The third chapter of the book of 2nd Corinthians is loaded with blunt points: All the laws of God and Moses, including the ten commandments have all been fulfilled in Christ on the cross. We are now under a new and better covenant: full of grace and love, rather than vengeance and condemnation (Heb 12:24).
God has made us able ministers of the New Covenant. If the old covenant of death, written and engraved in stones—that is, the ten commandments—was glorious, and made the face of Moses to shine such that people couldn’t look at his face, how much more glorious do you perceive the magnitude of the glory of ministration of righteousness! A more excellent glory arrived in Christ.
O friend, for emphasis, the old testament has been abolished. It has been done away with (2 Cor 3:6-15). Eph 2:15 says:
“Having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace.”
This was also reiterated in Col 2:14-17. You are not under the laws and ordinances of the old covenant. It has been done away with and abolished in its entirety and replaced with the better and gracious new covenant at Calvary. (Exo 24:12, 31:18, 32:15; Dt 4:13, 5:22, 10:4).
Let’s take just a little time to compare the two covenants. The first one is old, and the second is new. Moses’ law brought death, Christ’s brought life. Moses’ was glorious, Christ’s is much more glorious. Rom 8:1-4 says the new covenant brings righteousness but the old brought condemnation. The old man is of the letter, the new is of the Spirit. The first brought blindness and bondage, the second brings enlightenment and liberty.
Christ came to first fulfill the law before He could abolish it on the cross (Matt 5:17-18). The law ceased to be in force when it was “fulfilled” (Mat 11:13, Lk 16:16). Gal 3:19-25 goes into great depth to explain that the purpose of the laws was not for transgressions and temporary, till the Seed (Christ) comes. The law enslaved us, before faith came, and it brought us to Christ. “But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor” (Gal 3:25). Even the apostles of old didn’t require the Christians (Gentiles) to keep the law (Gal 5:19-21; Acts 15:5-29; Rom 14:1-13).
The Old Covenant lacked perfection and had to be changed. Christ came after the order of Melchizedek and not like the Levitical priesthood, its imperfections and legalism. Christ is the mediator of a better covenant, established upon better promises. If the first covenant (from Sinai Gal 4:21-31) had been faultless there would have been no need for the second one. Christ, by means of His death, redeemed us from under the old covenant. For where a testament is, there must also be the death of a testator. Until he dies, the testament will not be active. The law has been abolished (Heb 7:11-12, 22, 28; 8:6-18; 9:1, 9-22; 10-1-18).
By way of review, the law has been abolished. It is a yoke of bondage. We have been given liberty (Gal 5:1; Jam 1:18-25). Christ terminated it (Rom 10:14; 2Cor 3:14; Heb 10:9). The most painful aspect of the old covenant is that it brought death, while the new brought life (2Cor 3:16-18; Rom 8:1-4; Gal 3:21).
It demanded what it couldn’t give: righteousness, but the new one gave us righteousness (Gal 3:1-29; 5:1-26) It couldn’t save from sin, but the new one saves us to the very uttermost (Heb 7:11-28; 8:7-13). We are now in a covenant that has eternal inheritance (Rom 8:17; Heb 9:15). We have a covenant that gave victory over sin (Rom 6:1-23; 8:1-4).
Some aspects of the Old Covenant that are made part of the new include nine of the ten commandments, except the fourth commandment, which refers to the Sabbath.
Why have I bombarded you with so much? It is because I want it to sink that you are under a new covenant. And since faith comes by hearing, minds can only be renewed with repeated reinforcement of the fact that by the deeds of the law shall no man be justified (Gal 2:16). I want you to think who you now are. You are a new man, not under the law of the old covenant but called to liberty.
In the new covenant, God’s ultimate intent is to reproduce Himself in us. Eph 5:1-2 says, “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us”. Gal 4:19 says “…until Christ be formed in you.” He really wants us to be like Himself, so much He came to indwell in us. May we live in the fullness of His indwelling presence, live in the conscious realization of the fact that we carry the power that rose Jesus from the dead after three days, enabling us now to live above circumstances and without limitations.
As new covenant believers, we are to live far above fear or sickness or want, as overcomers with Christ (1Jn 4:4; Rom 8:37; Eph 6:1, 13; 1 Jn 2:13). You are an overcomer. All your battles start from the position of victory. You have already won. The adversary is only roaring, rattling to dislodge you. He is a loser. You have the life of the Vine inside you!
As new covenant saints, your confessions are therefore that:
- You are an overcomer already.
- God is the supplier of all your needs – Phil 4:19; 2Cor 9:8. You always have all sufficiency.
- The power of resurrection is in you, the unction of the Holy Spirit, never dwindles and cannot be increased. He is a Person. He is God – 1Jn 2:20, 27. You never need to charge Him. You just need to adjust yourself to His constancy.
- You lay hands on the sick and they recover – Mk 16:18; Lk 10:19; Act 28:3-6; Rom 16:20.
- You are a temple of the Holy Spirit – 1Cor 6:19. He will never leave nor forsake you Heb 13:5-6.
- Your genealogy can only be traced to Christ because you are in Him and old things have already passed away – 2Cor 5:17; Gal 3:13; Heb 7:26-27. You are under generation blessings, not curses.
- You have been delivered from the power of darkness and now dwell in the Kingdom of Christ – Col 1:13; Isa 49:24-25; Mat 12:29-30.
- As the righteousness of God in Christ, you have the boldness of a lion to win any battle – Pro 28:1; Acts 4:17; 14:3.
- You are not struggling to be righteous. In Christ, He already made you righteous – 2 Cor 5:21; Rom 5:19; 8:1-4.
- You were healed by His stripes – 1Pet 2:24. See sickness as the devil’s work. Get violent against his encroachment. Resist it and he will flee – Jam 4:7; Rom 14:11; Eph 4:27; 6:11-12.
God bless you richly.