“By the Deeds of the Law
there shall No Flesh be Justified…”
Were the Old Testament people saved by the works of the law?
Or, were the OT folks saved by the blood of Jesus Christ (the blood of the Everlasting Covenant); by faith and by grace?
The key insight of Romans 3:20 is that the commonly held idea that the Old Testament people were justified by the law but the New Testament people are now justified by grace is incorrect. The administrations of the two Testaments are different but it is only by the mercy/grace of God the Father and by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ that anyone could/can be saved under both Testaments. This holds powerful implications for understanding the Everlasting Covenant.
This scripture quote is from Romans 3:20 in the New Testament. Many of our brothers and sisters in Christ are familiar with this quote but mainly think of it as applying only to the New Testament time period. However, when we take a look at the next chapter we find it’s also referencing our father Abraham who lived during the Old Testament time period.
“For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory;
but not before God.” Romans 4:2
Understanding that from the creation with Adam and Eve until the last person saved that no person has ever been justified by the works of the law but only by the blood of the Everlasting Covenant; we can fully trust in the power of keeping God’s Everlasting Covenant by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, Yeshua the Messiah.
“Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant…” – Hebrews 13:20
“Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation. The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein. His work is honourable and glorious: and His righteousness endureth for ever. He hath made His wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion. He hath given meat unto them that fear Him: He will ever be mindful of His covenant. He hath shewed His people the power of His works, that He may give them the heritage of the heathen. The works of His hands are verity and judgment; all His commandments are sure. They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness. He sent redemption unto His people: He hath commanded His covenant for ever: holy and reverend is His name. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do His commandments: His praise endureth for ever.” – Psalms 111
The focus of this site is to explain the Everlasting Covenant of our Creator in detail. Our loving heavenly Father designed it as the plan of salvation to redeem us from the death penalty that comes from committing sin (“the wages of sin is death”). The Lord Jesus Christ, Yeshua is at the heart of the Everlasting Covenant because it is by and through faith in His blood that we have everlasting life, redemption, and our eternal inheritance.