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What is this "Good News"?
God loves us so much that He himself came to redeem us by way of His begotten Son Jesus, because not one person could/can save themselves by their own efforts.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
The Old Covenant (the old "contract/deal" of laws which brought blessings and curses from God), written upon stones (2 Cor 3:7), had its purpose for its time; but it was BAD NEWS for mankind, because no one was able to keep it.
The New Covenant is instead focused on OUR RESTING in the FINISHED WORK of Jesus Christ and is the GOOD NEWS.
There are a number of things that many Christians STILL do not fully comprehend today! Many still do not understand that ever since Jesus Christ arose, the world has been living in the age of the New Covenant, NOT the Old Covenant.("Gospel" means "good news")
A covenant is a contract/deal. IF we were still living under the Old Covenant, the new testament would be much different, and we wouldn't be any better off than those living back in 1,000BC, because at least their sins could be covered for one full year by a sacrifice in the temple and then they would be blessed.
The Good News really does means REST. Here is a powerful summary of the differences between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant. The New Covenant shows us how much God loves us! Understanding and believing this will bring you TRUE PEACE and REST.
Many people still do not understand that true Christianity is not a religion - - it is a relationship with God!
Sabbath REST is a of the things
that were to come. The
(Hebrews 4:1-4; Col 2:14-16)
God knew way back at the beginning all that would occur throughout time (God is not restricted by time) and set His plan in motion from the start to redeem us!
God invites us to enter into that realm where everything has been finished for us. Believe it!
In order to
help create a better understanding, the following table presents
essential differences between the Old and New Covenants.
Highly recommended: The New King James Version and The Message bibles for study purposes.
(Law > Works > Imputation of Sin > No Rest)
(Grace > No Condemnation > Rest > Fruit)
Covenant (Mount Sinai, gives birth to bondage;
as in Hagar the bondswoman & son Ishmael)
|- New Covenant (Mount Zion, gives birth to freedom; Sarah the freewoman & son/heir Isaac)||Gen 21:10,
2 Cor 3:6
mankind became sinful through ONE (Adam);
sin unto death
|- All those who believe
are made righteous through ONE (Christ Jesus); by one Man's
obedience many will be made righteous
2 Cor 10:4-5
|- Slaves of
"sin unto death"
(sin used as a noun here, NOT a verb)
|- Slaves of righteousness||Rom 5:12,6:6
|- The law was given (via Moses was handed to man)||- "Grace and Truth" CAME (God came to dwell with us—very personal)||John 1:17|
|- Spirit of
bondage to fear; ministry of death
("sin unto death")
|- Spirit of freedom||Gal 5:1|
|- The law (the old covenant) exposed man's faults||- The new covenant reveals God's faultless cleansing and redemption of men||Rom 3:20,5:20
- Law (your works/efforts before God to keep the law)
- You do do do
|- No Condemnation
- Grace & Truth (your effort only stands in the way)
- It is done. Finished. Jesus Christ’s finished work
2 Tim 1:9
|- Law was a schoolmaster||- Grace by faith||Gal 3:23-27|
|- Sin no more and God will bless you||- God blesses you for
believing in Jesus as savior, and provides us with unmerited
by God’s grace
|- You do do do (your works/efforts)||- The LORD already has DONE (performed) all perfectly for you; the "Finished Work"||John 17:4-5
|- Boast in your love for God||- Boast in God's love
for you (John 21:20 – This demonstrates John’s
boasting of the Lord’s
love for him…..NOT boasting of his own love for the Lord)
2 Cor 12:9
|- You give;
you do, your works
(What you are to God)
|- You believe and
receive (HIS supply; HIS grace; HIS working in you
(What God is to you)
|- Sin consciousness; the strength of sin is the law||- Righteousness
conscious; if you have sin consciousness it is insulting to
God and Jesus,
because it is like saying to Jesus you didn't do a good job and your blood is not enough
|2 Cor 3:6
|- Bondage (sin unto death)||- Freedom to reign in life||Rom 5:17
people are under bondage (under law) and
feel guilty with condemnation, they are doomed to
repeat sins (verb) over and over
|- When people are free from guilt (no condemnation), they'll get free of anything||Rom 8:1
|- No matter
what you do, you still are in the "prison"
of a sinful nature because of what Adam did (man
as defendant in a courtroom says "that's not fair")
|- When you are "in
Christ" you are a "new creature" and you are in the "prison"
righteousness (Satan as Prosecutor says "that's not fair"). Since Jesus took your place,
you take his place with Father God who now sees you perfect through Christ with your new
true identity as Christ’s likeness. At varying speeds and degrees, day by day, the
Holy Spirit transforms us to that likeness.
2 Cor 3:18
|- Focused on ourselves||- Focused on Jesus
instead of self; as we behold him in the scriptures we will
to Jesus' glory/likeness without our efforts. See and focus on Jesus in the scriptures
(e.g. in the Old Testament the pictures/shadows of Jesus such as Joseph, Boaz, the
sacrificial lamb meal at Passover and blood on doorposts before leaving Egypt, etc., and in the
New Testament as the “substance” of Jesus.)
2 Cor 3:18
|- We were “married to Mr. Law”||- The vows are cancelled
(til death do us part—we are dead to sin, dead to the law)
Now, believers (both Gentile and Jew) are “married to Christ Jesus” note2
|- The law is
holy, but NOT ONE person could
|- Grace. Devine
substitution: God came in the likeness of flesh to fulfill
the law perfectly in our
place.4 Now, everyone who wants Christ Jesus as their savior qualifies for the Free Gift of
Rom 3:10; 4:13
Rom 5:16, 6:14
|- You do
good, get good (blessings); you do bad get
|- Believe and get
righteousness GIFT & you will not want to do bad. (If a
pig's heart and mind were
changed to that of a cat, it would not like being in the mud any longer. It may end up in mud
from time to time (sin as a verb/action), but it won't like it there and won't dwell very long there
and will leave.)
righteousness through our efforts of keeping
the law (our works)
|- Righteousness only through the perfect finished work of Christ Jesus, not of our works/efforts||Rom 4:2-8
Self-righteous Pharisees made it seem as
though they kept the law, but they knew none
of them perfectly did
|- Jesus does not condemn
us (followed by Grace & Truth transforming us via the Holy
not by our efforts) "Grace & Truth" = Jesus Christ
doing (keeping the law) was supposed to lead
to righteousness and God’s favor (but not one can
do it all perfectly according to God’s exacting def-
initions, so God found fault with the Old Covenant)
|- Right believing leads to right living (as a fruit in its season)||Rom 6:21-22
|- Justified by the works of the law (but none can)||- Justified by faith,
not by our efforts; Justified by the Faith of Jesus
(Justified by His grace
through redemption in Christ Jesus). [Law of Faith—Faith is a law. (Rom 3:27)]
|- Obedient to the law||- Obedient to the Faith; obedient to the Faith OF the Son of God (Jesus)||Acts 6:7
|- Self led||- Holy Spirit led (God leads us personally through the Holy Spirit)||Gal 3
|- NO REST||-
REST through the finished work of Jesus Christ, the
Son of God (man generally finds it
difficult to rest)
exchanged with sacrificed unblemished
|- Sins exchanged once with the FINAL "No Fault in him" sacrificial Lamb of God (Jesus Christ)||John 1:29,36
Heb 7:26, 9:12
Rev 5:6, 7:17
and sins covered by animal blood for
the next full year (per God's commands)
|- Cleansed and redeemed
by the blood of Lord Jesus Christ
forever (past, present, future),note4
according to the riches of His grace (not according to our knowledge of our sins)
|- Get clean
and then come to God (i.e. take a bath
before getting cleansed--everyone entering the
temple area had to rinse off/cleanse by walking
down into the cleansing pool)
|- You come as you are to Jesus - - HE IS the bath||Titus 3:5
priests continually STOOD in the temple,
because their work was never finished (no rest)
|- Jesus SAT DOWN at the
right hand of God, because the work was finished. Believers
Jesus Christ as the Son of God and savior also "sit down/rest," because the job was
finished for them; believers are righteous by faith (not through their own efforts)
|- You must
forgive first in order to be forgiven by God
|- God forgives you first
and then you become more and more forgiving to others
(this also applies about loving)
|- Love God
with all your heart, soul and mind, or
else you will be in big trouble
|- God demonstrated how
much he loves us by His sacrifice, which causes us to want
|Ex 20:5, 20:7
were singled out to be blessed (and
cursed if they did not perform correctly)
|- Gentiles as well as Jews are welcomed to God's Grace||Gal 3:28
Sabbath REST is a shadow of the things that
were to come (not the substance)
|- The SUBSTANCE is the TRUE REST we have in the finished work of Jesus by believing in him||Hebrew 4:1-11
|- Old Testament is full of shadows of Jesus||- New Testament is full of the substance of Jesus||Heb 8:4-7|
1) In this verse: ....“made us accepted in the Beloved.” The original Greek word “accepted” is “charitoo” meaning “highly favored.”
2) After receiving your salvation by the gospel of grace of Christ Jesus and free gift of righteousness, going back and forth with “Mr. Law” and condemnation is like going back and having an affair while married to the other. It is spiritual adultery.
3) Rom 7:12 The law is like a mirror. It does not have power to make you holy and good. It can only show you your flaws.
4) If someone paid off your mortgage or other loan for you, you wouldn’t keep making those payments would you? The loan obligation would be completed, with no more contract requirements needed from you. You would be “free” from that obligation/contract. Now consider if your loan balance had been $50,000 and that person overpaid when they paid if off for you by paying $1,000,000 instead of the $50,000. That’s what Jesus Christ (God in the flesh) did………his sacrifice was a significant OVERPAYMENT of our debts. Even considering that our past, current, and future sins are all paid for, it was STILL and OVERPAYMENT.
Note: Living according to the flesh means living by your self efforts and only what you see (self-led instead of spirit-led (Rom 7 & 8)
Note: Rom 6:16 The original Greek word for “obey” is “hupakouo” which means “to listen to, to subscriber to, be attentive to.”
Note: God’s exacting standards of keeping the law: Example – Just a thought of lust is the same to God as adultery. Jesus explained God’s standards
a number of times in various ways and various examples to bring people to the end of themselves so that they would be ready for and cry out for a savior.
The Holy Spirit cannot flow when the Law is in the church. It would be like Hagar (Law) coming back to raise Isaac because Sarah (Grace) couldn't do a good job of it. As a Christian you are not able to blossom until the Law is out of your life. The Law is like a stone blocking the resurrection life. But, you cannot remove the stone (Law) from "dead people" (people "of the world"). You cannot remove the ten commandments from "people of the world," because they still need the "thou shall nots." But even when they follow the ten commandments they do so outwardly, not from their heart. It does not give them true holiness. But it is still needed to govern the world. But, in the church, it is a hindrance, because resurrected (born again) people are "alive in Christ." God wants inward transformation, not just outward conformity.