#DailyDevotion Jesus Is The Mediator Of A New Covenant
Hebrews 9:15 Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant. 16 For where a will is involved, the death of the one who made it must be established. 17 For a will takes effect only at death, since it is not in force as long as the one who made it is alive. 18 Therefore not even the first covenant was inaugurated without blood. 19 For when every commandment of the law had been declared by Moses to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, 20 saying, “This is the blood of the covenant that God commanded for you.” 21 And in the same way he sprinkled with the blood both the tent and all the vessels used in worship. 22 Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.
There is a new covenant. The old covenant has been superseded. Jesus is the mediator of this new covenant. The terms of this new covenant are Jesus will be your God and you will be his people. He will forgive you your sins and remember them no more. He will put the law (Spirit) in your hearts and you will know the Lord.
He is the mediator so you may receive the promised eternal inheritance. But you may only receive the benefits of an inheritance if the will writer has died. Jesus did die on the cross. With his death the terms of the covenant come into play. At his death, everything he had became yours and everything that was yours, sin and death became his. You received eternal life, the kingdom of God, the glory of God and the righteousness of God.
Just as the abrogated Mosaic covenant was inaugurated with blood so too the new covenant was inaugurated with the blood of Jesus. We are made participants and receive the benefits of the new covenant every time we partake of the Lord’s Supper for he says, Mat 26:27-28… “Drink of it, all of you, (28) for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” And we become participants in this covenant firstly as we are baptized for in baptism we are sprinkled with the blood of Jesus. In baptism we are purified with the blood of Christ and given the Holy Spirit as Paul writes in Titus 3:5ff.
With the shedding of Jesus’ blood we have been purified from our sins and made holy. It is written, Eph 5:27 “so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.” And again, Col 1:22 “he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,” and again, Jud 1:24 “Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy,” and finally, 1Th 5:23 “Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” With such great and wonderful promises concerning the salvation given to you with in the new covenant with Jesus, let us walk boldly before the world scorning its sin and it ways and walk in the path of Christ.
Heavenly Father, grant that the blood of the new covenant may rest upon us in faith and that we may receive the benefits of this great inheritance in your Son Jesus Christ, now and in the world to come. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.