Many times we hear of people talking about the Old Testament as if it is starkly different than the New Covenant. We hear, for example, the almost stale refrain about the Law versus Grace. This implies that salvation was granted or obtained, in the OT, by means of keeping the Law—while it is now granted or obtained– under the New and present Testament, by a manner in which it is freely given, undeserved and unearned. This is primarily true, but the Holy Spirit has opened my eyes to see that both covenants are the same and they are both attained solely by grace. The paradigm is the same from one to the other, and why shouldn’t it be? After all, we can refer back to such verses as Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever” as well as James 1:17 which says, “…with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” This is not a cute or clever rendering of scripture, nor is it a new opinion or concise commentary. It is the truth, and it is biblical.
Even though we know that the people living prior to our Lord Jesus Christ’s birth and public ministry were required to provide an animal to the high priest in order for him to make atonement for their sins, it was not so much their offering (deed or work) of the animal that provided a covering for their transgression; it was the substitutionary sacrifice, death and blood before the Lord G-d who generously accepted it and allowed it to atone for the iniquity(ies). In other words, the offerings were not really responsible for the “blotting out.” Rather, it was the grace of the Almighty who not only provided the Way or manner to begin with, but also received it as an act of mercy towards His people! Even then the words of another verse in the book of James (2:13) ring true, “…mercy triumphs over judgment.”
And, of course, we are absolutely aware of the sacrificial, atoning and propitiary offering of our Lord, Savior, Redeemer and King, Jesus Christ the Messiah! His willing, obedient, perfect, selfless, self-offering is the single-most awesome, powerful, unrepeatable act of grace the world has ever and will ever know. Grace is at the core of both the Old and New Covenants. If you have never looked at it that way before, as I hadn’t, thank Holy Spirit for revealing truth to you in a way that makes you appreciate Him in a fresh, new way!
G-d bless you.