The New Covenant Maker

          Many preachers and Bible teachers have said, “The Old Testament is the New Testament concealed; the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed.” So true. The writers of the books of the New Testament refer to Old Testament passages to make their claims. It’s like the Old Testament is the advertising campaign, and the New Testament is the actual launch of the product. For you English buffs, the Old Testament is like future tense—salvation and forgiveness will come. In the New Testament, the Gospels are present tense—salvation and forgiveness is here in the earthly life of Jesus. The epistles are future perfect progressive tense, indicating the continuous action of our living this saved and forgiven life that will be completed at some point in the future. And the Revelation is future progressive tense indicating our ultimate salvation—that is the complete freedom from even the influence of sin—that will be happening or going on at some point in the future when we all get to heaven.

           One example of the Old Testament jiving with the New is a comparison of a passage in Jeremiah with a passage in the Revelation. In the Old Testament book, Jeremiah is relating God’s comforting words about what will happen in His relationship with His people after they return from their captivity. God says, “But this is the covenant that I will make with the house ofIsraelafter those days…: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them… For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more” Jeremiah 31:33-34 (NKJ).

          Now look at the New Testament words revealed to John via a loud voice from heaven. “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Then God Himself told John, “Behold, I make all things new… Write, for these words are true and faithful.” Revelation 21:3-5 (NKJ).

          A new covenant and refreshment are not reserved only for the children ofIsrael. God is in the new-covenant-making/restoration/refreshment business. As He gathered the Israelites back into His loving arms after their sin, He longs to gather us in from our sin as well. After all, “the Word [Jesus] became flesh and dwelt among us” (John1:14, NKJ), and told us personally, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him” John14:23(NKJ). So now, “having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand” Romans 5:1-2 (NKJ).

          I’d say God’s made with us a pretty good new covenant. Wouldn’t you agree?

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©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, and from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website.

~ by sanewriter on November 12, 2011.

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