This May Mean Nothing to You, But I Hope it Will Bring You Close to God
Before you go on reading ask yourself these questions: “Do I believe in Jesus Christ?” and “Is the Bible my final authority in all matters?” If the answer to these questions is ‘no,’ then the rest of this blog will mean nothing to you. If you answered ‘yes’ then it is my prayer that you will accept this study as coming from a friend who only cares for you and your eternity. Most of you have known me in the past and you know my heart. Some of you only know me through Facebook but I pray you have observed my behavior towards to and found it favorable. No matter how you feel about me, I want all of us to focus on the Bible and what God has related to us. I can be wrong, but Scripture is not. It is my goal to convince those who answered ‘we can have salvation without having a covenant relationship with Jesus Christ’ that it is an impossibility due to Scripture to have salvation without a covenant with God. Remember, the Bible must be our final authority, not what someone who we trust has told us, that leads us to God.
A covenant is a ‘will’ or an ‘agreement’ between two or more parties. In the old testament God made covenants different ways. After the flood God made the covenant with all of mankind that He would not destroy the earth by flood ever again and the sign, or reminder, is the rainbow (Genesis 9:13-14). God made a covenant with Abraham, the covenant of circumcision, but with this covenant anyone who was not circumcised would be cut off from their people and not have a relationship with God (Genesis 17:13-14). God made a covenant with the children of Israel after taking them from the land of Egypt (Exodus 24).
In this covenant Moses recites all of the words of the covenant (Exodus 24:3) and the people agree. Moses then has sacrifices made and sprinkles the blood on the altar which was built, which symbolizes God’s presence, and then reads the words of the covenant after having written them down. The people agree to the words and he sprinkles the blood on them signifying the making of a covenant between God and the people. I promise all of this will make sense soon.
After the people break this covenant many years later and are sent away from their homes and held under bondage God promises them a new covenant that will not be like the one they made in Exodus 24 (Jeremiah 31:31-34). God tells them this new covenant will contain the complete forgiveness of sins. Under the first covenant they had to make sacrifices year after year for all of their sins. So, Hebrews 9:15 makes it clear that Jesus is the mediator (the maker and go between) of the new covenant so that the sins under the first covenant and our sins can be forgiven. Jesus makes it clear in Luke 22:20 that the new covenant is in His blood. When He died He took the blood of the new covenant into the Holy of Holies (Heaven) (Hebrews 9:11-12). Under the old covenant the high priest took the blood into the holy of holies for the sins of the people and sprinkled it on the altar just like when the covenant was first made by Moses and Israel (Leviticus 3:1-2).
Now here’s how this applies to you. Can you have a covenant and forgiveness with God without the shedding of blood? “Therefore even the first covenant was not inaugurated without blood.” (Hebrews 9:18, NASB95) “Therefore it was necessary for the copies of the things in the heavens to be cleansed with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.” (Hebrews 9:23, NASB95) So, how do we get in contact with the blood in order to enter the covenant and receive forgiveness of sins? “Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus,” (Hebrews 10:19, NASB95) “let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10:22, NASB95)
When we allow ourselves to be washed with the pure water our consciences are sprinkled clean from everything we have done in the past. We call this washing baptism, an immersion for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38). If you have been taught something different in the past concerning making a covenant with God and finding salvation from sins I would pray you would study this out for yourself and ask as many questions as possible. There is nothing more important than your eternal welfare. I appreciate everyone who answered my poll question. I thank you for allowing me this opportunity to study with you.
Please check all Bible references. I want you to make sure it wasn’t just me telling you what to do, but God leading you to a relationship.