A Better Promise

Hebrews 8:7 (ESV)

“For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion to look for a second.”

The purpose of the Law was to bring to people an awareness of what sin was, and convict them of their trespasses (Romans 7:7). The works that were required to keep the Law proved ineffective to bring people to salvation, a plan that God had from the very beginning. Sinful humanity could simply never achieve such a level of perfection. Therefore, a better promise was required.

The Law could not remove sin; in other words, no works performed by man can remove the sin he commits on a daily basis. Therefore, no amount of good behavior, kindness, benevolence, or altruism, can lead to one’s salvation. It cannot be earned, but must be received.

Only with the blood of Jesus Christ can one be saved (John 3:16; 14:6; Acts 4:12). Where once the Laws were written on tablets for men, God now writes His Perfect Law on the hearts of those who believe. This is the new way, where every sin is pardoned and all believers are cloaked with the righteousness of the One who died on our behalf.

There is so much freedom in this pardon. Such utter completeness. For those who truly experience this, the doors are opened to all kinds of spiritual blessings. We become willing servants and disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, allowing the Holy Spirit to mold us into His image. With every day of submission, the chains of the world are loosened all the more.

The old covenant represents a state of brokenness and separation because of a disobedient and stiff-necked people. When God erases our sins, we no longer need a sin offering. The entire sacrificial system is unnecessary. The single offering of Christ has wiped out the need for the old sacrificial system and has introduced a new era. Many today who are determined to work their way to heaven are clinging to the old way. Works are certainly important to our earthly journey of sanctification, but hold no value on determining our eternal destination.

Works—which is what the Law was based upon—are simply proof of a changed heart. When the brother of Jesus says in James 2:18, “....You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works”, he is not implying that works precede faith, but rather works are a natural response to a heart transformed by the Holy Spirit (c.f. Galatians 5:22-23).

Thank God today for His perfect plan of salvation. Christ’s sacrifice was God’s final answer to the universal problem of human sin. God has no need to speak a word beyond Jesus.

Have you thanked Him today?