A new year is already here, and I am reminded of the New Covenant that God has established based on the death of His beloved Son.
Here are a few thoughts from Mr. Bruce Rodgers that I have enjoyed, taken from his notes on 2 Corinthians 3:7-18.
Contrasting features of the
Old and New Covenants
|Old Covenant||New Covenant|
|1) ‘of the letter’; on tables of stone||1) of the Spirit, on fleshy tables of the heart.|
|2) a ministration of death – the letter killeth||2) a ministration of the Spirit – giving life|
|3) a ministration of condemnation||3) ministration of righteousness (imputed righteousness)|
|4) Transitory – ‘abolished’||4) Permanent – ‘remains’|
|5) Face of Moses – a passing glory||5) Face of Jesus Christ – eternal glory of God|
|6) A veil – upon the face and the heart.
The glory was not transmitted to people
|6) A mirror – both face and heart – to receive and reflect glory (3:18; 4:6)|
|7) Minds blinded or hardened; unchanged…||7) ‘We…are changed into the same image…’|
Is the church included in the New Covenant, or does it only have to do with Israel? Mr. Rodgers believes the church is included, and I agree (though some do not); there is general agreement that believers in this age at least enter into the blessings of the New Covenant. For an in-depth discussion on this topic, just send us an email.