A NEW COVENANT 05/01/2019

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A New Covenant

"This is the covenant that I will make with them after those

days, says the Lord: l will put My laws into their hearts, and in

their minds l wilt write them,” then He adds, "Their sins and

their lawless deeds l will remember no more"

(Hebrews 10:16, 17).

 

 Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34 and Matthew 26:26-29

Objectives:  To assimilate the essential truth and power of the new covenant and to be able to present it to others.

Introduction: Jesus came to set us free from sin (john 8:34-36; Luke 4:18-19). His earthly ministry culminated in His death, followed by His resurrection and sending of the Holy Spirit. At the Last Supper, before Jesus was led away to face crucifixion, He explained what His imminent death, resurrection, and sending of the Spirit meant. Raising the cup of wine, He said, "Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins" (Matthew 26:27b, 28). The new covenant sets us free from sin.

Jesus’ teaching about His death and resurrection has its antecedents in the Old Testament. in fact, the new covenant was promised to a sinful nation, Israel. The Israelites had failed to obey the righteous commandments of God (old covenant) because of their sinful nature (Ezekiel 36:25-27; Jeremiah 31:31-34). ,

Through Israel’s history, we witness that humanity is incapable of being holy and eradicating sin through self-effort. Even when people have tried to obey the entire old covenant, they have failed because they lacked the supernatural power needed to change the sinful human heart — the only way to holiness resulting in obedience. Israel’s zealous, stringent efforts (at times) to establish her own righteousness couldn't save her from sin, for the Israelites were sinners by nature (Romans 3:9, 10; 10:1-4).

By viewing Israel's history, we see that true righteousness and freedom from sin must come from outside a human being: through the power of God, not from within. The Bible tells us that "all have sinned" (Romans 3:23a), that obedience to a righteous law, while admirable, is unsustainable without God. This is because of our common inner propensity of sin (Romans 3:20; Ephesians 2:1 -3).

After the Israelites repeatedly exhibited their inherent sinfulness and inability to change themselves (as the old covenant itself predicted in Deuteronomy 32), God promised a new covenant: a relationship with humanity unlike the covenant He made with the Israelites when He brought them out of Egypt and gave them a set of laws to obey, which proved ineffective in curing humanity's natural problem with sin ~ (Jeremiah 31:31-34; Deuteronomy 30:1-6).

After Israel was promised a new covenant, her prophets began to include all nations in God's plan to covenant anew with humanity (Isaiah 11:10; 19:24, 25; 42:6, 7, 56:3-8; Hosea 2:23; Amos 9:12; Zephaniah 3:9, 10; Zechariah 14:16-19; Malachi 1:11). That the nations would rejoice with God's people was predicted all the way back in Deuteronomy 32:43. This is good news because ail people need to be saved from the nature we inherited from Adam.

The good news is that Jesus has come to set us free from sin by fulfilling the new covenant. This brings not only forgiveness of sins but also a re-created nature - a new heart in which God reigns and holiness, rather than sin, is desired (Hebrews 10:16, 17; Ezekiel 36:25-27; Jeremiah 31:31—34;John 8:34-36; Romans 2:29; 2 Corinthians 3:6).

 

 Questions for Study and Discussion

 

I What are two primary facets of the new covenant? Jeremiah 31 :31 – 34

 

2 Is John 3:16 in line with the promise of the new covenant, explained by the prophets as extending to all nations? How is this different from the old covenant?

 

3 What did Paul say he never shunned to declare? Acts 20:27. What did he say we're ministers of in 2 Corinthians 3:5, 6? What's the objective of this ministry?

4 What comes first: forgiveness or obedience? i Corinthians i5:10, 11; Ephesians 2:8-10?

 

5 If God's new covenant is forgiveness of sins by Christ, and empowering obedience by the Spirit, is a mark of covenant relationship with God good works and progressively sinless behavior?

 

Conclusion: Jesus came to earth to set us free from sin, and He promises that He makes us free if we abide in Him. The new covenant is the forgiveness of sins and the power to live holy lives. Jesus announced this new covenant at His Last Supper, then He died and was raised to life as its commencement. To confirm the covenant, the Spirit was poured out on the church (Acts 2). Therefore, if we are in true covenant with God through faith in Christ, we are forgiven of sin — set free — and being sanctified by His Spirit.

 

Application: Pick a day this week to practice presenting the basic truth of the new covenant with someone.   


3 Replies | Last update 2019-01-11
2018-12-30   #1

You can dowload the Offline copy of  Lesson 1 in the  New Pamphlet of Transforming Vision into Reality part 9: CHRIST AND COVENENT

A New Covenant.pdf


2018-12-31   #2

How can one download it. I mean what are the steps and procedures.

2019-01-11   #3

Reply to #2 @georgee :

Click on the PDF below or on the title below

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