“Better Promises”

The New Covenant is better than the Old Covenant because it is established on better promises (Heb.8:6-13). The New Covenant promises are better than the Old Covenant promises not because they are more reliable, but because what God promised is better. For example, under the Old Covenant, the one God made with Israel after He led them out of the land of Egypt, a person could not be completely and eternally forgiven of his or her sins. “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins” (Heb.10:4). Under the New Covenant and because of Christ’s supreme sacrifice, God made this promise, “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more” (Heb.8:12). Under the Old Covenant, Israel’s sins were remembered every year. “But in those sacrifices, there is a reminder of sins every year” (Heb.10:3). God will not remember our sins! Because Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose again, God will never remember our sins so as to punish us for them! Jesus bore all of the punishment due us when He died in our place! Hallelujah, what a Savior!