Most people cannot receive good things from God because they do not know His nature. Many churches still preach from the Old Testament because they do not understand the difference between the old covenant of the law and the new covenant of grace. As a result, they preach punishment, judgment, hellfire, and damnation. What was true before the cross is no longer true after the cross. God’s nature under the law was that of a harsh judge because the old covenant was still in force; His nature now is that of a loving Father. If we fail to see God in light of the new covenant, we will get an incomplete picture of His nature. Jesus is the perfect expression of what God is like; we get to know the Father’s nature by beholding His Son.