The New Covenant in My Blood
Passage: 1 Corinthians 11:23–11:28
Here are a few thoughts from the message to help you experience the reality of the new covenant that belongs to you through the blood of Jesus Christ…
1. Believe what Jesus says His sacrifice has accomplished for you and in you.
If you have changed your mind about your sin (repented) and are trusting Christ alone for the forgiveness of all your sins, then God calls you to believe what He says about you: the new covenant has given you a new nature.
God says you have His law “written on your heart” – and the greatest expression of this law is to love Him with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength. He has changed your heart from being one unable to follow Him, to one that – by His grace – IS able to follow Him. His very Spirit is now IN YOU so that He can live THROUGH YOU! (See Romans 8:1-15)
No – you are not perfect today; you are probably well aware of that. Yes – you still struggle with sin. Yes – you await the final stage of your redemption: the resurrection of your body, when your old body of sin, which the Spirit lives in, will be finally and fully put away and you will find spiritual and moral perfection of love in your resurrected body not just a possibility but a surety!
But even now, as Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:17, you ARE a new creation, “the old is gone and the new has come.”
Even now, the Lord says if you are in Christ, you are a new creation, “created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for you to walk in.” (Ephesians 2:10)
Even now, scripture says in Colossians 2, that Christ has circumcised – that is cut off – your old nature from the deepest core of who you really are – so that can walk in newness of life.
Even now, we are promised in 1 John 3:9, “whoever is in Him cannot continue making a practice of sinning, indeed He is not even able to do so – for God’s Spirit lives in Him.”
All this is not something you accomplished. It is what Jesus purchased with His blood and what He gives to you as a gift though faith.
Will you believe Him afresh today?
We can all struggle to believe this. Ask God to help you believe that Jesus’ blood is enough to purchase this for you. Ask someone who trusts in Jesus, walks with Him, and loves you, to help you see and hold onto this truth.
2. Fight the fight of faith through the Word to experience the new covenant in the heart.
Recall that the Israelites were told the Promised Land belonged to them before they lived in it. Yes, they needed to trust God and to fight for it. But victory was assured.
So it is with us – the new covenant belongs to us, the Holy Spirit belongs to us, but often we must believe God’s promises to experience the reality of this.
When sin tells you there is no way out, the promise of God (1 Corinthians 10:13) tells you He will always be faithful to provide escape so that you can bear under it.
When hopelessness tells you there is no future for you, the promise of God tells you the Lord is your portion and your very great reward and that whatever is lost – nothing compares to the surpassing riches of knowing Christ Jesus. (Genesis 15:1; Psalm 23; Philippians 3:8)
When fear tells you it’s it too hard to take up your cross and follow Jesus as he commands every disciple to do daily, the promise of God tells you, “my yoke is easy my burden is light, for I am gentle and humble of heart and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
When condemnation tells you God won’t help you, you’re too sinful and too far gone; God tells you Jesus sympathizes with your weaknesses and guarantees you grace and mercy that will help in your time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16)
The new covenant experience is often truly felt as we let the TRUTH of God’s word have its rightful rule in our heart and over our circumstances.
To the same men that Jesus said, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood,” – for these men Jesus prayed, “sanctify them in your truth, your word is truth,” and he commanded His disciples to abide in His words. Why did Jesus do this? Because the reality of the new covenant is not experienced as if we were robots, but as we fight the fight of faith, as we depend on God’s promises in God’s word. And as we do, the Holy Spirit fills us with His power to follow Jesus Christ.
Are you giving your heart the fuel from God’s word that it needs to experience His power? Do you know how to apply His word to your daily situations that call for His strength? If you don’t, are you spending enough time in His word to see them?
3. Root your hope not in your fighting or your shining but in the blood of the new covenant.
This might be the most important truth I’ll state here…
Yes we fight – but we do not put our ultimate hope in our fighting. Yes we want to “let our light shine” for God – but we do not put our hope in our shining.
We are called to do something that requires some careful consideration: we are called to follow Jesus, yet not depend on our following but on Jesus.
Again and again – we have to ground our hope of experiencing the new covenant where Jesus grounded it when He said: “This cup is the new covenant in My blood.”
The song is true: “Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness! I dare not trust the sweetest frame but wholly lean on Jesus name.”
Charles Spurgeon said:
“If you are to go to Christ, do not put on your good doings and feelings, or you will get nothing. Go in your sins, they are your livery. Your ruin is your argument for mercy! Your poverty is your plea for heavenly alms! And your need is the motive for heavenly goodness. Go as you are and let your miseries plead for you.”
Our hope for experiencing God, our hope for walking with God, our hope for living with God as a new covenant people – is not our good doings or our good feelings – it is always grounded on nothing but the blood of His Son.
- His blood alone has purchased our deliverance from eternal damnation for our sin
- His blood alone has purchased our freedom from sin’s bondage
- His blood alone has purchased our right to inclusion in the new covenant
- His blood alone has purchased our new hearts
- His blood alone has purchased the gift of the Holy Spirt who lives inside us
So as you seek to live out your life as a new covenant child of God – take daily and regular doses of medicine for your soul by remembering Jesus’ blood – and that nothing you do or will ever do – secures your right to the new heart that the new covenant has given you.