Tag: Covenant

The Lord’s Supper: The Cup of the New Covenant (1 Cor. 11:25)

25 In the same way He tookthe cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

Having infused the unleavened bread with fresh meaning, Jesus proceeded, after supper, to do likewise with the 3rdcup of the Passover meal. This cup, sometimes described as the ‘cup of redemption,’ or more particularly, the “cup of blessing,” would now truly epitomize blessing and redemption. Jesus said, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood…”

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Seeing the Attributes of God in Genesis 9

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Giver of New Beginnings. You are only one verse into Genesis chapter nine and you hear language that is very reminiscent of Genesis chapter 1: “God blessed Noah and his sons” (9:1a; cf. 1:28a) and “be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth” (9:1b; 1:28b). And so as to bracket the opening section of this chapter, and just in case we missed it, a similar benediction is pronounced six verses later (9:7). While God did not take another lump of clay from the ground and breathe into it the breath of life, this was nonetheless a new beginning via a re-commissioning. Just as the entirety of humanity could trace its beginning to Adam, so, too, can all humanity trace its origin back to Noah and his sons (cf. 9:19). Incredible. And it all began with a post-judgment benediction of blessing that was reminiscent of a new beginning. And New Testament Christians surely know something about new beginnings – “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Cor. 5:17). Such a one has entered into a New Covenant (Mt. 26:28), received new birth from above (Jn. 3:3-8), walks in newness of life (Rom. 6:4), will receive a new name (Rev. 2:17), and spend forever with the God who makes all things new (Rev. 21:5).

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A Needed Note of Grace (Jeremiah 23:1-6)

After reading two chapters dedicated to rebuking wicked kings, you might be expecting some more of the same. And as you begin reading chapter twenty-three the tone of divine denunciation does continue. But not for long. It’s as though, God, having spoken about wicked kings like Jehoiahkim, Jeconiah, and Zedekiah, knew His people needed a word of hope, a note of grace, and provided a promise of light amidst the darkness. But before we read something different, a promise of grace greater than all the sin of the previously indicted kings, there is first a note of woe: “‘Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture!’ says the Lord” (Jer. 23:1).

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