I met a friend on another forum and we’ve been emailing about the Catholic faith. He wants a more clear picture of what Catholics believe and why. As he explores the Church, he wants to be certain that he’s got the facts so he can make informed and correct comparisons between Catholic and non-Catholic. The most recent topic is the New Covenant, but I’m not 100% sure how to answer him. He asks:
“I know that we read in Hebrews, among other places, that by dying on the cross Jesus established a new covenant with God’s people, putting aside the old covenant. Do you know of anywhere in the Bible that Jesus directly teaches us that? I know he taught in many places against the practices of the Jews and the law, but is there any instance of direct instruction or inference of a new covenant? Thanks.”
I wasn’t sure how to adequately answer. Can anyone offer more perspective?
[This was the answer I gave so far: [COLOR=“DimGray”]That’s a great question. I know Jesus spoke of the new covenant in the Last Supper accounts, specifically in Mt 26:28, Mk 14:24 and Lk 22:20. It is also mentioned in Lk 1:71-73. I’m not sure of anywhere else where He specifically mentions this in regards to the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and their ritual laws that went beyond what God had given them. He spoke of obedience (Mt 23:2-3) and fulfillment of the law as opposed to abolishing it (Mt 5:17), and there’s Paul’s testimony about the old covenant circumcision being replaced with baptism in Col 2:11-12, and a host of other places where “covenant” is mentioned in the NT.
Other than that, I’m not really sure how to answer.]