|Posted on February 4, 2016 at 10:15 AM||comments (5)|
But the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, and it is founded on better promises…. By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear. (Hebrews 8:6,13)
When a computer becomes obsolete, it has to be replaced with a new one.
The book of Hebrews says that the Old Covenant is obsolete (6:13). It has been replaced by the New Covenant. The New Covenant is superior to the Old Covenant (6:6). The New Covenant is superior because Jesus is superior and because its promises are better.
The Old Covenant is the Law given to Moses on Mt. Sinai. It was the Law given to Moses. At Sinai, Moses received the Ten Commandments, the dietary laws, the sacrificial system, the social laws, and the priesthood laws. God made this a conditional covenant with Israel. God promised to bless Israel IF they obeyed His Laws. God promised to curse Israel IF they disobeyed His Laws.
Israel failed. Even with all God’s blessings, His clarity, His help, they did not obey. And every one of us has the same imperfection. The Old Covenant revealed that we all fall short of God’s holiness (7-9, 12). The Old Covenant demonstrated that we are all lawbreakers.
The New Covenant is superior because it involves the God of the universe working inside the believer to produce righteousness. The New Covenant is not about an external list of do’s and don’ts.
The New Covenant is about what God will do. The Old Covenant focused on what we must do or not do. We fail. But God never fails.
I pray that we will all depend on God’s faithfulness to live right and abandon our attempts to win God’s approval by living right in our own power. In our own strength, you and I can try to obey the Law until we are blue in the face and we will never be perfect.
God offers to make us perfect by the blood of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit. God offers to make us perfect from the inside out.