So what is a Covenant? – An agreement, usually formal, between two or more persons to do or not do something specified, a solemn agreement or pact (Dictionary.com)
“This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel
after that time, declares the Lord.
I will put my laws in their minds
and write them on their hearts.
I will be their God, and they will be my people.
No longer will they teach their neighbour,
or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’
because they will all know me,
from the least of them to the greatest.
For I will forgive their wickedness
and will remember their sins no more.”
Heb 8:10-12 (Also ref prophesy in Jer 31:31-34)
I had the privilege of hearing an awesome insight, from a brother, into the ‘Agreement’ God has made with all of us and it really changed the way I walk with Christ today. God being all powerful and always present has revealed himself to us all through his Son- Jesus. The ‘manifold wisdom of God’ (Eph3:10) is to be made known through His Church (The Body Of Christ – all believers/followers of Jesus everywhere) and all this was accomplished through the blood that Christ shed on the cross! If I now exist within this ‘agreement’ made between God and Mankind, it has huge implications for the way I live here on earth as a follower of Christ.
Let’s change your walk with God, let’s now explore the ‘New Covenant’;
“I will put my laws in their minds” – Our God has placed his teachings on all our minds and revealed aHis truth, His Spirit can reveal all of this to us if we desire – Gods law is now Love!
“and write them on their hearts” – He has applied this knowledge and wisdom to our hearts so we can receive it, understand it and apply it in our lives in ‘spirit, truth and action’
“I will be there God, and they will be my people” – Wow God is stamping his ownership upon on us, how could we argue with that? We are acquired into Gods extended family because of Grace.
“Forgive their wickedness.. sins no more..” – All our Sin has gone.. In Gods eyes we are cleansed from all condemnation and sin.
It’s the Holy Spirit who prepares, shares and convicts people so they may receive His message and we are only willing vessels carrying the living God and His Truth. Today I realised that I just need to be honest to God, remember that i once was a lowly sinner and cannot achieve anything without Christ who strengthens me! In Christ we are now made presentable, a Holy priesthood acceptable in every way, our debts paid in full!
For were we not born into sin? God has given us his New Covenant (Freeing us from Sin and Death), remind yourself in prayer of this covenant He has established through His Son Jesus, and he will make your paths straight and honour your request!