As I am reading and studying to present the New Covenant concept in my yet to be published book, I am realizing that I have learned much during the past 10 years that needs to be shared! I did not realize before 2004 that people are taught a mixture of the Covenants in our churches. But now I see the truth of this.
If you are taught that your sin separates you from God, then you are being taught an Old Covenant principle. In Isaiah 59:1-2, before Jesus went to the cross, we read,
Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save,
nor his ear too dull to hear.
But your iniquities have separated
you from your God;
your sins have hidden his face from you.
This is an Old Covenant concept, where all the emphasis was on the person’s behavior and performance. People were blessed when they obeyed and punished/cursed when they disobeyed. But we live on the other side of the Cross!
In the New Testament, we read in Hebrews 10:16-18
“This is the covenant I will make with them
after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds.”
Then he adds:
“Their sins and lawless acts
I will remember no more.”
And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.
and in Hebrews 13:5,
“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
These are powerful promises to us that we set in place because of all that Jesus did for us in his death and resurrection. These are promises we are to live by today, by faith.
Is Jesus’ Sacrifice Enough?
Ah, Jesus and the Cross! Jesus carried our sins upon Himself at the cross. He died a brutal death so that we are purified and free of these sins and saved from God’s wrath.
The blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 1 John 1:7
Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! Romans 5:9
If Jesus died to take the punishment of our sin, why then would God say it is not enough and the sin still exists and separates us? Did Jesus do an incomplete job of paying our debt? Did Jesus not do enough? Of course not! Then, we honor God when we appreciate the gift of forgiveness of sin, the forgetting of our sin, and the setting up of a new order where His Spirit lives in us and never leaves us. We honor God when we stop looking at ourselves and look at Jesus and His finished work.
Approach the Throne with Confidence!
Now, regardless of how much you are struggling in an area, please realize that you sin has been dealt with. It is already paid for, finished and forgotten, so how can it separate? So now, you are always able to approach God with confidence, even when you struggle! Especially when you struggle – which is when you need God and His love and grace the most!
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16
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