June 11, 2012
The Final Blessing
Their sins and iniquities will I remember no more
The New Covenant is the last in the order of covenants which God has made with Israel. As believers, we come into the good of the blessings of the new covenant, giving witness to it as we each partake from the cup each Lord’s day morning: “This cup is the new covenant in my blood” (Luke 22:20).
The glory of this covenant lies in the fact that it will be eternal and never pass away, that it addresses the fatal flaw in the nature of men – hearts will be changed, and it secures blessing for us in a unilateral, unconditional manner.
What may at first seem surprising is that when we come to the blessings enumerated in Hebrews 10, we find that first, God is going to put the law into hearts; and then, He will write it on the mind. Lastly, He promises: “Their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.”
We think of the forgiveness of sins as a starting point, the initial issue to be dealt with at conversion. Yet God places it at the end of His list of blessings. Why does God place the assurance of forgiveness at the end?
We can’t be dogmatic, but doesn’t it suggest that God is giving assurance that nothing will ever interrupt the enjoyment of this covenant? God will be faithful to His Noahic, Abrahamic, and Davidic covenants. But sin did interrupt the enjoyment of the land, and the descendants to the throne. But this covenant will never know an interruption in blessing for those who are in the good of its promises.
The new covenant will address the heart and mind of men – the will, the intellect, and the emotions will all be brought under the control of the regenerating power of the Spirit of God. But its absolute guarantee of unhindered enjoyment is perhaps its crowning glory. And all is because of the one perfect sacrifice of Him Who willingly took the cup His Father had given Him.
In Hebrews 6:10 we are told that God is not unrighteous to forget. Here we are told that God will not remember. How do these two statements actually set the stage for chapter 11?
Notice the change in wording from Hebrews 8:10? Can you suggest a reason why in chapter 10 the law is in their hearts, while in chapter 8 it is put in the mind?