by Timothy J. Gladson
“By calling this covenant ‘new,’ he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.” Hebrews 8:13
I am sometimes troubled with what I hear other Christians believing or preaching. I often see defeated Christians who are worried about what mistakes/sins they engaged in or how they have not prayed enough or read the Bible enough. This is, what I deem, a performance based Christianity that leads to a defeated feeling of never being good enough for God. The apostle Paul writes in Romans 10:4, Christ is the end of the Law, in order to bring righteousness to everyone who believes.
The writer of Hebrews tells us in chapter 8, verse 7, If the first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no need for a second covenant to replace it. The first covenant was with the Jews and was the Mosaic–as in given through Moses–Law. It’s fault was no one could live the Law perfectly. No one, that is, until Jesus who lived it perfectly on our behalf and ended that first covenant with his bloodshed on the cross. So our righteousness is not in our actions, but in Jesus Christ as the apostle Paul so beautifully writes in Romans 8:1, Therefore, there is now NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Hebrews 8:13 says, when He said, ‘a new covenant,’ he has made the first obsolete. Are you resting in the peace and victory of the completed work of Jesus Christ? Or are you striving to be perfect and good enough for God under an old, obsolete covenant?