Day 20 - The New Covenant
Read Jeremiah 31:31-37.
I have a question. How many times have you gotten out of bed, looked out your window, and noticed that the sun forgot to come up? Or how about this: how big is outer space? Please tell me how many miles long.
We just read that the only time we’d have to worry about God backing down on His covenant with His people is if the sun stops rising. The only way it would end is if the sky can be measured. In other words, it’s not gonna happen. God is never going to break this covenant.
This is very interesting, because remember some earlier covenants—or promised agreements—we’ve read about before? There were rewards for obedience and punishments for disobedience. God still showed much mercy and personal love for His people, but He never made a promise like this.
In this New Covenant, God won’t just give us a Law and remind us to obey it. But He will write it on our hearts. If you believe in Jesus, the law of God is on your heart. Romans 6:17 says “But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed.” He has made us a new creation, where our heart actually beats to obey God. We still struggle with sin (and sometimes it certainly feels like sin is winning) but the Holy Spirit doesn’t just “come upon us” like He occasionally did to believers in the Old Testament; He lives inside us. Ezekiel 36:26 says “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”
Praise Jesus that in this New Covenant, He Himself teaches us how to obey; if we belong to Him, His Spirit lives in us and gives life to us. Because of Jesus, we can have new hearts!
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