The first thing I think I need to do though is show through scripture that there are two covenants, and that we are no longer to be living under the old covenant. There are a lot of scriptures, so I hope you will look them up, soak them in and meditate on them.
Hebrews 7:22 – by so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant.
Hebrews 8:6-7,13 - But now He (Jesus) has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second ... In that He says, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.
Hebrews 9:15 – And for this reason He is the mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
Hebrews 10:9 – then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first (covenant) that He may establish the second (covenant).
John 1:17 – For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
Galatians 3:23-25 - But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.
Now many people understand that the ceremonial law has passed away, in which animal sacrifices were required as payment for sins, but many don’t understand that the Ten Commandments have as well. No, I am not saying to go out and steal and commit murder and so on, but I am saying that there is no longer a set of rules written in stone that we are to abide by in order to be right with God. That right standing comes only through a relationship with Jesus and we need to stand fast in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage, which is the law (Galatians 5:1). Here’s more scriptures to prove that.
Romans 7:6 - But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.
Colossians 2:14 – (Jesus) having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
2 Corinthians 3:3,5-8 – clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart … Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit, for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?
We are to be ministers of the new covenant of grace that came through Jesus, not the old covenant of the law, which those previous verses refer to as the ministry of death which kills. It is also called the ministry of condemnation (2 Corinthians 3:9). The new covenant of grace is so much more glorious than the old covenant of the law, and is truly life changing when we can understand all the benefits that Christ died to give us in the new covenant. I hope to dig in deeper and explain more of the differences in the old covenant versus new, and pray that I will do so in such a way that will reveal Jesus and His sacrifice for us in a whole new light. Stay tuned.
Amber can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, and her book can be purchased through her website at www.ambermiller.tateauthor.com or through her AmberRiceMiller Facebook page.
Published: March 14, 2016