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7/11 Other Parts of the New Covenant with Jesus Christ

Welcome back!

So far in this part of our series on the Covenants of God, we have seen that is Covenant has its own blessings and curses.  We talked about the amazing gift of being ‘born again’.  We have a new standing with Father God, with dynamic rights and priviledges as His heir.  We laid out the positioin of our new Authority as we saw what the Covenant between Jehovah and Jesus Christ meant.

Now we return to actual Covenant terms, the sacrifice, the seal and the place where the Covenant was made a reality.

1.  The Sacrifice to Ratify the Agreement

The perfect life, death and resurrection of Jesus ushered in the new covenant under which we are justified by God’s grace and mercy — it is now possible to have the true forgiveness of sins. Jesus Himself is the Mediator of this better covenant between God and man (Hebrews 9:15). Jesus’ sacrificial death served as the oath, or pledge, which God made to us to seal this new covenant.

The broken Body and shed Blood of Jesus fulfils and completes all previous covenants sacrifices, Hebrews 9 and 10.  He now has a perfect, resurrected body, and sits at the right hand of the Father, making intercession for His people.

His blood is the most pure, holy, perfect and precious substance on Earth.  With His blood we are cleansed from sin, 1 John 1:7.  It justifies us, Romans 5:9, redeems and reconciles us, Ephesians 1:7, Romans 5:9-10.  It brings us peace, Collisions 1:20, Romans 3:25, and gives us access to God.  It acts on our conscience to purge it from sin, Hebrews 9:13.

Jesus’ blood sanctifies and gives us communion with God, Hebrews 13:12, 1 Corinthians 10:10.  It makes us priests and kings, Revelations 1:5, 5:9-10 and helps us to overcome Satan, Revelations 12:11.  His blood makes us perfect and gives eternal life, John 6:53-63, Hebrews 6:1-2, 7:11-19.  His Communion Table reminds us of these facts.

2.  The Seal of the Covenant

The Holy Spirit is the Seal for our New Covenant, Ephesians 1:13-13, 4:20, 2 Corinthians 1:22.  The Sign of the Covenant is our new language, Mark 16:15-20, Acts 2:1-4.

3.  The Mediator of the Covenant

The Person of Christ is our Mediator, our perfect, sinless High Priest, leading us into the priesthood of all believers, 1 Peter 2:5-9, Revelations 1:5-6, 5:9-10, 20:6.  God loves us as much as He does Jesus – our Intercessor!

The Epistle to the Hebrews gives the new covenant more attention than any other book in the New Testament. It quotes the entire passage from Jeremiah 31:31-34 (Heb. 8:8-12). Jesus is referred to by the writer of Hebrews as “the Mediator of the new covenant” (Hebrews 9:15; 12:24). The new covenant, a “better covenant … established on better promises” (Hebrews 8:6), rests directly on the sacrificial work of Christ.

The new covenant accomplished what the old could not, i.e., the removal of sin and cleansing of the conscience (Hebrews 10:2, 22). The work of Jesus Christ on the cross thus makes the old covenant “obsolete” (Hebrews 8:13) and fulfils the promise of the prophet Jeremiah.

4. The Mediator of the New Covenant:

On the ground of His shed blood, as the writer or Hebrews goes on to assert,

“He is the mediator of a new covenant, that a death having taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first covenant, they that have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance”. (Hebrews 9:15).

Thus Christ fulfils the type in a twofold way: He is the sacrifice upon which the covenant is based, whose blood ratifies it, and He is also, like Moses, the Mediator of the covenant. The death of Christ not only secures the forgiveness of those who are brought under the new covenant, but it was also for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant.

This implies that all the sacrifices gained their value by being ‘types of Christ’.  The forgiveness enjoyed by the people of God in former days was bestowed in virtue of the great Sacrifice to be offered in the fullness of time.

5.  The Place of the Covenant, the Holy Place

As all previous covenants were patterned after the heavenly sanctuary, Christ fulfils these patterns to become the perfect Tabernacle.  Because of His work, the believer can become part of God’s Temple on Earth.  As such, the Church becomes God’s dwelling place.

6.  The Oath of the covenant

The concept of a new covenant originated with the promise of Jeremiah that God would accomplish for His people what the old covenant had failed to do (Jeremiah 31:31-34; Hebrews 11:7-13). Under this new covenant, God would write His Law on human hearts.

God gave an oath to the unchangeable priesthood of the Messiah through the prophets in the OT.  Jesus was of the ‘order of Melchisedek’, with the power of an endless ministry, Heb. 7.  This eternal priesthood of Christ fulfils and abolishes the Aaronic priesthood with all their rules and duties, bringing in the priesthood of all Believers.

Unlike the Mosaic covenant, the new covenant of Jesus Christ is intended for all mankind — regardless of race. In the Great Commission Jesus sent His apostles into the entire world so they could tell the story of the cross (Luke 24:46-47; Matthew 28:18-20). The gospel call extends to every man and woman today!

We have covered a lot of territory in this covenant between Jehovah God and the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth.  To better understand the life and times of Jesus, we have added the well known movie on YouTube:  The Robe.

Then we head for a summary and conclusion for this Covenant as we look at the final and greatest Covenant of all: ‘The Everlasting Covenant’ which will carry us into eternity. 

Remember you are an eternal spirit being.  You will be with which ever master you have chosen on this earth time.  Will it be the Creator of Life and His Way with Jesus….or the enemy of all mankind?  I pray your choice with be the right One!

Susanne Fengler, Blog Author

www.hearinggod.mentorsnotebook.com/blog

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