Monday, November 30, 2009
The New Has Replaced The Old
For the past two weeks, I have been lusting and will be continuing to lust (for the next three months before I can recontract my mobile phone line) for a new smartphone to replace my trusty Palm Centro (pic left) which has been faithfully serving me for the last one and a half years.
My Palm Centro is still working fine but its 2.1 inch small screen is beginning to look outdated compared to the gorgeous 2.8 inch to 4.3 inch screens of the smartphones in the market today. While my Centro also allows me to perform tasks like photo and video taking, its 1.3 megapixel camera pales in comparison to the 3 to 8 megapixel cameras in today's smartphones ... the list goes on.
My Palm Centro is slowly but surely becoming obsolete; you won't be able to find any Palm Centro in any of the three local telco's retail shops now. In fact, Palm Inc, the manufacturer of my faithful Centro decided that the Centro's operating system (palmOS) was just simply not good enough; so instead of trying to improve on and upgrade palmOS, Palm Inc dumped palmOS altogether and created a totally new operating system called webOS and designed brand new handsets based on it. The new OS has replaced the old.
Similarly, God found fault with the old covenant which He cut with His chosen people, and instead of modifying the old covenant, God established a totally new covenant to replace the old:
Hebrews 8:7-9,13 (NIV)
7For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another. 8But God found fault with the people and said:
"The time is coming, declares the Lord,
when I will make a new covenant
with the house of Israel
and with the house of Judah.
9It will not be like the covenant
I made with their forefathers
when I took them by the hand
to lead them out of Egypt,
because they did not remain faithful to my covenant,
and I turned away from them, declares the Lord.
13By calling this covenant "new," he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear.
This new covenant is established through Jesus Christ's sacrifice on the cross of Calvary and his resurrection three days later. This covenant calls for a totally new priesthood: Jesus, of the tribe of Judah, becomes the High Priest FOREVER in the order of Melchizedek (Heb 6:20), NOT in the old order of Levitical priesthood under the Law (Num 18:7); Christ Jesus becomes "the mediator of a new covenant - that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant." (Heb 9:15). The new priesthood has replaced the old.
By His blood, Christ opens up a brand new way for us to approach the throne of God with boldness - Hebrews 9: 12-14 - "He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption. The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death,c]"> so that we may serve the living God!" The new blood has replaced the old.
This new covenant is established based on new and superior promises (Heb 8:6): in the old covenant God promised to "visit the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me" (Exodus 20:5) but in the new covenant God promises that He will put His "laws in their minds and write them on their hearts", He "will be their God, and they will be His people" and He "will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more" (Heb 8:10,12). The new promises have replaced the old.
In the old covenant, the hearts of the people have hardened like stones but in the new covenant, God says "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh." (Ezekiel 36:26) The new heart has replaced the old.
You are no longer under the old covenant. You are now under the new covenant. Do you know what it is and understand what it means? Find out more from new covenant preachers like Pastor Joesph Prince, Joel Osteen, and Andrew Wommack. Just click on their links under my blog's title banner and get started on a "a new and living way" (Heb 10:20).