Living Under the Correct Covenant (Part 6)

by Creflo Dollar | 8 Jul 2018

Summary

Now that we are under the new covenant of grace, we have been delivered from the Law of Moses. The knowledge of this radically impacts our lives on every level. Under grace, we are free from the constant requirements of self-effort that the law demands. This freedom stems from the knowledge that God always keeps His promises to us, and that He will do whatever He says He will do. Unlike the old agreement, the new covenant allows us to be blessed based on our status as born-again new creations in Christ. It is not about anything we do, but rather our decision to receive what Jesus has already done by faith. When religion says “do,” Christianity says “done;” we are liberated when we believe this.
  1. The law was too perfect to keep, so Jesus came and gave mankind a better covenant.
    1. 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 (Hebrews 8:6-9).
      1. We know that we are still under the old covenant of the law if we find ourselves trying to do something to get God to bless us.
      2. Under grace, we believe Jesus, first, and then the Holy Spirit will supply us with the details of what to do next.
      3. Our actions are born from our beliefs. Under the new covenant, the Holy Spirit, not us, governs our beliefs.
      4. Most churches still teach old covenant law. This confuses us into thinking we must earn God’s blessings.
    2. 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. In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away (Hebrews 8:10-13).
      1. We must not make the mistake of thinking that we have no more laws under grace, because we do. We now live under the law of love.
      2. 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).
      3. If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well (James 2:8).
      4. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed (James 1:25).
      5. No part of the new agreement works without faith.
      6. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith (Romans 3:27).
      7. God’s mercy to our unrighteousness and His decision to forget our sins are the keys that unlock the entire new agreement.
  1. Unlike the old agreement, the new covenant is not based on our performance.
    1. 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(Hebrews 8:9, AMPC).
      1. The new covenant was deliberately designed so that man’s faithfulness would not be an issue. This was a big problem under the old covenant, because the people’s behavior determined God’s ability to bless them.
      2. The old covenant was between God and mankind. The new covenant is between God and the man, Jesus; we are the beneficiaries if we believe in Jesus.
      3. We are now blessed through Christ, when we have faith in Him.
      4. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me (Philippians 4:13).
      5. Jesus was the Son of God, but the Son of God became the son of man so that the sons of men could become sons of God.
      6. Jesus, who had never sinned, became sin so that mankind, who had never been righteous, could become righteous.
    2. 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).
      1. Sin is a non-issue with God, but religious people make it a major issue. This is because they do not understand the new agreement.
    3. 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 8:13, AMPC).
      1. The old covenant came to an end at Jesus’ crucifixion and death, when the veil was ripped from top to bottom. The age of grace began at that point.
  1. Grace has transformed the “do” that religion tells us to the “done” that God tells us.
    1. Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers (1 Timothy 1:9).
      1. There were no Christians in the Old Testament, and everyone was expected to live by the law. By comparison, today’s new covenant of grace is for born-again Christians.
      2. Those who have been declared righteous because of their belief in Jesus are no longer to live by the law. However, the law is still valid today for unbelievers.
    2. But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him (1 John 2:27).
      1. Under the new covenant, the Holy Spirit teaches us what we need to know. We still need teachers, but only those who are not deceived.
      2. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come (John 16:13).
      3. The Holy Spirit living in us will change us, so that we will not want to continue sinning like before.
      4. God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?...What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid (Romans 6:2, 15).
      5. If we have been born again, God considers us holy. He is no longer keeping a record of our sins or imputing them against us.
      6. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin (Romans 4:8).
      7. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit (Romans 8:1).
      8. Under the new covenant, the righteousness we have from God is something we never lose, regardless of our actions. Grace delivers us from the bondage of the law.
      9. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (2 Corinthians 3:17).

Scripture References

Hebrews 8:6-13

1 Timothy 1:9

John 13:34

1 John 2:27

James 2:8

John 16:13

James 1:25

Romans 3:27

Hebrews 8:9, 13, AMPC

Philippians 4:13

Hebrews 9:28, NLT

Romans 6:2, 15

Romans 4:8

Romans 8:1

2 Corinthians 3:17