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The New Covenant (3 of 5)
Series: A Layman's Guide to Spiritual Maturity
The Old Covenant was based on the Mosaic Law but the New Covenant is based on the promise of God. This promise was God's plan from the beginning. Some mistakenly teach that God tried one covenant and when that didn't work, He tried something new. In truth the plan of God was revealed through the scriptures from the beginning and each step throughout biblical history carried mankind by the hand to the New Covenant which God was preparing to be revealed through Christ. This is why the New Testament (which is the revelation of the New Covenant) points back to the Old Testament patriarch Abraham in order to teach us what it means to be justified by faith. Abraham lived four hundred and thirty years before the Mosaic Law was given; therefore, we can see clearly that justification by faith was revealed as a promise of God before the Law was revealed to God's people. Since faith came before the Law, what is the purpose of the Law? The scriptures provide the answer for this question throughout the New Testament. Begin by looking at Romans 3:19-20
19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
Some of the early Jewish Christians had a hard time preaching the gospel to the Gentiles because many still looked at the Law as the pathway to salvation. If you are not familiar with this term, a Gentile is anyone who is not a Jew. The Law was given through the Jews and this group of people were used by God to reveal the plan of salvation through the prophets and ultimately fulfilled through Christ. Before Christ, a Gentile had to become a proselyte, be circumcised, and convert to the Jewish religion in order to become part of the Covenant ...
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