Under the New Covenant (or New Agreement), I am given the opportunity to receive salvation as a free gift. “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.” (Ephesians 2:8–9).
That is some very, very stunning news. God is good, all the time. He has an agreement with me. It is all His doing but I’ve got it in writing. It is signed, sealed and delivered by the blood of King Jesus on the cross. It is a blood covenant.
My responsibility is to exercise faith in the Messiah, the One who fulfilled the Law on our behalf and brought an end to the Law’s sacrifices through His own sacrificial death.
The superior blessings of the new covenant — God’s grace, mercy and complete forgiveness
Through the life-giving Holy Spirit who lives in all believers , I share in the inheritance of the Messiah and enjoy a permanent, unbroken relationship with God. God has shown me grace, mercy and complete forgiveness.
Now that is some VERY good news.
- Romans 8:9-11 — However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of the Messiah, he does not belong to Him. If the Messiah is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised the Messiah Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
- Hebrews 12:24 — And to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.
- Hebrews 8:12 — “For I will be merciful to their iniquities, And I will remember their sins no more.”
- 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.
- Jeremiah 31:34 — “They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the Lord, “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”
- Romans 11:27 — “This is My covenant with them, When I take away their sins.”
- Hebrews 10:17 — “And their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
What is a covenant?
A covenant (διαθήκη diathēkē) is an agreement or contract between two parties. In the scriptures, it is between God and His people or certain specific individuals. The fulfilment of God’s purposes of salvation expressed in the covenants (διαθήκη diathēkē) of the scriptures, mediated by Jesus the Messiah and sealed in his blood.
It is a covenant of grace, the benefits of which include forgiveness, a renewed relationship with God and, through the Holy Spirit, an inward transformation that enables obedience to its demands and so ensures that it will not again be broken.
Jesus the Messiah, the new covenant sealed in Jesus blood — Blood was an important element in sealing the Sinaitic covenant.
And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.
The New Covenant (or New Agreement) is the promise that God makes with humanity that He will forgive sin and restore fellowship with those whose hearts are turned toward Him. Jesus the Messiah is the mediator of the New Agreement, and His death on the cross is the basis of the promise (Luke 22:20). The New Agreement was predicted while the Old Agreement was still in effect — the prophets Moses, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel all allude to the New Agreement.