"Mediator and Surety of the New Covenant"
Blessings and Spiritual Fortunes today's Christians aren't aware they have
Lakewood Baptist Church, Sumter, South Carolina
Tony Sanders, Pastor (of 7 churches in 34 years)
OPENING: Hebrews 8:7-13
INTRODUCTION: In his 34 years of preaching, Pastor Sanders begins today what he believes to
be the most important message of all, which tests the fiber and fabric of the church family. Many in the
audience won't understand but for those who do, their life will never be the same.
Many in life don't realize they already possess this treasure...
ANALOGY 1: In Texas, a merchant known as the "Rock Man" owned a booth at a flea market where he
sold unusual rocks that he would acquire along his various journeys. These were rocks of unusual and special
color and size that he sold to supplement his income. One day, a particular man visited and studied his
rock collection. One rock in particular, of amazing shades of color, caught this man's eye. He left the booth
but later returned. The man asked the Rock Man how much for that special, multi-colored rock. The Rock Man,
believing the rock to be valued at five dollars said he'd sell it for ten dollars. The man asked, "Are you
sure?" and the Rock Man said yes. The next morning, the Dallas paper's front page story read, "Man sells
rock full of gemstones for $500,000."
The Rock Man didn't know what he had...
ANALOGY 2: A man took his wife on a cruise ship for a week. This man could afford only
to pay for the travel tickets but not for the associated meals. So for that entire week's journey, while
the ship's vacationers dined in the ship's galley with all the wonderful foods, the man and his wife
sat on the deck and ate cheese and crackers. Finally, at the end of the journey, the man met one of his
friends whom he wasn't aware was on the trip. The man's friend said, "Why didn't you eat with us all these
days?" to which the man replied, "I couldn't afford to. I only had enough money to pay for the tickets."
The man's friend replied, "But the cost of all the meals was included in the tickets!"
The man didn't know what he had...
MEANING: Many people make that decision in life to give their heart to Jesus but don't realize
that in return, Jesus gives them the greatest treasure known to man: not only the free gift of eternal life
beyond this world but an accessible spiritual bank account full of blessings and promises for success in
this earthly life
If you're tired of being beneath and not above; the tail and not the head; never experiencing
the victory and always suffering at the hands of the enemy then this message is for you
In Pastor Sanders' experience, 90% of Christians do not know what the word "covenant" means--the
most dynamic and liberating truth in all the Bible
There used to be a time in the Old Testament when the word covenant (agreement) and
personal character was so honorable and sacred to man that all that was required to validate a
contract was a handshake ... no written, binding contract was required
However, in today's world, the closest application of an honorable agreement (or covenant)
is marriage--and even that is broken for no good reasons
2 Timothy 3:1,3: Even signed agreements by presidents, witnessed by the two
countries, is broken, without reason (i.e., China's decision to revive it's nuclear program that it signed
with the USA it would not do)
Two major covenants in the Bible: (a little background, here)
Old covenant (Old Testament): this first covenant was about obedience.
It was made with Moses and the children of Israel after their exodus from
Egypt where The 10 Commandments were written on stone. The agreement was that if you disobey any of them,
you're pretty much subject to immediate death.
It was the days of "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth"--equal retribution
New covenant (New Testament): Hebrews 8:7-9:
Created because God knew man would never be able to keep
his end of the covenant. Began when Jesus Christ, God's only Son, was crucified to be the
perfect, ultimate sacrifice for the sins of the world, for all time, so that mercy would allow man to sin
and not immediately die to pay the price. Further, Christ's death began the offering on the free gift of
eternal life and be judged sinless before God at Judgment Day. The days of equal retribution were changed
from "eye for an eye" to "turn the other cheek" and "do good to those who hurt you"
1 Thessolonians 5:24: Essence of the covenant; unlike man, God stays
bound to his terms of His covenant with man--even in the moment man breaks his end of the deal. If God says
He'll do something--He'll do it
2 Thessolonians 3:3: The liberating truth of this New Covenant (which applies to
you, today): don't try to tackle life by your own strength--let God do it for you by praying and entrusting
the task to Him
Hebrews 7:22: How do we know God will protect, shield us and abide by His end of
the New Covenant with you? Because God sacrificed His only Son to show His sign of genuineness
Why sacrifice His Son? Because it was customary in the Old Testament that the ratification of
agreements and covenants was for man to sacrifice animals as burnt offerings on altars to God
Hebrews 8:6; 9:15; 12:24: Further, Jesus not only is the sign (the surety) God will do what He promises in
this New Covenant but Jesus is also this Covenant's mediator--the communication-enabler between man and God
What is a "surety"? A fully performed engagement--an assurance: Christ ensures his Father, God,
fully performs His part of the Covenant
(Because man cannot talk DIRECTLY to God, as the Bible says and in many song hymns, "reach God through
Jesus, the Son," is the resounding theme ... which is why Christians pray "in Jesus' name")
Man cannot deal with God directly because God is so holy that if man stood in His presence, he
would be instantly incinerated--that's how separated God is from sin
Deuteronomy 5:25: The children of Israel told Moses to go talk to God for them
because just hearing God's voice, they all thought they would literally die!
Money being able to access the world's earthly riches, wealth and fame IS SIMILAR TO Jesus being
your access point to the promises of the New Covenant and eternal life
John 10:10: Jesus died for you not only to make Heaven an available inheritance
after you die but to allow you to prosper and be successful more than even you could want for yourself
while living on earth
With this promise, don't live in the mindset that "life will be better when I finally die"
because God is offering you a better life before Heaven
Today's church is responding to this New Covenant offer of an eternal life at no cost and a sinless
judgment at Judgment Day with one of two statements:
1. "This is too difficult to be possible" or
2. "This is too wonderful for me--I don't deserve it."
Result: saved people's spiritual bank accounts of blessings and promises remains
full and unused
We must have "Abrahamic" faith (the faith of Abraham from the Old Testament):
Genesis 17:17: When God told Abraham he would have a son at age 100, Abraham
initially thought, "Can I have a child at 100 while my wife, Sarah, is 90?"
(the "it's too difficult to be possible" response)
When God told Abraham he would be the father of many nations and his seed would live on the
land forever, Abraham wondered who he was to deserve such a promise (the "it's too wonderful for me--I don't deserve it"
Hebrews 11:8: But in the end, Abraham believed God and did what God told him to do,
even without knowing where the road he journeyed would take him at the end of the day--and that results in
accessing your New Covenant spiritual bank account
It is because of either not knowing, not believing or not counting yourself worthy (as God does) that
prevents you from being a partner of the New Covenant and a partaker of YOUR personal, overflowing
spiritual bank account of blessings and promises
When you become saved (a partaker of God's New Covenant with you), all that God wants to see happen in your life
will be performed by Jesus Christ, through you--not within your own strength
James 2:23: A covenant is an alliance between two friends; therefore, just as Abraham was specifically called
"the Friend of God", so are you called God's friend
The surety and influence of Jesus Christ and His New Covenant with you doesn't begin after the last page in Bible (after this world ends)
but begins working your life the day you become saved