There are more verses after this explaining different aspects of the new covenant, but I want to camp out here in this article. There is so much in scripture about the new covenant as compared to the old and I want to give full diligence to try to point out as much of these truths as possible. We need to get a deep revelation of this so that we can learn to rightly divide the Word and learn to see God in all His splendor and goodness that He brought to us through His Son in the new covenant.
The first thing God is saying that the first covenant was not without fault. Now don’t get me wrong, the law was holy and good (Romans 7:12), but the problem was that it couldn’t make the person following it holy and good. Hebrews 7:18-19 says, “For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness, for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.”
The old covenant was a conditional covenant, meaning that all the commandments had to be obeyed in order for the covenant to work. When they messed up, God disregarded them. Therein lies the problem. No person could ever keep the law perfectly. There was only one perfect person to ever walk the earth and that ever will walk the earth and that person was Jesus. Was God mean for giving the law? No, the law was our tutor to point us to our need for a Savior (Galatians 3:24).
Under the old covenant they were cursed if they did not follow it. In the first part of Deuteronomy 28 it states all the blessings that would come upon them if they followed all the commandments, and then verses 15 says, “But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you.” It goes on to list 42 verses full of curses. Wow, that seems pretty scary, right? The sad thing is that many people are still living under this bondage, fearing being cursed if they don’t do everything right. This is where understanding what Jesus purchased for us through the new covenant is so important.
Galatians 3:13-14 says, “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’) that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
Oh glorious day, Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law because He became a curse in our place. Now, all the blessings that were written about in the first part of Deuteronomy 28 belong to those who put their faith in Jesus. The righteous requirement of the law has been fulfilled by Jesus and so has also been fulfilled in those of us who put faith in Jesus (Romans 8:4).
Now, instead of trying to get from God based on our behavior we can freely receive from God through faith in what Jesus has done for us. It is not conditional but is unconditional, so despite our performance the agreement is still in effect forever. You may disregard God, but He will never disregard you.
I don’t know how many times I have written “It is no longer about what we do for God but about what Jesus has done for us” and many of you are probably tired of hearing it, but that is the new covenant mindset that we need to get. It is all about Jesus and we need to put faith in Him and His grace, not in ourselves. We need to step out of the shadow of the law and into the fullness of that new covenant of grace which came through Jesus!
Amber can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ambermiller.tateauthor.com or through her AmberRiceMiller Facebook page.
Published: March 28, 2016