Welcome to the land of blood covenants. The people who live on the pages of our Bible, specifically the Old Testament, used blood to unite in friendship and business.
A concept that we understand very little about today. The english “covenant” means to agree, but the Hebrew “berith” means a binding obligation. It is not breakable.
God instituted marriage as a covenant between two people. The physical requirement for the shedding of blood is provided by God, virginity. When a marriage is consummated between a man and a woman, blood flows.
God has not changed His plan. The world has very little time for God’s ways today, but we are suffering the consequences.
NOT A CONTRACT
We use paper work to draw up contracts, and we file it away. However, the biblical “berith” is much more than a historical contract to exchange things. It is giving your life to another. The main ingredient is blood, but there are more ingredients. See more Covenant Friend, Jesus
There are different covenants in the Bible. The cross is the making of the New Covenant. So much blood flowed at this event, that the whole world took notice.
LOVE AND HATE
God loves people, and he hates the sin in us. The question is, how to reconciliate the two? The cross is the answer.
Joseph Prince once said sin is like cancer in someone you love. If you know it destroys that person, how much would you hate the cancer in him/her? To the extent you love someone, to that extent you will hate the cancer. That is why God hates sin, because He knows how it destroy us.
God has to deal with sin, but He does not want to punish us. Instead, He send his Son to take our punishment. Our sins are not brushed under the carpet in the name of “love”. But, God provides a righteous foundation for our forgiveness, a covenant. Ephesians 1:7 In Him we have redemption through his blood. The forgiveness of sins.
THE NEW COVENANT
OLD COVENANT, THE LAW
God made a covenant with Israel when He gave them the law, at Mount Sinai. He would bless them if they obey His laws, and punish them if they don’t. It was a conditional covenant, known as the Old Covenant. Israel could not keep their side of the covenant. How could they?
LAW, A MIRROR
The law was not what would make them righteous. God gave the law, like a mirror, that they could see their own sins. It still serve the same purpose, to show you all your blemishes. But, cannot cleanse you.
It makes you realise you cannot cleanse and save yourself, you need a Saviour. The law was given to prepare the way for Israel to receive their Saviour, one day.
THE LAW RESTORED
Jesus did not come to draw a line through the law. He came to restore it, to lift it up, and to restore it to all its glory. He himself became one of us, and lived a sinless life. Something that no man could ever do. For the law condemns the best of us, but grace saves the worst of us.
THE NEW COVENANT
This new covenant is a covenant made between God the Father and God the Son, at the cross. This covenant standing, does not depend on us. It depends on God, who will never break it.
It is called the covenant of grace, because Jesus Christ himself bled on our behalf. It is offered to us as a gift, and we become beneficiaries when we believe in Him. Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not from yourselves. It is the gift of God.
THE REST OF THE GOSPEL
WE ARE IN HIM
When Jesus died, we died in Him. When Jesus raised, we raised in Him. Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Let me use an analogy. Take a piece of paper and slip it between the pages of your Bible. Wherever you bring the Bible, the piece of paper will go too. We were like this, in Christ at the cross. Our sins were punished in Him at that moment. When He went to the grave for three days, we were in Him. Furthermore, when He raised from the grave, we raised with Him. Today, we can reign, because we are in Him.
Sin brings distance between God and His people. But, Christ made a way for us to be close to Him today. The blood of Jesus Christ washes us so clean that his Holy Spirit can live in us. It is not a pool to dip in and out. It is a waterfall, it keeps washing. Every moment and every day.
Gone are the days of struggling to be a good person. The days when you kept rededicate your rededications. No more shame, and no more guilt. The only work left is to keep reminding yourself of what Jesus did on your behalf. Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
2 Corinthians 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. Jesus Christ did not sin, and we have to ask how then was Jesus made sin? By taking our sins on Him at the cross. Furthermore, how were we made righteous? We received His righteousness at the cross. This is the divine exchange!
God reached out to us while we were in sin. Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. You don’t have to clean yourself before you get into the bath. Jesus is the bath.
Come as you are. Confess “I am the righteousness of God in Christ.” That is to say that you are right with God, because of what Jesus did on your behalf. Believe it with your whole heart. By beholding Christ Jesus in this way, you will live holy.
Right believing produce right living!
Sources used for Crucifixion, Why so bloody?