God keeps his word. In the Bible, he calls it a covenant. The Old Testament is a covenant based on the commandments. The New Testament is a new covenant based on God’s grace and mercy. We live under the new covenant. We don’t have to impress God to get into heaven. Instead, we have to believe in his Son Jesus Christ, and his righteousness will be our covering.
“Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah—”
More Than a Promise
A covenant is more than just a promise; it is an oath from God to us. God was going to make a new covenant with Israel, and it would be based on His grace and not our good works. The Old Covenant (Testament) was based on keeping the law. God handed down the commandments, and Israel was rewarded based on how well they followed the law. It was impossible for any human to keep the law and so a mediator was needed to stand between God and man and make up the difference. That was Jesus Christ. His death on the cross satisfied the debt that sin had accumulated and established the new covenant.
That new covenant isn’t based on us at all. It is all based on the work of Jesus. He has forgiven us of our sins, and he has also imputed his righteousness to us. That means that the righteousness of Jesus Christ was placed upon us when we put our faith and trust in him. We are no longer judged based on our good deeds or our sins but whether we have Jesus’ righteousness upon us. This is the new covenant that God has given us. It takes away our sin, replaces our righteousness with Christ’s, and ensures our eternal salvation. Take a moment and ponder all that Christ did for you on the cross. That is the new covenant.