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Keywords: The Old Covenant Is Transformed Into The New

The Old Covenant Is Transformed Into The New

And the New Covenant is this: accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour; and follow the Golden Rule, which now embodies all of God's law for mankind.

By Rev. Bill McGinnis, Director - Internet Church Of Christ - LoveAllPeople.org

The Old Covenant, expressed in the Bible's Old Testament, provided strict rules for behavior, plus instructions for making sacrifices for the forgiveness of sins.

The Old Covenant has now passed away, and the New Covenant has taken it's place. The New Covenant is expressed in the Bible's New Testament. The book of Hebrews explains this transformation in detail. Perhaps the best summary of this process is found in these verses below . . .

[6] But as it is, Christ has obtained a ministry which is as much more 
excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it 
is enacted on better promises. 

[7] For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been 
no occasion for a second. 

[8] For he finds fault with them when he says: "The days will come, says 
the Lord,
when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel
and with the house of Judah;

[9] not like the covenant that I made with their fathers
on the day when I took them by the hand
to lead them out of the land of Egypt;
for they did not continue in my covenant,
and so I paid no heed to them, says the Lord.

[10] This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel
after those days, says the Lord:
I will put my laws into their minds,
and write them on their hearts,
and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.

[11] And they shall not teach every one his fellow
or every one his brother, saying, `Know the Lord,'
for all shall know me,
from the least of them to the greatest.

[12] For I will be merciful toward their iniquities,
and I will remember their sins no more."

[13] In speaking of a new covenant he treats the first as obsolete. And 
what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away. 

           Hebrews 8:6-13 (RSV)

Under the New Covenant, all of God's law is now fulfilled by following the Golden Rule, Matthew 7:12.
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      "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to
       you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets."
       (Matthew 7:12 KJV)
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And all of the sacrifices required by the Old Covenant have now been paid by Jesus Christ, so we do not need to make the sacrifices ourselves, if we accept Him as our Lord and Saviour.

The Old Covenant was for God's chosen people, Israel. It was not exportable to other people in other cultures and times. But the New Covenant is exportable, suitable to all people everywhere, throughout time.

And the New Covenant is this: accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour; and follow the Golden Rule, which now embodies all of God's law for mankind.

May the Lord bless this presentation of His holy Word.

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