The New Covenant promise!
“Behold, the days come, says the LORD, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised… In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of Righteousness to grow up unto David…” – Jeremiah 33:14,15
Many see the bible as a book of rules that must kept in order to please God. That comes from a misapplication of the Old Covenant (Testament) Law given by Moses to the children of Israel. The old Law was a snapshot of the holy character of God and how to approach Him. As a result of Israel’s failure to keep those requirements, the Law became the full disclosure of how sinful mankind’s heart actually is.
Even though God gave the Law to Israel as a covenant to be kept, and yes there were many commandments, God knew that Israel could not keep this Old Covenant perfectly as was required of them. Therefore God promised to perform “that good thing” and at the appointed time He would “cause the Branch of righteousness” to come forth out of the loins of King David. This was a prophetic promise to send His Son, the Lord Jesus as the Christ to perform good for them. This is amazing grace!
God sent His Son to be born under the Law as a man in order to keep all of the Law on behalf of mankind and so satisfy God’s justice. In doing so Jesus fulfilled all of the Old Covenant laws and ceremonies and put them away, while at the same time He established the New Covenant Law of Love. He did all of this in righteousness. That is why He is called, “the Branch of Righteousness.”
This New Covenant was not like the old, which was conditioned upon mankind’s obedience, but rather the new is conditioned upon the perfect obedience of the Lord Jesus Christ who lived and died for us as our substitute. So in this New Covenant all that is required for us is to place our faith totally in God’s Son, Jesus Christ, as our substitute. Furthermore, at the time of our faith in Christ, God’s Spirit of Grace comes to abide in us enabling us to keep the New Covenant Law of Love. First of which is our love toward God and His Son, that is obvious, and then love is shared with others. Moreover, this love established in the New Covenant is everlasting and can never be broken because it is totally based upon the Son’s perfect obedience of righteousness and not ours. God knows that we are too wishy-washy and sin filled. Therefore He gave His Son to do for us what we could not do for ourselves. Then God tells us to look to His Son, believe in His Son, receive His Son, and I will accept your faith in My Son and make you a son or daughter of Mine forever. This is a New Covenant promise!
David C. Hale, pastor