This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. – Hebrews 10:16-17
Before Christ, our high priest, shed His precious blood for us, there were many animal sacrifices made under the old law. And, it couldn’t be just any ol’ scraggly critter either. The animal offered for sacrifice had to be spotless. Under the old law, sacrifices often had to be repeated. It was a necessity – done out of a sense of duty.
Once Christ shed His blood for the sins of the world, it was enough to procure for all nations and ages, spiritual pardon, or being freed from punishment in the afterlife. Christians are encouraged to persevere in their faith through Christ Jesus. Now we live not under the law, but under grace. We serve Christ from a sense of love.
That is the new covenant and no human inventions can be put in the place of the ultimate sacrifice of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. No other sacrifice will ever be needed. By faith we embrace this precious gift from God. It’s the best gift He ever gave us – if we will seek Christ and accept His sacrifice, God promises (the covenant) He will not remember our sins (iniquities). We can go through life clean, forgiven and free.
Have you heard the age-old definition of JUSTIFICATION? I heard this from Billy Graham many years ago. Justification is just as if you had never sinned. Once you know your sins are forgiven – they are forgiven forever.
But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. – Jeremiah 31:33
What a difference it is to be free from the law and live a life of freedom under the gospel! We no longer have to take a goat to the temple and sacrifice it in order for our sins to be forgiven. Then later, have to take another goat to the temple and sacrifice it to have our sins forgiven. The law represents duty – but then Christ willingly gave His life at Calvary.
Grace isn’t a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It’s a way to live. – Jacqueline Winspear
Now we live under grace… and I don’t know about you, but I am so thankful. The grace of regeneration, which changes hearts and lives and gives us all we need for Christian service to others. It’s not a cold law, rather a warm invitation wrapped in God’s love. ❤