Living Under the Correct Covenant (Part 5)
1 Jul 2018
If we are struggling unsuccessfully to see manifestations in our lives, it may be because we are living under the wrong agreement with God. A lack of understanding on our part may cause us to make the wrong assumptions about what He is like and what we can expect from Him. There is a major difference between the old and new covenants, and we must be careful not to live according to the old, expired relationship with God. To get our prayers answered and walk in His blessings, we must know which covenant is now in force. Trying to get the old covenant to pass will do no good. Under the current covenant of grace, God has spoken the blessings He intends for His people to receive, and He is obligated to bring them to pass. We are now under this new covenant, which means we are operating under His grace.
- Sin dominated the people under the law, but the law has given way to grace.
- For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace (Romans 6:14).
- If sin still dominates our lives, it is because we are still trying to live under the old covenant of the law. Under the new covenant, sin no longer has the power to dominate us.
- The new covenant is based on God’s love. It is not based on earthly bloodlines like the old covenant with Abraham; neither is it based on the performance required by the Law of Moses.
- Under the new covenant, we become new creations in Christ when we believe God.
- Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world(Ephesians 2:11, 12).
- Gentiles were not included under the Law of Moses, only Jews.
- Without a covenant, we are without Christ. An agreement with God gives us hope; therefore, we must be sure to live under the correct one.
- We now have a better agreement, which is based on our belief, not our performance.
- But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more (Hebrews 8:6-12).
- The “better covenant” is a comparison between the covenant of grace and the covenant of the law. The “first covenant” referred to the law and the Ten Commandments .
- The old covenant’s only fault was that it was too perfect for man to keep.
- Under the new covenant, God’s law of love is written in people’s hearts.
- Mercy is when we do not receive the bad we deserve. God shows us mercies every day.
- They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness (Lamentations 3:23).
- We must believe the promise of mercy and forgiveness God makes to us.
- It will not be like the covenant that I made with their forefathers on the day when I grasped them by the hand to help and relieve them and to lead them out from the land of Egypt, for they did not abide in My agreement with them, and so I withdrew My favor and disregarded them, says the Lord… When God speaks of a new [covenant or agreement], He makes the first one obsolete (out of use). And what is obsolete (out of use and annulled because of age) is ripe for disappearance and to be dispensed with altogether (Hebrews 8:9, 13, AMPC).
- The new covenant was designed so that man’s faithfulness and his ability to keep his part of the agreement did not determine whether God could do His part and bless the people.
- The new agreement is based on our belief, not our behavior.
- The law is now out of use because it did its job at the time it was appointed to be in force. That time is now past.
- The law was only to be in effect until Jesus came. We are now in the age of grace.
- The law is only valid for those who have not been born again.
- There are still people today trying to mix grace with the law, with no effect. This is like trying to put new wine into old wineskins (Matthew 9:17; Mark 2:22; Luke 5:37).
- Jesus Christ has shifted the emphasis from living by self-effort to living in love.
- For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another (Romans 2:14, 15).
- The Gentiles lived by the law of the conscience, written in their hearts. They knew, by heart, the difference between right and wrong. By comparison, the Jews lived by the Law of Moses.
- Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the Lord(Leviticus 18:5).
- A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another(John 13:34).
- The church is under the law of love. Love fulfills all the law and liberates us.
- If what we do offends or hurts someone else, we violate the royal law of love.
- If we do not value and respect ourselves, we cannot value or respect others. When our thoughts are twisted and we feel devalued, Jesus is always here for us.
- O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him (Psalm 34:8).
- Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).
- So also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him (Hebrews 9:28, NLT).
- Jesus has already dealt with our sins.
- God forgave all our sins up to the point when we believed. After that, He stopped counting and recording them entirely.
Ephesians 2:11, 12
Romans 2:14, 15
Hebrews 8:9, 13, AMPC
Hebrews 9:28, NLT