Daily Devotional from Eagles' Wings
Today: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The New Covenant

Behold, . . . I will make a new covenant.
HEBREWS 8:8

It is important to remember that when Paul speaks of the new covenant he does not refer to something altogether new and unheard of. The Old Testament is replete with references to this same covenant, a covenant of grace initially declared when man fell and thereafter progressively revealed and administered under the various types and shadows of the old economy. With the coming of Christ Himself there was a fulfilment of all those prefigurations, and the covenant was set forth in its full-orbed meaning.

Christ is the Mediator of the new covenant. His blood is the blood of that everlasting covenant. His death is the executing of that covenant, for where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator (Heb. 9:16). By His sacrifice Christ has secured for His people all the blessings that were promised from all eternity in that covenant. Consequently, when we read the terms of this covenant, we find the Lord Himself declaring what He does for His people. He regenerates them, for He puts His laws into their hearts and writes them in their minds (10:16).

These terms speak of regeneration. God graciously quickens sinners, drawing them to Himself and giving them a new heart, a heart to obey Him and love Him. Furthermore, He remits their sin: I will be merciful (8:12). The word merciful means propitious, indicating that Gods wrath has been appeased. Christ has satisfied the just demands of God concerning our unrighteousness, the wrong done to God the sovereign and righteous Judge; concerning our sins, referring to our missing the mark of glorifying God; and concerning our iniquities, that is, our lawlessness, the setting up of our own will against Gods. So complete is the satisfaction that Christ has rendered, that God remembers all these evils no more. Thus He receives those for whom the satisfaction is made. He is to them a God and they are to Him a people. Are you one of His people?

The covenant is a rocky foundation to build on for life or for death.
C. H. Spurgeon

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