Grace is amazing! When we can fully grasp the depth of God’s grace, it will tear down fear, anger, shame, addictions, and those things that hold us back in life.
To fully understand what grace is and what it can do in our lives, we need to understand the difference between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant. But first, what is a covenant? Webster’s defines covenant as: “a written agreement or promise usually under seal between two or more parties especially for the performance of some action.”
A covenant is a binding agreement made between two parties, and Biblical covenants are typically sealed through the shedding of blood. Throughout the Bible, there are actually numerous covenants, not just the Old and New. The five most common Biblical covenants are:
- Noahic covenant
- Abrahamic covenant
- Mosaic covenant
- Davidic convenant
- New covenant
Modern bibles today group the Noahic, Abrahamic, Mosaic, and Davidic covenants into the Old Testament, and the New covenant into the New Testament. Under the Old convenant, the Law was a two-party agreement between God and humanity. There were blessings for obedience (Deuteronomy 28:1-14) and curses for disobedience (Deuteronomy 28:15-68). If you did what was right in God’s eyes, you were blessed. If you did what was wrong, you were cursed.
The New covenant is a very different two-party agreement. It is not between God and people–it is between God and Jesus. Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life and thereby fulfilled all the requirements of the law (Matthew 5:17). Then, he laid down his life has a sin offering (Hebrews 10:12-14). God accepted it and declared that those who are in Christ are now children of God (John 1:12).
Most believers today believe that the New covenant is between God and us. But, it’s not. It’s between God and Christ. Our only requirement for salvation is to “confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead” (Romans 10:9). There is no law when we are “in Christ.” Jesus “takes away the first that He may establish the second” (Hebrews 10:9).
Take a moment to think about what this implies:
- The burden to live a perfect life has been fulfilled in Christ. It’s no longer about us.
- The shame of our sin and mistakes is gone. Christ took it all upon himself.
- Instead of trying harder to live the Christian life, we can now just enjoy life in Christ.
- Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ. Nothing.
- Since it’s no longer about us, we are holy, perfect, blameless and righteous in Christ.
There is so much more available to us when we believe this truth about what Christ has accomplished for us. When we can fully grasp that this New covenant is between God and Christ and not us, then the pressure to perform is wiped away. Then, we can finally stop living as slaves and start living as children of God.
Prayer: Father, open my eyes to this truth of grace. Show me that in Christ, you are pleased with me in every way.