Thursday, August 9, 2012
The Old Covenant of Law vs. The New Covenant of Grace
Under the old covenant of law Under the new covenant of grace
God demanded righteousness from man. God imparts righteousness to man
through the finished work of Jesus
God will visit your sins to the third and fourth God will by no means remember your sins
generations. (Exodus 20:5) (Hebrews 8:12;, 10:17)
The children of Israel were blessed only if they Believers don't have to depend on their
obeyed God's commandments perfectly-- self-efforts to receive God's blessings,
inwardly and outwardly, (Deuteronomy 28:13,14) because Jesus fulfilled every one of the
requirements of the law on their behalf
The children of Israel were cursed if they did not Believers can enjoy God's blessings and obey God's commandments perfectly. and undeserved favor because Christ became
(Deuteronomy 28:15-1618,20 a curse for them on the cross.(Galatians 3:13)
Depending on self-efforts produces behavior Beholding the loveliness of Jesus and His
modification without heart transformation. finished work brings about inner transformation,
which produces good works that are motivated
by God's love. (2 Corinthians 3:18).
The blood sacrifices of animals covers the sins of The blood of Jesus has removed the sins--
the children of Israel for only one year, and the past, present and future--of believers,
process had to be repeated every year. completely, and perfectly, once and for all.
(Hebrews 10:3) (Hebrews 10:11,12)
Obeying the law could not and did not give the Sin has no dominion over believers.(Rom.6:14)
children of Israel the power to stop sin in their as the power of Jesus to overcome
in their lives. The law has no power to make anyone temptation kicks in when they are conscious
holy, just and good. that they are righteous in Christ apart from their
works. (Romans 4:6)
The children of Israel were robbed of their confidence Believers can have a tremendous sense of
in the goodness of God because they were always confidence and security in Christ because
looking at themselves to see how well or poorly they are now looking to Jesus and not
they performed (i.e self-conscious) themselves. (i.e. Christ- conscious)
The children of Israel could not have an intimate Believers can enjoy a close, intimate,
relationship with God because their unrighteousness relationship with God as their Father by faith
put distance between themselves and God. in Jesus. ( Corinthians 5:17; Romans 5:7-9
The children of Israel could not enter the Holy of Not only can believers enter God's holy
Holies. (where the presence of God was). Only the presence, they can also come boldly to His
High Priest could, and that only once a year, on the throne of grace to find mercy and grace in
Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16:2,14) their time of need because of Jesus' perfect
atonement. (Hebrews 4:16).
The children of Israel were under the ministry of death Believers are under the ministry of Jesus'
(2 Corinthians 3:7) abundant life (2 Corinthians 3:6, John 10:10).
What GOOD NEWS the New Covenant has brought to us. This information has been compiled by
Joseph Prince in his excellent book 'UNMERITED FAVOR'. It has been a great blessing to me.