Many Christians still don't know that there are TWO COVENANTS, and even they know, still don't understand the DIFFERENCE between the two, that is why they end up MIXING IT!
The First Covenant is what we called the OLD COVENANT or the COVENANT OF LAW.
A Covenant made between GOD and MOSES.
In this Covenant people must obey the laws in order that God will bless them.
Let us see what was the law said:
Under this Covenant, the blessings of God depend on your full obedience to the law.
“If you FULLY obey the LORD your God and carefully follow ALL his commands I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth.”
On the other hand, curses will come upon you and overtake you if you disobey God’s commands and decrees.
“However, if you do not obey the LORD your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come upon you and overtake you”
We are commanded to follow ALL, obey FULLY, ALL GOD'S COMMAND!
"For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker."
99% is not perfect, just one sin makes you a sinner, one curse makes you unholy, one disobedience makes you unrighteous.
As we can see, NO ONE has ever followed ALL, and obeyed ALL God's Laws. And because of this, NO ONE can ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN! (This sound BAD NEWS, isn't it?)
God found fault on the First Covenant, that is why HE made a NEW COVENANT
“The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors (Moses) when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them,” declares the LORD. “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
Now, the Second Covenant, which is the NEW COVENANT or THE COVENANT OF GRACE.
A Covenant made by GOD and JESUS.
In this Covenant peole must have FAITH or BELIEVE in JESUS, for GOD to bless people.
This Covenant is summed up in John 3:16. "For God so loved the world (us), He gave His Only Begotten SON (Jesus) that whoever BELIEVES IN HIM shall not perish but have ETERNAL LIFE."
What does believing in Jesus means?
By believing in Jesus, we are MADE RIGHTEOUS! (Romans 5:19)
By believing in Jesus, we are MADE HOLY! (Heb. 10:10)
By believing in Jesus, we are MADE PERFECT FOREVER (Heb. 10:14)
This is the Gospel of GRACE, we CANNOT EARN IT, WE CANNOT WORK FOR IT!
Now, after believing in Jesus, we are now RIGHTEOUS, HOLY and PERFECT, and because of this we can now enter the KINGDOM OF HEAVEN! (Now this is what we call GOOD NEWS! Who doesn't want this?)
The GOSPEL means GOOD NEWS, if the words is not taking about Good News, then it's not part of the Gospel.
Not the entire Old Testament is about the Old Covenant, and not the entire New Testament is about NEW COVENANT. When Jesus was here on earth He was under the Old Covenant. The New Covenant starts when Jesus rose again from death. The teachings of the ASCENDED CHRIST.
Christians are now UNDER THE NEW COVENANT!
But do not be mistaken, the ENTIRE BIBLE IS IMPORTANT, TRUE and CORRECT!
It's just that, there are letters that is not meant or address to us, but we can have it as referrence.
DISTINGUISHING THE TWO COVENANT:
Depends on our obedience
Depends on our works and deeds
Depends on our self-righteousness
Depends on the full obedience of JESUS
Depends on the finished work of JESUS
Depends on the righteousness of JESUS
"For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins."
-forgiveness here depends on OUR FORGIVING OTHERS.
"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." (Ephisians 4:32)
-forgiveness here is based IN CHRIST! We are ALREADY FORGIVEN that is why we forgive others.
Obey that you will be bless.
Forgive to be forgiven.
This Covenant is ALL ABOUT US!
We obey because we are ALREADY BLESSED.
We forgive because we are ALREADY FORGIVEN.
We love because HE FIRST LOVED US.
New Covenant is ALL ABOUT JESUS!
Jesus has already warned us in mixing the LAW and GRACE
"Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”
"I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth."
We are now under GRACE, don't do back to the LAW.
I was once a mixture Christian, but life has never been this WONDERFUL, RESTFUL and PEACEFUL until I fully understood and became fully under the NEW COVENANT, The COVENANT OF GRACE!
1 Corinthian 15:10
"But by the GRACE OF GOD I am what I am, and his grace to me was NOT WITHOUT EFFECT. No, I worked harder than all of them--YET NOT I, but the GRACE OF GOD that was WITH ME."
TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY! FOREVER THANKFUL AND GRATEFUL TO JESUS FOR HIS AMAZING LOVE, FOR ALL HE HAS DONE FOR OUR SAKE. PRAISE, WORSHIP AND HONOR BELONGS TO HIM!