I am confident in my understanding of GOD’s word; but I know I still have so much more understanding to receive from HIM. I have a desire to grow in maturity of HIS word, and I know GOD will honor that desire!! I am sure that as a believer in JESUS, I am under the NEW Covenant, and the NEW brought change. I believe to know how to live I need to take the words of the NEW Testament to heart, determine to live by those words and allow the Holy Spirit to do HIS work in me!!
This post like the first nine will come from the perspective that JESUS is God’s son….God himself and that the whole bible (old and new) is full of God’s words, not man’s and therefore we can trust that GOD made sure that we had one book that is a completely reliable source of information for us to have faith in and live by.
I want to take the time to look at how the change of covenants affect GOD’s people, and how is GOD telling HIS people to live under the NEW Covenant?
I believe the most vital and amazing change is that GOD has written HIMSELF (who HE is, what HIS will is) upon our hearts by HIS HOLY SPIRIT. Under the NEW Covenant we are privileged to have an intimate, alive, real RELATIONSHIP with GOD (the FATHER, the SON and the HOLY SPIRIT)!! We are welcome into HIS presence anytime, anywhere! We do not have to make sacrifices, offerings and go through purification rituals to be acceptable to GOD. We are made acceptable and have access to GOD because of JESUS. We aren’t destined to never enter the Holy of Holies (GOD’s presence), we are destined to be up close and personal with GOD!! Isn’t that amazing, isn’t it almost more than we can comprehend! The CREATOR of everything wants a relationship with us, that HE doesn’t just allow us in, HE welcomes us in to HIS presence.We do not have to offer sacrifices and offerings to be forgiven; we just have to ask and HE promised HE would forgive. I don’t know about you but this covenant sounds so much better than the one they had before JESUS!! It’s supposed to look and sound better, that was exactly GOD’s purpose for giving the NEW COVENANT!!
But now HE (CHRIST) has obtained a more excellent ministry, by as much as HE is also the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises. Hebrews 8:6
Now how do I live while in this relationship with GOD: I am told that if I love HIM (JESUS; GOD’s Son and GOD HIMSELF), I will obey HIS commands. Today I will only be looking specifically at JESUS’ words. Though I know there were so many more commands given by GOD to the New Testament writers by HIS HOLY SPIRIT.
“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. John 14:15
So what are the commands of the New Covenant? To find out what commands I need to obey; I need to look to the words of JESUS himself, to the words that GOD gave to the New Testament writers and I need to listen to GOD’s Holy Spirit.
John 14: But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
John 16: 12-15 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.
Below I will share only some of the commands that JESUS spoke. This post would be way to long if I tried to list every command given by JESUS!
1. LOVE GOD with everything you got: One of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had answered them well, asked Him, “What commandment is the foremost of all?” Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘HEAR, O ISRAEL! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD; 30AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.’ Mark 12:28-30
2. LOVE those around you, both near and far: “The second is this, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ Mark 12: 31
AFTER those two there isn’t an order of importance…………..
~FEED, GIVE, CLOTHE, VISIT, CARE FOR, and INVITE: For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Matthew 25:35-36
~FORGIVE: Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.f Matt. 18:21-22
~What about CHILDREN?: Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there. Matthew 19:14-15
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. “And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea Matthew 18:1-6
~LOVE: Love each other as I have loved you. John 15:12
~BELIVE in JESUS: Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to BELIEVE in the one he has sent.” John 6:29
~ABIDE in JESUS, HUNGER and THIRST after HIM, be Consumed with HIM: Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, unless you EAT the flesh of the Son of Man and DRINK his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever.” John 6:3-58
~SERVE JESUS by SERVING OTHERS: Whoever SERVES me (JESUS) must follow me; ……John 12:26…… Humbly SERVE……….. When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. John 13:12-17
John 13:14 Ye ought also to wash one another’s feet – And why did they not? Why do we not read of any one apostle ever washing the feet of any other? Because they understood the Lord better. They knew he never designed that this should be literally taken. He designed to teach them the great lesson of humble love, as well as to confer inward purity upon them. And hereby he teaches us, In every possible way to assist each other in attaining that purity; To wash each other’s feet, by performing all sorts of good offices to each other, even those of the lowest kind, when opportunity serves, and the necessity of any calls for them.
~Witness with words and actions: In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16
~Go the extra mile: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. Matthew 5:38-42
~Love for Enemies:“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighborh and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemiesi and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Matthew 5:43-47
~MATURE, and FULLY GROW UP in the way of GOD: Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:48
The word implies full development, growth into maturity of godliness, not sinless perfection. Eph 4:12,13. In this passage the Father’s kindness, not His sinlessness, is the point in question. Lk 6:35,36
~Give to the Needy and don’t be prideful or show off when you do: “Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:1-2
~ BE more concerned with the things of GOD than the things of this world: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21
~Do Not Worry: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his lifeb? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
~Keep GOD and HIS ways first in your life: but seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:25-34
~DO NOT JUDGE:: “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Matthew 7:1-2
~Acknowledge JESUS: “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven. Matthew 10:32-33
~Take on Jesus’ Yoke: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11: 28-30
~ Live out NOT my will BUT YOURS LORD: Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his lifeh will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? Matthew 16:24-26
~Witness/Teach/Share the good news about JESUS: Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them ina the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28: 18-20
By truly living under the NEW Covenant and by the law of Christ; it is not possible that our lives would consistently be a lawless mess!! The NEW Covenant is full of commands from JESUS on how to live, treat people, and relate to GOD. If I live out the law of Christ than I will be lovingly walking in obedience to GOD!!
Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. Gal. 6:2
Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. 1 Corinthians 9:19-23
What Paul is saying here is that HE lived HIS life in such a way so that HE would not willingly offend those HE wanted to share CHRIST with. He always lived by the law of Christ (which is our law under the NEW Covenant)! If HE was with a Jew that didn’t believe in JESUS or one that had not accepted yet that with JESUS came significant changes from the laws that needed to be lived out, Paul would act accordingly. If he was with a gentile that believed in JESUS he did not live by the laws that had actually been done away with because of JESUS.
Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense either to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God; just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit but the profit of the many, so that they may be saved. 1 Corinthians 10:31-33
As we live out the law of Christ under the NEW Covenant, let’s do it all to the GLORY of GOD. If we do that, nine out of ten times we will not cause offense and we will be living out a beautiful example of GOD to those around us!!
I hope you might read the words in my first five-post in reference to the New Covenant:
What Changes did the NEW Covenant bring (Post #7)
7th day Sabbath and the NEW Covenant (Post #9)