“For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion for a second one. But finding fault with His people, He says: Look, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah — not like the covenant that I made with their ancestors on the day I took them by their hands to lead them out of the land of Egypt. I disregarded them, says the Lord, because they did not continue in My covenant. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be My people. And each person will not teach his fellow citizen, and each his brother, saying, “Know the Lord,” because they will all know Me, from the least to the greatest of them. For I will be merciful to their wrongdoing, and I will never again remember their sins. By saying, a new covenant, He has declared that the first is old. And what is old and aging is about to disappear.”
Hebrews 8:7-13 HCSB
Several verses, but I couldn’t speak to what I understood from this without it. This is detailing out the Old Testament versus the New Testament – why there was a need for a new one, and also why the New Covenant is superior. The Lord saw fit to give a new covenant because His people rebelled against the old one. I am selfishly happy for this – because Jesus died for ALL our sins. Otherwise, would I have been a part of His forgiveness? Had He not seen a need to send His Son, the promise of salvation may have been missed by me. But He came and died for ALL. Perhaps first for His people, but then for ALL of us. Thank You Lord Jesus for Your mercy!!
The other thing that pops to me is that with the New Covenant, my sins are forgiven. FOREVER. He will NEVER hold my sins against me – they are as far as the East is to the West.