Living under the Correct Covenant (Part 7) NY

Jul. 14, 2018 | By Creflo Dollar

Summary

Comparing the old covenant of the law to the new covenant of grace is similar to comparing night to day. Under the law, mankind was required to keep more than 600 laws and regulations or be cursed. Breaking even one of the rules brought guilt and condemnation, and the people were constantly reminded of their sins. Under grace, all of the old laws have been replaced by one simple rule—God’s law of love. We are now no longer under the threat of punishment because God has replaced curses with blessings for those who believe. We can conclude from this that the new covenant is vastly better than the old one. Instead of performing to earn God’s blessings, we receive them by faith in the finished works of Jesus.

  1. God replaced the old, law-based agreement with the new, grace-based covenant.
    1. But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:  And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more (Hebrews 8:6-12).
      1. The first covenant was too perfect to keep. Many churches still teach the law, so many of us have spent years learning about an agreement that we cannot keep.
      2. We must believe the promise made in verse 12: when we do something unrighteous, God will show us mercy.
      3. When we got born again, God stopped counting our sins against us. He forgave all our sins, even the ones we had not committed yet.
      4. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit (Romans 8:1).
      5. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin (Romans 4:8).
    2. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their forefathers on the day when I grasped them by the hand to help  and relieve them  and to lead them out from the land of Egypt, for they did not abide in My agreement with them, and so I withdrew My favor  and disregarded them, says the Lord(Hebrews 8:9, AMPC).
      1. Under the old covenant, God could not do His part unless man did his part, first. This agreement operated under the “do good, get good” concept.
      2. Under the old covenant, the people were blessed through their obedience to the law. Under the new covenant, we are blessed because of Jesus’ perfect obedience, and our faith in that.
      3. We need to renew our minds to accept the new covenant of grace, or else we will vacillate between living under the old and new covenants. When we do this, we will see no results. This is similar to mixing new wine in old wineskins (Matthew 9:17; Luke 5:37-39).
      4. Under the old covenant, obedience was the root. Under the new covenant, it is the fruit.
      5. God did not re-write the Ten Commandments on our hearts; He replaced them and wrote one simple commandment.
      6. If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well (James 2:8).
      7. A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another (John 13:34).
      8. If we have problems loving others, we can rely on Jesus, Who did it first. He will enable us.
      9. We love him, because he first loved us (1 John 4:19).
  1. Under grace, the Holy Spirit helps us to do what was impossible under the law.
    1. But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him (1 John 2:27).
      1. The Holy Spirit teaches us how to live under the new covenant.
      2. We received the anointing when we got born again.
      3. And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us (Romans 5:5).
    2. So also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him (Hebrews 9:28, NLT).
      1. Sin is now a non-issue. Jesus has already taken care of it.
      2. Grace is not a license to keep sinning. Grace is attached to holiness, and it will teach us how to live a sinless, righteous life.
  1. Now that we are under grace, we are free from condemnation and the power of sin.
    1. And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins(Hebrews 8:12, NLT).
      1. God chooses to forget our sins when we have been born again; He turns the meter off.
      2. If God charged our sins to our account, He would be dishonoring the blood of His Son. Jesus already paid for our sins.
    2. My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God (1 John 3:18-21).
      1. The absence of self-condemnation indicates we have confidence toward God.
      2. When we sin, we can be confident that God has forgiven us and will show us mercy.
      3. Condemnation will tempt us to go back to performance-based Christianity.
      4. Jesus forgave the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11) and freed her to sin no more, because condemnation only produces more sin.

Scripture References

Hebrews 8:6-12

Romans 8:1

Romans 4:8

Hebrews 8:9, AMPC

Matthew 9:17

Luke 5:37-39

James 2:8

John 13:34

1 John 4:19

1 John 2:27

Romans 5:5

Hebrews 9:28, NLT

Hebrews 8:12, NLT

1 John 3:18-21

John 8:1-11