Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
December 3, 2017 at 10:45 AM
Subject
The New Covenant
Description

THE NEW COVENANT

“ Behold the days come saith the Lord, that I will make   a new covenant with the house of Israel and with   the house of Judah”   Jer. 31:31.
As was announced last Sunday, the sermon for today
will be a study on the Covenant as used with reference to
salvation. This word, Covenant, was – and continues to be –
an essential component both Judaism and the Judeo-
Christian Religion. Believers in both of these Religions
embraced the expectations stated in the Covenant
anchored by a fervent belief in God. In this connection, they
views the stipulations in the covenants as messages and
as messages and promises from God to His people delivered
by prophets. Hence, covenants were sacred messages and,
as such, were to be received and obeyed.

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Jesus, while being fully aware of the Covenants that
predated his existence, embraced them.  He, also, was
keenly aware of his role in fulfilling flaws in the existing
Covenant. Hence, he took it upon himself to meet the
need for a New Covenant. The sermon, in this connection,
was entitled, The New Covenant. It will encompass the
following four objectives, namely: some definitions and
types of covenants, the prevalence of references to
Covenants in the Bible, Jesus as the source of the New
Covenant, and our spiritual obligation to embrace the New
Covenant.
Prior to elaborating on the four concerns in the sermon,
brief attention will be focused on the word, Covenant, as used in the Holy Bible. “The use of Old Testament and New
Testament as the names for both two sections of the Bible.

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Hence, Covenant is central to the entire book. The Bible
relates God’s “covenant” purpose, that man be joined to Him
in loving service and know eternal fellowship with Him
through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ.      Since this study is historically anchored, the format
will exclude section on history and move, instead, to the
objectives earlier specified, the first one being – some
definitions of the word covenant. There are several
definitions of this word, two of which are: “an agreement,
usually formal, between two or more persons to do or not
to do something”. Secondly, covenant is a type of contract
in which the makers state a promise to each other with
respect to an action. With respect to types, there are, also,
two types which are the secular, or worldly, and the sacred,
or religious types. In the 1940, there existed a worldly

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covenant, known as the Restrictive Covenant, that was
designed to prevent certain categories of people from
moving into that area.  Fortunately, it was ruled
unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. Fortunately, the
covenant under study today has no exclusions; instead, it
leaves to the individual the choice for acceptance or
rejection.
According to a Bible software, the word Covenant
appears 291 times in the Bible, of which 261 of those
references are in the Old Testament.
As revealed by those 261 Old Testament references to
Covenants, there must have been innumerable actions,
needs, and desires that God responded to with respect to
His people. In this study today, attention will be respected
just three of them, the first is a promise to Noah as

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founded in Gen. 9:11; God said, “…neither shall there be a
flood to destroy the earth”. Next, there are two covenants
that God made with Abraham; the first one was a people,
or nation. It is found in Gen. 13:16 therein it is recorded,
“… I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: then shall
thy seed also be numbered”. Secondly, God promised a land
to Abraham as is recorded in Gen 15:18 “…unto thy seed
have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the
great river, the Euphrates”.
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Beloved, it would seen that the prevalence of
these Covenants produced an harmonious fellowship
between God and his people. Unfortunately, such was not
the case and, therefore, became necessary for God to
establish the Second, or New Covenant. The nexus of
this Second Covenant was Jesus Christ. This reality was
first mentioned in Jer. 31:31-34 where the following
assertion is penned, “ Behold the days come, saith the
Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of
Israel and the house of Judah…”. That promised was
fulfilled by the birth, ministry, suffering, death, and
resurrection. The efficacy of Jesus in fulfilling the demands
of the New Covenant can be found in the Book of Hebrews,
four citations being: Heb. 8:4-13, “… he is a mediator of a
better covenant…”; Heb. 12:24, “Jesus the mediator of the
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New Covenant, and Heb. 13:20 “…that great shepherd of the
sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant make
your perfect in every good work” and lastly, Heb. 8:12
“ neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own
blood he entered in once into the holy place, having
obtained eternal redemption for us…how much more shall
the blood of Christ who through the eternal Spirit offered
himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from
dead works to serve the living God.
Having studied some dimensions of the New Covenant
Covenant, the closing focus becomes what should be the
Christian’s response to this New Covenant? Beloved, it is
clearly stated in the Bible, the specific obligation is founin Heb. 10:22-25. Amen.

 

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