Today you should read: Hebrews 8:1-13
A New and Better Covenant
Newer isn’t always better. True. But in this case it is. In this passage, we clearly see two covenants. The old is obsolete. The new is far greater.
What does this mean? From our passage today, we see that God made a covenant with His people before Jesus. This “bond” between God and His people was founded on certain values that God set-up. These “rules” governed the relationship. However, the old covenant (Mosaic covenant) showed people the moral law, yet was not set-up to cover people’s sins. It wasn’t set-up to make people right in God’s sight.
So, God made a new covenant. Except this “bond” was founded on the work of His Son, Jesus! Grace! Mercy! Covering of sin! The power to change! The power to save! This love was/is only conditional upon the finished work of His Son Jesus, so this covenant is permanent, because Jesus finished His work on the cross.
In this case, newer is better. Much, much better.
Verse 10 of our passage says,
“For this is the covenant …
I will put my laws into their minds,
and write them on their hearts…”
In this new covenant, God doesn’t give us a rulebook outside of ourselves to obey and use to change ourselves. No, if we have come into a relationship with Jesus, He puts the things of God in our hearts. He changes us, not from the outside in, but from the inside out!
When we enter into this bond, God begins to change us. He writes His law on our hearts. He shows us what is good and what is evil. His Spirit convicts us, and guides us. His Word takes root in our minds and hearts, and it produces fruit. This relationship that we have with God is not stagnant. It is purifying our heart!
Here’s a question we can ask ourselves, today:
Now that I am in this new covenant with God, what more does He want to do in my heart? How else does my heart need to change?
Posted by: Sam Cirrincione