The New Covenant. What is it? When Christians are asked this question, the standard answer is that it’s the covenant that Jesus’ instituted in the upper room during the celebration of the Jewish Passover. However, how many Christians know the connection between the New Covenant inaugurated in the upper room and the Old Covenant established at Sinai? The New Covenant isn’t new in the sense that it replaces what is old – i.e., the Old Covenant. It’s the New Covenant because it is a fulfillment of the promises made in the Old Covenant. All of the sacrifices and rituals of the Old Covenant find their fulfillment in the person and work of Jesus Christ. As the Apostle Paul said, “For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory” (2 Corinthians 1:20).
Below is a link to the White Horse Inn broadcast for September 25, 2011 on the subject of the New Covenant. From the show notes:
Over five hundred years before the time of Christ, Jeremiah prophesied that the days would come when God would “make a new covenant with the house of Israel” (Jer. 31:31). So how is this new covenant fulfilled in Jesus’ life and sacrificial death? How is it different from the old covenant received by Moses on Mount Sinai? Is it true that before Christ the Old Testament saints were really saved by works? On this edition of the program, the hosts will discuss these questions as they walk through Hebrews 8-10. White Horse Inn: Know what you believe and why you believe it.