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The New Covenant
The Last Will And Testiment
The word "covenant" is that of a "testament" or a will. Thus, we get the term "Last Will and Testament". It's a binding contract of inheritance to the beneficiaries of that covenant.
The reason we have the "Old Testament (or Covenant)" and the "New Testament (or Covenant)" is because one is made obsolete and is superseded by the One Who created them. The Old Testament is that of Mosaic Law. Followers of God were made beneficiaries of that covenant by keeping the Law. However, even then people could not keep the Law; therefore, once a year they would sacrifice the most perfect lamb they could find by shedding its blood on the altar. This would "pass over" their sins to the next year. This became known as the Jewish feast of Passover. However, the sins of the people were NOT erased! They longed for and awaited the coming of the Lamb of God, their Messiah, Who would take away the sins of the world.
Jesus Christ was and is that promised Lamb of God, the Messiah, Who gave His life on the cross for the remission of sins! Did you know He died on Passover? AMEN! Because He came to fulfill and complete the Old Covenant through His death and resurrection, the New Covenant made the Old obsolete, superseding it with the grace of God! How do we now receive forgiveness of our sins? By accepting His sacrifice as truth, thanking Him for His grace and receiving His Spirit to dwell in us and live through us until He comes to take us home! Without acceptance of His sacrifice, we are not heirs or beneficiaries of the kingdom of God! Likewise, the Bible says that if we continue living under the Old Covenant, we must keep every Law and will be judged according to our deeds at the end of the age. We will have rejected the very One worthy to erase our sins. In other words, by keeping the Old Covenant, we NULLIFY the NEW!! If we live under the New Covenant, the Old is NULLIFIED!! Praise God!
The rest of this hub is to fill you with the Word of God, confirming this truth so you don't believe the oppressive spirit that seeks to keep you enslaved to the Law of Moses, when under the New Covenant, there is no Law and you have LIBERTY (freedom from the Law and its curse) in Jesus Christ!!
Definition of Covenant (Greek)
COVENANT: Greek word diatheke (dee-ath-ay’-kay; from diatithemai (dee-at-ith’-em-ahee); to put apart, i.e. (figurateively) dispose (by assignment, compact or bequest):-appoint, make, testator); a disposition, i.e. (specifically) a contract (especially a devisory will):-covenant, testament.
Dispose: to transfer to the control of another <disposing of personal property to a total stranger> b (1): to get rid of <how to dispose of toxic waste> (2): to deal with conclusively <disposed of the matter efficiently>
Bequest: an inheritance (to bequest an inheritance)
Devise: to plan to obtain or bring about (devising a will)
The New Covenant In His Blood
Matthew 26:28, Mark 14:24; Luke 22:20; 1 Cor 11:25 confirm Jesus saying, “For this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.”
Luke 16:16 “The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John; since that time the gospel of the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it.”
Acts 13:38-39 “Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses.”
Matthew 22:35-40 “And one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, ‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?’ And He said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment.”
Romans 13:8-10 “Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the Law.”
2 Corinthians 3:5b-6 “Our adequacy is from God, who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter, but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”
Galatians 5:14, 18, 22-23 “For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” “But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.” “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no Law.”
Galatians 6:2 “Bear one another’s burdens, and thus fulfill the Law of Christ.”
Hebrews 7:22 “so much the more also Jesus has become a guarantee of a better covenant.”
Hebrews 8:8 "But God found fault with the people and said: 'The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.'"
Hebrews 9:15 "For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance."
Hebrews 12:24 "You have come to Jesus, who brings the new promise from God, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better message than Abel's."
James 2:8, 12 “If, however, you are fulfilling the royal Law, according to the Scripture, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself,’ you are doing well.”
For more on the Law of the Spirit, bearing the fruit of the Spirit, which is MOST IMPORTANT to our Lord, I invite you to read my hub Will He Know You?
Justified by Grace through Faith
Romans 2:29 “But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God.”
Romans 3:21-25a But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith.”
Romans 6:14; 22-23 “For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under Law, but under grace." “But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 7:4-6 “Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, that we might bear fruit for God.” “But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.”
Romans 8:2-4 “For the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the Law of sin and of death. For what the law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”
Galatians 2:16 “nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law shall no flesh be justified.”
Definition of Grace through Faith
Ephesians 2:8-9 state, "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast."
Did you know the word grace is written over 300 times in the New Testament?! WOW! It's consistent meaning is as follows:
GRACE: Greek word charis (khar’-ece); [from chairo (khah’-ee-ro); a primitive verb; to be “cheer”ful, i.e. calmly happy or well-off; impers. Espec. as salutation (on meeting or parting), be well:-farewell, be glad, God speed, greeting, hail, joy (-fully), rejoice]; graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act (abstr. Or concr.; lit., figl or spiritual: espec. the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude):-acceptable, benefit, favor, gift, grace (-ious), joy liberality, pleasure, thank (-s, -worthy).
Did you know the word faith is used over 1,000 times throughout the Bible? It's consistent meaning is as follows:
FAITH: Greek word pistis (pis’-tis); persuasion, credence; conviction (of religious teacher), reliance upon Christ for salvation; constancy in such profession; the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself:-assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity. From peitho (pi’-tho) to convince (by argument, true or false); to pacify or conciliate (by other fair means); to assent (to evidence or authority), to rely (by inward certainty):-agree, assure, believe, have confidence, be (was) confident, make friend, obey, persuade, trust, yield.
Exhortation to the Church
Romans 14:17 “For God's kingdom does not consist of food and drink, but of righteousness, peace, and joy produced by the Holy Spirit.”
2 Corinthians 3:12-14 “Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance was fading away. But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away."
Hebrews 12:21 While “Moses said, ‘I am full of fear and trembling’, ’ Romans 8:15 states “For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a Spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, ‘Abba! Father!”
Galatians 4:9 “But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things [the Law], to which you desire to be enslaved all over again?”
Galatians 5:1 “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery [the Law].”
Colossians 2:16-17 “Therefore let no one act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day—things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ." For those of you that don't know this, the Colossians were Gentiles who did not observe food, drink festivals, new moons or Sabbaths (Col 1:27 "to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.")
Hebrews 14:5 "One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind."
Colossians 2:20-23 “If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as ‘Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!’ (which all refer to things destined to perish with the using)-in accordance with the commandments and teachings of men? These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence.”
Don't Take Grace for Granted!
Jude 1:4 "For some people have slipped in among you unnoticed. They were written about long ago as being deserving of this condemnation because they are ungodly. They turn the grace of our God into uncontrollable lust and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus the Messiah."
Romans 14:1-2 "Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions. One man has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats vegetables only." vs. 14 "I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but to him who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean." vs. 20 "Do not tear down the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are clean, but they are evil for the man who eats and gives offense." vs. 23 "But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin."
Titus 3:9 ”But shun foolish controversies and genealogies and strife and disputes about the Law; for they are unprofitable and worthless.”
Peace Unto You!
1 Corinthians 15:56-57 “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the Law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Galatians 2:19-21 “For through the Law I died to the Law, that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me. I do not nullify the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.”
Hebrews 13:20-21 “Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
For assurance of your salvation into the New Covenant, please read my hub Come to JESUS: Salvation
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