The Daily Word of Righteousness

Fifty-two Kingdom Concepts, #52

This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. (Hebrews 8:10—NIV)

The New Covenant

I do not understand why the new covenant is not preached more often. In fact, I am not sure what we Christians are preaching. It appears we have made up a new kind of salvation that does not appear in the New Testament. Maybe this is what Paul meant by "another gospel."

The new covenant is found in the Book of Hebrews, quoting from the Old Testament where the new covenant is announced.

The first thing we notice is that the new covenant, the Christian covenant and the only Christian covenant, is made with the House of Israel and the House of Judah. The new covenant cannot possibly be made with a Gentile. We must become part of Jesus Christ if we would partake of the new covenant. Jesus Christ, and those who are an integral part of Him, whether Jewish or Gentile by race, are the true Israel of God.

Next we see that God was not pleased with the old covenant because the Israelites did not please God by their behavior. We Christians must come to understand the new covenant is not an alternative to keeping God's commandments; it is the wisdom and power to keep God's commandments.

The new covenant is this: "I will write My eternal moral law in their minds and in their hearts."

It is not the Law of Moses that is written in our mind and heart, it is the eternal moral law of God, of which the Law of Moses is an abridged, covenantal version.

The moral law is written in our mind so we can understand it, and in our heart so we have a desire to obey it. "I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your law is within my heart."

Actually, Jesus Christ is the moral law of God made flesh. As He is written in our mind and heart, the law of God is written in our mind and heart.

When we eat the flesh of Christ and drink His blood we are taking into our personality the law of God.

The end result of the new covenant is that we become the personification of the law of God. The new Jerusalem, the glorified Church, is the highest form of the law of God, and is the covenant of God with saved mankind.

As we follow the Holy Spirit He writes the law in our mind and heart one small line at a time. Line upon line; command upon command; the law is created in our personality. This is the new covenant.

We are to be living epistles that everyone can read.

The Lord Jesus Christ is the Word of God, the Epistle of God made flesh. We are the flesh being made the Word of God.

When we are born again the Word of God is born in us. If we follow the Holy Spirit He will cause that which has been born in us to increase until it transforms all that we think; all that we say; all that we do.

To be continued.