The promise of the new covenant in Christ Jesus was given by the Holy Spirit Comforter. Jeremiah 31.31-32a,33b stated, "'The days are coming,' declares the Lord, 'when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors. I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people." This new covenant from Jesus was not going to be written on parchment or on stone tablets but was inscribed on human hearts within ordinary people. Jeremiah 31.34 continued, "No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, 'Know the Lord,' because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. 'For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.'" "Know the Lord" is to be our plea today.✞
Jesus knew that he was to introduce this new covenant. Isaiah 48.16b prophesied about Jesus and revealed clearly the speaker as the Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, "And now the Sovereign Lord has sent me, endowed with his Spirit." Jesus was sent on the authority of the Father with the gifts of the Holy Spirit who empowered him. Albert Benjamin Simpson, a Canadian Presbyterian minister who moved to Louisville, Kentucky in 1873 wrote a beautiful hymn on this subject,
"O Holy Spirit Comforter,
Gentle and tender,
O holy and heavenly Dove,
We are yielding our hearts in surrender, We're waiting Thy fullness to prove.
O come as the heart searching fire,
O come as the sin-cleansing flood;
Consume us with holy desire,
And fill with the fullness of God."
He also wrote the endearing chorus, "Yesterday, today, forever, Jesus is the same. All may change, but Jesus never! Glory to His Name! Glory to His Name! Glory to His Name! All may change, but Jesus never! Glory to His Name!"✞