The new covenant is God's
one-way promise to write His law in our hearts, and to give us
everlasting salvation as a free gift "in Christ." The old
covenant is the vain promise of the people to obey, and "gives
birth to bondage." The spiritual failures of many sincere people
are the result of being taught old covenant ideas, especially in
childhood and youth. The new covenant truth was an essential element of
the 1888 message, and even today lifts a load of doubt and despair from
many heavy hearts.
the Bible Says
Caught the Bible Idea
"The covenant and
promise of God are one and the same. . . . God's covenants with men can
be nothing else than promises to them. . . .
"After the Flood God
made a 'covenant' with every beast of the earth, and with every fowl;
but the beasts and the birds did not promise anything in return (Genesis
9:9-16). They simply received the favor at the hand of God. That is
all we can do—receive. God promises us everything that we need, and
more than we can ask or think, as a gift. We give Him ourselves, that is
nothing. And He gives us Himself, that is, everything. That which makes
all the trouble is that even when men are willing to recognize the Lord
at all they want to make bargains with Him. They want it to be an equal,
'mutual' affair—a transaction in which they can consider themselves on
a par with God" (The Glad Tidings, p. 71).
"The gospel was as full
and complete in the days of Abraham as it has ever been or ever will be.
No addition to it or change in its provisions or conditions could
possibly be made after God's oath to Abraham. Nothing can be taken away
from it as it thus existed, and not one thing can ever be required from
any man more than what was required of Abraham" (ibid., p.
"These two covenants
exist today. The two covenants are not matters of time, but of
condition. Let no one flatter himself that he cannot be bound under the
old covenant, thinking that its time has passed. The time for that is
passed only in the sense that 'the time past of our life may suffice us
to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in
lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revelings, banquetings, and
abominable idolatries' (1
Peter 4:3, KJV)" (ibid., p. 100).
"God's precepts are
promises; they must necessarily be such, because He knows that we have
no power. All that God requires is what he gives. When He says, 'Thou
shalt not,' we may take it as His assurance that if we but believe Him
He will preserve us from the sin against which He warns us" (ibid.,
p. 77). (Jones Was in Full