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The Better Covenant.

The Better Covenant.

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REV. B. CARRADINE, D. D.


IN Hebrews, chapter viii, verse 6, we have the
statement that Christ is "the mediator of a
better covenant. " In the seventh verse mention
is made of a first covenant that in time is made
to give way to a second, which in the sixth verse
is called " a better covenant."

REV. B. CARRADINE, D. D.


IN Hebrews, chapter viii, verse 6, we have the
statement that Christ is "the mediator of a
better covenant. " In the seventh verse mention
is made of a first covenant that in time is made
to give way to a second, which in the sixth verse
is called " a better covenant."

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THE BETTER COVEAT.REV. B. CARRADIE, D. D.I Hebrews, chapter viii, verse 6, we have thestatement that Christ is "the mediator of abetter covenant. " In the seventh verse mentionis made of a first covenant that in time is madeto give way to a second, which in the sixth verseis called " a better covenant."The world lived under the first covenant forfour thousand years. Under it men and womenserved God, and went to heaven. Under it flour-ished the patriarchs and prophets. Such men asSamuel and David, and such women as Deborahand Anna, glorified God, and left the world betterfor their being in it, through the grace that camein this dispensation.John the Baptist lived under the first covenant,preaching and warning, and so preparing the wayof the Lord by " giving knowledge of salvationto His people by the remission of their sins."The Savior Himself lived and died under thefirst covenant, but prepared His followers for the44 better covenant," which was set up on the23^4 The Better Way.morning of Pentecost, and in descending flamesof fire established in the hearts of the praying,waiting, expectant Christian Chnrch.
 
Christ brought to "His people'' the " bettercovenant," about which Paul enlarges in theeighth chapter of Hebrews.Against the first covenant several objectionsare filed by the apostle. He does not say that itcould not save. On the contrary, the Bible teachesthat it did. Elijah was translated under it, andElisha worked*wonders and went to glory throughits power. But listen to the objections.One was that it could not make " the comer[worshiper] perfect." Second, the "old sin" wasnot "purged away." Third, there was a "constantremembrance of sins." All of which is well under-stood by the regenerated man, who feels that, childof God as he is, yet regeneration is not the bless-ing of Christian perfection ; that the "old man" isnot yet purged or burned out with the baptism of fire ; and that he has, day after day and night afternight, a constant remembrance of having donewrong, so that the bedside at night is a kind of altar at which he, a penitent, lingers, until hereceives pardon and peace.The second covenant which was brought byThe Better Covenant. 25Christ, and is called by Paul the " better cove-nant, " has the following features, according to theeighth chapter of Hebrews. It is seen to be better,because — It brings purity instead of pardon. L,et it beunderstood that, for Christ's sake, pardon wasgiven under the first covenant and continued inthe second. He was the Lamb slain before the
 
foundation of the world. Men were saved by aprospective faith in Him in the old dispensation,as they now are saved by a retrospective faith.But w r hen He came he brought a new covenant,the excellence of which is seen in the additionalblessing of purity. The "old sin," called variouslythe "old man," "carnal mind," "the sin thatdwelleth in me," etc., is removed by sanctifyingfire and grace.The worshiper is made perfect. ot the per-fection of Christ, or of angels ; but God perfectsHis work in the heart by the removal of inbredsin. With the conscious grace wrought in his heart,the man feels that he loves God with a perfectheart.There is no remembrance of sins every year,or week, or day, or moment. But the "old sin"being purged away, which occasioned the witting26 The Better Way.or unwitting slips and falls, behold, the worshipernow goes on a joyful way, and, kept cleansedmoment by moment, ends the day, as he began it,with joy, and transforms his bedside from amourner's bench of sighs, tears, confessions, andlamentations, into an altar of glad thanksgivingsand praises to God for His constant delivering,cleansing, and keeping power of the day.The law of God is written in heart and mind.(Verse 10.) It would be hard to describe this toone not having the second covenant experience.The Bible becomes a new book, an illustrated oneat that, and seems to be imbedded in the mind.There seems to be a Bible within. The preached

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