Older, Old, New- Short Study of Covenant

Unfortunately we are the end of our study about the Old and New Covenants with Dee Gredler. I believe this one is the best because the New Covenant is the BEST. I can’t wait for you to dive in. Dee and I pray God through His Holy Spirit gives you a fresh new perspective about His great love and grace for you.

It's a new day in Christ Jesus.

Older, Old and
New – Part 3 of 3


God spoke through the prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel to tell Israel that one day He would put a
new covenant into effect.  Since God is all-knowing it wasn’t as if He one day decided that the Old Covenant just wasn’t doing the job.  So what was the purpose of the Old Covenant?


We saw last week that one of the purposes was to promote a lifestyle so distinct that the nations around Israel would be drawn to God and begin to follow Him.  It is clear from the history of Israel that the sins of the people kept others from seeking God.  But there were other reasons for the Old Covenant.  One of those reasons was so people would know what was sinful so they would avoid those things.  It also made it crystal clear that no matter how hard they tried they were going to sin.  And finally, it was to show them that since they were incapable of keeping the Law they had no choice but to be totally dependent on God and the future Savior that He had promised.  It
was only this Savior who could save them from their sins.


If you read through the promises connected with the New Covenant as laid out in Jeremiah and Ezekiel (Jeremiah 31:31-34;32:37-41; Ezekiel 11:17-21;36:24-30) you will see that the promises can be divided into two categories. These two categories involve physical promises (return to the land, abundance, peace) and spiritual promises having to do with their relationship with God (a new heart, a new spirit, the Holy Spirit, forgiveness and cleansing).  As we read through the New Testament we see that the fulfillment of the spiritual promises has occurred.  Because Jesus, the spiritual seed promised to Abraham, has arrived (Galatians 3:16) the Holy Spirit has been given to those who believe in Him.  They have also been forgiven and cleansed and now have the potential of becoming people who are of one mind and one spirit with God Himself.


But what about the physical promises of the land being returned to the nation of
Israel?  The book of Revelation, along with some of the Old Testament prophecies, tells us that when Jesus returns a second time Israel will be in their land to stay.


Where do we stand today in regards to these covenants?  The Old Covenant is no longer in effect.  The Abrahamic Covenant is still in effect and in fact its fulfillment is found in the New Covenant.  But the New Covenant does more than fulfill the Abrahamic Covenant.  It takes it from
a covenant available only to the physical descendants of Abraham and makes it available to anyone who wants to enter into the covenant.


But perhaps the most amazing thing the New Covenant does is to so fundamentally change God’s covenant partners that they are indwelt by God Himself.  And because of this their whole self (will, emotions, attitudes, physical responses, relationships) has the potential of experiencing being conformed to the very character of Jesus Christ.

Oldest, Old and New.  By the grace of God membership into the New Covenant is available to anyone who believes that Jesus has given Himself as the sacrifice for their sins and offers a life of love, joy, peace, gentleness, goodness, kindness and self-control to anyone who wants it.  I know I do.  Do you?






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