For hundreds of years this wonderful promise given through the prophets about the blessings of The New Covenant made to restored Israel had been forgotten.
THE NEW COVENANT OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST
The promise, given through the prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel had been made SPECIFICALLY TO ISRAEL. These promises specifically concern what God will do the Israel nation when Jesus returns to earth.
God , in that day will fill every redeemed Israeli heart with an intimate knowledge of and a fellowship with the Lord Jesus. Every Israeli heart will one day be filled with a desire to do God’s will.
READINGS – from the Prophet Jeremiah and Ezekiel
Jer 31:31 to 34 –
Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah– 32 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. 33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34 No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”
Ezek 36: 26 to 34 – Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah– 32 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. 33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34 No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”
This promise of the New Covenant had been forgotten for hundreds of years. Forgotten, until the night of the last supper that Our Lord Jesus had with his disciples before he suffered. As he offered the wine to them , the Lord spoke these words to them ……..
Matt 26: 28 – this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 29 But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”
As the Lord Jesus spoke these words to his apostles he established the New Covenant with His blood to His Church. We the church can now have a preliminary foretaste of the blessings of the new covenant that will one day be fulfilled completely to the Nation of Israel. Today is the age of the new covenant.
In the New Covenant the Lord’s special grace is poured out to us his redeemed sons and daughters who make up his church.
You see, the bible tells us that when Jesus enters our lives, MANY THINGS HAPPEN….
The New Covenant given to us is so wonderful – and sometimes we don’t realize the power and blessing we have because of the New Covenant Jesus has purchased for us with His precious blood. Because we do not fully realise what is our inheritance in Christ, sometimes we are satisfied living sub-standard spiritual lives.
A New Disposition To Righteousness
TO US WHO ARE SAVED AND BORN AGAIN, GOD HAS MADE HIS REQUIREMENTS THE INSTINCTIVE DESIRE OF OUR REDEEMED HEARTS!
IN THE NEW COVENANT GOD GIVES US A NEW DISPOSITION; A NEW SET OF DESIRES. WE ARE GIVEN A NEW INCLINATION TOWARDS RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT WE DON’T WORK FOR, BUT WE MERELY HAVE RECEIVED – THAT WE CAN CLAIM AND LIVE IN ON AN ONGOING BASIS. WE ARE ALSO GIVEN A NEW DYNAMIC POWER TO CARRY THROUGH THOSE DESIRES!
In the New Covenant, God places us INTO CHRIST to such a degree that we are completely identified with Jesus. Because of this identification with Christ – we have a NEW SET OF DESIRES. These new desires are POWERFUL because we have the power of the Life Giving Spirit of Jesus Christ.
The New Covenant is The Basis of All Spiritual Life
The new covenant is the basis of all spiritual life. Because we have the blessings of the New Covenant:
- our sins can be forgiven
- Our conscience can have peace.
- Because we have the New Covenant we can obey God and do what He pleases.
- Because we have the new covenant we can have direct fellowship with God
- Because we have the new covenant we can have a deep inward knowledge of Him.
Without the New Covenant we would have no confidence that our sins are forgiven. It would be difficult for us to obey God and do His will or to have anything deeper than an external and ordinary fellowship with God. But, praise God, we have the new covenant! And this new covenant is a covenant which He has established. Therefore, we can rest upon and rejoice in this covenant.
IN THIS NEW COVENANT We Are Blessed With So Much
(1) blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ (Eph 1: 3)
(2 ) We are complete in Him…..
Col 2: 9, 10 – For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him
(3) In The new Covenant we are infused wuth Jesus very own nature ….
2 Pet 1:4 – ( To us) has been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be PARTAKERS OF THE DIVINE NATURE, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
(4) In The New Covenant we have received Christ’s fulness and grace.…
John 1: 16, 17 – And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
WHEN WE BEGIN TO SEE THE DIVINE REALITIES THAT GOD HAS PLACED AT OUR DISPOSAL …… WOW! OUR LIVES CAN REALLY CHANGE!
God’s LAWS WRITTEN ON OUR HEARTS
Instead of God writing a ” rule book, manual” ( Tablets of stone) ,, God NOW writes His requirements in our hearts!
Jer 31:33 – “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
2 Cor 3:3 – you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.
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