Good morning, Family:
What do you think of when you hear the word Covenant? I think of God and the Covenant he made with the people of Israel in the Old Testment. God told the people that a New Covenant was in the making. A Covenant that would allow them to have a personal relationship with Him and that would also forgive them of their iniquities or sin. Jeremiah 31 is the first glimpse we get of the New Covenant that is being worked on behind the scenes.
English Standard Version (ESV)
The New Covenant
31 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah,32 not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the Lord. 33 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”
Also, when I think of the word Covenant, it makes me think of a promise. The promise to fulfill the Covenant that was made. Jesus was the fullment of the Promise that God made in Jeremiah 31.
In your personal time of studying and growth, in the Lord, I high recommend reading all of Hebrews. I can only give excerpts here, but there is so much wonderful knowledge to be gained by studying on your own.
New International Version (NIV)
The Blood of Christ
11 But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. 12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining[b] eternal redemption.13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!
15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.
Jesus is the ultimate Promise Keeper.
I love you with the amazing and everlasting love of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer and Lord.
Rev. Marcia Davis