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His faultless new covenant

By Dale Stonecipher in Redeemer Church 2 months ago | 478 views Link: https://goo.gl/8Eeopu

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

In the course of history, God established covenants with His people.  God makes promises in His covenants and despite the human failings in keep the covenant, God is always faithful to His promises.

A major covenant was the giving of the Law to Moses.  In addition to the commands given in that covenant, men were appointed as priests to mediate between the people and God.  The priests made sacrifices both for themselves and for the people.  They were not perfect priests so they needed to make personal sacrifices for their own sins.

The requirements for the people under the covenant were rigorous and no one found them possible to keep.  The Law itself was good and righteous, but obedience to it perfectly was not possible.  The writer of Hebrews tells us in chapter 8 that if that covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion to look for a second.  But God gave us a new covenant with Christ as a better mediator and the new covenant is enacted on better promises.

The writer then quotes the declaration of the new covenant that Christ established from Jeremiah 31. Jeremiah foretold that God would make a new covenant, not according to the old covenant made when He led them out of Egypt.  He promised to put His laws in the minds of His people and write them on their hearts.  He would be merciful and remember their sins no more. 

The new covenant was better than the old because of the perfect mediator, the Lord Jesus Christ, making the perfect sacrifice so that no further sacrifice is needed.  Whereas we could not live up to the faulty covenant by keeping the commandments therein, Christ kept the Law perfectly for us.  His new covenant is faultless because He is a faultless Savior.  The new covenant does not depend on us keeping the commandments perfectly because Christ kept them perfectly.

God found fault with those under the old covenant, but under the new covenant He promises to remember our sins no more.  There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.   May we rejoice that God established a new covenant with us.  May we rejoice that Jesus kept the demands of the Law, thus satisfying God.  May we rejoice that God remembers our sins no more.  May we rejoice that the new covenant is faultless.

Dale

 

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Donna Dean

Amen!

Larry Dean

Amen and Amen!

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