The OLD COVENANT Is Not For Believers!
-It shows us the character of God (as does the new)
-It shows us our hopelessness under the law
-It shows us our need for a NEW and better COVENANT
Many people only talk about the old. Their sermons are all from the old. Their personal Facebook posts are all from the old. Their favorite verses are from the old. If you dare mention the new they are quick to retaliate and point you back to the old covenant brought in by a human – Moses, and ordained merely by angels, not God. It seems the new covenant being brought in by Jesus doesn’t excite them as much as the old.
I’m not saying the old covenant should be discarded, but rather we need to remember that the big deal is the new covenant. If you know Jesus then the old has served its purpose and you are 100% free. If you are under the old you are under a curse, because cursed is anyone on that doesn’t continue to do EVERYTHING writing in the book of the law (see Gal 3:10). For believers we have been set free from the old (Gal 3:13, Gal 5:1, Gal 3:24, Rom 10:4). The old still has a purpose, and it’s not to bury believers under guilt and condemnation, but rather it’s to point unbelievers to Jesus.
[Hebrew 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 7:18-19] For, on the one hand, there is a SETTING ASIDE of a former commandment because of its WEAKNESS and USELESSNESS (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.
Take Away – We are free in Christ to do whatever we want. The question isn’t ‘wont that lead to more sin?’, but rather ‘what do you want to do with the freedom?’. The truth is God placed His spirit in us, and our desires are the same as His – and that’s why we ‘struggle’ with sin, because it doesn’t work for us anymore and it goes AGAINST or new nature. Our new hearts. Our New Spirits.
Dump the old. Grab on to the new. It’s all you need.
Author: Mike Cynar
Mike Cynar grew up in church and observed that countless people would go to church and then just stop. The church always referred to them as ‘fake Christians’ or ‘backsliders’ but Mike discovered the problem was deeper. The problem was the church message. The message was 90% behavior improvement and how bad you are, with a pinch of who you are in Christ, It was like every sermon was being preached to the church of Corinth. It’s in the Baptist church, Catholic, Pentecost, and most every other church. After discovering the true gospel message and how we are made right with God because of what ‘Jesus did’ (not what ‘we do’) Mike set out to free believers from behavior improvement programs and bring them back to Jesus. The Result – Jesus Without Religion was launched.