And then we have the covenant of Jesus, or that which we call the new covenant. It replaces the covenant the Lord made with Moses on Mount Sinai, that which was peppered with laws and to-dos and how-to’s. Paul makes mention of this in the New Testament, as he was explaining the importance of this new covenant to the church then and all the church to come:
6 But Jesus has been given a greater work to do for God. He is the go-between for the new covenant. This covenant is better than the old one. The new covenant is based on better promises.
7 Suppose nothing had been wrong with that first covenant. Then no one would have looked for another covenant. 8 But God found fault with the people. He
“The days are coming, announces the Lord. I will make a new covenant
with the people of Israel.
I will also make it with the people of Judah.
9 It will not be like the covenant
I made with their people of long ago. That was when I took them by the hand.
I led them out of Egypt.
My new covenant will be different because they didn’t remain faithful to my old covenant.
So I turned away from them,
announces the Lord.
10 This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel
after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds.
I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God.
And they will be my people.
11 People will not teach their neighbor anymore.
They will not say to one another, ‘Know the Lord.’ That’s because everyone will know me.
From the least important to the most important,
all of them will know me. 12 I will forgive their evil ways.
I will not remember their sins anymore.”
13 God called this covenant “new.” So he has done away with the first one. And what is out of date and has been done away with will soon disappear. (Hebrews 8:6-13)
This new covenant was founded after Christ and is the covenant in which we live on today. Jesus is the sacrifice and is himself the new covenant. It is in this new covenant that we find how all of God’s promises are yes and amen, it is through this covenant that we have been made holy and righteous without the need to offer animals and blood for the sins that we have committed as Christ has been once and for all the ultimate sacrifice for all the sins of mankind.
This covenant opens up so many possibilities for the future, not just for our own lineage, but, for all who will come from all the people of God across the earth. It gives us the freedom to stand together as Jews and Gentiles, yet all followers of Christ. It provides an avenue for us to converse and build together as one church and one body of Christ, all across countries and cultures.
Covenants open up so many opportunities for the future provided that we find ourselves part of these covenants, and it is up to us to stay faithful as we have a covenant-keeping God. We have to make sure we’re keeping up our end of the deal.
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