Many Christians today are confused about the covenants and what they mean. They are mixing the covenants together making their own version of the gospel, much like the Galatians who wavered back and forth between law (The Mosaic Covenant) and grace (The New Covenant).
“Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the law of Moses? Of course not! You received the Spirit because you believed the message you heard about Christ. How foolish can you be? After starting your new lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort?” Gal 3:2-3
“I ask you again, does God give you the Holy Spirit and work miracles among you because you obey the law? Of course not! It is because you believe the message you heard about Christ.” Gal 3:5
The book of Galatians is one of my favorites because it so clearly shows us the new covenant. The law is no longer something we have to obey and uphold perfectly to be right with God.
Hebrews 8 quotes one of the longest Old Testament prophecies recorded in the New Testament.
It states, “But this is the new covenant I will make on that day, says the Lord… For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more”
The next verse (Heb 8:13) tells us that God has made the old (law keeping) covenant obsolete! Praise the Lord!
Your performance, or lack thereof, is no longer the issue. Sin is no longer the issue. God is not counting your sins, or calculating a punishment for you based on your sins, or disappointed in you because of your sins. He is saying, “I see them no more!! I took care of it on the cross. It is finished. That covenant is no more. I made a new way for you through the sacrifice of my Son. All you have to do is believe.”
Rightly dividing the Word is essential to understanding what the Good News really is. Mixing the Mosaic Covenant and the New Covenant doesn’t work. Mixing Law and Grace doesn’t work.
“When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; He has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.” (Col 2:13-14)
You are qualified to inherit the blessings and promises of God because you are forgiven, and securely positioned in Christ.
“..He has brought you into His own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before Him without a single fault. But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away…” Col 1:22-23
“Don’t drift away.” Don’t go back to the law. Don’t go back to the performance mentality that you have to do something in order to be made right. Enter His rest.