What is the New Covenant?
Have you ever thought about what the Bible says about the New Covenant? Did you know that scripture tells us exactly what is the New Covenant? Some covenants are conditional. Such as the one made at Mount Sinai.
Some agreements are not conditional. One such covenant was made with Hagar concerning Ismael and his descendants. Sometime take a look at the differences between the promises made to Abram, Hagar and Ishmael and then Abraham and Isaac. Some of the promises are very similar, but there is one major difference between promises made for Isaac's lineage as opposed to Ishmael's lineage.
Have you ever wondered why Cain was guilty of murder if there was no law until Moses? What law was Moses teaching to the people two chapters before the giving of the ten commandments? God's law, his moral law, has always been in existence and it has never changed. God can not change nor can he change his morals. What was sin the day Adam was placed in the garden is still sin today. What is sin today was sin that same day. God can not change. Abraham knew God's moral Law. Abraham kept His law and did so willingly.
The ten commandments represent Yahweh God's marriage contract with Israel and the beginning of the Mosaic covenant that included the added Levitical priesthood, blood sacrifices and blood ordinances. However, there was a promise of better things to come.
This promise is repeated in Hebrews 8:8-10. It is also referred to again two chapters later.
Now here is the New Covenant; it is God's Laws, His moral Law put into our hearts and written in our minds! You see only the laws that were added 430 years after the promises were for all time satisfied by Christ. He became our high priest replacing the Levitical priesthood. He also became our perfect sin offering negating the need for any further sacrifices.
Now for one more point that was given to me by one who emailed me.
The Greek word translated introduction, "bringing in" in the KJV, means superimposition. The definition for the word superimposition is "place or lay (one thing) over another, typically so that both are still evident". So the new covenant did not replace, but was laid over the first covenant. Both are still evident and with us today. So the perfect law made nothing perfect, but we were given a better hope with the new covenant over laid upon the first.
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