God: The Author of the New Covenant

TUESDAY

The Old Covenant left us dead in our sins because it did not have the power to give life. It only had the power to kill. As was true in the Garden where violating the Word of God resulted in death, (NIV Genesis 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”), so under the Old Covenant death was inevitable (NAU Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God). In the Garden, one act of disobedience resulted in separation from God. Under the Old Covenant the opportunity to fail increased by ten-fold! Man was in a hopeless situation.  Instead of improving over time, man’s situation went from bad to worse! The Apostle Paul summarized things perfectly in Romans 7:24 when he said:

NAU Romans 7:24 Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?

How sweet are the words that follow these:

NAU Romans 7:25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!… 8:1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Man could not initiate a New Covenant to eradicate his failure before God. It would take God to make a New Covenant to rescue man.

NAU Ephesians 2:4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),

It is His work that saves us. It is His work that enacts the New Covenant. The Old Covenant focused on man and resulted only in our failure. The New Covenant focuses on God and results in restoration. The Old Covenant caused us to focus on ourselves – obeying the standards and we could not do it. The New Covenant focuses on God and the work that He accomplished and desires to pass along to us through faith. 

Why do we fight the New Covenant? Why do we attempt to please God under the Old Covenant? If we fail once (and we have multiple times over) there is no sense trying again for acceptance by God (a lesson certainly learned by Adam and Eve!) All that is left is to surrender to the New Covenant and accept its provisions – accepting it with joy and praise to our loving God.

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