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The New Covenant is a Better Covenant, Part 2
Michael Zaucha
Oct 27, 2009

 


 

The New Covenant is a Better Covenant


 

 


 

“I the LORD have called Thee in righteousness, and will hold Thine hand, and will keep Thee, and give Thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles” (Isa. 42:6). . .Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard Thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped Thee: and I will preserve Thee, and give Thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages”  (Isa. 49:8) . . . But now hath (Jesus) obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also He is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises." (Hebrews 7:22; 8:6)


 

 


 

Because Jesus has indeed finished the work which the Father hast given Him (Jn. 17:4), the ever faithful God would be about fulfilling the covenant which He made with His Beloved Son: “glorify thou Me with Thine own self with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was” (Jn. 17:5). Being near to God is of immeasurable worth, and Jesus knew this to be absolutely true, and this is what He prayed for, the very thing God promised He would do – for Him and for us.


 

 


 

Actually, the new covenant is not a covenant between God and man, but one that was made between the Father and the Son before the world was, and that is what makes this covenant better. It does not hang on the performance of the weak flesh of man, but on the One who was able to fulfill the will and purpose of God perfectly – which no other man could ever do – and the faithful God who cannot lie (Tit. 1:2). Therefore, God would fulfill His promise to Jesus, and brethren, because of that which Jesus accomplished–this is the how and the why the benefits of the new covenant are ours (cf. Ps. 2:6-8; 21:1-7; Isa. 42:1-7; 49:3-11).


 

 


 

The new covenant is not embodied in a new law or the old law or in the keeping of the law, but rather it is in a person, the man Christ Jesus, the better man. And everything pertaining and everything associated with the new covenant is embodied in Him. So the simplicity of the new covenant is revealed by the Apostle John: “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life” (I Jn. 5:12). He that is not abiding in Christ and Christ in him, has no part or parcel in the new covenant. However, he that is in Christ, hath everything associated and pertaining to the new covenant, for Jesus Himself is the embodiment of the new covenant. “For all the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him Amen” (II Cor. 1:20). In Jesus, are the better promises of God of a sure truth, and faithfully being fulfilled in us by Jesus Christ. 


 

 


 

One of the better things of the new covenant is that all these things are meant to be obtained by men. Our obtaining of these better things is a major theme of the new covenant, because Jesus obtained them for us. They are not an end of themselves, but rather, these better things are readying us and preparing us to partake of the unending fellowship and oneness with God Himself in the world to come and for the ages to come. Through them, there is a bringing in of a better hope (Heb. 7:19) – a revealing of the glory of what is still to come. So what we are obtaining now is but the prelude of even better things to come.


 

 


 

The Scripture reveals that now we have obtained mercy, and our life in Christ is one in which we continue to “obtain mercy” (Heb. 4:16), but what we have obtained now is only a first fruit of the mercy we shall receive, and it will not be until the day of judgment when we will obtain the fullness of God’s mercy when we stand before Him blameless, “not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” (Eph. 5:27). When the reality of our being received of God in Christ is partaken of on that day, we will then truly begin to see the full extent of the mercy of God.


 

 


 

Now we have obtained help of God (Acts 26:22), which we all can attest to because God is faithful that promised, that promise revealed in the Isaiah 49 text. The new covenant is an administration of God’s helping us.


 

 


 

As to our obtaining things yet to come, the Scripture reveals:


 

“an incorruptible crown” (I Cor. 9:25). Right off the bat, we know this is not speaking of anything that has to do with this present evil world, for this crown will neither lose its essence or its luster, nor can it. In Christ, we have a promise of an incorruptible crown, and because Jesus is “crowned with glory and honour” (Heb. 2:9), so shall every one in Christ Jesus be thusly crowned.


 

 


 

“an inheritance” (Eph. 1:11), “salvation” (I Th. 5:9), which tells us that this is our appointment of God. Salvation speaks of what we truly have obtained now, rescue and deliverance, but there is one major portion of salvation still to come – and that is safety – total and complete safety, and it will truly be ours when Jesus comes again, when we will truly be like Him, when we see Him as He is, when the corruption puts on incorruption, and when the ole serpent, the beast, the false prophet, and death and hell are cast into the lake of fire, then we shall have obtained salvation.


 

   


 

“the obtaining of a good report” (Heb. 6:15). When we stand before the judge of all the earth, when “all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do” (Heb. 4:13), is it of any interest to you to know that you will obtain a good report on that day? To all those in Christ Jesus, be of good cheer. Jesus obtained a good report of Himself by God, and to all those who are in Christ on that day, you too will obtain a good report.


 

 


 

“the obtaining of a better resurrection” (Heb. 11:35). By inference, there will be a resurrection that will be better and one that will not be better. Because of the potency of Christ’s death before God in the putting away of the sin of the world, all shall be raised on the last day, but the quality of life after the resurrection is the issue that we all must be mindful of: for some shall be raised “to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt” (Dan. 12:2). To this end, the Savior would encourage His sheep: “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Lk. 12:32).


 

 


 

We need to look at this one together for what it reveals, I scarce can take it in:


 

“beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel – hear the far better calling of the gospel – “to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ” (II The. 2:13-14).


 

 


 

If you can’t see Jesus exalted and in the presence of Almighty God, this text may not mean much to you. But if you can get a glimpse of Him as He is now having taken His rightful place and position at the right hand of the Majesty on High, having received “power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing” (Rev. 5:12), the truth of this text will empower you to fight the good fight of faith, laying hold of eternal life, for hereunto have you been called - power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing – the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ!


 

 


 

The new covenant is one to be partaken of in fullness, to take advantage of the benefits Christ has obtained for you. One of them answers the question what is the will of God for you, which was paramount in the mind of our Lord. Why did God quicken you who were dead in trespasses and sins? The Scripture reveals in Eph. 2:5: “when we were dead in sins, (God) hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us (to) sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” Brethren, your destination is the heavenly places with Christ, and if this isn’t glorious enough for you, keep reading on in the Ephesian text for what God is doing in Christ Jesus is not just for the now. God has every intention of continuing this high positioning of us with Jesus unto and through the ages to come.


 

 


 

This is definitely not an earthly perspective. The new covenant was not made to keep men focused to the earth. For the new covenant is a better covenant, one with better places of residence – that is, the heavenly places.


 

 


 

And it is in this much better place, that our Lord Jesus Christ is this Great High Priest the Apostle has declared unto us. Jesus has been exalted to the right hand of Almighty God, given all power and honor and glory to complete the work which He finished upon the earth.  Jesus is not only revealed to be the only One qualified to complete this work of God, but Jesus is also revealed to be the only One who is able to bring it to its full and God glorifying conclusion. Brethren, Jesus “shall not fail nor be discouraged” (Isa. 42:4).