“For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another.”
~ Hebrews 8:7
The reason very little is taught in The Bible about The New Covenant and why there are so many confusing teachings and misunderstandings concerning The New Covenant is because of the lingering Old Covenant that was still in place during the transitioning years between The Cross and The Temples destruction.
~ In 30 A.D. Jesus prophesied The Temple, The Teachers of The Law and The City’s destruction to come within “That Generation.” Christ’s Prophecy, that undoubtedly played a part in the priests wanting to see him crucified, accurately came to pass just as he said it would 40 years later in 70 A.D., within one biblical generation of him saying it.
~ In the years between His prophecy, The Cross and the final removal of that Old Covenant that consisted of The Jewish Nation’s complete adherence to The Law, all of the New Testament was written. Including Revelation that was John’s foretelling of The Temple and The City’s nearing destruction.
~ The final removal of The Temple and The priesthood who rallied the people against Jesus and to “Crucify Him” was, in fact, the event that made The Old Covenant obsolete.
~ The Holy Spirit that came upon the people at Pentecost after Christ’s ascension was The Promise that began ushering in God’s New Covenant with mankind.
“By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.”
~ Hebrews 8:13
(written before The Temple and Cities destruction)
~ The removal of The Law, The Temple, The City and The Priesthood that nailed Our Lord of Glory to The Cross was “The Coming of The Lord” that the early oppressed and hunted 1st Century followers of Christ were praying, preparing and waiting for.
~ As they huddled in homes hiding their faith and confession of Christ in fear of what the religion of their day would have done to them they waited patiently to see the armies of Rome begin to surround Jerusalem and they knew that at that time it would be their mission to quietly exodus out of the city into the mountains were there would be safety.
~ As they prayed, prepared and waited for all that Christ said to be done, John received further confirmation from Our Risen Christ in a vision on The Island of Patmos assuring his prophecy and the future destroying of all who were opposing and oppressing them.
“Look, I am coming soon!
~ Revelation 22:7
Was His Promise
Today, we get to live and partake of God’s New Covenant which is The Promise of The Holy Spirit who comes to make all things New… including you.
“He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life.”
~2nd Corinthians 3:6
The Good News Today is;
“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
No matter who you are… Jew or Gentile,
Whosoever shall call upon The Name of Our Lord Jesus shall be saved.
Not only from the impending doom that The Nation of Israel was facing in 70 A.D. but as well from the false teaching and unrealistic legalism that often many modern-day religious organizations have sought to yoke young believers once again with.
“Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious?” If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!“
~ 2nd Corinthians 3:7-8-11
In the days between The Cross and Jerusalems destruction The Holy Spirit was being preached and received and as The Power of Christ was manifesting and the message of The Kingdom of God was advancing and growing.
The New Covenant was being ushered in as The Old Covenant was on it’s way out.
The Holy Spirit was The New Wine that would bust that old wineskin wide open.
The Spirit of The Lord would come and complete what the law could not.
Jesus came to demonstrate that and to show us The Way.
“To this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.”
~ Corinthians 3:14-16
(Written in 56 A.D. between The Cross in 30A.D. and The Temples Destruction in 70 A.D.)
During this transitional time between The Old coming to naught and the ever-increasing Good News Of Christ’s Spirit and The Kingdom multiplying in, upon and among people at an alarming rate, Paul was teaching very clearly the distinction between the old and dying and what was new and coming.
And as Christians in 2019, I believe we need to do the same.
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
~ 2nd Corinthians 3:17-18
It’s all about Christ in us Church, our Hope of Glory.
That is The greatest Promise to be obtained.
Stay in Love, Pastor Scott