THE NEW COVENANT: PERFECTED FOREVER
The Son of God, Jesus Christ, brought the New Covenant (agreement) from His Father to us. And the New Testament does not contradict itself regarding the nature of this New Covenant. The New Covenant brings unconditional life everlasting to those who believe Jesus is the Messiah, the Anointed One sent by God.
At the Last Supper, Jesus said: “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you” (Luke 22:20).
The question is this:
What was prophesied about this New Covenant in the Old Testament, and how does the New Testament reveal exactly what this New Covenant means to us in Christ’s kingdom?
The writer of Hebrews answers this with an unmistakable declaration about the perfect sacrifice of the Lamb of God and our permanent sanctification.
[W]e are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all….For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us. (Heb. 10:10, 14, 15)
Hebrews speaks of how the Holy Spirit is our witness, testifying to the truth of being sanctified, perfected forever. To be sanctified is to be set apart for God. If we are sanctified, perfected forever, we are set apart for God, forever. That is the New Covenant Jesus brought from His Father.
After this declaration of being perfected forever, the writer of Hebrews quoted the Old Testament prophet, Jeremiah, declaring the fulfillment of the New Covenant prophecy:
This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. (Heb. 10:16, 17)
This covenant came into being because of the blood of Christ. In the eyes of God, the blood of the Lamb is a sufficient sacrifice (offering). Thus, “by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” The Holy Spirit—with which we are baptized—testifies to this truth.
Now, look at the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition of Hebrews (10:10, 14-17):
And in accordance with this will [of God], we have been made holy (consecrated and sanctified) through the offering made once for all of the body of Jesus Christ (the Anointed One)…. For by a single offering He has forever completely cleansed and perfected those who are consecrated and made holy. And also the Holy Spirit adds His testimony to us [in confirmation of this]. For having said, This is the agreement (testament, covenant) that I will set up and conclude with them after those days, says the Lord: I will imprint My laws upon their hearts, and I will inscribe them on their minds (on their inmost thoughts and understanding), He then goes on to say, And their sins and their lawbreaking I will remember no more. (Heb. 10:10, 14-17)
The Holy Spirit, born within us, testifies that what you just read is the truth. The Son of God prophesied of the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, and how that Spirit would be with us forever.
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. (John 14:16, 17)
The revelation Christ gave to His apostles—throughout the New Testament—is in complete agreement with this truth: the Holy Spirit will be with us forever; it is the witness testifying that we are perfected forever. And if God said, “their sins and iniquities will I remember no more,” then who are we to claim the opposite?
Jesus lived a sinless life, and when His sacrifice is accepted, our nature changes, for we are “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4). That Holy Spirit within us is divine and perfect—and it’s now part of our nature. If we are perfected forever, and the Holy Spirit is within us forever, testifying we are perfected forever, and God doesn’t remember our sins and iniquities, then how can sin cause us to lose what God has given us forever? It’s impossible. Logically, God left no conditions that can cause the loss of His work in us, and thus, His New Covenant means this: “whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). The New Covenant is exactly as stated: cleansed and perfected forever.
Consider the following exchange from the Gospel of John:
Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. (John 6:28, 29)
The New Covenant is the work of God. All glory belongs to God and His Son as it is their work that saved us eternally. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast” (Eph. 2:8, 9). No glory to man or any of his works participating in salvation, for, when we stand before Christ we will all shout, “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb” (Rev. 7:10).
I am writing an article that expounds upon this awesome truth and will publish it on this site.
TREASURES IN HEAVEN
In the year 2000, I experienced six weeks of divine intervention. Treasures in Heaven—which is published in its entirety on this site—came about only because of His intervention.
The book is based on the Sermon on the Mount where our Lord said:
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matt. 6:19-21)
The book answers the following questions:
1. What are treasures in Heaven?
2. How do you store them up?
3. Why did our Lord give us this invitation?
Throughout the entire New Testament, Christ the King revealed the glory of Heaven’s treasures, and this is what He presented: To store up treasures in Heaven is to seize the moment in the “here and now,” and it is to receive all that Heaven has to bestow in the “hereafter.”
Enjoy His revelation!
Blessings in Christ,
Dr. William Ayles