It is a great encouragement to me in these unstable times to remember that the Lord Jesus Christ will be faithful to mediate the New Covenant.
With all the troubling things taking place in our world, with all the forebodings of dark things ahead, we need this assurance—that no matter what happens, He who sits on the highest throne in the universe has been given a mandate to fulfill a covenant in God’s chosen, and He will not rest till He has done so.
Who are the chosen? They are those, whether Jew or Gentile, who have been brought into covenant relationship with God through their faith in His Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
And what is the covenant?
This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts… (Heb. 8.10).
God made this covenant originally with the house of Israel, and then brought the Gentiles into it. I am glad.
And what does the completed covenant look like?
It looks like a people who look just like Jesus Christ the Son of God Himself.
In fact Isaiah tells us twice that He Himself is the covenant. Isaiah prophesies of a certain Servant, whom we know from the fifty-third chapter of Isaiah and Acts 8.35 to be the Lord Jesus Christ.
Behold My Servant, whom I uphold, Mine elect, in whom My soul delighteth… I the LORD have called Thee in righteousness, and will hold Thine hand, and will keep Thee, and give Thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles… (Isa. 42.1,6).
Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard Thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped Thee: and I will preserve Thee, and give Thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages…” (Isa. 49.8).
The old covenant (no longer in effect) was the laws and statutes God gave Israel on Sinai. The new covenant (now in effect) is the laws of God written within our very hearts and minds—that is to say, Christ Himself. “I will give Thee for a covenant…”
This is why Jesus in His great high priestly prayer concludes by saying:
I have made known unto them Thy Name, and will make it known, that the love wherewith Thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them (Jn. 17.26).
Notice how He says that. The love of God in them is one and the same thing as “I in them.” That is the fulfillment of the new covenant in our lives—the same love that was in Jesus now in you and me, to the extent that it is actually Christ Himself come to full maturity in you and me.
And this is why John says that when love with us is made perfect (that is how the original Greek reads: “Herein is love with us made perfect…” 1 Jn. 4.17) …when love-with-us is made perfect, or has come to full maturity, we shall have boldness in the day of judgment, “because as He is, so are we in this world” (1 Jn. 4.17).
Yes, in this world, and this is a time of judgment and great upheaval.
And this is why Paul says that God’s purpose is that we be conformed to the image of His Son (Rom. 8.29). And that nothing can hinder this purpose of God. In fact, we know that God is working all things together for good in the lives of those who are called according to this purpose (Rom. 8.28).
What good, Paul? What is this good that you have in mind?
For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren (Rom. 8.29).
This is the good Paul is speaking of, the purpose God is working toward in this world, and He will cause all things to work together and help Him out in this great eternal purpose of His.
So whatever happens in these last days, whether cataclysmic world events, or troubles closer to home in our own lives and families, let us continue to embrace and rest in the promise, and keep our eyes and our faith fixed on Jesus the mediator of the new covenant.
He will not fail nor be discouraged till He has accomplished the work God gave Him to do, and surveys it all, and says, “Perfect. Amen.”