God’s intention and purpose is to form and develop a people. Beginning with the Abrahamic covenant, find out how the death, burial, resurrection and Ascension of Jesus Christ makes void the legalistic system and clears the way for the fulfillment of that purpose.
The nation of Israel was the only group of people governed by divine revelation. And God still intends to give them the promised land. The Abrahamic covenant can be found in Genesis 2:12.
Genesis 12:2 New King James Version (NKJV)
2 I will make you a great nation;
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.
The resurrection and Ascension of Jesus Christ does something in the spirit realm, making void the darkness, the strain and the toil of the legalistic church age. For instance, if you had a blemish or any imperfection on your body, you were not allowed to participate in the function of the church.
The Old Testament reveals that God established a Jewish nation to be ruled by a king of God’s choosing.
As we study scripture, we see that God’s purposes are not limited to just redemption or salvation of individuals. John 3:16 is not the only scripture in the Bible. There’s a lot that we have to do and learn and develop in our lives after John 3:16. So I don’t discount the necessity of being born again. I’m not telling you that John 3:16 is not the most significant scripture in the Bible because it all starts with when you are born again. Because when you are born again, you are translated out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of his Son and you become a Christian. And now we’ve got to develop into the christian ways, methods, and into the glory of God.