The New Covenant is more than the second half of the Bible; it dramatically changes how we relate to God. Through the finished work of Jesus the covenant, or contract, God established with man has transformed. When Jesus died He brought the New Covenant into affect. The truths of the New Covenant are very relevant to Christians today. After all, it is the New Covenant that we live under.
While the Old and New Covenants are full of the same words: faith, righteousness, sanctification, and prayer, for example, their meanings, purposes, and processes are radically different.
The New Covenant is a Better Plan
(Jesus) has obtained a more excellent ministry, in as much as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises. — Hebrews 8:6 (NKJV)
The Message Bible says, “(God is) working from a far better plan.” The covenant—God’s plan—has changed. One of the laws of Bible interpretation is that there is a gradual unfolding of God’s truth; that revelation in Scripture becomes fuller and clearer as it progresses.
But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. — 2 Corinthians 3:14 (NKJV)
The New Testament, the revelation of Jesus Christ, gives us a fuller, clearer picture of God, His will, His plans, and His purposes. Why? Because the veil is taken away! God is now able to relate to humanity quite differently than in the Old Testament.
An Unclear Mix: New Covenant and Old Covenant
Under the New Testament our faith should be based solely on the finished work of Jesus. But when we refer only to the Old Testament to understand our Christian faith, it can take us away from the New Covenant with God, and the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Therefore, mixing these two covenants can be a toxic mixture.
Forgiveness and Love: Central to the New Covenant
Jesus came to bring in a completely new covenant—a far better plan!
The law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. — John 1:17 (KJV)
Under the Old Covenant, God judged the righteous, and was angry with the wicked every day (Psalm 7:11). However, under the New Covenant we’re told:
All have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet now God in his gracious kindness declares us not guilty. He has done this through Christ Jesus, who has freed us by taking away our sins. For God sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to satisfy God’s anger against us. — Romans 3:23-25 (NLT)
Although God has NOT changed (Malachi 3:6), the way God can now relate to humanity has dramatically changed because Jesus took the punishment for sin and satisfied God’s anger. Under the New Covenant God’s anger has been satisfied. God is NOT mad at you—NO MATTER WHAT! God loves you. Come join us and learn about the wonderful plan of God for your life!