I’d like to begin today’s post by stating that Jesus came to enact a new covenant, which is otherwise called WILL or TESTAMENT. I also want you to know that Jesus’ birth didn’t mark the beginning of the New Covenant, because it takes the death of a testator in order for a testament or will to be put to force.
Unlike what some schools of thoughts have held; it was until Jesus died on the cross that the New Covenant was put to force. The Bible speaks about this clearly in Hebrews 9:16 TLB “Now, if someone dies and leaves a will – a list of things to be given away to certain people when he dies – no one gets anything until it is proved that the person who write the will is dead”.
Did you see that? The New Covenant didn’t begin in Matthew chapter one. It was put to force the day Jesus gave up the ghost on the cross.
Suffice it to say that the New Covenant has two parts – the duty of the Testator [God] and the response of the beneficiary [man]. God’s Word teaches us this truth in Hebrews 9:16-26.
God’s duty or responsibility was to enact the New Covenant of Grace – a thing which He did with the life of His Son Jesus.
In Christ, God has done everything that needed to be done in order to address man’s greatest problem – sin. Jesus came as God’s last sacrifice to give a final blow to the sin dilemma.
By faith in Christ’s finished work, we have become Christians – God’s friends, because we’re indwelled by the very Spirit of God – the Holy Spirit. We now look like God as it was in the beginning.
The point I want to make is that, all of this was solely God’s responsibility; man had nothing to do with making this a reality. That’s why the New Covenant is different from the Old. It’s not like the Old, which was written in a book; it’s in Christ.
Now that we understand what God has done for us in Christ, what should be our response, because that’s what constitutes the basis of our responsibility in the New Covenant?
Taking my inspiration from The Living Bible rendition of Colossians 2:6-7; I came out with a list of five things that God expects from you as a beneficiary under the New Covenant.
“6 And now just as you trusted Christ to save you, trust him, too, for each day’s problems; live in vital union with him. 7 Let your roots grow down into him and draw up nourishment from him. See that you go on growing in the Lord, and become strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with joy and thanksgiving for all he has done”.
These five things should characterize our lives on a daily basis, and will serve as an expression of our response to the New Covenant.
- Continuously learning to trust Christ daily.
- Living constantly in vital union with Christ.
- Being enthusiastic with the truth about the finished work of Christ [it’s one of the ways to enforce Christ’s victory over Satan and all his activities].
- Being always joyful.
- Cultivating an attitude of always thanking God for the finished work of Christ.
One last question: How do you achieve this responsibility?
Peter gives us a straightforward answer in 2 Peter 1:19 TLB
“19 So we have seen and proved that what the prophets said came true. You will do well to PAY CLOSE ATTENTION to everything they have written, for, like lights shining into dark corners, their words help us to understand many things that would be dark and difficult. But when you consider the wonderful truth of the prophets’ words, then the light will dawn in your souls and Christ the Morning Star will shine in your hearts”.
This is what you need to do consistently – pay close attention to what the Bible teaches about the finished work of Christ. As you do that, allow the Word to fill your mind until it becomes the basis of your thoughts.
This is important because, you can’t be expecting success for instance, yet all what you think about is failure. When you expect to receive something from God, fill your mind with thoughts of that thing in the light of His written Word.
The next thing is to start talking correspondingly until the Word becomes flesh in your life.
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