Jeremiah 31:31

MONDAY

In January, at the beginning of the New Year, we examined ‘Newness’ in the Scripture.  One of the topics was on the New Covenant  – a promise made by God, given to Israel and available ultimately to people of all nationalities throughout the ages. That covenant is mentioned in Jeremiah 31:31.

NAU Jeremiah 31:31 “Behold, days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah,

NIV Jeremiah 31:31 “The time is coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.

KJV Jeremiah 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

This covenant is referenced several times in the New Testament. The word used to describe the New Covenant in the New Testament is kainos and has a different connotation than another word, neos, also translated new. Kainos means new in form or quality while neos means newness in time. Thus, the New Covenant is a covenant that is new in quality or form rather than being new in time. This new form is easily contrasted with the old.  The Old Covenant was conditional and required perfect obedience from the Covenanters in order to be fulfilled.  The New Covenant is unconditional, enacted by the Perfect One and given as a gift to undeserving recipients through faith in its parts.

This week we will look at the components of the New Covenant – its Author, its Cause and its Mediator  along with its superiority to the Old.

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1 Response to “Jeremiah 31:31”


  1. 1 Dad March 24, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Dear Hal,

    This lesson really gave me a more enlightened understanding of the real differences between the Old Covenant (TIME)[CONDITIONAL] and the New Covenant (QUALITY) [UNCONDITIONAL]. Thank you for providing clarity.

    God bless you!

    Dad


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