And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us; for after saying, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord; I will put My laws upon their heart, and on their mind I will write them,” He then says, “And their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Hebrews 10:15-17
God wants to do something so radical within you that it shows on the outside. It includes the forgiveness of all sins and the gift of a new beginning. It’s called a “new covenant” relationship with God. The requisites of this “new covenant” are the gracious sacrificial death of Jesus Christ and the response of faith by a man or woman. Nothing more…nothing less.
The “old covenant” was based upon God’s perfect standard of justice and righteousness and man’s ability to live up to that standard. As history has shown, this is a no win situation because we are unable to live up to His perfect standard. Since we are all born sinners, it is only inevitable that we will follow our hearts and consequently, sin against God. Because we are sinners, we deserve judgment for our sins.
The inability to personally fix this problem is depressing and frustrating. Everyone wants to believe they can make things better if they just try hard enough. But this is one of those problems that no man can correct; no matter how religious he may be.
And that’s the point. God wants us to see a restored relationship with Him as a gift…one that is neither earned nor deserved. He dealt specifically with injustice and unrighteousness by sending His Son, Jesus, to personally serve the sentence that sin required. Jesus Christ died a cruel death on a cross, was raised from the dead on the third day and now offers a new life for those who receive Him and His death as payment for their sin. Thus, the “new covenant” offer.
The “new covenant” results in a new heart and mind. The Holy Spirit comes to live within a person to bring transformation and a new life. He enables a person to live up to God’s standard. Choosing to live “by the Spirit” results in life.
The “fisher of men” has a great message to pass on to others. The message is not a list of requirements or rules to live by. It is notification of God’s grace-filled offer of a forgiven and Spirit-filled life. Nothing compromised. Everything to gain.
I can’t think of a good reason not to shout this message out to anyone…no everyone… What great news!