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Thursday, April 19, 2018
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Devotions

 New Covenant

Did you know that God has written a completely new will? And remembered us in it? This will has been in effect ever since the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It promises an eternal inheritance through God's unbounded love and faithfulness.

Although it was a transaction that took place two millenniums ago, many people remain unaware that God has included them in His will. The letter to the Hebrews supplies us with the full details. Jesus Christ is Mediator of this new will. His death enabled sinful mankind to be pardoned and to receive an eternal inheritance. Here is what the writer to the Hebrew Christians has to say about it:

Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance-now that He has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant. In the case of a will, it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it, . . . In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. . . .  Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; He entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God's presence. Nor did He enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not His own. Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him (Hebrews 9:15–16, 22, 24–28).

This Scripture encompasses so much instruction and so much meaning that we should stand back and view it from a better perspective. It is necessary sometimes to do that with great paintings. We can stand so close to the canvas that we note only the many little details, seeing them out of proportion and perhaps missing entirely the true beauty and meaning of the painting. I suggest we stand back from these verses and gaze in wondering faith as we contemplate God's grand design.

You've come to Jesus, who presents us with a new covenant, a fresh charter from God. He is the Mediator of this covenant. The murder of Jesus, unlike Abel's—a homicide that cried out for vengeance—became a proclamation of grace Hebrews 12:23-24

Out of His unfailing love and faithfulness, God has provided for us a radically new covenant of which Jesus is the mediator. By faith in Him, we are recipients of an eternal inheritance.

Thank You, Lord, for the new covenant built on Christ's death for us.

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