Even though we are sinners, God gave the forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal life through the blood of God by establishing the new covenant. Let us find out the true value of this new covenant.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
All the people on this earth lives life of pain and suffering and the end that is waiting for them is the death. Nobody can escape the death penalty and it is because everyone on this earth committed sin in heaven and because of the sin all of them are given death penalty.
Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned.
For this reason, all the people on this earth is under the slavery of sin and death. While all the people have been mourning and groaning under the slavery, God remembered them and planned his work for the salvation.
Exodus 2:23 23 During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. 24 God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. 25 So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.
When God’s people were under the slavery and going through sufferings, God remembered them and took pity upon them. And he made a covenant with them to set them free from the slavery. So God’s people who kept the covenant with God could be set free and receive the land of Canaan for their inheritance. Then what was the covenant God made with them? How did God make the covenant? It was called “the old covenant” which God established with his own blood. He commanded his people to keep the Passover by shedding the blood of a lamb and putting the blood on the door frames. When Israelites kept the Passover, they could receive freedom from the slavery. And the blood that gave them freedom was not just the blood of a lamb, but God let them know that it is actually his own blood he shed for his people to give them freedom.
Exodus 34:25 Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven; neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the passover be left unto the morning. (KJV)
The sacrifice of the Lamb on the day of the Passover was in reality the sacrifice of God himself. God shed his own blood and made a covenant with his people to give them freedom. And this law of the Passover in the old covenant was given to us as copy and shadow to let us know the reality to be fulfilled by Christ who is the reality of the Lamb.
Christ came as sacrificial lamb and shed his own blood and established the new covenant. Then why did he shed blood on the cross? It is because of our sin. Just as God’s people are under the slavery in the time of Moses, now God’s people are under the spiritual slavery of sin and death. After this momentary and meaningless life on this earth is over, everyone must be put to death. But God remembered their pain and suffering, and took pity upon them.
Just as he made a covenant with his people in the old days to set them free, now he made another covenant which is called a new covenant with his people to set them free from the slavery of sin and death.
Hebrews 8:7 For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another.
8 But God found fault with the people and said:
“The days are coming, declares the Lord,
when I will make a new covenantwith the people of Israel
and with the people of Judah.
Then how did he make the new covenant and why?
Matthew 26:26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” 27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the (new) covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. (Look also at Luke 22:20)
On the night of the Passover Christ Jesus made a covenant with his flesh and blood and called it as “the new covenant” in the Book of Luke Chapter 22. God fulfilled the prophecy of Jeremiah by coming down to this earth to the land of sin and death and by establishing the new covenant with his own blood to give the forgiveness of sins, that is the freedom from the slavery of sins and death. He cancelled our sins through his blood and saved his people from the pain of eternal death so that they can have eternal life. Then why was it necessary for God to shed his own blood? The sins of people could be nullified only through the blood or the death of the person who committed sins.
Hebrews 9:22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
For the sinner to be forgiven of his own sin there is only one way, that is, the shedding of his own blood or his death. But how can a sinner live if he was already put to death according to the penalty? That is why a sinner cannot cancel his sins by his own blood. Therefore, a sinner need a someone who could be given as ransom for his sins and who would die on behalf of him so that his sins could be forgiven. For that purpose God himself came down to this earth and shed his blood to give forgiveness for the sins of his people.
1 Timothy 2:3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people.
Christ gave his own body as ransom so that our sins could be forgiven. Therefore, both in the Old Testament and the New Testament, the covenant God made with his people by shedding his own blood is the Passover. God’s people in the Old Testament kept the Passover with the blood of lamb as the sign of the covenant with God. In the same way, in the New Testament We also as God’s people must keep the Passover of the new covenant with bread and wine which represents Christ’s flesh and blood which he shed on the cross for the forgiveness of sins of his people so that they could be set free from the slavery of sins and death. Therefore, only those whose sins are forgiven through the blood of Christ can be considered as his people and they can receive the eternal inheritance of the spiritual Canaan, the Kingdom of Heaven.
The bible says God is gather his people who made the covenant with blood of sacrifice. What is the blood of sacrifice we must receive to remain in the covenant of God? It is the Passover.
Psalm 50:1 The Mighty One, God, the Lord,
speaks and summons the earth
from the rising of the sun to where it sets.
2 From Zion, perfect in beauty,
God shines forth.
3 Our God comes
and will not be silent;
a fire devours before him,
and around him a tempest rages.
4 He summons the heavens above,
and the earth, that he may judge his people:
5 “Gather to me this consecrated people, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”6 And the heavens proclaim his righteousness,
for he is a God of justice.
God’s people are those who made a covenant with God by sacrifice or the blood of the lamb of the Passover. Once this precious truth of the Passover which Christ established with his blood to give us the forgiveness of sins was abolished by the work of Satan in 325 AD. But God heard the groaning of his people and took a pity upon them. He shed his own blood by coming down to this earth for the second time to give us the forgiveness of sins so that we can be set free.
Psalm 102:19 “The Lord looked down from his sanctuary on high,
from heaven he viewed the earth,
20 to hear the groans of the prisoners and release those condemned to death.”21 So the name of the Lord will be declared in Zion
and his praise in Jerusalem
22 when the peoples and the kingdoms
assemble to worship the Lord.
Christ Ahnsahnghong came down to this earth for the second time and established Zion, the city of God’s festivals and he restored the new covenant of the Passover so that we can receive the forgiveness of sins by the blood of covenant given by God. In the World Mission Society Church of God, we are keeping the Passover and receive the blood of Christ for the forgiveness of sins. We must remember that nobody on this earth can cancel his own sins with his own blood and can have eternal life; for this reason, we had to wait for the Christ to appear so that our sins could be forgiven through the blood of Christ who was to give himself as ransom for the sins of his people. Now Christ has appeared to the sinners to give them salvation. Come to Zion and keep the Passover. Then your sins can be forgiven through the blood of the new covenant Christ made with his people and you would be God’s people who can receive salvation. Give thanks to Heavenly Father Ahnsahnghong and Heavenly Mother New Jerusalem!