Eternity Daily Bible Study
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Walking In The Spirit – 2

 

Topic: The New Covenant Part 2

Date:  22nd July 2009

 

Yesterday we saw that the New Covenant calls us to be Spirit-Followers rather than Law-Keepers or Flesh-Indulgers.  We saw that the New Covenant was promised by God via Jeremiah the prophet, established by Jesus at the Last Supper and that through His death ad resurrection he has become the Mediator of the New Covenant which completely replaces the Old Covenant. We also saw that the New Covenant was actively ministered by the apostles such as Paul.

 

Now we need to go into a bit more depth about precisely what the New Covenant means for our daily Christian life.  

 

We find the Scriptures telling us that the New Covenant is for the 'forgiveness of sins'  (Matthew 26:28, Romans 11:27, Hebrews 9:13,14) , that it is a better covenant than the Laws of Moses which it replaces (Hebrews 7:22,  8:6)  because it is eternal  (Hebrews 13:20) and gives not just material blessings but eternal life itself  (Hebrews 9:11-15) a new and living way to God (Hebrews 10:20).  

 

The New Covenant is a covenant which brings glory, freedom and life to those who believe (2 Corinthians 3:6-18) and as a result of which we have (in Christ) all the spiritual blessings of the heavenly realms (Ephesians 1:3)  including being seated in the heavenly realms with Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:4-7) and being made children of Abraham (Galatians 3:13-29)  which include the Promise of Abraham that we might receive the Spirit through faith (Galatians 3:14) and it is this Holy Spirit who becomes the dynamic power of the Christian life (Romans 8:4-6, 14:17, 15;13; Galatians 5:16-18).

 

The New Covenant means we have access to God as sons of God and members of His household (Ephesians 2:17-19, Romans 5:1-5, 8;14-16)  since our sin is forgiven and the way to God has been made through Christ's sacrifice on the cross (Hebrews 10:20). And this means we can individually go to the throne of  grace for grace and help in time of need - and that we do not need any earthly priest to represent us there since Christ is our Mediator (Hebrews 4:14-16). Indeed we can call God our “Abba Father”  (Romans 8:14-16).

 

Now Abba father means that we have been granted a close personal transformative relationship with God in which He is changing us from glory to glory as we behold the face of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 3:17-18).   The Old Covenant was about performance (do this and you shall live) while the new is about grace and the free gift of eternal life (Romans 6:23) and God's ability to renew us with resurrection power (Romans 8:11).

 

Thus the New Covenant is all about God's absolutely unconditional love for you.  You do not have to perform or to do anything in order to be saved.  You simply have to trust God.  And you do not have to change yourself. God does the changing - working in you to make you an entirely new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 6:15) and creating a 'new man'  made in the image of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 4:24, Colossians 3:10).

 

Thus the knowledge of the New Covenant should put an end to spiritual striving.  God loves you and has called you and has given His Son for you so that you can be saved.

 

Romans 8:31-34 HCSB  What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us?  (32)  He did not even spare His own Son, but offered Him up for us all; how will He not also with Him grant us everything?  (33)  Who can bring an accusation against God's elect? God is the One who justifies.  (34)  Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the One who died, but even more, has been raised; He also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us.

 

Indeed we are told that the New Covenant is a covenant sealed by the very blood of Jesus Christ Himself!  (Matthew 26:28,  1 Corinthians 11:25,  Hebrews 12:24, 13:20) This is so great a gift that we cannot possibly add to it, replicate it to replace it with anything else. Everything has been done for us, by Him, as the result of a sacrifice that was 'once for all'.  (Romans 6:10,  Hebrews 7:27, 9:12 10:10;  1 Peter 3:18).

 

Our task is simply to rejoice in what God has done for us:  

 

Philippians 4:4 MKJV  Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say, Rejoice!

 

Hebrews 13:15-16 MKJV  By Him, then, let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips, confessing His name.  (16)  But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

 

God provided the New Covenant because the old simply did not work as a method of salvation.  God understands our weakness and sinfulness and knows that law-keeping just brings condemnation and death, not because the laws are bad, but because we are incapable of keeping them and so end up under divine judgment. God wants you to stop struggling. He wants you to entirely trust Him for your salvation.

 

When you sin you need to remember that you are in a covenant for the forgiveness of sins and come back to God for grace and help and cleansing by His blood (1 John 1:7-10).

 

When you are in need of blessing you need to remember that the New Covenant has given you all the blessings of Abraham and indeed all the blessings in the heavenly realms! (Galatians 3;13-19, Ephesians 1:3)

 

When you are in need of grace and help you need to remember that the New Covenant has given you glorious access to your Abba Father, an understanding High Priest and Mediator, and the privilege of being able to come before the Throne of Grace (Hebrews 4:14-16)

 

The New Covenant is God's supply agreement with you. In it all the promises of God are 'yea and amen' and it is these precious promises of the covenant that give us all we require for life and godliness. (2 Corinthians 1:20, 7:1;  2 Peter 1:4)

 

 

Blessings,

 

John Edmiston (johned@aibi.ph)
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