New Covenant Gleanings from the ministry of Dr. John Piper.
The new covenant was prophesied in Jeremiah 31:
“Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant which they broke, though I was their husband, says the LORD. But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it upon their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. . . [and] I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”
So the new covenant is God’s pledge to forgive the sins of his people and to put his laws within us and to write them on our hearts, and to be our God and to make us his people.
The new covenant is not a mere possibility; it is a new creation. It is something not merely that God proposes, but something that he accomplishes. It is the creation of a people for God who will not forsake him. They will be his people and he will be their God for ever. The certainty of it lies not in them, but in God’s covenant commitment: he says that he will forgive their sins and remember their iniquity no more. And he says that he will write his laws this time not just on tablets of stone, but on tablets of the heart.
So the two problems that separate people from God are solved in the new covenant.
1) The first is the problem of guilt because of sin (which Jesus solves by shedding his blood to lift our guilt by taking it on himself–“I will forgive their iniquity”–“this cup is the new covenant in my blood”).
2) The other problem is rebellion–our tendency to run away from God and follow the destructive suggestions of the world (which God solves by writing his law on our hearts so that it is not just his will imposed from outside, but it is his will experienced from the inside as our own will).
Another way of promising the new covenant was made by Moses in Deuteronomy 30:6, “And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.” In the new covenant “thou shalt love the Lord your God” is not just a command, it is also a gift.
Ezekiel 36:27 puts the new covenant commitment of God like this: “I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances.” In the new covenant the allegiance of the human partner in the covenant is not left in question. God secures it–with the infinite worth of his Son’s blood and with the infinite power of his own Spirit.
The connection between the new covenant, and the death of Jesus, and the working of God in the hearts of his people to cause them to walk in his ways is made explicit in Hebrews 13:20-21.
Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in you that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
There it is: the blood of Christ, the eternal covenant, and God fulfilling the new covenant promise to work in us what is pleasing in his sight.
[learn_more caption=”Source”] Gleaned from: “THE NEW COVENANT AND THE NEW COVENANT PEOPLE” 1 Corinthians 11:17-34[/learn_more] [button link=”http://www.desiringgod.org” color=”lightblue” newwindow=”yes”] Visit Desiring God![/button]