Covenant. By virtue of our Baptism, we have been purified by Jesus’ Blood, consecrated by the Spirit to a life of obedience. Saint Peter tells us about this in one of his first homilies as the first Pope. Our union with Jesus is possible only through the Blood Covenant that washed away our sins. It is also mentioned in the Book of Revelation, “Their robes were made white in the Blood of the Lamb” (Rev 7:14). Through the Blood of the Lamb we have been given the tremendous gift of union with the Father. We are able to call Him Father only by the power of the Holy Spirit, because we have been consecrated by the Spirit. Scripture says, “No one can cry out ‘Abba, Father!’ except in the power of the Holy Spirit” (Rom 8:15). Jesus is the first born (Rom 8:29). In Jesus we are all first born. The Father is our Daddy too, all because a little girl, once upon a time, said, “Yes! Be it done to me according to Your Word” (Lk 1:38)! This should be our response to everything in our life and in particular, to the prayer of the Our Father.

“Grace to you and Peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Eph 1:2)