Text:-the time is coming…when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt (Jeremiah 31:31-32)
Covenant is an agreement usually between two or more people to do or not to do specific things. Biblically speaking, covenant implies the conditional promises God made with humanity as revealed in the Scriptures. The conditional promises are categorized under the Old Covenant and the New Covenant
The Old Covenant refers to the covenant God made with the people of Israel at Sinai after their deliverance from the Egyptian bondage (Exodus 19:5-20:22-23). In the Old Covenant which was sealed with the blood of animals, God promised to be the God of the Israelites, protect them from any harm and also bless them richly, provided they obey the terms of the covenant which required them to serve and obey the almighty God. However, the Israelites violated the terms of the covenant, and thereby forfeited God’s favour and protection.
The New Testament, on the other hand is a promise of redemption by God to people as individuals rather than as a nation, and on, the basis of God’s grace rather than a person’s adherence to the law”. The mediator of the New covenant is the Lord Jesus Christ. He did this through His shed blood on the cross. The New covenant is superior to the Old Covenant because of the defect. Of the old covenant (Hebrew 8:7) the New covenant goes beyond the nation Israel to all mankind in that, henceforth, God’s laws would be written in the heart of the individuals. In other word, it would become inner principles that mankind would be delighted to obey without being forced to do by any one. The New covenant offers a new way of forgiveness and no longer, through animal sacrifices, but through faith in Christ’s atonement. The New covenant affords us a new intimate fellowship with God whereby we are called His children and He our God.
The New covenant then, is that of grace through, Jesus Christ. Returning to the Old covenant means recourse to what is no longer effective (Heb. 8:7) this is because it is in the New Covenant that the Old covenant is fulfilled and its purpose achieved.
Since in Christ Jesus we have a new and better covenant, let us hold fast to Him (Jesus Christ) who is able to save us from eternal damnation, by having sincere heart, unwavering faith, and a heart set free from sin, bearing in mind that God is not interested in those who pull out from following Christ, but those who persevere into salvation (Heb. 10:3-39)
Once only once, and once for all
His precious life he gave
Before the cross our spirits full
And own it strong to save.
A & M 398 verse I
The Very Revd Adewale Adebiyi Ph.D