The Power of Grace Ministries

November 29

God is able to make a better covenant with us because of Jesus’ perfect work on the cross.

Hebrews 8:9
, 9 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the Lord.  

 

In my opinion Satan has done an excellent job of keeping the Old Covenant alive in the minds of Christians through the preached misunderstanding of the gospel of Christ and mixing in the Old Covenant with the New. Remember what Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 16:6 and Mark 8:15, “beware of the leaven of the Pharisees”. Jesus was not talking about bread, He was talking about legalism. In Luke 12:1, Jesus added in Herod along with the Pharisees’ leaven indicating we should also not mix the natural ways of life in with the spiritual truth. Any kind of legalistic teaching mixed in with the Gospel of Jesus Christ will spoil the entire Gospel. Paul tells us this in 1 Corinthians 5:6 and Galatians 5:9. “a little leaven leavens the whole lump”.

 

Legalism is not just following the Laws of the Old Testament either. Legalism is following a list of rules or doctrines of man in effort to be righteous or to receive from God. I hear Christians all the time who think they are walking by faith, talk about how they received a blessing from God “because they did something” to receive it. Here are some broad examples of legalism comments I have heard Christians use as if they are faith.

 

“I heard God challenge me to go preach the gospel in the street and I didn’t want to do it, but because I was obedient and did it anyway he opened this door for me”.
“God told me to do something a while back, but because I was timid and afraid to step out of my comfort zone when I needed a specific blessing He must have said no because of my disobedience”
“I was in a situation where I was heavily tempted and even told that I would be changed into a bad person over time, but because I held my faith God gave me the desires of my heart” 
“If I read and speak all of the healing scriptures over me, God will eventually give me my healing” 
“your obedience is required by God more than your faith”

I have heard well known TV preachers with entire teachings like “Seven things God wants from you to receive His blessings”, “Six things to do to receive your healing”, “Seven means complete in the bible, so here are the seven things you need to do to become complete in Him”. Anytime an action or list of actions are required before a blessing is to come are actually “cause and affect” legalisms and have nothing to do with faith. They put the hearer under such bondage that what little faith they may have is squelched and will feel rejected if they fail at any point. I have actually heard a preacher speak of his fear of flying to the point that as soon as the plane takes off until it lands, he is praying in tongues that the plane will not crash. That’s legalism; that’s bondage and has nothing to do with the New Covenant.

 

Hebrews 7-9 supports the truth of a New Covenant in that the first covenant was flawed because it all rested on mans actions and not on faith. The Old Covenant itself was flawless, but a covenant is only as good as the people on both sides of the covenant. God is perfect so His side of the covenant was upheld perfectly, but because of the imperfection of man he could never uphold his side of the covenant. Remember Hebrews 11:6, 6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.  To diligently seek God is where your reward will be, not in how good you are as a person.