In Genesis 3, sin entered the world. Everything was affected… every single thing. Marriage, family, work, recreation, rest — all stained by sin. But in an amazing act of grace, the Lord made a covenant with His people. The word covenant means contract. God made a commitment to Israel, and they needed to live up to their end of the deal by following him.
Well, we know how that went. They never consistently or fully followed Him. The Lord instituted sacrifices and feasts to repeatedly bring them back to Him. He used prophets and judges to do that as well. This covenant wasn’t final, though, because the Lord would institute a new covenant through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life. He willingly suffered and endured shame for us through mock trials, beatings, and the cross. He died for our sins. He was laid in a borrowed tomb, and triumphantly on the third day, He conquered death through His resurrection. Through this—the gospel—we find the new covenant. It is a permanent covenant of grace. It is a life-giving covenant (no more sacrifices, the final sacrifice is Christ). It is a covenant of hope. That’s what 2 Corinthians 3 is all about. Not only are we recipients of the new covenant, we are invited to be ministers of it as well! This, my friends, is good news.
Here are some great parallel passages to the one we read today:
“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18-19
“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind.” Isaiah 65:19
In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away. Hebrews 8:13
And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:5
What stuck out to you from this passage today? Why are you thankful for the new covenant? How can you live as a minister, or servant, of the new covenant today?
By: Todd Thomas — Worship & College Pastor