“By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.” (Hebrews 8:13 NIV)
The old covenant between God and man consisting of ritualistic sacrifices for the atonement of sin, which man could not keep because of their willful nature, became obsolete, when the new covenant of grace appeared.
What is this covenant of grace? It is the recognition that God loved us so much that He was not willing to see any perish in their sins, and provided a means of escaping the fate of sinful behavior, by becoming the ultimate sacrifice for the atonement of sin. Our part in this covenant of grace–receive the finished work on the cross and obey Him in loving others. For if we love–Him and others--we will do nothing to disappoint Him or others. That’s what love does!
Under the covenant of grace–we have access into heaven by simply believing and accepting The Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior. If He is Lord over our lives–we give Him complete control--no longer desiring to just please self, but to please Him. There is no more sacrifice for sin–just the judgment that comes with disobedience and unbelief!
Thanking God for the Covenant of Grace and for His willingness to be the ultimate sacrifice for me!