October 13, 2019
The only battle the believer has is to remain by faith in the “rest” of God.
IMMUNITY!!!! I am free to Rest from fear of God’s punishment, wrath and justice.
Heb. 7.18 (NKJV) For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness,
Heb. 7.19 (NKJV) for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.
Heb. 7.20 (NKJV) And inasmuch as He was not made priest without an oath
Heb. 7.21 (NKJV) (for they have become priests without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said to Him: “The LORD has sworn And will not relent, ‘You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek’ ”),
Heb. 7.22 (NKJV) by so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant.
The very moment Jesus rose from the dead is the moment the old covenant was fulfilled, and a new covenant was established.
As believers, we are now dead to the old covenant and alive to a New Covenant.
I HAVE BEEN GIVEN NEW PERMISSIONS (sonship) & FULL ACCESS IS GRANTED to me…
A Covenant… has profound implications on us and is the most solemn, binding, intimate contract known in the Bible.
A covenant is an agreement between two parties that binds them together in close fellowship… even oneness!!!
2Cor. 3.6 (NLT) He is the one who has enabled us to represent his new covenant. This is a covenant, not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old way ends in death; in the new way, the Holy Spirit gives life.
2Cor. 3.9 (NLT) If the old covenant, which brings condemnation, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new covenant, which makes us right with God!
2Cor. 3.10 (NLT) In fact, that first glory was not glorious at all compared with the overwhelming glory of the new covenant.
2Cor. 3.11 (NLT) So if the old covenant, which has been set aside, was full of glory, then the new covenant, which remains forever, has far greater glory.
2Cor. 3.12 (NLT) Since this new covenant gives us such confidence, we can be very bold.
Heb. 7.23 (NKJV) Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing.
Heb. 7.24 (NKJV) But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood.
Heb. 7.25 (NKJV) Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
Heb. 7.26 (NKJV) For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens;
Heb. 7.27 (NKJV) who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.
Heb. 7.28 (NKJV) For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever.
Heb. 8.1 (NKJV) Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens,
Heb. 8.2 (NKJV) a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man.
Heb. 8.3 (NKJV) For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices. Therefore it is necessary that this One also have something to offer.
Heb. 8.4 (NKJV) For if He were on earth, He would not be a priest, since there are priests who offer the gifts according to the law;
Heb. 8.5 (NKJV) who serve the copy and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to make the tabernacle. For He said, “See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.”
Heb. 8.6 (NKJV) But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.
Heb. 8.7 (NKJV) For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second.
Quick difference between the old and new…
The old covenant could set the standard, but only the new can change one’s heart.
The old covenant accessed God’s mercy for today but only the new can extend forgiveness eternally.
The old covenant covered sin but only the new can free a person from the bondage and penalty of sin.
The old covenant could only reveal the need for a savior, but only Jesus through the new covenant can make one righteous.
The old covenant came with a curse because Abraham was human and was fully capable of breaking the terms of the covenant.
But thank God Jesus is not capable of breaking the covenant, so there is no need for a curse.
In the new covenant, God doesn’t see fault in you. He doesn’t see nor deal with your old man, but only relates to your new man. He sees you just as He sees His Son, Jesus.
Heb. 8.8 (NKJV) Because finding fault with them, He says: “Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah—
Heb. 8.9 (NKJV) not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the LORD.
Heb. 8.10 (NKJV) 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 in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
Heb. 8.11 (NKJV) None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, “Know the LORD,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.
Heb. 8.12 (NKJV) For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
Heb. 8.13 (NKJV) In that He says, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.
Why is the new covenant better?
The new and better covenant of which Jesus is:
1) The “guarantor” (surety)
2) The “mediator” (middleman)
Jesus is the GUARANTOR of a better covenant.
Whatever problems happens to the person who is guaranteed, the guarantor is responsible for it. A guarantor upholds the responsibility of taking over the matters of the contracting party.
All of God’s promises in the New Covenant are guaranteed to us by Jesus Himself.
• He guarantees the payment of all the debts that our sins have incurred, or ever will incur, against us.
• He guarantees our security in His hand.
• He guarantees that God will never leave nor forsake us.
• He guarantees that all we deserved was received by Him.
Jesus is also our MEDIATOR…
1Tim. 2.5 (NLT) For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and people. He is the man Christ Jesus.
We cannot come and approach God without a proper mediator….
one who stands in the middle between two people and brings them together. It is one who works to remove disagreement and thus serves as a mediator, go-between or reconciler.
The dictionary defines a mediator as “a go-between, one who mediates between two parties in order to produce peace.”
and the only way we can come before the holy God is through Jesus Christ. The Bible declares that there is only One mediator between God and Man who is the Man, Jesus.
It is a covenant between Jesus Christ and God with you as the beneficiary.
He stands between God and man and brings the two together.
man must have a mediator between himself and God. I must relate to Jesus to relate with the Father…
This is why it is relational before functional….
No amount of effort,
no amount of fasting and prayer,
no amount of law-keeping or Bible study,
no amount of self-denial or
self-improvement can make man sufficiently holy to stand with confidence in the presence of a perfectly holy God.
Heb. 12.24 (NLT) You have come to Jesus, the one who mediates the new covenant between God and people, and to the sprinkled blood, which graciously forgives instead of crying out for vengeance as the blood of Abel did.
1. A MEDIATOR MAKES PEACE…
Rom. 5.1 (NKJV) Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Rom. 5.2 (NKJV) through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
2. A MEDIATOR MAKES RECONCILIATION…
It was at the cross that Jesus, as a man, took upon him the sins of the world, and so removed the barriers and resolved the differences between God and man.
By his death on the cross Jesus reconciled God with His enemies (you and I).
because of his death, are now presented to God “holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight”.
The word translated “unreproveable” in the Greek language literally means “without even a charge or accusation against”.
It is important to point out that Jesus reconciled us to God, not when we repented and got saved, but when we were sinners and enemies of God.
Rom. 5.10 (NKJV) For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
The invitation God offers to sinners is simply to accept the reconciliation that He has already made.
Heb. 13.20-21 (NLT) [-21] And now, may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, all that is pleasing to him. Jesus is the great Shepherd of the sheep by an everlasting covenant, signed with his blood. To him be glory forever and ever. Amen.