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A New Covenant in My Blood

October 21, 2016

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Post 2015 04 01 Lords Supper

The New Covenant  in My Blood

Throughout the Old Testament times,  the forgiveness  of sins  was granted through sacrifices  of animals  like perfect sheep  or  cattle.     In all cases,  it was a shed blood sacrifice  —  of the perfect innocent  —  that granted forgiveness.     When Christ Jesus came,  He suffered  and shed His blood  on the cross  to pay  for all our sins.     He alone is the absolutely perfect,  sinless sacrifice  that is able  to truly pay  for all our sins.     Christians  do not  have to make  animal sacrifices  to pay  for their sins.     And,  God made sure  that the Jews would no longer  be able  to make animal sacrifices  for their sins,  by having enemy invaders   destroy the Temple  in Jerusalem  that was required  for their valid sacrifices.

The sacrifices  that the Jews made  is the first covenant  God made  with the people  —  the old covenant.     But,  when Jesus came,  His perfect life  and sacrifice  for our sins  required a “new covenant”  for the people  that would wash away  all of their sins  in true holiness.     So,  when Jesus instituted  the Lord’s Supper,  He said  in Luke  22:20,

This cup  which is poured out  for you  is  the new covenant  in My blood.

Then  Hebrews 8:13  explains  to us,

When He said,  “A new covenant,”  He has made  the first  obsolete.     But  whatever  is becoming obsolete  and growing old  is ready  to disappear.

Hebrews 9:15  further explains,

For this reason  He is the mediator  of a new covenant,  so that,  since a death  has taken place  for the redemption  of the transgressions  that were committed  under the first covenant,  those  who have been called  may receive  the promise  of the eternal inheritance.

Then,  Hebrews 12:24  points out  that Jesus is…

…the mediator  of a new covenant…….

This is important  for all Christians  to realize.     We are not  to live  by the laws  of the Old Testament.     Rather,  we live  by the word  of God,  with faith,  hope,  and love  in Christ Jesus’s blood  only.     That enables us  to live  in the love  of God  with an obedience  to His holiness  that is based  on our response  to God’s gracious  sacrificial love  for us.

Freed by God’s love  in Christ Jesus,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for Your mercy  in Christ.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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