Hebrews 9:15 Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred which redeems them from the transgressions under the first covenant.
In our world everything is new and improved, which means that whatever is not, is old, obsolete, and worthless. Once, when something broke, we fixed it, now, often it is cheaper to buy a new one. It is said we live in a disposable world. Disposable diapers, disposable towels, disposable wipes, disposable gloves, use it once and throw it away. Whether this is right or not is a question that is never even considered, after all, it is new and improved, its new, and will save us time and labor. But above all things, its new.
Funny thing is, that in Godís eyes, nothing is new.Qoh 1:9-10 What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, "See, this is new"? It has been already, in the ages before us. So one begins to suspect that all this new and improved stuff, isnít from God, which meansÖ another of Satanís deceptions.
In other words, there is nothing obsolete in the Old Testament. It is still useful today. And there is nothing obsolete about the old covenant. For as the Old Testament tells of God promise of salvation, the New Testament tells us, not something new, but rather how the promises made have been fulfilled. And the old covenant is likewise also important, for the New Testament tells us how the old covenant was fulfilled, the Gospels tell us that Jesus is the fulfillment, and that he kept all of the old covenant perfectly. Jesus kept the old covenant perfectly for himself, but he also kept it for us, and that is why Jesus gave up his life to pay the price we owed under the old covenant on account of sin. We all know the wages of sin is death. We all know that debts must be paid. But we donít want to die, not for our sins, for if the wages of one sin is death, how many times must we die to pay for the many sins we commit daily?
Even the new covenant is not new, it does not occur first in the New Testament, but in the Old. What is new about the New Covenant, is that this testament was not put into effect until the person who made it died. That is new, that Jesus has died for us, and so, by his death our debts our paid, and by his death we may inherit the portion he has prepared for us.
What is better about the new covenant, is it is founded on a better promise. In the old covenant, God called us to be his people, and to be perfect. Jesus is perfect, and by grace through faith, by the indwelling Spirit, he works to make us perfect, putting a right spirit within us, creating in us a clean heart, making us by water and the word, a new creation. In the new covenant, salvation does not depend on our work, for it is all accomplished in Jesus Christ.
Now when we say that all is accomplished in Jesus Christ, we are not saying that all are saved, even though that is God will. God would wash us and make us clean, but if you go back to wallow in the mud of sin how can you remain clean? And if you turn you back on the cleansing that is only found in the blood of Jesus, how will you become clean, and how will you make yourself presentable before God? Those who continue in sin will perish.
Often we speak of how Jesus has prepared a place for us in heaven; but if you will not go with Jesus when he calls, if you say, Iíll stay in my shack with my stuff, when this present world perishes, I will perish with it. I could have been clean, I could have lived for ever in perfect joy, but if you turn your back on the one name given among men in which there is salvation, those people will perish.
What is so good about the new covenant? Its not that we can do what we want, although without Jesus there would have been no choice. What is so good is that salvation no longer depends on me, and I no longer need to be in doubt as to whether God will forgive me. What is good, is that when we fall into sin, there is now a way out, and there is now forgiveness.
What is good, is that this is something we can share, for it is not just for us. We can invite our friends and neighbors, and all we care for to come to Jesus, and to receive by grace through faith, life, salvation, forgiveness and peace. What is good is that this makes our days filled with good things, which come to us in the Word, and in the people who share the word with us, and so we can bring good to the world, for Jesus sake.