The New Covenant
The New Covenant is God's new agreement between himself and all mankind, both Jews and Gentiles. This agreement is much different than the Old Covenant, which was between God and Israel, only. Gentiles were never included in the Old Covenant.
The New Covenant is not a law based religion, but is a based on faith in the resurrected life of Jesus Christ. John 3:16 best summarizes the New Covenant. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
The New Covenant Went into Effect at the Cross (Not when Jesus was born)
A will is an agreement between a testator (the one who makes the will) and his/her beneficiaries. A will is also known as a covenant, testament or agreement.
In the case of a will, it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it, because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living. Hebrews 9:16-17
What is the purpose of a will?
When does a will go in to effect?
Why is it necessary to prove the death in a will?
Does a will ever go into effect while someone is still living?
Based on this verse, what do you think is the significance of Jesus Christ's death on the cross?
When did the New Covenant go into effect?
What Was Necessary to Usher in the Old and New Covenant?
This is why even the first covenant was not put into effect without blood. When Moses had proclaimed every command of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves, together with water, scarlet wool and branches of hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people. He said, “This is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you to keep.” Hebrews 9:18-20
How was the Old Covenant put into effect?
Whose blood was it?
Whose blood ushered in the New Covenant?