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What is the New Covenant?
The meaning of the New Covenant is often debated. The New Covenant is often spoken about in the Christian faith. It often refers to the Promise God made to His believers, and is a message of security and hope. Others take the message of the New Covenant to mean that everything that is good and right in the world comes from God.
To understand the New Covenant, we must first understand Old Testament covenants. The Bible speaks of covenants beginning in Genesis when God makes a promise to Noah after the flood (Gen. 9). There is also the Mosaic Covenant found in Exodus between the nation of Israel and God when God promises to take care of the Israelites, and is based on the Laws of the Torah. The covenants found in the Old Testament of the Bible are often in reference to interactions humans have with one another (transactions, marriage, working as a priest, etc.), and was primarily based on how well the Israelites followed the Ten Commandments
The New Covenant in the New Testament
The word "covenant" takes on a new meaning in the New Testament; and this meaning is often debated. Many in the Christian faith interpret the New Covenant to represent God's Promise to humankind: we only need to sincerely believe in, and accept the Sacrifice Jesus made on the cross in order to be granted eternal salvation. Rather than us having to make sacrifices to be forgiven for our sins, now we only need to seek the forgiveness of God in prayer (Rom.5:1-2; 1 Jn.1:8-9).
Paul in the Book of Hebrews (chapter 8) states that God will make a "new covenant" with the people of Israel and Judah because they broke their part of the agreement with the old covenant and are NOT able to keep the commandments. Instead, God will make Himself known to all people by putting His law into their minds and writing it onto their hearts, thus introducing the concept of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, the chance for eternal salvation is granted to all people who believe and follow in God's ways.
How the New Covenant Differs from the Old
The New Covenant in the Bible offers people the chance to have a personal relationship with God through the Holy Spirit. It also offers the forgiveness of sins without making literal animal sacrifices. Another difference offered is not just the gift of eternal salvation (Rom.6:23; Eph.2:8), but the ultimate blessing of having a never-ending life that has a never-ending relationship with God.
Jesus fulfilled ALL the Commandments. Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. (KJV)
The new covenant contains our commandments from Jesus.
Matthew 22:36-40 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (KJV) . . . These commandments are summarized in one word: LOVE!
Jeremiah 31:31-33 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. (KJV)
Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. (KJV)
Luke 22:20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. (KJV)
1 Cor. 11:25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. (KJV)
Now that we are under the new covenant, we are NOT under the penalty of the Law. We are under grace (Rom.6:14-15). We are now given the opportunity to receive salvation as a FREE gift (Eph.2:8-9; Rom.6:23). Now, through the life-giving Holy Spirit who abides in all TRUE believers (Rom.8:9-11), we can share in the inheritance of Christ and enjoy a permanent, unbroken relationship with God. Hebrews 9:15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. (KJV)
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