This is an excerpt from my new book: The Revelation of God’s love through Jesus Christ (The New Covenant Gospel of Grace and the End Times) (Copyright © 2020 by Mathew Simon
Under the Old Covenant.
- It is about man’s works for God.
- A sinner was one who broke just one out of 613 laws.
- The righteous was the one who obeyed all 613 laws (nobody could do this except Jesus Christ our Lord)
But in the New Covenant:
- It is about Christ’s finished work for man.
- Sinners do not believe in Jesus Christ but trust in their works.
- The righteous believe in Jesus and not in their works.
- Christ Himself is our righteousness.
A believer cannot be a sinner under the New Covenant, because the blood of Jesus Christ has washed away our sins forever.
Righteousness in the old covenant was all about man’s works.
Righteousness in the new covenant is all about faith in Christ apart from our works.
Hebrews 8:8-13 “For finding fault with them, he said, “Behold, the days come”, says the Lord,
“that I WILL make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah;
not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers,
in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt;
for they didn’t continue in my covenant, and I disregarded them,” says the Lord.
“For this is the covenant that I WILL make with the house of Israel.
After those days,” says the Lord;” I WILL put my laws into their mind, I WILL also write them on their heart. I WILL be their God, and they will be my people.
They will not teach every man his fellow citizen, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all will know me, from their least to their greatest.
For I WILL be merciful to their unrighteousness. I WILL remember their sins and lawless deeds no more.” In that he says, “A new covenant”, he has made the first old. But that which is becoming old and grows aged is near to vanishing away.”
The old covenant was all about God telling man – “You shall do this and you shall not do that” and man constantly failing and replying, “I’m sorry, I repent, I’m sorry, I repent“.
Man cannot be righteous under the Law because it was a constant cycle of failure that we saw in Romans 7 written by Paul.
But the new covenant is all about God telling us: “I will do it”.
Jesus died on the cross and therefore God tells the believer these wonderful truths:
“I WILL FORGIVE your sins and remember them no more”
“I WILL BE your GOD and you will be my people”
“I WILL write my love in your heart and cause you to do good works”
We are eternally forgiven and righteous because Jesus did all the work.
2nd Corinthians 6:16,18 “What agreement does a temple of God have with idols? For you are a temple of the living God. Even as God said, “I WILL dwell in them and walk in them. I WILL be their GOD and they will be my people…. I WILL be to you a FATHER. You will be to me sons and daughters,’ says the Lord Almighty”
“I WILL dwell in you and walk in you”
“I WILL be your FATHER and you will be my children”
Under the old covenant man was unfaithful by his failures.
But in the new covenant, we are righteous because God is faithful through Christ.
Under the old covenant, the Israelites were afraid of God because the Law required perfection and accounted all their sins. But now in the new covenant, we have peace with God because all our sins are forgiven! The blood of Abel cried out vengeance but the blood of Jesus says that we are forgiven in the New Covenant.
Hebrews 12:18-24 “For you have not come to a mountain that might be touched, and that burned with fire, and to blackness, darkness, storm, the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which those who heard it begged that not one more word should be spoken to them, for they could not stand that which was commanded, “If even an animal touches the mountain, it shall be stoned”. So fearful was the appearance that Moses said, “I am terrified and trembling.” But you have come to Mount Zion, and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable multitudes of angels, to the festal gathering and assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better than that of Abel.”
Under the old covenant, the people could not even dare enter the presence of God because the angels would punish them for every violation of the law (Acts 7:53, Hebrews 2:2, Galatians 3:19). There was great fear of punishment under the Law.
But in the New Covenant, we come to a joyous assembly of angels in the presence of our loving Father in heaven (Luke 15:10). This is because the blood of Christ cries out that we are forgiven! The Old Covenant was all about fear and condemnation but the New Covenant is all about joy, peace and forgiveness in Christ.
The new covenant is completely about Jesus Christ’s work and not ours at all.
This is why Paul said that his self-righteous performance in the flesh was garbage.
Philippians 3:3-10 “For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh; though I myself might have confidence even in the flesh. If any other man thinks that he has confidence in the flesh, I yet more: circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the assembly; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, found blameless. However, I consider those things that were gain to me as a loss for Christ. Yes most certainly, and I count all things to be a loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord, for whom I suffered the loss of all things, and count them nothing but refuse, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own, that which is of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith, that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming conformed to his death,”
Paul wanted to know Christ instead of his own works! He wanted nothing to do with the performance of his flesh but only the intimate knowledge of Jesus Christ and His love and grace! He had zero confidence in his own performance!
He only wanted to be Righteous by faith in Christ and not by his performance.
He wanted nothing to do with his own performance but only wanted to trust in what Jesus did, even many years after being an Apostle!
Many of us still hold on to our own performance without looking fully to Jesus alone!
We need to be fully in the new covenant and not mix the old covenant.
We cannot put one arm on Christ and the other on our performance.
We cannot put one leg in the New Covenant and the other in the Old Covenant.
The New Covenant is Christ alone working in us 100%
and not even 1% of our performance!
It is because our performance is nothing compared to what Jesus did on the cross!
Grace means it is completely Christ working in us despite all our failures.
Christianity should be 100% of Christ and 0% of our works.
It is not 50% of Christ and 50% of our works.
It is not 80% of Christ and 20% of our works.
There’s no mixture of ingredients! Christ does not need our help but we need Him 100%.
We need to stop trusting in our holiness or goodness which is nothing but garbage and trust in Jesus alone who died for us and rose from the dead and He lives in us to do the work in us by His power and strength alone!
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