This new covenant we have today is based on God’s desire to have a personal relationship with His children. The Old Covenant was a religion with the purpose of pointing people to Christ. The New Covenant is all about relationship with Him.
Hebrews 8:10-13, 10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 11 None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. 12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more." 13 In that He says, "A new covenant," He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.
As covered in the previous study where Jeremiah 31:31-34 was looked at, Hebrews 8:10-13 is a conformation of that prophetic word spoken by Jeremiah. Remembering that those who have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior are spiritually a part of Israel and therefore the blessings promised to Israel are for us as well. Also, for God to place His laws in our hearts and minds we must first have a revelation of who He is and then begin a relationship with Him. The most difficult thing for people to overcome which keeps them from developing a relationship with God, is the remembrance of their own sins and shortcomings. As we grow in understanding of His love for us we begin to see and believe verses like Psalms 103:12 where we read that He has removed our transgressions as far as the east is to the west. The truth of this is the east and west will never come together, hence our transgressions will never come back against us if we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Psalms 103:12, Jeremiah 31:34, and Hebrews 8:12 are all saying the same thing; it is God’s mercy toward us and our “faith” in Jesus’ perfect work that has cleansed man from his inequities. Nowhere can we see our efforts as accountable for anything.
I tell people there is often as much truth in what is not mentioned in the bible as there is in the words we can read. Hebrews 8:13 is bringing a revelation of the hidden truth from Jeremiah 31:31. God told the Jews in Jeremiah 31:31 in those days He would have a New Covenant with them. In Hebrews 8:13 God reveals the true revelation in that there would not be a New Covenant if the Old were still valid and fruitful. We must remember that unlike man, God does everything for a purpose. The purpose of the Old Covenant was twofold. From our study of Exodus and Leviticus we see where the children of Israel did not want to hear directly from God, but preferred Moses to go to God and they would follow whatever God demanded of them. This was actually a grandiose comment in telling God they were capable of doing whatever He asked. The Laws of Moses and the Prophets were so strict that the harder a person tried, the more hopeless they would become at fulfilling the Laws. This would cause the true seeker to cry out to God for mercy. Their cry for mercy would be the opening to a relationship with God. Except for those Christians born into a Christian home and raised to understand God and His love for man, most people come to God in a time of need with Hope of His mercy to help them. The Old Covenant was more of a spiritual corral then it was a means to receive from God. The New Covenant is about receiving from God by faith as Abraham did except we now have the bold of Jesus to stand on whereas Abraham didn’t.
On a side note I have heard pastors make the statement that we can still fall today, because if Adam fell we can fall too. The flaw making that statement is; Adam didn’t have the blood of Jesus to stand on like Christians do today, all he has was himself.
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