Updated: Jul 23, 2020
Many believers are not aware that as soon they become born again, they are immediately transported into the battle of the ages! What is this I hear many of you grasp? Well we are in a battle where Jesus has already defeated Satan, the enemy of our soul. So the only weapons available at his disposable are lies, deceit and the power that the uninformed believer confers upon him! The really sad thing is that he does and will continue to wield these weapons effectively against believers unless we take stock and understand how to stand and remain immoveable! After all, to be forewarned is to be forearmed!
Firstly it’s important to always remember that Jesus has already defeated the enemy according to these scriptures: Colossians 1:13, Hebrews 2:14-15, John 16:11
The second thing to note is that many of the battle the enemy wields against believer is in mind, firing thoughts of condemnation, accusations and of guilt into our minds.
There are a variety of ways believers can overcome these attacks. In this blog series, we will be focusing on understanding the terms of the New Covenant in order to fully appreciate the covenant we have with God.
God found fault with the Old Covenant encompassed in the 10 Commandments and its various regulations and ordinances. Under this covenant, man presumed on he’s abilities and self-effort to keep the Law and failed miserably.
The Old Covenant was only supposed to be a place holder till the true Substance Jesus Christ was revealed. It was meant to show man what sin was and the impossibility of attaining God’s righteousness. More importantly the Old Covenant pointed us to the need for a Saviour.
God found fault with the Old Covenant (Hebrews 8:7-9) and opened the way for the New Covenant through His ‘I wills’ (Hebrews 8:10-13)
1. I will put my laws in their mind and write them on their hearts
Through this I will. God is re-establishing a direct connection with His Children. The Spirit of Jesus - who is God - takes residence in us at the new birth - and He will be the one to lead and guide us into all truth from within. Romans 8:14 confirms that those whom are led by the Spirit are the children of God. This is in direct contract to the Old Covenant where the 10 Commandant were written on tablets of Stone through the mediator Moses.
2. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will they teach their neighbour, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me,
Again God is taking sole responsibility and laying claim to His people. Those who answer the call by agreeing to be His people will know Him intimately. The Holy Spirit who is the Spirit of Christ is also known as the Anointed One who knows all thing and will teach us all things, especially things pertaining to God. Before He resurrected, Jesus in John 14:26 said this about the Holy Spirit:
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
Ultimately, we will know God and see Him manifest as God our healer, God our provider, the God who protects and fights our battles, the one who provides for all our needs.
3. Because I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.
Unlike the Old Covenant, where sins are visited on sinners to the 3rd and 4th generation. The 3rd clause conversely states God will forgive our wickedness and will remember our sins no more.
This is the most important out of all 3 I wills because it’s the one believers need to be established in order for the other two I wills to operate.
The 3rd clause points us to the cross where Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ took our place to die the death we should have died and paid the penalties we should have suffered. In exchange we received an imputation of Christ’s righteousness. This is an everlasting righteousness as recorded in Psalm 119: 142, which cannot be invalidated by any wrong doing. Knowing that we are forever righteous and that God remembers our sins and wickedness no more that paves the way for us to enter into God’s presence, so that we can know Him intuitively which allows He to write on our hearts.
In addition to being established in the terms of the New Covenant, it is also important to understand that as New Covenant believers we are not to consider the things of the flesh.