BCL Grow: The New Covenant — Jeremiah 31:31-33

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Jeremiah 31:31-33 (Redemption)

Bible Passage

“Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. — Jeremiah 31:33


“The form of the old covenant’s administration was in accord with its pre-messianic context. The messianic King had not yet overcome his enemies. He had not yet been anointed with the Holy Spirit. Under the old covenant, the king was not in a position to pour out the spirit of his anointment on his people. But in anticipation of the day in which all of these prospects would become realities, the shadowy form of the old covenant administration participated in the powerful realities of the new covenant substance.” — O. Palmer Robertson, The Christ of the Covenants, p. 292.

Steps to Take

1. Ask: Why is it important to read the Old Testament in light of the New Testament? What are some aspects of the ceremonies and sacrifices of the old covenant that help us see our desperate need for Jesus, the God-man?

2. Remember: Scripture teaches us that Christ Jesus was the substance of God’s covenants with his people (see Col. 2:17; Heb. 8:6). The old covenant pointed to the one perfect sacrifice of Christ Jesus who bore the curse for our sins on the cross for all those who believe and trust in him (Gal. 3:13).

3. Rejoice: We have a savior, God himself, in the person of Christ Jesus, who gave himself up on behalf of God’s people. Rejoice that “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Rom. 5:5). Believers are united to God himself—one people with one God.

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