2017-07-13 / Worship

We must believe in God’s new covenant

(Hebrews 8: 8-13)

It is important for us to know all about the Old Testament way of life that explains how we came to be a part of this Earth and also what has transpired in mankind’s life over these many years. We need to know all about how sin against our creator, God, came into our being, causing us to be who we are: “A people overcome by sin in their lives that can doom them forever.”

But God, our creator, has given to us a new dispensation with a mediator who is able to become our Saviour through a new covenant with God’s only begotten Son, Jesus.

Hebrews 8:8-10 tells us about God’s new covenant that is greater than the Old Testament covenant. “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and Judah…not according to the covenant I made with their fathers when I took them out of Egypt… because they did not continue in the covenant…I regarded them not.” God says, “I will now put my laws in their hearts, and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people who shall know me from the least to the greatest.” This came to be true in the New Testament days when God gave His Son Jesus to be the Saviour for all of mankind, who would repent of their sins, and believe in Jesus as Saviour and Lord of their lives.

God says, “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness and their sins, and their iniquities will I remember no more.” (verse 12)

When did this happen for mankind? John 3:16, 17 tells us: “For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.”

God says in Hebrews 8:13 that “through the New Testament covenant He hath made the covenant of the Old Testament old and now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.” John 19:30 says, “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar He said, ‘It is finished.’” This means that God’s New Testament covenant for the hearts of mankind had been completed when Jesus drew his last breath and died on the cross for mankind’s sins. Three days later Jesus resurrected from the dead back to life to complete God’s new covenant that gives to us eternal life.

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