The New Covenant
A Sermon on John 3:30
He must increase, but I must decrease.” (ESV)
Jesus Christ is the means by which we become a new creation. Where Adam fell and brought condemnation and sin into the whole world, Christ Jesus comes to not only reverse the effects of the fall, but to make a new and better creation. The new creation, As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains, is better than the one that Adam inhabited, it is more glorious and complete. Central to the new creation is the renewal of mankind. This renewal is accomplished by Christ as the head of the new covenant, and this new covenant is brought about by his atoning work on the cross. Those whom are redeemed become the first born of the new Creation and become a part of Christ’s body, the church. This creates a new community of believers who have partaken of the new Covenant and are united to Christ by the grace of God. As believers in Christ, the Church has freedom to pursue a life of righteousness and holiness. It is this great truth of The New Covenant that grounds the Christian life. Jesus as the mediator of the new Covenant provides a new way to live. Because of this, the Church and Christians have a new way of relating to the world, fellow believers, and God.