Covenant concern
by Jonathan Bernis

I’m often asked, Why doesn’t the covenant God made with Moses cover the salvation of all Jewish people?

This question refers to the Mosaic Covenant, God’s law and standards for the ancient Jewish people. Under this covenant, which is a corporate covenant for the Nation of Israel, there’s no plan for individual salvation. But it does clearly point to the coming Messiah, to whom the Jewish people would look for redemption and liberation.

Unfortunately, when Yeshua (Jesus) did come, the Jewish people were under Roman rule and tyranny. They expected Him to be a physical deliverer – a military and political leader. But Yeshua came to bring spiritual salvation.

Even in the Old Covenant Scriptures, Jesus is presented as the only means of personal salvation. Read Isaiah 53, for example. You’ll see this is not just a New Covenant concept. This covenant of salvation, established only through Yeshua, was seen by the prophets of old literally centuries before Jesus came.

So you see, while the Mosaic Covenant provided standards of conduct before God, it’s the New Covenant in Yeshua that brings us personal salvation and the removal of sin.

He alone is the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). And there’s no other name under heaven by which we can be saved (Acts 4:12). This is true for the Jew first and then the Gentile (Romans 1:16).

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