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The new covenant

Bro. David Chancellor
6/26/2011 6:00 PM

Jeremiah 31:31-34

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that 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 that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord:  But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.  And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

This tells of the new covenant.  God was looking forward to the day when the new covenant would be made.

The Israelites broke the ten commandments before they made it to the bottom of the mountain.  They broke the covenant many times.  “…which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord.” God took care of them.  Everything they needed was provided, even though they didn’t appreciate it.  They wanted something other than what God provided for them.

“But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law int heir inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.” This shows the problem with the old covenant.  It was externally applied and often broken.  The new covenant made a change in their relationship with God. “But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” Under this covenant, you personally know God and the law of God is put within you.  The problem of sin is addressed.

Under the Old Testament, there was a yearly remembrance of sin.  It rolled sin forward until Jesus came and it wasn’t remembered anymore.  The new covenant far exceeds the old.

Psalm 37:27-31

Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.  For the Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.  The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.  The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.  The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.

God has to deliver us from the evil. “Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.” God won’t forsake his people. “For the Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.”  It may appear that the wicked will win out, but they won’t.  God knows who belongs to him, and he won’t forsake them.  If we stay with God, he will stay with us.  We need God to put wisdom in our mouths.

“The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment. The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.” We want to have good direction in our lives.  The wicked slips and goes astray.  We don’t want to stray from God.  Keep the things of God in  your heart.

Isaiah 51:7-8

 Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.  For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool: but my righteousness shall be for ever, and my salvation from generation to generation.

“Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law…” If you would be righteous, have the law of God within. “…fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.” We may experience the reproach of men. “For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool: but my righteousness shall be for ever, and my salvation from generation to generation.” The world is not a lasting thing.  The position people take against us won’t last.  Be most concerned about following God.  There will be some reproach to face.  Keep what God has put in your heart.  His righteousness is lasting.  Be true to God in the face of difficult things.

Romans 2:12-16

For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;  (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.  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;)  In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

“For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law … in the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.” Whether you’ve heard the gospel or not, you will give account to God.  Sin will be answered for.  God knows what you know and that is what you will give account for.

This explains Paul’s missionary drive – that people know there is an answer for their sin in Jesus.  We need to share the word, too.  Knowledge brings responsibility.  The ones that do are the ones that are saved.  “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.” When the law is written in us, we won’t do things based only on what we’ve been taught.  God puts his law within and it begins to work on our conscience to help us to do what is right.  Your conscience needs to be trained by God’s Holy Spirit.  What is shown to you should be acted upon.

We need the Spirit of God to direct our conscience.  God will judge some things.  We need within what makes us right with God and helps us walk in the way he’d have us go.

Hebrews 10:14-22

For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.  Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,  This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;  And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.  Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.  Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,  By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;  And having an high priest over the house of God;  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

Jesus offered himself once and is set down on the right hand of God.  He did the work to purify our hearts.  The Holy Ghost is a witness to us. “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.” The Spirit of God writes the law of God in our hearts.  He gives us what is needed to keep his law.  He fills our hearts with love.

“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus.” We can enter into the holiest.  We can go where God is. “By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh.” Jesus made the way for us.  We can know God and God claims us.

“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.” It affects us inside and out.  It will be practiced by us as we walk each day with God.  The Spirit of God is what makes the new covenant so much better than the old.  We can have victory in Jesus. “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith…”

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