Christians Are Not Under Both an Old Covenant and a New Covenant
For a believer to be under the old covenant is the equivalent of cheating on Jesus. I know many people are obsessed with taking verses out of context like “I didn’t come to abolish the law” (Matthew 5:17), but, for every verse that can be used to misinterpret the new covenant message, there are 3-5 more than undeniably say the exact opposite.
First, quickly take note of the difference between the old covenant vs the new covenant.
What is the OLD Covenant?
- It was conditional upon us doing our part.
- It was a covenant with the ISRAELITES who were required to obey and keep the law in return for protection. (Deuteronomy 30:15-18 & 1 Samuel 12:14-15).
- required repeated, daily sacrifices of animals as a reminder of the people’s sin – that never even worked (Hebrews 10:4).
- Only the high priest could enter the holy place.
- Was made up of EXTERNAL Regulations. Do this. Don’t do that.
- only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves (Hebrews 10:1)
- Showed us our guilt, and hopelessness THEN Pointed people TO CHRIST (Gal 3:24-25)
What is the NEW Covenant?
- Old was about our part. New covenant – Things change and God becomes the proactive and our unconditional source of salvation and blessings.
- Old was repeated sacrifices. New – A one-time perfect sacrifice of Jesus that worked and made us holy, (Hebrews 10:10-12), sanctified us, and justified us.
- Old covenant – only the high priest could enter the most holy place. New covenant- Jesus is now our high priest and we have direct access to God. (Hebrews 10:19 & 10:21)
- Old was external regulation. New -Made up of INTERNAL regulations – faith. The heart. Life in the spirit.
- The law was only a shadow. Jesus is the reality. (Col 2:16-17)
- Based on BETTER promises and is superior to the old. (Heb 8:6).
- Forgiveness of sins and restored fellowship.
The new covenant TAKES AWAY your guilt and condemnation.
[Hebrews 10:1-2] The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. 2 Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins.
No, Jesus did not come to abolish the law, but He did come to free us from it. Unbelievers are still being pointed to Christ through the law, but as a believer, you have been completely set free from the law and you have a new and better source for daily living and godliness.
The verse completely flies in the face of anyone teaching a believer that he/she is still under the law.
Gal 3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.
Gal 3:25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.
Gal 5:1 It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.
Rom 7:6 But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.
Heb 7:18-19 For, on the one hand, there is a setting aside of a former commandment because of its weakness and uselessness 19 (for the Law made nothing perfect), and on the other hand there is a bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.
Heb 8:13 When He said, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear.
Hebrews 10:9 then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will.” He takes away the first in order to establish the second.
Rom 10: 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
To Be A Believer and Be Under The Law is to Cheat on Jesus
As we read Romans 7:1-4 Paul describes those who are joined to Christ through the new covenant and then turn around only to grab on to the law are actually committing a form of Spiritual adultery against Jesus.
First Paul gives the example of human law as he describes marriage.
Romans 7:2 the married woman is bound by law to her husband while he is living; but if her husband dies, she is released from the law concerning the husband.
Then Paul says if she is with another man while he’s living it’s adultery, but if the husband dies she is allowed to marry another man (Romans 7:3).
Paul continues in Romans 7:7 to tell us the point is that in the SAME WAY we were made to die to the law through the body of Christ so we can be joined to ANOTHER.
In other words, we can’t be joined to Jesus if we’re still joined to the law.
Take Away: You’re not under two covenants. You died to the old and were made alive to the new. You have been made one with Christ and are now united with Him. If you’re looking to the law for righteousness or even as your guide to daily living (instead of Jesus alone) then you’re cheating on Christ.
Author: Mike Cynar
Mike Cynar was raised in a church setting where he frequently noticed that many attendees would eventually drift away. The church labeled these individuals as ‘back sliders’ or ‘fake Christians’ just looking for ‘fire insurance’. However, Mike realized the issue was rarely with these individuals but instead with the church’s message itself. The teachings heavily emphasized behavior improvement and one’s flaws, with only a fleeting mention of one’s identity in Christ. It felt as though every sermon was tailored to the church of Corinth, who as we know or committing sins that even unbelievers don’t partake in. This trend was noticeable not just in one denomination, but across Baptist, Catholic, Pentecostal, and many other churches. Upon understanding the true essence of the gospel – that our righteousness comes from Jesus’ actions, not our own – Mike was inspired to liberate believers from lifeless sermons and reconnect them with the genuine teachings of Jesus. He believes that one can nurture a vibrant and growing bond with Jesus, unhindered by rigid religious practices. And thus, “Jesus Without Religion” was born.
It turns out that it is grace that leads to repentance. And if our heart is to get others to walk in the Spirit and live a godly life, then the best approach is not a beat down sermon, but rather to remind other that it is only when we understand our true identity in Christ that we will live it out. Yes, it’s true, if you’re convinced that God thinks you’re a dirty sinner, you will ultimately continue a lifestyle that mirrors that view, but if you truly believe that even on your worst day, you are called holy, sanctified, justified, and will be presented blameless in the end, well, it turns out this is the secret to living out on the outside what has been worked in to the inside.