Covenants what purpose do they, serve in the church of the last days
Covenants even yet today play important role in the life of the church and the lives of the people. During my years of ministry, I have said many times in my messages to the congregations, I served by letting them know that the covenants brings out the promises of God in our relationship with Him. The covenants for most individual Christian in today’s congregations would say this does not pertain to the congregations today. Recently I was reading about this fact about the number of Christians and leaders of the church were asked. “What are the main laws of the New Testament?” Almost all of them answered that the commandment of Christ to love God with all thy heart and thy neighbor as thyself, Luke 10:27; Deuteronomy 6:5; Matthew 22:37-40.
Before continuing any further, we need to address this same question to you and what do you feel the main laws of the New Testament are? Remember your answer does not have to be contrary to what is popular belief, or traditional belief regarding New Testament laws of the New Covenant written upon the table of your heart. To be very honest while researching for the truth of this question regarding what are the main laws of the New Testament became quite frustrating. Why, because many Christians and denominations I find have a different opinion or understanding of mixing the Old Testament with the New Covenant. To say the least I had to wrestle spiritually with the major issues of the New Covenant and the laws of Christ. In addition, which many Christians do not believe that Christ made laws in the New Testament? However, what I believe and understand that Jesus stated His Father’s laws from the Old Testament and made them spiritual laws in the New Testament according to Matthew 5-7.
There are many examples which can be frustrating when dealing with Christians and Christian leaders who are trying to persuade you or me that their beliefs are right. Without batting an eye, they will tell you that their beliefs are based upon the scriptures and yet if you confront them to show you, they cannot find the scripture they are stating. Furthermore, what is even sadder, some pastors will tell me that Christians who do not speak in tongues are not saved and do it under the power of Satan. Yes, I believe that we need to speak in God’s language, however, that is not what Paul stated about the gifts of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12. What Paul clearly stated was that the Holy Spirit gave them as many gifts according to His will 1 Corinthians 12:11. Yet they try to make their position clear from the same Bible.
Now let us get to the root and foundation of the New Covenant, in addition, who is the governing word of these laws in the New Covenant. The truth is that God Himself is the governing force who said unto the prophet Jeremiah and stated the words of the New Covenant that He would make with the House of Israel and with the House of Judah Jeremiah 31:31-34. God made it clear that this would not be the same covenant that He made with their fathers when He brought them out of the bondage of Egypt.
Now let us consider this factor regarding the prophetic word of the New Covenant and our Lord, there are within the Old Testament you will find four hundred and twenty-five verses of scriptures prophesying the Lord Jesus Christ. My reasoning for bringing out these many verses of scriptures about prophesy of Jesus for they will be the fulfilled law of the New Covenant or the law of Christ that God promised. The main factor I, want to deal with comes from the book of Isaiah 9:6-7 namely refers to Jesus and the government He will establish. Therefore, if Isaiah prophecies that Jesus is the governor then all that He proclaims and taught becomes laws of the New Testament.
The frustration I am having also is some will say in a good individual with a good heart would naturally want to follow the rule of tradition. In addition, to point out even further my frustration I know there will be several who will argue to show that the old law and the new law are not the same. I would use this text of scripture to establish the point about my frustration about the law not being abolished Matthew 5:17-18. In these two texts, Jesus makes it clear that He did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it and He also made it clear that not one jot or tittle shall pass from the law.
What the Lord taught in Matthew 5:10-11 about those individuals who will despitefully use and persecute us falsely for the His name sake, would not understand the law of God, nor the law of Christ in the last days. If we truly consider Jesus teaching, His Father’s law and what the apostles wrote about such laws such as the law of the harvest, the law of sowing the seed and reaping, as well as the negative and positive laws of good and evil. Why I believe and feel this way personally, that no one individual can fulfill the law written within their self, until they turn to the Savior. We can only be true in our relationship with the Lord when we turn the law within ourselves over to Him. This means we need to repent then and only then is the law of the New Covenant fulfilled in us. My logic for writing it is this manner is I know how that the Lord Jesus and God the Father knows how recklessly we violate God and Christ laws and covenants. I further believe that each of us force Christ to pay the penalty of sin afresh daily Hebrews 6:6.
Before I write any further let me make something clear, it has been stated by many scholars and theologian that if you do not know the covenants then you do not know the scripture. This is a very bold statement; however, it is true? You will find in the book of Exodus 23:31 through 24:8 where the Lord refers to the Torah (the first five books of the Old Testament and referred to as the book of covenants as the patter of salvation for mankind.
We will now consider all of the covenants that God made in His judgment and statue. The first covenant is the covenant of salt which I feel and believe is vital to the church of the last days and the Second Coming of Christ. In this writing and study of the covenants I will be using these translations of the Holy Scriptures, Hebrew-English Tanakh, the Complete Jewish Bible, and the King James Version of the Bible so that we can compare each text of scripture. These three version or translations is to help us understand the history of the covenants from both the English and Hebrew Language.
God has made several covenants in the Old Testament for the writing of this book we will use just two the salt covenant and the blood covenant. Both of these covenants play a vital role within the church today. For the spiritual leader within the church they will need both of these covenants within their lives as well as a full understanding of what role they play in walking in the statue and judgments of God and Christ Jesus for the church of the last days. The reasoning for stating it to you in this logic is that when I truly began to look for an answer and understanding of the salt covenant that the Spirit of God revealed the revelation about the salt covenant and its role in the church today and why God sent His Son.
The Holy Scriptures records numerous covenants that described God’s relationship with Israel and humanity and they are of two kinds of agreements conditional and unconditional. As I have study and researched the covenants the more, I learn that the old and new you cannot separate of what God decrees. Therefore, we must always consider God’s covenants are in the principles of conditional and unconditional of what His judgments and statues require.
The Salt Covenant
“12 As and offering of the firstfruits you may bring these to ADONAI but they are not to be brought up unto the altar to make a fragrant aroma. 13 You are to season every grain offering of yours with-salt do not omit from your grain offering the salt of the covenant with your God, but offer salt with all your offerings.” Leviticus 2:12-13 (CJB)
“12 You may bring them to the lord as an offering of choice products, but they shall not be offered up on the altar for a pleasing odor. 13 You shall season your every offering of meal with salt; you shall not omit from your meal offering the salt of your covenant with God; with all your offerings you must offer salt.” Leviticus 2:12-13 (Hebrew-English Tanakh)
“12 As for the oblation of the first firstfruits, ye shall offer them unto the Lord, but they shall not be burnt on the altar for sweet savour. 13 And every oblation of thy meat offering shall thou season with salt; neither shall thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering; with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt.” (KJV)
In these scriptures of these three translations of the Holy Scriptures concerning the salt covenant you can see God wants and offering from His people, however, God wants and offering to be of good taste. I know that the church today does not have the altar they had then to offer an offering when God made this salt covenant. I would feel safe in saying that God still wants us to give an offering season with salt the spiritual salt of our lives. For our Lord said that ye are the salt of the earth.
The covenant of salt carries a two-fold signification of negative and positive as most covenants have when they are made. The positive attribute of salt is that it is flavor, which makes things taste good, and the negative attribute of salt is that it is used for making something barren or without worth. These are characteristics which both signify the blessing, and the judgments of God. In fact, it is the very judgment of God, which makes a person good and righteous in His sight. The judgment for our sins was laid upon Christ, and through Christ being judged in our behalf, we were made good bye and through His virtues. The same principle as fire both being illustrated in the scriptures as a blessing as the baptism by fire, or refined by fire, and as God’s final judgments as being cast into the lake of fire. When we come to the full understanding just how we are made righteous, we understand that the Christian’ righteousness, and God’s judgment, is intimately related.
Salt makes the meat tasty and brings out its true flavor. Sacrifice on the altar of Moses’ time is equality to Christ, and it was the flavor of the salt that made the meat good and required by God. Therefore, the salt, which makes the sacrifice good, to the virtue of God then is now the virtue or righteousness of Christ, which makes us good. In addition, this is why God decrees that the sacrifice was to be seasoned with salt, that no sacrifice should be lacking salt. The salt covenant brings out the fact to the church of the last days, knowledge of the savor of sacrifice; therefore, it is the righteousness of Christ, which is the foundation of the New Covenant. Again, salt is the heart of the covenant both in judgment, statue in the virtue of Christ that is the savor of every true Christian who walks in the Spirit and not in the flesh.
Before we go any further we need to go back and see where the covenant of salt began Numbers 18:19. “All the heave offerings of holy things, which the children of Israel offer to the Lord, I have given to you sons and daughters with you as an ordinance forever; it is a covenant of salt forever before the Lord with you and your descendants with you.” (New King James Version)
You as a spiritual leader how does this relate to what Jesus taught “that ye are the salt of the earth” Matthew 5:13-16 and Romans 12:1-2. One of the ways we might interpret is in this manner: A sacrifice or covenant without salt is lacking or without virtue and should not be offered, however, Paul states that we are to make are bodies a living sacrifice which is, are reasonable service unto the Lord therefore signifying an act of preserving ones-self by the renewing of mind.
The Salt Covenant Holds the Key to Jesus Saying Ye are the Salt of the Earth!
In the Old Testament the term a “Covenant of Salt” appears three time; Leviticus 2:13; Numbers 18:19; 2 Chronicles 13:5, however, the concept of the covenant of salt is referred to in many different contexts in the New Testament by Jesus and His apostles. Yet in are day and time and language we use the term salt for example “not worth his salt” that is saying about the individual that they do not measure up to what we feel and expect of them. Another expression “not worth a grain of salt” an expression usually meant someone that could not be trusted or dependable, just to name a couple of expression. From the time of Abram salt had numerous significant symbolic meanings. The symbols or symbolic meanings I found were peace, friendship, and the symbolic seal of truce.
We are watching the church in all nations in the spiritual battles and following the same patterns which took place with Israel in the Old Testament, where God gave warning after warning! Therefore, the salt covenant even yet today establishes a very powerful biblical truth that every spiritual sacrifice must be season with the spiritual salt that we are. I state this because Jesus quotes the scripture in Leviticus 2:13 in the gospel of Mark 9:49. During all of my research on the salt covenant and all of the scriptures I found salt I found to relate to a type of personal and true holiness.
The more I study this covenant of salt the more I understand as a spiritual leader that God’s covenant that states they are enduring lessons that declares or reveals God and His immutability. This is clear when you read the words of the prophet Malachi 3:6 “For I am the Lord, I do not change;” therefore, God is unchanging and He is eternal, His promises and His covenants are everlasting. When, God instituted the salt covenant here in Numbers 18:19; God declared His eternal covenant as well as His eternal word for His people as a living covenant that we are His people by His choosing and His judgment. Another way of saying it is that God has established His covenant with mankind that is everlasting and enduring.
Today we are the people of God that are living in the time of the New Covenant and God knew that we would need a salt that was preserving to keep us in His eternal covenant free from the corruption of the evil hand of Satan, therefore, God sent us His Son as an everlasting salt. Since the day that God instituted the salt covenant to Israel and all of her descendants God made it clear that the sacrifice was not to lack salt and therefore, God provided the salt and the blood for the New Covenant that He would make with the House of Israel and the House of Judah.
Moreover, to the spiritual leaders and saints of the church the salt covenant is more much more for it attributes or entails to all of God’s covenants for a relationship with His creation. Jesus in Matthew 5:13, gives us a contrasting view of the salt covenant with Leviticus 2:13 from old to new with mankind and what is lacking. Jesus proclaims here that we are the salt of the earth, therefore, what is Jesus truly stating and why is He stating it? I would feel safe in saying if I addressed this question to the spiritual leaders of the church, I would get the same response “I Don’t know.” In addition, if I ask what is the most neglected covenant, we neglect that God has given I would get the same answer.
You see that according to the Holy Scriptures God told the Jewish people not to omit salt from their offerings. Key factor regarding salt and Jesus stating “ye are the salt of the earth” one might interpret it in these terms one endurance, two preservation, three freedom from corruption, four preserving and in God’s covenant of salt we can find all of these. Moreover, when Jesus stated that “ye are the salt of the earth” Jesus was not only pointing out a temple sacrifice He was also pointing out the spiritual responsibility to be a living sacrifice which is our reasonable service Romans 12:1-2. God instructed the people of Israel that every sacrifice was to be seasoned with salt as a sign of their covenant relationship with Him.
One of the things we should consider very much about salt is that it is an ingredient to flavor food however; we have been given the spiritual ingredient to become the salt of the earth in Christ Jesus to be offer were salt needs to be added. Therefore, when entering into a covenant of salt means that we are committing ourselves to God and Christ Jesus with the upmost loyalty and honesty rather than break our covenant. Furthermore, a covenant of salt should not be done lightly or haphazardly it deserves our very best.
The Covenant of Blood
Before we begin this covenant, it would be well to note that covenants with God are a relationship with mankind is now and will always be. In addition, to study the covenants of God you do not have to have a seminary degree to study just look for the scriptural truth. The truth of the matter is why the covenants seem to be difficult is of numerous falsehoods, presumptions, and deception concerning God’s relationship with mankind. The most important factor to recognize about a covenant relationship is that before creation God had already preplanned His relationship with man before He created us Ephesians 1:3-5.
It is well to note that through the entire Holy Scriptures there are only two blood Covenants cut for mankind, the first one was cut with Abram and the second one was cut blood covenant cut with Jesus. The blood covenant with God is in one form or way connected into all the covenants that deal with the salvation and protection of God. To my understanding the blood covenant began back with the covenant with Abraham and the cutting of the covenant with God Genesis 15. This is the only place in the Holy Scriptures where you will find the word cut a covenant. It is in this covenant that God establishes the covenant of blood with Abraham and all his descendants and all of mankind. Therefore, we must also remember that the covenant of blood was done in circumcision of all men and the male child.
Christians today are still being taught that the only thing that saves them from Satan; is the covering of the blood of Christ Jesus. Truly the one thing that proves that Satan is defeated is the blood of Jesus. Do you have the blood covenant with God? Why is it necessary for you and me to have an established covenant with God? Have you given away your spiritual authority that God has given you? What is the strongest covenant God has made with humankind? The next question is it necessary to establish a covenant with God because we must be born again and when we become born, again we establish a covenant with God and His Son. These are questions need to be asked and address by leaders of the church to reason with the congregation to find out their reasons and logic on these questions. I believe that I would be right in saying that many probably have not given away their spiritual authority; however, do they use it. As for the strongest covenant to my understanding is the blood covenant. Because when God makes covenants, which is everlasting God has required blood.
The common thought of understanding the blood covenant with Abraham and his seed is as follows. My example I will make it is contract form and all contracts have many clauses in them as a legal agreement between two parties. Here are the terms God states these terms of agreement in His contract in this manner: terms of agreement are (1) your name will be changed) (2) you will become the father of many nations (3) you will establish our covenant with blood). (4) raise your hand up and clasp it with mine (5) you will be marked as a righteous man (6) both parties have liabilities (7) each day you shall be a memorial of my covenant (8) mine and your covenant will be hand down to generation to generation.
These terms of your agreement or covenant you have made will bring you protection from the evil hand of Satan. You will furthermore, have a deep personal relationship with God, and God will say, I will be walking with you. Also, in the contract God has made known these issues in your covenant of work, grace, word, humankind, and finally with behavior and each of these issues God requires.
In the example eight terms of the contract one could relate the seven churches in the book of Revelation. In Revelation 2, to the church at Pergamos Christ states to them that overcometh He will give them a new name. To the church of Thyatira, He will give, them power overs nations. When we look at what Christ states about them that overcometh this is our part of the liability of the contract. Next, “he that hath an ear let him hear, then I will give the morning star, be watchful and strengthen the things that remain, make a pillar in the temple of My God, I stand at the door.” (Revelation 2-3 KJV)
The Covenant with Noah
Understanding the covenant with Noah holds the key principles of several issues of changes of God’s dealing with earth and His creation. One of those issues was for humankind to hear the voice of God and their failure to observe terms of what the voice of God was commanding. Another way of saying this is the word of truth that rightly divides the Words of God that different within them. Letting you know that this covenant holds some of the bases of the other covenants for example the phrase “the obedience to the Word of the Lord.
God states His covenant with Noah, “And God said to Noah and his sons with him, 9 “I now establish My covenant with you and your offspring to come, 10 and with every living thing that is with you-birds, cattle and every beast as well-all that have come out of the ark, every living on earth” (Genesis 9:8-10 Hebrew English Tanakh)
God also made a covenant with Abraham and his seed. Taking into careful consideration of God’s covenant with Noah and its content I see the term of this covenant as unconditional as well as universal. However, I must also state that in the church of the last days we slowly by slowly leaving behind the nature of this covenant or another way of stating it are the nature of the covenant relationship. In many ways I have seen down through the years of my ministry how that humanity is in such a rush they shut God off in His covenants and His creation. Today we hear so much about science of the world and the world laws about the diet we should eat to stay in good health. Therefore, I feel it is to be, regarded as a product of humankind’s wants to have control. Personally, I feel that Almighty God has showed humanity His timeliness and blessedness established in the covenant with Noah. Furthermore, it is the wondrous love of God’s grace for humanity fully shown all of God’s mercy.
What were the requirements of this covenant, which should be a deep interest to humanity and the Christians? We begin to see the requirements in verse 9 of Genesis 9 on the Divine requirement of God that blood must not be eaten. The second requirement of the covenant of Noah was not to kill one another and finally that the human race was to multiply the earth. What I have learned out of this covenant is that the blood of life is to be kept sacred. In addition, God gave the commandment “Thou shalt not kill” Exodus 20 therefore, relating to mankind that the blood that He created was sacred.
Moreover, it is a law of God to be obeyed. Furthermore, Jesus spoke of this law in the Sermon on the Mount Matthew 5-7 were Jesus also brought out the spiritual requirements of this law. God made the covenant with Noah and God made it a law with Moses and the House of Israel and Jesus said you do not have to kill just get angry with your brother and you are in danger of judgment. Jesus goes on to state that the individual who get angry with their brother without cause is in danger of the judgment. Therefore, God Himself ordained the law, which is universally binding to this very day and will be binding until God destroys this earth.
The third requirement God requires of the covenant is for Noah and his sons to multiply and bring forth abundantly to replenish the earth. When you think about it this in like manner was the same covenant God made with Adam and Eve to do. If all of the rest of humanity was destroyed by, the flood then it only makes sense that the purpose of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth was to fulfill the requirement of this covenant.
The Covenant with Abraham
What is the importance of the covenant with Abraham and having a proper understanding to bring a complete understanding of the faith we accept? It furnishes an understanding of the provision and relationship with God and His want to have a relationship with His creation. In the covenant with Abraham lies the whole development of God redemptive Word, His action, His grace unfolding in the covenant with Abraham.
The proper understanding begins with one solitary individual because God always begins His beginning or creation with one solitary individual. However, before God created man it began with a plan within the kingdom of God and the Godhead. These are just a few of the individual’s god began with Adam, Noah, Abraham now we find in the covenant with Abraham that every human-being is encompass in that covenant. In the covenant with Abraham we also have to take into consideration Genesis 15, 17, and 18 all together so we can see all of the elements formed between God and Abraham. In Genesis 15 God is choosing the individual man He wants to be His steward of faith. In addition, God makes it clear that He takes upon His-self the sole responsibility for fulfilling the covenant. In chapter 17 of Genesis is God’s next step of progressing His fulfillment with Abram. Furthermore, it adds the revelation that the covenant would be everlasting. In chapter 17 God also seals His covenant with Abraham. In chapter 18 of Genesis we get to the climax of the covenant established between God and Abraham. Moreover, in chapter God reaffirms His covenant and His relationship in the covenant that He will establish with Abraham son. In these three chapters are individual studies of their own.
In these three chapters refers to a prevailing patter which is most crucial form Abraham response in believing God, trusting God in God’s promise. Furthermore, it is extremely crucial that spiritual leaders have a definition of the right relationship with God and Abraham in God’s promise then in relationship to the New Covenant today.
The Holy Scriptures contains the history of mankind’s rebellion against God, God’s commands, and God’s plan for restoring broken covenants and broken relationship with Him. These broken covenants or relationship began with the fall of man and then with mankind’s disobedience brought the flood, however, God found one man that He found favor with and this was Noah.
From the Holy Scriptures, we can see the life of Abraham from the time that God spoke to Abraham while he was still in the land of Ur and what the very difference it made in Abraham’s life when he obeyed God. What has always been a part of my thoughts in life is how Abraham left his old life style to go into a land that God would show him. Abraham left a life style of life he was accustom to, and go where God would lead him, in other words Abraham committed himself to God and God’s call. Now there is the question: How does God state His call to Abraham? God directs Abraham’s call with a direct command “leave.” In this call you also see that God state leave everything that was familiar to Abraham which included his native country, relatives, and father’s family. Another way of stating it is Abraham made a commitment in faith and faith alone to be obedient.
That step of faith from Abraham God began to make provisions for Abraham and his life to make blessing of all families and generations to come. Let us look at some of those provisions that we study as the covenant of God with Abraham. I have stated earlier that this is an unconditional covenant let us examine this covenant provisions God has promised and what will take place if this covenant is broken the as well as today when covenants are broken. First provision is God will make Abraham a great nation and the second provision is God will increase Abraham’s number greatly, and the third provision God will give Abraham the land that he is now a foreigner.
In the last days the law of God and His New Covenant will bring the war of spiritual transgression with ever individual who does not want to hear the prophetic message of the covenants God gave for teaching the children that they will not stray from it. The Holy Scriptures states through the Prophets of the Old Testament the prophetic word and it would start like this “And the Word of the Lord came unto me saying.” I believe that even yet today the Lord God Almighty is still saying to the prophets He has call today would say, “and the Word of God came unto me saying” that God’s prophetic Word is coming true right before our very eyes.
The Mosaic Covenant
The Mosaic covenant was made between God and Israel and is found in the Holy Scriptures in the book of Exodus 19-25 and in Deuteronomy 5:6-22. Israel is a nation or people set apart by God to be His treasured possession. In addition, by Israel entering into the Mosaic covenant, they received God’s blessing and the responsibilities that accompanied. As with the covenant with Abraham, the Mosaic covenant had a purpose far beyond a relationship between God and Israel. The large part of the Mosaic covenant is about the Ten Commandments. Under the Mosaic covenant it is important to understand that the laws in this covenant are revealing the heart and desire of God for the nation of Israel to be His holy people. It is in the Mosaic covenant you will find that it contains several hundreds of commands and commandments as well as God’s judgments and statue. I relate it in this manner that commands and commandments underlines a scriptural understanding of the commands given by Christ in the gospel of Matthew.
To further our examination of the Mosaic covenant, that it is probably one of the most complexes covenants found in the Holy Scriptures. From my studies I have found because of its complexity, you will find the reasons why that it shows that Israel had to make a discipline to receive God’s grace and salvation. The Mosaic covenant was to be read as well as the people were to have that covenant with them. To the spiritual leaders I have found that most teaching regards giving of the law as the dispensation of the law.
I need that we back up and relate to the spiritual leaders when teaching the covenants, you are teaching the administration of that covenant and that each covenant builds upon the previous covenants of administration that leads to the administration of the New Covenant. My point of logic this according to Paul writing to the church at Galatia that the law or covenant did not oppose God’s Words of the covenants of promises or the purpose of the law or covenant Galatians 3:15-25. Furthermore, each covenant is a cycle that brought about a greater grace in the Lord since the fall of man. In addition, each cycle has also brought a new essence of mercy, grace, and salvation granted by God in His judgment.
In the Mosaic covenant and the covenant that Jesus taught in His Sermon on the Mount I find to be the covenants and laws of the Old Testament to be reconsidered by the church of the last days. However, the Sermon on the Mount and Jesus teachings I find to come from the book of Exodus and the Ten Commandments and the laws of His Father. Through God giving the Mosaic covenant God has given His personal instructions of discipline to the House of Israel and to the church of the last days. In addition, the laws, covenants, and commandments hold or contains the elements of God revealing righteousness judgments, and ordinances of God for directing our Christian living. I have heard it stated repeatedly nobody could keep the law of Moses not even Moses. The question then is: Do we keep the New Covenant as well as what I have heard?
Many a good preacher, Bible teachers as well as many other Christians have firm believed that the New Covenant Christians should obey the Ten Commandments and other moral laws or commands which were written in the Mosaic covenant as a part of growing in faith. However, why is it that so many are trying to teach that the Mosaic covenant is abolished? In addition, if we take the two commandments to love God and our neighbor and another commandment given by Christ “if ye love Me keep My commandments” John 14:15 NKJV. My question is if Christ and God stated almost the same commandment how can it be abolished? Furthermore, Christ put a higher standard on the Mosaic covenant by making it a spiritual covenant we are to be obedient to. A Mosaic covenant standard about, adultery, murder, stealing, and to love our neighbor as ourselves and they are all standard recorded in the Mosaic covenant.
In Exodus 20 the first commandment of God’s is clear, “Thou shalt not have no other gods before me” Exodus 20:3 KJV. I believe when God makes such a command like this as a commandment that is His law then it is my personal understanding that this is just what God means. Take note that God goes on to state that He is a jealous God. It is also well to note what God is stating here to0 put it in a strong term God is demanding that we will worship Him and Him only. This means that we do not pollute our lives with graven images. In addition, it is well to point out in the church of the last days that the Mosaic covenant brought out to the House of Israel the laws concerning violence, concerning responsibility of owners of land, laws of restitution, of human relation, just to name a few.
Looking at the law of human relation to see how, that law in the Mosaic covenant relates Exodus 22:16-31. God is pointing out in the human relation in the Mosaic covenant or law how that we transgress against humankind as well as how we transgress against God. One of the ways we transgress is by committing adultery with another man’s wife. While I was attending college, the professor brought up this point of reality regarding the commandment “thou shalt not commit adultery” the question was how much does humankind cause others to suffer by committing adultery. Another one of the human relation laws written here is that the first-born of your sons is to be given unto the Lord. God says that we are to do this in the first eight days of the child’s life Numbers 8:16-17. What I found to be interesting is that God tells Moses to take all of the firstborn of children of Israel as the Levites and He will sanctify them for Himself Numbers 8:17-18.
In Exodus 24 God calls Moses and the elders of Israel to come up on Mount Sinai to give them the ceremony for sealing the covenant and the law with Israel. During that ceremony the covenant was sealed by blood with God and the House of Israel. To my understanding God will not go back or break this covenant. In addition, when we think of the New Covenant and Christ Jesus and His shedding of blood for the New Covenant, therefore, we must remember that God will not break this New Covenant as we the church of the last days do.
“7 And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the Lord hath said will we do and be obedient. 8 And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the Lord hath made with you concerning all these words.”( Exodus 24:7-8 KJV)
This is not a new aspect in which to regard God having the book of the covenant blessed by Moses. Before Moses sprinkled the blood, he read the book of the covenant to Israel, and obtained Israel acceptance of it. Therefore, the book of the covenant contains all the conditions of the covenant given to Moses. In addition, only through this book of covenant could Israel know all, which God asked of them, and all that they might ask of God? Therefore, let us consider what new light may be by Israel entering into the covenant that could be understood by the church of the last days regarding the New Covenant.
The very first thing that comes to mind is the spirit of life with Israel and the people of today and their experience with God. For the spirit of life lives in us either in the old covenant or the New Covenant, manifest in our dealing with the book of the covenant we call the Bible. It must be stated that our Bible contains both old and new. The New Covenant was enfolded in the old covenant: and it goes the other way. Can we read the old covenant in the spirit of the new? Personally, what I see is this that it would be hard for us to see and understand clearly anywhere what God’s judgment was when the covenant was made with Israel without the old covenant. After the wilderness, Israel was ready to make the promise: “All that the Lord said will we do and be obedient.” Israel at that time I would feel safe in saying that they understood little about why they were sprinkled with blood or with the death and redemption of which would become the doctrine of salvation and the New Covenant.
Israel own strength, in power of the flesh was furthermore ready to serve God. If Christians would look at the spirit of Israel, I feel they would understand the system of laws, covenants, and commandments as the course of instruction as they were directed in the way God wants us to go. All God asks of us is that we should do our upmost in seeking to fulfill these laws, covenants, and commandments; moreover, we cannot do them until we are sincerely ready to do so. Again, I will say that Israel knew little or nothing of what the death meant about eternal life. Furthermore, Israel did not know about the life of the resurrection of the Second Coming of Christ.
Consider this about the spirit of Israel here in the book of Exodus, what had happened just before the exodus from Egypt. Not only that but when God came down from Mount Sinai in thundering and lightning to give them His system of law, they were greatly afraid to say the least. Hear Israel responses to Moses do not let God talk to us because we fear Him. Israel saw the power of God first hand and therefore; they knew the presence and could relate to the fear of God. I would go on to say that, Israel thought it would be easier for them to receive the instruction of God from Moses than to hear it from God Himself.
A personal feeling that I had at one point in my life was to serve God without the daily contact with Him in prayer and without faith that He would heal me from all my sins. Therefore, my religion was a matter of an outward appearance to hear God’s voice speaking to me furthermore to obey what God was saying. Let me add this is rebellion against God and God’s words. I can say today with all honesty be faithful and diligent to hear what the Spirit say and study to show yourself approved and to have as much of God with His covenants, laws, and commandments that God Himself will make life complete in His grace.
If we the church is going to be delivered in the last days, I feel safe in saying that we need to read every book of the Old and New Testaments to understand the New Covenant and with the New Covenant spirit. The first article of the New Covenant has reference to this matter. When God says, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their heart; God engages the words of His law in the Holy book of the mind. Therefore, no longer can any mere individual say that the Word of God is written in stone. Furthermore, every word of the New Covenant then becomes a Divine part of our assurance of the new birth and new life bought to us by Christ on the cross.
Our souls learn how to see that the language of our heart kills and profiteth us nothing. The study of God’s covenants and words brings spiritual knowledge, brings spiritual delight in thoughts and makes them life in and for the kingdom of God. However, as the Word of God, spoken by the living God through the Holy Spirit to the heart of humankind, it is found to be quick and powerful. The Word of God, which worketh effectually in the people that believe, God giving them the actual word and the possession of the very grace of the Word of the New Covenant upon the heart.
The Davidic Covenant
The Davidic covenant in II Samuel 7 we find God’s covenant with David where God states or proclaims that out of David seed God will establish a kingship, which is Christ the Lord. Another way of stating it is God is establishing an eternal kingdom that will be from everlasting to everlasting. God makes it clear in II Samuel 7:12 when David’s days are fulfilled that God will set up David seed that will come out of David body that He will establish his kingdom. Here is II Samuel God also states that He will not take away His grace from David as He did with Saul. Have you ever wondered why there is so much preaching about the kingdom of God? This has been a covenant preached and proclaimed by the prophets of old until now, which is now the message of the cross and the resurrection of Christ into an eternal kingdom where He reigns. The prophets proclaim the covenant of David as well as John the Baptist proclaim the covenant of David was at hand. Isaiah proclaimed this message of the coming of the Lord and by His strips we our healed.
This covenant is our provision of grace God made with David and that David seed would fulfill the everlasting kingdom that would rule over the church as our Mediator. When we study covenants or sacred history connected, with them are mutually that hold the Divine wisdom we can trace the wisdom in making these covenants. However, in order not to write a book on this covenant alone I will be brief.
This is just one of the covenants that has been established with unconditional terms that God has established. In this covenant with David God establishes three important issues regarding the last day’s one a house for God told David that He would build David a house. Before, Christ left His Disciples Christ words unto them are recorded in the gospel of John 14, “In my father house there are many mansions: if it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” (KJV) Two a kingdom a realm of God’s power this Jesus also taught while He Walked among humankind. Finally, a throne in a kingdom of Divine power a rulership centered on the mercy and lovingkindness of Almighty God and His Son.
What I have learned by my research on these covenants there are three that bring us into the New Testament and the last days. They are as follows the Abrahamic, Davidic, and the New Covenant. In addition, it is in these three that makes the provisions for our understanding a responsibility for humanity to acknowledge God’s spiritual power and grace in these covenants.
The New Covenant
Before, we begin to write about the New Covenant there is the age-old question when it comes to teaching from a biblical point of view about the New Covenant: Why are you into all this Jewish stuff? Don’t you know that the Old Covenant was done away with the coming of the New Covenant? My feeling and belief are on the contrary, while the Old Covenant was indeed replaced by the New or rather, in process of being replaced-complete replacement will not happen until all of Israel is saved and within the New Covenant, to whom it was promised to originally by God in the book of Jeremiah 31.
“Here, the days are coming,” says ADONAI, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Isra’el and with the house of Y’hudah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers on the day I took them by their hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt; because they, for their part, violated my covenant, even though I, for my part, was a husband to them,” says ADONAI. “For this is the covenant I will make with the house of Isra’el after those days,” says ADONAI: “I will put my Torah within them and write it on their hearts; I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will any of them teach his fellow community member or his brother, ‘Know ADONAI‘; for all will know me, from the least of them to the greatest; because I will forgive their wickednesses and remember their sins no more.” (CJB)
There are those who claim that there are just two major covenants, however, I believe that there are eight major covenants in the Holy Scriptures that God has made with Israel and humanity. The words, of the New Covenant, recorded in the book of Jeremiah, are the correct expression of God’s truth it abundantly teaches, that the contrast between the two covenants is none other than that of the law of God’s grace place in the mind and written within the heart. Of the New Covenant, the law within us is the great characteristic of God within us. The law came in, and made known our offence of the covenant might be known in our hearts or minds; however, where our sin abounded, grace did not abound more exceedingly. It is to bring the House of Israel away from living under the Old Covenant, and to teach them their place in God’s better covenant that Paul writes: “Ye are not under the law, but under grace.” (Romans 6:14-15 KJV) In addition, Paul assures them that if they believe this, and live in it, their experience would confirm God’s promise: “Sin shall not have dominion over you.”
What the law could not do or give deliverance from the power of sin over us grace would abound. The New Covenant was entirely a covenant to my understanding that we would know when and where we break the law of God for it is written in our understanding of the mind. In the wonderful law of God, it had its origins; it was meant to be a manifestation of the riches and glory of God’s forgiveness; of God’s grace, and by God’s grace working in us, all the covenant promises can be fulfilled and experienced by the House of Israel and all humankind.
The word covenant is used in two senses. It is first the gracious disposition in God, which moves Him to love us freely without merit, and to bestow all His blessing upon us. Secondly, it means that power through which this New Covenant does its work in us. The redeeming work of God and therefore, the work of righteousness Christ won for us, equally with the work of the Holy Spirit in us, as the power of the new life, are spoken and written off as the grace of God through the covenants, commandments and laws that have been established. It includes all that Christ has done and still does, all God has given, and all God is for us and in us by the New Covenant. John says we beheld God’s glory, through the glory of the only Begotten Son of the Father, full of grace and truth. The Law of Moses, grace and truth came by Jesus Christ the way of the cross for Israel first then all believers. In addition, of His fullness have all received, grace and salvation. What the law of God demands the New Covenant written upon the heart of humankind by God has supplied.
The contrast, which John pointed out, is expounded by Paul: the law makes it known that the law of sin came in, that the legalism of the law might not have authority over you and me. The way of God will prepare you for the abounding of the more exceeding grace. This is the way that many scholars and leaders are saying and teaching today the law points the way of grace in life, but gives no strength to walk in it. The law demands, but makes no provision for its demands being met. The law burdens, condemns, and slays. It can waken desire, but not satisfy it. It can rouse to effort, but not secure success. It can appeal to motives, but gives no inward power beyond what man himself has. Therefore, while warring against sin, it became its very ally in giving the sinner over to a hopeless condemnation. “The strength of sin is the law.” I agree to this fact and this fact only that the law delivered the knowledge of bondage and the dominion of sin, and grace came by Jesus Christ. Its works is twofold.
Its exceeding abundance can be seen in the free and full pardon there is of all transgression, in the bestowal of a perfect righteousness, and in the acceptance into God’s favor and friendship. In Christ, we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sin according to the riches of God’s grace. It is not only at conversion and at our admittance into God’s favor, but throughout all our life, at each step of our way, and amid the highest attainments of the most advanced saint; we owe everything to God’s and Christ grace, and Their grace alone. The thought of merit and work and worthiness is forever excluded by obeying the law written on the heart.
The exceeding abundance of new covenant is equally seen in the work, which the Holy Spirit every moment maintains within us. We have found that the central blessing of the New Covenant, flowing from Christ’s redemption and the pardon of our sins, is the new heart in which God’s law, fear, and love have been put into humankind. It is in the fulfillment of this promise, in the maintenance of the heart in a state of meekness for God’s indwelling, that the glory of God’s covenant is specially seen in us in these last days. In the very nature of God’s new covenant, this must be so. Paul writes where our sin abounded, therefore, grace of Christ must exceed more for us. Therefore, if I listen to the law written on my heart all the sin in earth and hell could not harm me. Furthermore, the sins are not presence when the written law of God is in my heart. It is there it has exercised its dominion for me. Moreover, it is there the exceeding abundance of grace must be proved, if it is to benefit you and me. Not all grace in earth and heaven could help me; it can only be in the heart where it can be received, and known, and enjoyed. Where sin abounded, in the heart of humankind, there the grace of God did more exceedingly abound. Therefore, sin reigns in humans and brings death, as well as spiritual death.
Of this reign of new covenant written in the heart Scripture speaks wondrous things. Paul speaks of the grace that fitted him for his work, of the gift of that grace of God, which was given me according to the working of God’s power. The grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant, with faith and love. Paul states the grace, which was bestowed upon him, was not found vain, but he labored more abundantly than they all; yet not he, but the grace of God, which was with him. Paul said that Christ grace was sufficient for him. Paul speaks in the same way of grace as working in the life of believers, when it exhorts them to be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
When Paul tells us of the grace of God exhibited in the liberality of the Macedonia Christian, and the exceeding grace of God in the Corinthians when he encourages them God is able to make all grace abound in you, that ye may abound unto every good work. The new covenant is not only the power that moves the heart of God in its compassion towards us. When God acquits and accepts the sinner and makes them a child of the king, but is equally the power that moves the heart of the saint, and provides it each moment with just the disposition and the power, which it needs to love God and do His will.
It is not impossible for me to speak too strongly of the need to know, there is a wonderful, free, and alone all sufficient grace that pardons it is the grace that sanctifies. We are just as absolutely, dependent upon the latter covenant’s laws and commandments as the former covenant’s laws and commandments of God. Therefore, the new covenant that works in us must exclusively do all in us and through us as the covenant that pardons does all for us because it is written. In the one covenant is as the other, everything is by faith alone. Therefore, not to apprehend the new covenant brings a danger of judgment. 0n the one hand, people think that new covenant cannot be more exalted than in the bestowal of pardon on the vile and unworthy person that they are. Therefore, a secret feeling arises that, if God be so magnified by our sins more than anything else, we must not expect to be freed from them in this life. With many, this cuts at the root of the life of true holiness. On the other hand, from not knowing that covenant of grace is always alone to do all the work in our sanctification fruit bearing, men and women are thrown upon their own efforts, their life remains of feebleness and bondage under the law, and they never yield themselves to let grace do all it would.
Let us listen to what God’s Word says by the new covenant ye have been given the written law, through faith not of our works, lest any human should glory. For we are God’s workmanship, created, for good works God ordained and prepared that we should walk in the covenant. The new covenant stands in contrast to good works of our own not only before conversion, but after conversion too. Therefore, you and I are created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God had prepared for us. It is the covenant of grace alone can work the laws and commandments in us and work through us in the last days. Not only the commencement but also the continuance of the Christian life is the work of new covenant. According to the scriptures it states, now if it is by grace it is no more of works, otherwise grace is no more grace; therefore, it is of faith and trust that it may be according to grace. As we see that new covenant written, it is literally and absolutely to do all in us, so that is all our actions are the showing forth of God’s grace in us, we shall consent to live the life of faith and trust a life in which, every moment, everything is expected from God.
Paul states in Romans, “Ye are not under the law, but under grace.” There are three possible lives for example, one entirely under the law; one entirely under grace; one a mixed life, partly law, partly grace. Paul warns the Romans and therefore, the warning for the church today against this. It is this, which is so common, and works such ruin among Christians then as well as now. Let us reason out whether this is our position or not, also the cause of our low state of the church. Personal note: Let me beseech to ask God to open our eyes by the Holy Spirit to see that in the New Covenant everything, every movement, every moment of our Christian life, is of new covenant, abounding grace, the new covenant abounding exceedingly, and working mightily in every Christian. Let us believe that our New Covenant of God waits to cause all grace to abound toward us. In addition, let us begin to live the life of faith that depends upon, and trusts in us, looks to, and ever waits for God, through Jesus Christ, by the Holy Spirit, to work in us that which is pleasing in God’s sight.
Covenant written upon our hearts
The very word new covenant to my understanding is a dangerous word if it is not used in its common use from ancient times even now is connected with legal and binding agreements and contracts with penalties for their infraction God’s Words. In addition, if there has been a common and recurring weakness of the Christian tradition our particular churches represent, it has been a tendency towards legalism in both theology and ethics. Together with Israel and with the Church theology, our reformed and has repeatedly tended to distort and limit God and his will for humankind.
It is for this reason that I write this book not academically about covenants, perhaps the most sophisticated theological developed by any of the Protestant reformers, but rather about the new covenant ideals. All Christians, although our fathers in the faith emphasized it more than any other Christian tradition, nevertheless share this. Among the early fathers, Irenaeus in the east and Augustine in the west made use of the idea of God’s covenants and nowhere in Christendom was the biblical concept of covenant entirely lost. However, our fathers in the faith contributed to the division of the church by pushing the legal covenant so far that we have needed our separated brethren to help us back to the central understanding of the divine revelation.
So long as we emphasize the insight of the prophet Jeremiah of the internal covenant written in our hearts and do not allow ourselves to become entangled in the external. In the modern church pharisaism of the Mosaic code either of law or modern canon law or moral casuistry whether Jews or Gentiles our tradition of the covenants at this moment of history a spiritual contribution to make to all Christians and all Christian churches aware of the new covenant written on the heart.
The New Covenant expressed in Jeremiah the difference between a God, whose purpose, known and whose character could be trusted and a God whose nature, was mysterious and whose actions far above our understanding. I submit at this moment of human history this kind of knowledge of God’s laws and covenants, and commandments in all confidence in God, therefore, what is, deeply needed in the church of Jesus Christ.
Please let me be precise. There is infinite mystery which clothes and enfolds Christian faith trust in God and we cannot change that mystery in any of our theological doctrine; but the revelation of God in Jesus Christ has made available to us a God to worship and to serve whose purpose is known and whose character can be trusted. In the last days of vast increase of ever more complicated knowledge and of rapid change from hallowed ancient customs. It is precisely the God of law, covenants, and commandments whose nature and character, which can be made known and trusted by all humankind. Jesus Christ, alone remains the true basis of our faith in troubled times. It is that new covenant, of grace written on the heart of humankind recognizable individual Christian in Christ Jesus. In our tradition as it has produced such recognizable Christian traditions even though their dogmatic formulations have been a matter of dispute for centuries.
I have written a small explanation of six covenants of God in the Old Testament so I could write why the law of God is needed in the last day. Now I would like to point out how all of these laws relate to the final days. Furthermore, I must state that the God of heaven has inspired these words.
A Covenant God
“Know therefore that the Lord thy God, He is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love Him and keep His commandments.” Deut. 7: 9. (KJV) compare “From this you can know that ADONAI your God is indeed God, the faithful God, who keeps his covenant and extends grace to those who love and observe his mitzvoth, to a thousand generations.” Deut 7:9 (CJB)
Humankind often makes covenants and laws they know the advantages to be derived from them. Human being as an end of uncertainty, as a statement of services and benefits to be rendered, as their security for their certain performance, as a bond of goodwill, as a ground for perfect confidence and friendship, a covenant or oath has often been of unspeakable value to them. In God’s infinite wisdom and will to our human weakness and need comes within His covenant. There is no possible way in which humankind pledge their faithfulness, which God has not sought to make use of in the history of the Bible, to give us perfect confidence in Him, and the full assurance of all that God, in His infinite riches and power, has promised to do for us.
It is with this view I would like to bring out this point that the lack of trust in humankind: God has consented to bind Himself by covenant, in order to show humankind lack of trust we make God out as if God could not be trusted. Furthermore, blessed is the man or woman who truly knows God as their Covenant God; who knows what the covenant promises them; what unwavering confidence of expectation it secures, that all its terms will be fulfilled to them; what a claim and hold it gives them on the fact that covenant keeping God.
How many men and women, who have never thought much of the covenants, laws and commandments as a true and living faith in them would it not mean the transformation of their whole life? The full knowledge of what God wants to do for them; the assurance that it will be done by an Almighty Power; the being drawn to God Himself in a personal surrender, and dependence, and waiting to have it done; all this would make the covenants and laws the very gate of heaven and eternal life. May the Holy Spirit give us some vision of its glory to come? When God created man in His image and likeness, it was that the individual might have a life as like God’s own as it was possible for a creature to live. They were to be by God Himself living and working all in God. For this humankind was to yield himself or herself in loving dependence to the wonderful glory of being the recipient, the bearer, the manifestation of a Divine life. The one secret of humankind’s happiness was to be a trustful surrender of their whole being to the willing and the working of God’s will. When sin entered, this relation to God was destroyed; when humankind had disobeyed, they feared God and fled from God. They no longer knew, or loved, or trusted God.
Humankind could not save themselves from the power of sin. If their redemption was to be affected, God must do it all. In addition, if God was to do it in harmony with the law of humankind’s nature, humankind must be brought to desire it, to yield themselves willing consent, and entrust themselves to God. All that God wanted humankind to do was, to believe in Him. What a human believes moves and rules their whole being, enters into them, and becomes part of their very life. Salvation could only be by faith: God restoring the life humans had lost; operate in faith yielding themselves to God’s work and will. The first great work of God was to get humankind to accept and believe.
This work of creation humankind, cost God more care and time and patience than we cannot easily conceive. All the dealings with individual men and women, and with the people of Israel, had just this one objected, to teach them to trust Him. Where humankind found faith, also by faith they could do anything. Nothing dishonored and grieved Him as much as our unbelief. Unbelief was the root of disobedience and every sin; it made it impossible for God to do His work. The one thing God sought to waken in humankind was by promising and not threatening, by mercy and judgment, through faith.
Of the many devices of the laws, covenants, which God’s patient and condescending grace made, use to stir up humankind to strengthen their faith. In more than one way, God sought to affect this by His law’s covenants and commandments. First of all, God’s covenant was always a revelation of God’s purposes, holding out, in definite promise, what God was willing to work in those with whom the covenants and laws God made with. It was a Divine pattern of the work God intended to do on and, in our behalf, that we might know what to desire and expect, that our faith might be nourish itself with the very things, though as yet unseen, which God is working out in us in these last days.
Then, the covenants and laws were meant to be a security and guarantee, as a simple plain for humanlike as the Divine glory could make it, that the very thing, which God had promised would indeed be brought to pass and furthermore, brought out in those with whom God had entered into a covenant with. Amid all delay and disappointment, and apparent failure of the Divine promises, the covenants and laws were to be the anchor of the human soul, pledging the Divine faithfulness and unchangeableness for the certain performance of what had been promised. And so, the covenants and laws commandments were, above all, to give humankind a hold upon God, as the covenant keeping God, to link them to God Himself in expectation and hope, to bring them to make God Himself alone their portion and the strength of their soul.
Oh, that we know and understand, how God longs that we should trust Him, and how surely God is every promise must be fulfilled to those who do so and believe. I feel safe in saying: Oh, that we knew how it is owing nothing but our unbelief that we cannot enter into the possession of God’s laws of promises, and that God cannot yes to us until, cannot do His mighty works in us until, for us until, and through us until you and I understand that God is a God of covenants and laws. Oh, that we knew how one of the surest remedies for our unbelief the divinely chosen cure for it is the covenants and laws into which God has entered with us.
The whole dispensation of the Holy Spirit, the whole economy of covenants, laws, and commandments of grace in Christ Jesus, the whole of our spiritual life, the whole of our health and growth and strength of the Church, has been laid down and provided for, and secured in the Old and New Covenants. No wonder that, where the covenants and laws, with its wonderful promises, is so little thought of, its plea for an abounding and unhesitating confidence in God. So little understood by, it’s claims upon the faithfulness of the Omnipotent God so little tested; no wonder that Christian life should miss the joy and the strength, the holiness and the heavenliness, which God meant and so clearly promised that we should have by obeying them.
Let us listen to the words in which God’s Word calls us to know, and worship and trust our Covenant keeping with God it maybe we shall find what we have been looking for: the deeper, the full experience of all Gods covenants, laws, and grace can do in us. In this book the words of God, Moses says and the scriptures many times: “Know therefore that the Lord thy God, He is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant with them that love Him.” Hear what God says in Isaiah: “For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed but my kindness shall not depart from thee neither shall my covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.” Isa. 54:10 (KJV)
Moreover, sure and everlasting covenant than every mountain be moved is the fulfillment of every covenant and promise of God. Of the new covenant, in Jeremiah, God speaks: “I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.” Jeremiah 32:40 (KJV) The covenants and laws secures alike that God will not turn from us, nor we depart from Him: God undertakes both for Himself and us.
Let us ask ourselves very earnestly whether there is a lack in our Christian life, and especially in our faith, neglecting of the covenants and laws. Therefore, because of the lack that we have not place our trust or worshipped, nor trusted the covenant keeping God. Our soul has not done what God called us to take hold of His covenants and laws, to remember the covenants and laws; is it any wonder why that our faith has failed and come short of the blessing. God could not fulfill His promises in us in this lack. If we will begin to examine into our lives the terms of the covenants and laws, as the title deeds of our inheritance, and the riches we are to possess even here on earth. If, we will think about the sure certainty, of their fulfillment surer than the foundations of the everlasting mountains of grace. If we will turn to the God who has engaged to do all for us, who keepeth the covenants and laws forever, our lives will become different from what it has been; it can, and will be, all that God would make it.
The great lack of our trust and faith is we need more of God in it. We accept salvation as God’s gift, and we do not know that the only object of salvation, its chief blessing, is to fit us for all needs, and bring us back to, that close relationship with God for which we were created, in which our glory in eternity will be found. All that God has ever done for God’s creation is in making the covenants and laws was always to bring us to Him as their chief, their only good, to teach them to trust in Him, to delight in Him, to be one with Him. Therefore, I say it cannot be otherwise. If God indeed were nothing but a very fountain of goodness and glory, of beauty and blessedness, the more we can have of His presence, the more we will conform to God’s will.
The more we are engaged in God’s service, laws and covenants the more we have God ruling and working God, God is all in us, the more truly happy shall we be. God indeed is the owner and author of life and strength, of holiness and happiness, and can alone give good works it in us, the more we trust Him, and depend and wait on God, the stronger and the holier and the happier you and I shall be. In addition, that means a true and good righteous life, which brings us every day nearer to God, which makes us give up everything to have more of God and Christ Jesus. No obedience can be too strict, no dependence too absolute, no submission too complete, no confidence too implicit, to a soul that is learning to count God Himself its chief good, its exceeding joy.
In entering into covenants and laws, God’s one object is to draw us to Him, to render ourselves entirely dependent upon Him, and so to bring us into the right position and disposition in which God can fill us with Himself, His love, and His blessedness and finally His grace. Let us undertake our study of the covenants and laws, which is needed in the last days, if we are believers, God is at this moment living and walking with you and I. With the honest purpose and surrender, at any price, to know what God wishes to be to you and me, to do in us, and to have us be and do for God. The covenants and laws may become to all of us one of the windows of heaven through which we see into the face, into the very heart, of God’s inter being.
As a minister of the word of God I have been ask many times some of the question I am writing. However, others ask, has not the laws and covenants been fully abrogated by the coming of Christ into the world? Would you bring us under that heavy yoke of bondage which none has ever been able to bear? Does not the New Testament expressly declare that we are not under the law but under grace? That Christ was made under the law to free His people there from the law of transgression. Is not my attempt to over awe you of your conscience by the authority of the Decalogue a legalistic imposition, altogether at variance with that Christian liberty which the Savior has brought in by His obedience unto death? My answer: I cannot say that the law was abolished by the coming of Christ into this world, Jesus Himself emphatically stated Matthew 5:17 “Do not think that I am come to destroy the Law or the Prophets I am not come to destroy but to fulfil. 18 For verly I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” (KJV).
However, it is truth that the Christian is not under the law as a covenant of works nor as a ministration of condemnation. However, he or she is under it as a law or rule of life as an objective standard of righteousness, therefore, for all people for all times of the scriptures including these last days. Therefore, this makes it very important. Therefore, I ask you what is your rule and standard of life is it obedience or disobedience to the scriptures?
The Ten Commandments were uniquely honored by God, founded in God’s love, and are to be obeyed out of affection for the One who provided redemption. A. W. Pink, writing about the uniqueness of the Ten Commandments Pink stated: “Their uniqueness appears first in that this revelation of God at Sinai–which was to serve for all coming ages as the grand expression of his holiness and the summation of man’s duty–was attended with such awe-inspiring phenomena that the very manner of their publication plainly showed that God Himself assigned to the Decalogue peculiar importance.” Therefore, covenants, laws and the Ten Commandments were uttered by God in an audible voice to the prophets as well as those God made covenants with. Israel with the fearfulness adjuncts of clouds and darkness, thunders and lightening and the sound of a trumpet, and Israel was the only part of Divine Revelation spoken of the ceremonial precepts of the commandments. The Ten Commandments, they alone were written by the finger of God upon tables of stone, and they alone were deposited in the holy ark for safe, keeping. Thus, in the unique honor conferred upon the Decalogue itself we may perceive its paramount importance in the Divine government of God’s will in the last days.
The laws and covenants are the gospel, the principal parts of Divine Revelation; or rather, they are the center of, the sum of, and the substance of, the whole of Christian living. Every passage of sacred Scripture is laws, covenants, commandments, vows, oaths, or gospel; or is capable of being referred to, either to the one or to the other. Even the Histories of the Old and New Testaments, as far as the agency of humans is introduce, are narratives of facts, done in conformity, or in opposition, to the moral law, and done in the belief, or disbelief. The ordinances of the ceremonial law, given to the ancient Israelites, for the most part, grafted on the Ten Commandments of the moral law; and in their typical reference, were an obscure revelation of the gospel words of Christ. All threatening, whether either in the Old or in the New Testament, are threatening of the law, or of the gospel; and in every promise, is a promise either of the one, or of the other.
Every prophecy of Scripture is a declaration of things obscure, or future, connected either with the law or the gospel, or with both. In addition, there is in the sacred volume of scripture there is words of admonition, of reproof, of exhortation, but what I personally see it refer to is the laws covenants, and commandments or all. If then, it is sad to say if a human being cannot distinguish a right, between the laws, covenants, and commandments; he or she can they rightly understand, so much as a single article of Divine truth. If he or she does not have a spiritual mind and a just mind of apprehensions the holy laws, covenants, and commandments they cannot have a spiritual transforming discovery of the glory’s, on the other hand, if they view of the laws, covenants, and commandments, be erroneous or wrong, their notions of the laws, covenants, commandments cannot be right. My Search for What is Spiritual Second Edition Chapter Three