God promised to make a better covenant.
He spoke through
Jeremiah, The days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new
covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah
Jesus brokered the new covenant.
The Bible calls Jesus the mediator of the new covenant (Heb
12:24), adding, He is the mediator of a better covenant, which
was established upon better promises (Heb 8:6).
The new covenant promised that if we repent from our sins, He will
The beloved apostle wrote, If we confess our sins, he is
faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all
unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). Peter taught, Repent ye
therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out
Those who repent follow Jesus.
While preaching, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand
(Matt 4:17) Jesus invited Peter and Andrew, Follow me (Matt
Jesus asks us to follow Him.
He said, If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am,
there shall also my servant be (John 12:26). Peter wrote, Christ
also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow
his steps (1 P 2:21).
We follow Jesus by taking up our cross like He did.
Jesus said, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself,
and take up his cross daily, and follow me (Luke 9:23).
Before Jesus took up his cross He submitted will His will to the
Father in the Garden of Gethsemane.
He prayed, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass
from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt (Matt
As we follow Jesus, we must submit our will to the Fathers will.
James commanded, Submit yourselves therefore to God (Jam
4:7). The apostles labored that ye may stand perfect and
complete in all the will of God (Col 4:12).
God wills that we abstain from fleshly desires.
Peter taught, I
beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts,
which war against the soul . . . For so is the will of God (1
We must control our bodily desires just as Jesus did.
taught, If ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the
body, ye shall live (Rom 8:13). Elsewhere, he said, Mortify
therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication,
uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and
covetousness, which is idolatry (Col 3:5).
We show our willingness to crucify our carnal desires by being
Paul taught that in baptism our old man is
crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that
henceforth we should not serve sin (Rom 6:6).
Baptism brings a remission of sins.
John the Baptist preached the
baptism of repentance for the remission of sins (Lu 3:3).
Peter taught, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the
name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38).
We begin to take up our cross and follow Jesus by being baptized.
Paul wrote, Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized
into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are
buried with him by baptism into death (Rom 6:3-4).
Those baptized show their readiness to rise above their bodily
Paul taught, that in putting off the body of the
sins of the flesh by . . . [being] buried with him in baptism . . .
ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God
Jesus said we must be born again.
He told Nicodemus, Except
a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the
kingdom of God (John 3:5).
Jesus saves those who believe and are baptized.
He said, He
that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved (Mark 16:15).
Baptism is a seal of salvation.
Peter wrote, Baptism doth
also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh,
but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection
of Jesus Christ (1 P 3:21).
Those who are resurrected with Jesus will have been baptized.
Paul taught, For if we have been planted together in the
likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his
resurrection (Rome 6:5).
Keeping the Christian covenant gives us an inheritance of light in
Paul said that the Father made us meet to
be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; who hath
delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into
the kingdom of his dear Son (Col 1:12-13).