"And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying:
'Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
For He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people,
And has raised up a horn of salvation for us
In the house of David His servant'" (Luke 1:67-69)
Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist, had been rendered mute for the entire pregnancy due to his unbelief. However, once he was given the opportunity to speak in faith and name his son, he spoke up and gave him the name the angel told him to give. This brought out the faith and the Holy Spirit fell, which caused him to find his voice in a generation that needed it.
Who were these New Covenant, grace people? Zacharias and Elizabeth were older people - past childbearing years - but were bringing a child into the world who would shake the foundations of religion. He was going to be the forerunner of his earthly relative, Jesus Christ. As his father had learned in the months of silence and then taught him, it is foundational in this new kingdom to speak out about our Savior. As this verse says: "[God] has raised up a horn of salvation". This was being spoken out even before a baby is born. Everything that we see manifesting in this world has been spoken out in faith beforehand (for good or for bad). This is who the people of grace are and how they live. They are every one of us who are willing to speak in faith and live it out. From the young teenagers Mary and Joseph, who risked their lives by accepting their miracle baby in faith, to the elderly Elizabeth and Zacharias who had all but given up hope for their own miracle child and finally got a world-changer!
Step out into your New Covenant destiny and speak in faith and hope according to His Word and His will. It will shake the world!
"To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things; so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places." (Ephesians 3:8-10 NASB)
Grace was given to Paul to bring to light the mystery that has been hidden in God so that the manifold wisdom of God - the abundant, complex, diverse wisdom - would be known. How is it known and to whom is it made known? Now here is something major: The CHURCH makes the manifold wisdom of God known to "the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places." It comes through the church. How much power and authority have we been given! And we aren't even using a tiny bit of it. The church is the instrument to make the manifold wisdom of God known to the spiritual realm. Men like Smith Wigglesworth and George Mueller touched on that but we can also make it known in greater ways by radical faith. That is New Covenant living!