Are Christians under the New Covenant or not?

The statement has been made, “the Scriptures are clear that we do not live under the New Covenant yet. The New Covenant era is described in Jeremiah 31. Go read it and explain to me how we’re in that era now. Secondly, the covenant with Adam is the same one we’re under now. It’s the same covenant as the one with Noah, with Abraham, with Moses, etc. It has been been renewed, not ended. Please read Matthew 5:13-20.”

As far as not being in the New Covenant. Jesus disagrees.
Luke 22:20

In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.

Not only that, but we see in Hebrews 7 that the perfection could not be attained through the Levitical system, and there was a need for another priest to come. We also see in this passage that there was a change of the priesthood and in the law and that the Old Covenant (“former regulation”) was set aside.

Hebrews 7:11-19

11 If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it the law was given to the people), why was there still need for another priest to come—one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron? 12 For when there is a change of the priesthood, there must also be a change of the law13 He of whom these things are said belonged to a different tribe, and no one from that tribe has ever served at the altar. 14 For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah, and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests. 15 And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears,16 one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life. 17 For it is declared: 
   “You are a priest forever, 
      in the order of Melchizedek.” 18 The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless 19(for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.

We see in the next chapter of Hebrews that the priest spoke of in Hebrews 7 was actually Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 8:6

But the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, and it is founded on better promises.

In fact, Christ made the old covenant obsolete.
Hebrews 8:13

13 By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear.

And in fact, the Levitical system of offering sacrifces in the temple DID disappear, when the temple was destroyed in 70AD.

We are living in the New Covenant, as we see in what Hebrews 10:14-18 tells us has occurred:

14 because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. 15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says: 16 “This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.” 17 Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” 18 And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin.

What other evidence do I have that we are not under the the Torah? I find the need to offer sacrifices at the temple something we have been freed from. Jesus offered one sacrifice for sins for all time.
Hebrews 10:12

But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God.

God love us, but He is a righteous, just, and holy God. He WILL judge us. Are you ready? Are you under the New Covenant?

So, no, those who trust in Christ, as having been sent by God the Father to suffer and die for our sins and raised again on the third day to show His divinity, are not under the Old Covenant. We are under the New Covenant.

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25 Responses

  1. […] Are Christians under the New Covenant or not? […]

  2. Я вас любил любовь еще быть может, в душе моей угасло не совсем….гхм о чем это я. Ах да блог..эм ну я вас могу поздравить с таким блестящим блогом. В общем то я вам завидую

    • GferTyOPw,
      http://babelfish.yahoo.com translated your message:
      “Я вас любил любовь еще быть может, в душе моей угасло не совсем….гхм о чем это я. Ах да блог..эм ну я вас могу поздравить с таким блестящим блогом. В общем то я вам завидую”

      as

      “I you loved love still perhaps, in the soul of my [ugaslo] not entirely….[gkhm] about which this i. ah yes of [blog]. .[em] well I you can congratulate with this bright [blogom]. On the whole that I to you envy”

      Thank you for your kind words. I pray you and others will be encouraged to live for Christ as you read this blog.

  3. Not so, the word mistranslated as “new” is actually “renew”
    There is no new covenant.
    The original covenants were “olam” meaning perpetual.
    Christianity is a political control mechanism and has more to do with social engineering of populations than anything else.
    Enjoy your myth-conceptions.

  4. Jeremeiah 31 and and the quotation of it in Hebrews 8 are clear that the New Covenant is for “the house of Israel and the house of Judah”. What’s more, the primary audience of both Jeremiah and Hebrews was Jews, not Gentiles. Also, only Jews were present when Jesus instituted the New Covenant at the Last Supper, so far as we know. In fact, the only contact between Gentiles and the New Covenant that is recorded in the NT is in Paul’s instruction to the Corinthian believers in 1 Cor 11, where he gives instructions for their memorial of the original Last Supper. In Galatians 3 Paul makes it abundantly clear that Gentiles are counted with God’s people on the basis of God’s promises to Abraham in Genesis 12 and 22 and their fulfuillment in Christ, not on the basis of the Mosaic or New Covenants.

  5. I’m not sure of your point. I know that in Acts 10:44-48, Gentiles are included in what was available to Jews. We also see that believers are adopted as children of God (Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:5; Ephesians 1:5; 1 John 1:7). The blood of the Lamb covers the sins of all believers (Ephesians 2:13; 1 John 1:7).

    So yes, we are under the new covenant.

  6. Our Apostle Paul tells us, ( Christians, whether Jew or Gentile), that we ARE NOT under the new covenant but the dispensation of Grace and that we all share the same promise. The renewed covenant will come into effect after the rapture when the physical kingdom of heaven governs the earth under the priestly and holy nation of Israel. The Church at the time will be with the LORD in heavenly places and we will remain there with him forever.

    • Keshia,

      You have provided no scripture to support your idea. Please do so.

      Because it is clear from scripture that the old covenant has passed away and the new covenant was instituted when God made Christ the Lamb of God and had Him sacrificed at the cross.

      Christ died as a ransom to set us free from the sins committed under the first covenant.
      Hebrews 9:14-15

      14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death,[a] so that we may serve the living God! 15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.

      Christ’s shed His blood for the new covenant.
      Matthew 26:28

      This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

      Mark 14:24

      “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them.

      Luke 22:20

      In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.

      1 Corinthians 11:25

      In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

      Paul said he (and we) are ministers of the new covenant.
      2 Corinthians 3:6

      He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

      So yes, we are in the new covenant.

  7. Really enjoyed reading this, as I found you when I googled a question, “Are we under the same new covenant as mentioned in Jere, 31?”. Well, thanks to you, you directed me to Hebrews 10. In this chapter it tells us plainly that we are in the new covenant, the same covenant that was promised to Israel. The amazing connection us Gentile have to this new covenant God made to the Hebrews (Besides all the other ones you have already provided,Thanks) is Hebrews 10:23,”Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering;….” This is the same profession that Paul speaks of in Romans 10:9 and10, “That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” There it is, the profession that changes our lives, saves our lives! The very same way (instruction) for both the Hebrew and the Gentile. Moses never told any Hebrew to just confess, never! Its a “…new and living way,…” Hebrews 10:20. Praise God , Jesus is the way! John 14:6 .

    • I am glad you enjoyed it.

      We are saved by grace through faith. Nothing we do saves us, so how do we understand verses like that with Rom 10:9-10?

      Ephesians 2:8-9

      For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

      Acts 16:31

      [ The Jailer Converted ] They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

      That salvation includes changing from sining and turning to God.
      Acts 26:20

      but kept declaring both to those of Damascus first, and also at Jerusalem and then throughout all the region of Judea, and even to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds appropriate to repentance.

      Anything we do gives evidence of the salvation we have. Without evidence of our believe, its not a saving faith, but its not the evidence which saves us.

      James 2:14-17

      14 What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can [n]that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, [o]be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? 17 Even so faith, if it has no works, is [p]dead, being by itself.

  8. Oh, I was not disagreeing with you, by the way. I was simply trying to clarify how we can understand the verses you wrote with other scripture, as I have been having discussions with others about this.

  9. Praise God brother, Another way to say it, Faith without works, never lived in the first place. In other words ,if one truly believes, his or her life will show it. Its just got to be in the DNA of that ‘new creature’ ! 2 Corinthians 5:17 ! Hallelujah ! Its that ‘Spirit of life’ in Christ ,Romans 8:2.

  10. http://bible.com/1/jer.31.33-34.kjv But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord , I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord : for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord : for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

    All of my neighbors don’t know the Lord. We still have to teach one another. With that part in mind, how can we be under the new covenant?
    Also, since the difference between the old and new is the law on our hearts instead of on stone, how can the law be done away with under the new covenant? Doesn’t it just become closer to us?

    • God is at work in us to desire and do for His good pleasure:
      Philippians 2:13

      for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.

      The Old Covenant is obsolete because Christ made the old covenant obsolete.
      Hebrews 8:13

      13 By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear.

      We are in the new covenant.

    • Robert, good questions
      “ Here is Matthew Henry’s commentary on Jeremiah 31; “God once wrote his laws to his people, now he will write his laws in them; he will give them understanding to know and to believe his laws; he will give them memories to retain them; he will give them hearts to love them, courage to profess them, and power to put them in practice. This is the foundation of the covenant; and when this is laid, duty will be done wisely, sincerely, readily, easily, resolutely, constantly, and with comfort. A plentiful outpouring of the Spirit of God will make the ministration of the gospel so effectual, that there shall be a mighty increase and spreading of Christian knowledge in persons of all sorts. Oh that this promise might be fulfilled in our days, that the hand of God may be with his ministers so that great numbers may believe, and be turned to the Lord! The pardon of sin will always be found to accompany the true knowledge of God. Notice the freeness of this pardon; its fulness; its fixedness. This pardoning mercy is connected with all other spiritual mercies: unpardoned sin hinders mercy, and pulls down judgments; but the pardon of sin prevents judgment, and opens a wide door to all spiritual blessings.”
      This new covenant that Jesus brought to Israel and after their rejection of Him , is the one and the same that has now come to us! We can read Jeremiah 31 in Hebrews 8:10,11,12. Just as WB Moore said, and mentioned verse 13.
      But, Hebrews 8:6 brings out the difference between the covenants; “ But now He 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.” Its not just from stone to heart it is altogether new. Remember Jeremiah 31: 31,32, “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: ‘Not according’ to the covenant that I made with their fathers …”
      Its “not according to the (old) covenant” as it is better! “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” ! John 1:17 . Remember what Matthew Henry said, “unpardoned sin hinders mercy (grace), and pulls down judgments; but the pardon of sin prevents judgment, and opens a wide door to all spiritual blessings.” This was shown by how Jesus ministered to the woman caught in adultery. “Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.”
      This is 1 Peter 2:24, “ Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes you were healed.”
      Its now a life lead by the Spirit. Romans 8: 9 -14, “But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin (being dead to sin, 1 Peter 2:24); but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if you live after the flesh, you shall die: but if you through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, you shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”
      This is the new covenant!

  11. The New Covenant was made with the lost sheep of the house of Israel. It ended in AD70 when the temporal kingdom of Judah was destroyed and the spiritual kingdom of God was established We now live in the new heaven and earth of the kingdom of God. The kingdom is within. We realize it by faith.

    • Please provide scriptural evidence for hat you claim? The entire New Testament speaks to looking forward to the coming of Christ and being with Him in heaven, as an “already, not yet” type of thing. Nothing indicated the new covenant is obsolete.

    • I do think you are both saying the same thing (I hope), only the semantics are a bit different. The “already, not yet” is the same as “The Kingdom is within by faith”. Kinda like; “calling those things which be not as though they were.”, Romans 4:17. Paul in Philippians 3 makes reference to all this! He being a messianic Jew indicates both “pressing for”, yet in another breath, “already attained” This is found in studying Phiippians 3:13-16. Remember though, even Peter (who was very close to Jesus) said of Paul and the Gospel of the New testament, “some things hard to be understood” 2 Peter 3:16. But the rub is ; “They that are unlearned and unstable, wrestle ….unto their own destruction.”
      For let us “..be like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind” Phili. 2:2 . “For our conversation is in heaven” Phili. 3:20.

      • I am not sure we are saying the same thing. Brian said the New Covenant was made with the lost sheep of Israel, and that it has ended. We have not seen its end at all – all who are True Israel, the children of Abraham through faith, are partakers of the New Covenant.

        • True, has not ended. Still under grace, thank the lord! I’ll look some more There are those that say God deals with the church different from the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Big quibble, but The answer is God keeps His promise and He promised certain things to Israel (Jacob), but your right, as it’s all about the faith of Abraham. Iam now forced to read up on it again. Thanks

          • God has always kept a remnant of believers.
            Genesis 45:7

            But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

            Romans 11:5

            So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace.

            God DOES keep his promises. But remember that God reckons the children of God by faith.
            Galatians 3:7-9

            7 Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham. 8 The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “ALL THE NATIONS WILL BE BLESSED IN YOU. 9 So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer.

  12. I don’t understand how we can be under the new covenant. Jeremiah 31:34 states that everyone will know God and that we will no longer have to teach our neighbors.
    I also see in Hebrews 8:13 that the old covenant will soon disappear, but it doesn’t say that it has disappeared.
    Thanks

    • I have already covered much of this. The old covenant has been made obsolete and is passing away.
      Hebrews 8:13

      13 By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear.

      I think it finished passing away in 70AD, when the temple was destroyed.

      We are living in the New Covenant, as we see in what Hebrews 10:12-18 tells us has occurred – that Christ made one sacrifice for sins for all time, and is waiting until His enemies are made footstools (echoing Psalm 110). By one sacrifice, God has made perfect those who are being made holy, and He ties it to the promised covenant:

      12 but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God, 13 waiting from that time onward until His enemies be made a footstool for His feet. 14 because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. 15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says: 16 “This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.” 17 Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” 18 And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin.

      Christ died as a ransom to set us free from the sins committed under the first covenant – and so He is the mediator of the new covenant.
      Hebrews 9:14-15

      14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! 15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.

      Christ shed His blood for the new covenant.
      Matthew 26:28

      This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

      Mark 14:24

      “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them.

      Luke 22:20

      In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.

      1 Corinthians 11:25

      In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

      Not only has Christ implemented the new covenant, and is the mediator of the new covenant, but God has made us ministers of the new covenant.
      2 Corinthians 3:6

      He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

      So far as I can see, we are in the new covenant.

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