Covenant

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  • He is the one who has enabled us to represent his new covenant. This is a covenant, not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old way ends in death; in the new way, the Holy Spirit gives life. - 2 Corinthians 3:6


  • If the old covenant, which brings condemnation, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new covenant, which makes us right with God! - 2 Corinthians 3:9


  • In fact, that first glory was not glorious at all compared with the overwhelming glory of the new covenant. - 2 Corinthians 3:10


  • So if the old covenant, which has been set aside, was full of glory, then the new covenant, which remains forever, has far greater glory. - 2 Corinthians 3:11


  • Since this new covenant gives us such confidence, we can be very bold. - 2 Corinthians 3:12


  • But the people's minds were hardened, and even to this day whenever the old covenant is being read, a veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ. - 2 Corinthians 3:14


  • Now these two women serve as an illustration of God's two covenants. Hagar, the slave-wife, represents Mount Sinai where people first became enslaved to the law. - Galatians 4:24


  • Because of God's oath, it is Jesus who guarantees the effectiveness of this better covenant. - Hebrews 7:22


  • But our High Priest has been given a ministry that is far superior to the ministry of those who serve under the old laws, for he is the one who guarantees for us a better covenant with God, based on better promises. - Hebrews 8:6


  • If the first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no need for a second covenant to replace it. - Hebrews 8:7


  • But God himself found fault with the old one when he said: "The day will come, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah.2 - Hebrews 8:8


  • This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and led them out of the land of Egypt. They did not remain faithful to my covenant, so I turned my back on them, says the Lord.3 - Hebrews 8:9


  • But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their minds so they will understand them, and I will write them on their hearts so they will obey them. I will be their God, and they will be my people.4 - Hebrews 8:10


  • When God speaks of a new covenant, it means he has made the first one obsolete. It is now out of date and ready to be put aside. - Hebrews 8:13


  • Now in that first covenant between God and Israel, there were regulations for worship and a sacred tent here on earth. - Hebrews 9:1


  • In that room were a gold incense altar and a wooden chest called the Ark of the Covenant, which was covered with gold on all sides. Inside the Ark were a gold jar containing some manna, Aaron's staff that sprouted leaves, and the stone tablets of the covenant with the Ten Commandments written on them. - Hebrews 9:4


  • That is why he is the one who mediates the new covenant between God and people, so that all who are invited can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them. For Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant. - Hebrews 9:15
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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