This is where our role get interesting, for in the same manner that Jesus mediated between the two covenants, we are asked to do the same with those that we meet who are still operating in the old covenant, most not even aware that there is a new covenant.
To make sure we understand how to communicate this process of mediation, we should look again at how Jesus managed the task Himself.
The first covenant sentenced everyone because all had sinned. It was Jesus’ death that enabled those who were called to receive the promised eternal inheritance. This because a death had occurred which redeems them from their transgressions.
It is no different then when a Will is involved, the death of the one who made it must be established. For a Will takes effect only at death, since it is not in force as long as the one who made it is alive.
That is why a death had to occur to ratify the first covenant.
This death by Jesus, the shedding of His blood to redeem us from a covenant based on blood, now gives Him, in His office as high priest, He can appear before God on our behalf. What makes the new covenant so amazing is that this mediating between Jesus and God only needs to happen once, it is not a continual process like the old covenant required.
So when we die, then comes the judgement. If we asked Jesus to come and mediate for us to the Father, He has done it and if we failed to do so, there are no second chances because Christ came once to bear the sins of many.
Going back to what this means for us when we try to share this with others. I say that they are stuck in the first covenant not because they are specifically stuck in the traditions of it, but in its principles.
Look at any of the major religions of the world and you will find that every one of them demand some “work” that needs to be done, some fulfillment of process that needs to be accomplished and then they “might” if their god is having a good day, be allowed to come into heaven. Let’s face it, looking at some of the requirements that these religions are asking for and you and I both know that none of them are going to make it.
Yet, even with this realization, they pursue their religious practices because they have no other hope. Until, that is, they meet you or I, and we share with them what Jesus has done for them and present the hope that is found in the new covenant. We step in as mediators between life and death and introduce those who have no hope to the author of hope, Jesus.
- What is the New Covenant? (altruistico.wordpress.com)