The R’s of God’s Ultimate Covenant
This will be a very long chapter due to the R’s of God’s Ultimate Covenant to reveal the purpose of God’s New and Ultimate Covenant. Therefore, for the purpose of this book I will be only using the most important R’s of the New Covenant and yes there are more than 14 R’s of God’s Ultimate Covenant.
Again, it is well for me to go back and explain just exactly when the Spirit of God began to reveal unto this servant of the Lord; and again, it was while I was researching for understanding of the New Covenant, when the Spirit of God said look at the R’s of the New Covenant. To my great surprise there are over fourteen R’s in the New Covenant or God’s Ultimate Covenant and the first R is the R of renewing the heart of Israel, the church, in these last days which is the last days according to the prophecy written in the Holy Scriptures.
Here is a list of the R’s of The New Covenant:
(1) Restorations Ephesians 1:7;
(2) Reconciliation 2 Corinthians 5:18; Hebrews 2:17;
(3) Renewed heart Luke 8:15;
(4) Refining 1 Peter 1:17;
(5) Realized power Romans 8:39;
(6) Renewal Romans 12:1;
(7) Remembrance Nehemiah 4:14;
(8) Restitution Luke 19:5;
(9) Regeneration Ezekiel 36:26;
(10) Relationship Ephesians 3:15;
(11) Revelation Ephesians 1:9-10;
(12) Reforms Acts 19:19;
(13) Remember God Ecclesiastic 12:1;
(14) Remove Ezekiel 36:26.
These are the R’s emphasizes that God always sees us in light of what He has intended us to be, and He always seeks to restore us to what He designed His creation to be since the beginning of creation.
However, let us in addition, consider further yet another way of the R’s of God’s Ultimate Covenant that I wrote in my book “God’s Revelation Be Honest” stated in the preface of that book this R in the word “revelation”.
The “purpose of revelation”, “God’s development of revelation with mankind”, “methods of revelation”, “credibility of revelation”, “probability of revelation”, “possibility of revelation”, “problem of revelation”, and finally the “meaning of revelation”.
However, it is well to add yet another outline of the R’s of the New Covenant with the general reference to the Old Testament covenant people, and the people under the teachings of Jesus and His disciples in the New Testament. Therefore, as you research the words of the R’s in God’s New Covenant that this outline does not have all of the R’s of God’s New Covenant. In addition, the subject of the New Covenant is so vast that it would take many books to write a more complete understanding. Furthermore, this outline is from my own personal outline of my own notes in my research on God’s New Covenant.
The Rs of the New Covenant
Of the Jews
Of all things
Deu_30:6; Deu_29:4; 1Ki_8:58; Psa_36:9; Psa_51:2; Psa_51:7; Psa_51:10; Psa_65:3; Psa_68:18; Psa_87:4; Psa_87:6; Psa_110:3; Pro_4:23; Pro_12:28; Pro_14:27; Pro_16:1; Isa_1:16-17; Isa_1:25; Isa_4:4; Isa_12:3; Isa_26:12; Isa_29:23; Isa_32:3-4; Isa_32:15; Isa_32:17; Isa_35:5-6; Isa_42:16; Isa_43:7; Isa_44:3-5; Isa_49:9; Isa_55:1-3; Jer_13:23; Jer_17:13-14; Jer_24:7; Jer_31:3; Jer_31:33-34; Heb_8:10-11; Jer_32:38-40; Jer_33:6; Eze_11:19-20; Eze_16:9; Eze_18:31; Eze_36:26-27; Eze_36:29; Eze_37:1-14; Eze_44:7; Eze_44:9; Zec_12:10; Mat_12:33-35; Mat_12:43-44; Mat_13:23; Mat_13:33; Mar_4:20; Luk_13:21; Mat_18:3; Mar_10:15; Luk_18:17; Mar_4:26-29; Luk_1:16-17; Luk_8:35; Luk_8:38-39; Mar_5:19-20; Joh_1:4; Joh_1:13; Joh_1:16; Joh_3:3-8; Joh_4:10; Joh_4:14; Joh_5:24; Joh_6:44-45; Joh_6:47; Joh_6:50-51; Joh_6:57; Joh_8:12; Joh_8:32; Joh_8:36; Joh_10:9-10; Joh_13:8; Joh_15:1; Joh_15:3; Joh_17:2; Act_2:38; Act_2:47; Act_3:26; Act_11:17; Act_11:21; Act_15:9; Act_16:14; Act_21:19; Act_26:18; Rom_2:28-29; Rom 6:3-23; Rom_7:6; Rom_7:24-25; Rom_8:2-6; Rom_8:9; Rom_8:13-16; Rom_12:2; Rom_15:16; 1Co_1:9; 1Co_1:24; 1Co_1:30; 1Co_2:12; 1Co_2:14-16; 1Co_3:6-7; 1Co_3:9; 1Co_6:11; 1Co_12:6; 1Co_12:13; 1Co_15:10; 2Co_1:21-22; 2Co_3:3; 2Co_3:18; 2Co_4:6; 2Co_5:5; 2Co_5:17; Gal_2:20; Gal_4:29; Gal_6:15; Eph_2:1; Eph_2:5-6; Eph_2:8; Eph_2:10; Eph_4:7-8; Eph_4:16; Eph_4:21-24; Eph_5:14; Php_1:6; Col_2:11-13; Col_3:9-10; 2Th_2:13; Tit_3:5-6; Heb_4:1-12; Heb_10:16-17; Heb_10:22-23; Jas_1:18; Jas_5:19-20; 1Pe_1:2-3; 1Pe_1:22-23; 1Pe_2:3; 1Pe_2:9; 2Pe_1:3-4; 1Jn_2:27; 1Jn_2:29; 1Jn_3:9; 1Jn_3:14; 1Jn_4:7; 1Jn_5:1; 1Jn_5:4-5; 1Jn_5:11-12; 1Jn_5:18
Therefore, you also need to consider these words in your own personal study: Atonement; Reconciliation; Redemption; Sanctification; Sin, Forgiveness of
Saul of Tarsus
All righteous persons
Of persons or property
Lev_25:25-34; Lev 27:2-33; Rth_4:3-10
Redemption money paid to priests
Of our souls
Psa_111:9; Psa_130:7; Mat_20:28; Mar_10:45; Luk_2:38; Act_20:28; Rom_3:24-26; 1Co_1:30; 1Co_6:20; 1Co_7:23; Gal_1:4; Gal_2:20; Gal_4:4-5; Eph_1:7; Eph_5:2; Col_1:14; Col_1:20-22; 1Ti_2:6; Tit_2:14; Heb_9:12; Heb_9:15; 1Pe_1:18-19; Rev_5:9-10
See Atonement; Ransom
Between man and man
Of Esau and Jacob
Between Pilate and Herod
Between God and man
Lev_8:15; Eze_45:15; Dan_9:24; Rom_5:1; Rom_5:10; Rom_11:15; 2Co_5:18-21; Eph_2:15-18; Col_1:20-22; Heb_2:17
See Atonement; Jesus, The Christ, Mission of; Propitiation; Redemption
Attributed to God
Gen_6:6-7; Exo_32:14; Deu_32:36; Jdg_2:18; 1Sa_15:11; 1Sa_15:29; 1Sa_15:35; 2Sa_24:16; 1Ch_21:15; Psa_106:45; Psa_110:4; Psa_135:14; Jer_15:6; Jer_18:8; Jer_18:10; Jer_26:3; Jer_42:10; Joe_2:13; Amo_7:3; Amo_7:6; Jon_3:9-10
The burden of the preaching:
Of John the Baptist
Pro_1:23-33; Jer_7:3; Jer_7:5; Jer_26:3; Hos_14:1-3; Amo_5:4-6; Mat_3:2
Condition of God’s favor
Unavailing to Israel
Unavailing to Esau
Unclassified scriptures relating to
Lev_26:40-42; Deu_4:29-31; Deu_30:1-3; Deu_30:8-10; Deu_32:29; 1 Kin 8:33-50; 2Ch_7:14; 2Ch_6:36-39; 2Ch_30:6-9; Neh_1:9; Job_11:13-15; Job_22:23; Job_33:26-28; Job_34:31-32; Job_36:10; Psa_22:27; Psa_34:14; Psa_34:18; Psa_51:17; Psa_95:7-8; Psa_147:3; Pro_1:22-23; Pro_9:6; Pro_28:13; Isa_10:21; Isa_22:12; Isa_31:6; Isa_44:22; Isa_46:8; Isa_55:6-7; Isa_57:15; Isa_59:20; Isa_61:1-2; Jer_3:4; Jer_3:12-14; Jer_3:19; Jer_4:1-4; Deu_10:16; Jer_4:14; Jer_6:8; Jer_6:16; Jer_7:5; Jer_7:7; Jer_13:15-16; Jer_18:8; Jer_18:11; Jer_24:7; Jer_25:5; Jer_35:15; Jer_26:3; Jer_26:13; Jer_31:9; Jer_36:3; Jer_36:7; Jer_50:4-5; Eze_7:16; Eze_11:18-20; Eze_12:3; Eze_14:6; Eze_16:61-63; Eze_18:21-23; Eze_18:27-28; Eze_18:30-32; Eze_20:43; Eze_36:31; Eze_33:10-12; Eze_33:14-16; Eze_33:19; Eze_37:23; Dan_4:27; Hos_2:7; Hos_3:5; Hos_5:15; Hos_10:12; Hos_12:6; Hos_14:1-2; Joe_1:14; Joe_2:12-13; Joe_2:15-18; Amo_4:12; Amo_5:6; Amo_5:15; Jon_3:8-9; Hag_1:7; Zec_1:3; Zec_12:10; Mal_3:7; Mat_3:2; Mat_3:7-8; Mat_4:17; Mat_5:4; Luk_6:21; Mat_9:13; Mar_1:4; Mar_1:15; Luk_3:3; Mar_2:17; Mar_6:12; Luk_5:32; Luk_10:13; Luk_13:1-5; Luk_15:1-10; Luk_18:10-14; Luk_24:47; Act_2:38; Act_2:40; Act_3:19; Act_5:31; Act_8:22; Act_17:30; Act_20:21; Act_26:20; Rom_2:4; Rom_11:23; Rom_14:11; Eph_5:14; 2Ti_2:25; Heb_6:1; Jas_4:8-10; 1Jn_1:9; Rev_2:5; Rev_2:16; Rev_3:2-3; Rev_3:19
See Conviction; Penitence; Remorse; Sin, Confession of; Sin, Forgiveness of
Joseph’s brethren, of their maltreatment of Joseph
Pharaoh, of his hardness of heart
Balaam, of his spiritual blindness
Of worshiping the golden calf
Of their murmuring on account of lack of bread and water, when the plague of fiery serpents came upon them
When rebuked by an angel for not expelling the Canaanites
Of their idolatry, when afflicted by the Philistines
In asking for a king
In the time of Asa, under the preaching of Azariah
Under the preaching of Oded
Under the influence of Hezekiah
Achan, of his theft
Saul, at the reproof of Samuel for not destroying the Amalekites
1 Sam 15:6-31
David, at the rebuke of Nathan, the prophet, of his sins of adultery and murder
See Psalms, Penitential
Rehoboam, when his kingdom was invaded, and Jerusalem besieged
At the time of his sickness
When reproved by the prophet Micah
Ahab, when reproved by Elijah for his idolatry
Josiah, when he heard the law which had been discovered in the temple by Hilkiah
Manasseh, when he was carried captive to Babylon by the king of Assyria
The Jews of the captivity:
At the dedication of the temple
Of their idolatrous marriages
Of their oppressive usury
After hearing the law expounded by Ezra
Under the preaching of Haggai
Jonah, after his punishment
The Ninevites, under the preaching of Jonah
The Jews, under the preaching of John the Baptist
The woman who anointed Jesus with oil
The disobedient son
The prodigal son
Peter, of his denial of Jesus
Mat_26:75; Mar_14:72; Luk_22:62
Mat_27:3-5; Act_1:16; Act_1:18
The Ephesians, under the preaching of Paul
Num_21:7; 2Sa_24:10; 2Sa_24:17; 1Ch_21:17; 2Ch_29:6; Ezr_9:4; Ezr_9:6; Ezr_9:10; Ezr_9:13-14; Neh_1:6-7; Neh 9:16-37; Job_7:20; Job_9:20; Job_13:23; Job_40:4; Job_42:5-6; Psa_32:5; Psa_38:3-4; Psa_38:18; Psa_40:12; Psa_41:4; Psa_51:1-4; Psa_51:7-17; Psa_69:5; Psa_69:10; Psa_73:21-22; Psa_106:6; Psa_119:59-60; Psa_119:176; Psa_130:1-3; Isa_6:5; Isa_38:15; Isa_38:17; Isa_59:12-15; Isa_64:5-7; Jer_3:21-22; Jer_3:25; Jer_8:14; Jer_14:7; Jer_14:20; Jer_31:18-19; Lam_3:40-41; Dan_9:5-7; Dan_10:12; Hos_6:1; Hos_14:3; Hos_14:8; Jon_3:10; Mic_7:9; Luk_15:17-20; 1Co_15:9; 2Co_7:9-11; 1Pe_2:25
See Sin, Confession of
God reveals Himself to Moses
Exo_3:1-6; Exo_3:14; Exo_6:1-3
The law is revealed
Ex 20-35; Lev 1-7
The pattern of the temple is revealed
The sonship of Jesus is revealed
Mat_3:17; Mat_16:17; Mat_17:5
See Inspiration; Prophecy; Prophet; Word of God, Inspiration of
To be made for injury to life, limb, or property
Exo_22:1-4; Pro_6:30-31; Eze_33:15
Lev_6:2-5; Num_5:7; Job_20:18; Eze_33:15; Luk_19:8
RESTITUTION.—See Crimes and Punishments
The process of eliminating by fire the dross of metals.
Of the corrective judgments of God
Isa_1:25; Isa_48:10; Jer_9:7; Zec_13:9; Mal_3:2-3
Of the purity of the word of God
rḗ-nū´: The word is used in various senses: (1) of material things, e.g. Psa_104:30; here it means to give a new appearance, to refresh, to restore the face of the earth; (2) in 1Sa_11:14, to establish more firmly the kingdom by reinstalling King Saul; (3) in 2Ch_15:8, to rebuild or repair the broken altar; (4) in Lam_5:21, “renew our days,” restore the favors of former days; (5) in Isa_41:1, ‘let them gather together, or marshal their strongest arguments for answer’; (6) in Psa_103:5; Isa_40:31, it refers to the restoring of spiritual strength; (7) in the New Testament it invariably refers to spiritual renewal, e.g. Rom_12:2; 2Co_4:16; Eph_4:23; Col_3:10; Tit_3:5; Heb_6:6; all derivatives of καινός, kainós, “new.”
10 Remember; Remembrance
rḗ-mem´bẽr, rḗ-mem´brans: “Remember” is mostly the translation, in the Old Testament, of זכר, zākhar, and in the New Testament of μνάμαι, mnáomai (Mat_5:23; Mat_26:75; Joh_2:17, etc.), and of μνημονεύω, mnēmoneúō (Mat_16:9; Mar_8:18; Luk_17:32, etc.), and “remembrance” the translation of derivatives of these (zekher, anámnēsis, etc.). There are a few other words. “To remember” is used of God in remembering persons (Gen_8:1; Gen_19:29, etc.), His covenant (Gen_9:15; Exo_2:24; Eze_16:60, etc.), in answering prayer (Jdg_16:28; Neh_13:14, Neh_13:22; Psa_20:3, etc.), and in other ways. Men are exhorted to “remember” God’s dealings with them, His commandments (Deu_8:2, Deu_8:18; Jdg_8:34; 1Ch_16:12, etc.), the Sabbath (Exo_20:8), etc. A specially solemn command is that relating to the Lord’s Supper in Luk_22:19; 1Co_11:24, 1Co_11:25, “This do in remembrance of me.” “Remembrancer” (writer of chronicles) occurs in the King James Version margin of 2Sa_8:16; 2Sa_20:24; 1Ki_4:3; 1Ch_18:15 (text “recorder,” the Revised Version margin “chronicler”). In Isa_62:6, the Revised Version (British and American) reads, “ye that are Yahweh’s remembrancers.” the Revised Version (British and American) has frequent changes on the King James Version text, as “have marked” (1Sa_15:2); “make mention of” (Psa_20:7; Psa_77:11; Son_1:4); “remember” for “be ye mindful of” (1Ch_16:15); “memorial” for “remembrance” (Isa_57:8); in the American Standard Revised Version, “to his holy memorial name” (Psa_30:4; Psa_97:12, the English Revised Version “to his holy name,” margin “Hebrew ‘memorial’ “); in 2Ti_1:5, “having been reminded of” for the King James Version “call to remembrance,” etc.
rḗ-fôrm´ (יסר, yāṣar): The word in the Revised Version (British and American) is found only in Lev_26:23, in the phrase “ye will not be reformed.” The meaning is, “to be instructed,” or, more fully, “to let one’s self be chastened,” i.e. by God’s discipline to learn the lessons of this chastening.
The Hebrew word is the same in a similar connection in Jer_6:8, where it is rendered, “Be thou instructed,” and in Jer_31:18, “I was chastised.” Psa_2:10 (“instructed”); Pro_29:19 (“corrected”) use the Hebrew term of admonition by the words of man.
The King James Version also has “reform” in 2 Esdras 8:12; The Wisdom of Solomon 9:18.
Now these outlines of my study notes have been taken from many different Bible Dictionaries, and concordances of the Bible.
Up to this point in this chapter all I have given you is just the many way that any individual could study God’s New Covenant in outline form. Now I will write on just a few of the R’s in God’s New Covenant. Now this pastor and teacher of God’s word truly believes the New Covenant is God’s Ultimate Covenant.
Yes, I do believe strongly that these are the main R’s of the New Covenant is regarding Israel, the church, and these last days for example: Ephesians 1:1-8 for you find in these texts of scriptures where Paul writes about God’s preordained plain before the foundation of the world His salvation as well as the spiritual blessing of those He has chosen before the foundation of the world. This first chapter of the book of Ephesians is where you will find where that Paul deals with the mysteries of a preordained plain and the administration of God’s ordained plain and the ministry of that plain for the Lord as He walks amongst us as well as God’s Ultimate Covenant.
Therefore, the R’s of the New Covenant or God’s Ultimate Covenant can serve as a guide to each individual Christian in these terms; one a biblical truth, two it is a spiritual truth, and three it is a life guiding truth for our relationship with God in His New Covenant which clearly states that we will know Him. In addition, these will help your belief in the unmistakable activity of God’s New Covenant in your life. These R’s are words to help to bring about to your understanding and of the direction of God and where it is taking you as well as how to respond to what God will show you.
Recognize that God said by His Spirit that in these R’s of the New Covenant was in regards to a relationship with the house of Israel and Judah first and then to the Gentiles by the spiritual adoption by turning our lives over to the Lord God Almighty and His Son. Furthermore, down through the years of my ministry, I have found God always has a new and fresh and deeper truth about what He wants from me and what He wants me to proclaim about our relationship.
By using the term God’s Ultimate Covenant, we realize God’s transforming power of forgiveness and His empowering presence within us. You can find recorded throughout the pages of the Old and New Testaments about people experiencing this empowering presence of God’s relationship with them. Therefore, God brings you into the relationship of the New Covenant with Him through His empowering presence and with each of us our Lord has made the provision for us in the New Covenant with the R of reconciliation by removing our sins.
These R’s in the New Covenant one might say or interpret them as the whole package of God’s New Covenant or God’s Ultimate Covenant. One might in addition, add this question: What are these R’s are, and what are the distinctive traits or principles of the New Covenant? When the Spirit of God first brought to mind this new revelation regarding the R’s of the New Covenant it was to say the least, that it was quite overwhelming for there are so many ways and things that can describe the R’s of the New Covenant and I will only be able to describe them briefly unto you.
The first R in the New Covenant and the one that pertains to each and every individual Christian is “relationship” with God and the relationship that God wants for Israel, the church, and those who are living in these last days. Yes, for the Body of Christ, it is therefore, vital for each and every Christian to develop a personal relationship with God, and especially a God-centered relationship in His New Covenant with all humility and obedience. Yes, you will find when you study in the four gospels, and study it very closely, that you will discover that our Lord and Savior taught about relationship and especially with Him and His Father regarding the kingdom of heaven. Furthermore, our Lord taught the people then that He did not come to be served but to serve and to give life that we might be saved, Matthew 20:27-28.
God began His Divine relationship with Israel in the old covenant at Mount Sinai. You will also find that God is still at work in His relationship which is all around us. For it is states in the gospel of John where Jesus states, “But Jesus replied, My Father is still working, and so am I. 18 So the Jewish leaders tried all the harder to find a way to kill him. For he not only broke the Sabbath, he also called God his father, thereby making himself equal with God. 19 So Jesus explained, I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the son does also. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he is doing. In fact the Father will show him how to do even greater works then healing a man. Then you truly be astonished.” (John 5:17 -20 NLT) Here in these texts of scriptures, Jesus makes it clear of His relationship with the Father and His activity with the Father.
Our Father in heaven greatest desire is for His people within the modern-day Body of Christ to have a personal relationship with Him and His Son. Once we are saved and receive Christ then you are ready for the rest of the plan of God’s salvation and grace for you in the New Covenant. Furthermore, the Old Testament principles and standards for governing our human behavior and relationship with God’s will, are still applicable for Christian living today. With this thought in mind where Christians consistently disobey or reject God’s New Covenant; they will eventually develop a hard heart towards God, His word, and His Son. Paul writes here in Galatians 6:7-8 and makes it clear that this is the work of the flesh or wickedness in the flesh.
The second R that we need to consider briefly is “renewal” this is just one more of the blessing of God found in the New Covenant, Titus 3:5. Another way of considering renewal is spiritual renewal of which Paul writes in the book of Romans 12:2 that we are not to be conformed of this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of our minds. Paul also stated when he wrote to them at Colossae that they should put on a new self and in a renewed knowledge according to the one that created them Colossians 3:10. Yet what I have found in my studies about the New Covenant is that the prophet Ezekiel writes unto the people of Israel, “Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?” (Ezekiel 18:31 KJV) From this Old Testament scripture here in Ezekiel I truly see it as the means of renewing the heart.
Regeneration is Totally a Work of God and the Holy Spirit
NOTE: The word regeneration is found only two times in the Holy Scriptures. The first, is in Matthew 19:28, however, it speaks not of the new birth of the Christian but of the restoration of the earth at the second coming of Christ. The second time that it is mentioned in Titus 3:5 where that one can find where that Paul is telling Titus of the actual renewing and rebirth of the believers or Christians.
First one could begin by saying that it is in the language of theology, by using this interpretation of “regeneration” that denotes that decisive spiritual change, effected by God’s Holy Spirit, in which a soul, naturally estranged by God, and ruled by sinful principles, and is renewed in our disposition, becomes the subject of holy affections and desires, as each individual enters on a life of progressive sanctification, the issue of which is complete likeness to Christ. Then for our understanding would be to give the fundamental need of regeneration and how to recognized in the Old Testament as well as in the New Testament beginning with the Psalm’s, though, the prophecies that speak more frequently of renewal Jeremiah 31:31-34; Jeremiah 32:38-40; Ezekiel 36:25-28; and Hosea 6:1-3.
Therefore, one might interpret that the classical passage on the need of regeneration is written by John, in John 3:3 is the passage of scripture of being born again. Yes, it is in these texts of scriptures where we find that they are referring to spiritual life, that was taught by Jesus, that can come only from a spiritual source, and naturally that it does not come by man, but only by the Holy Spirit, John 3:6. Henceforth the declarations that is being made by Jesus here in the gospel of John brings out this thought of understanding: “Except a man be born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God”; “Except a man be born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” John 3:3; John 3:5.
Now the third R is from the book of Ezekiel 36:26 which is “regeneration” I bring out this text of scripture because of what Ezekiel states: “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:26 NASB)
Therefore, there is nothing more plainly taught within Scriptures than that of this spiritual change that takes place that we call regeneration. Yes, it is the one which becomes nothing short of than the Divine power can affect every individual’s life. In addition, it has been spoken of as a being born of God’s Son in the gospel of John 1:12-13; John 3:5; 1 John 3:9; as a new creation 2 Corinthian 5:21; as a being raised from the dead in Ephesians 2:5-6. It is in addition, compared to that great work of the omnipotence of God in raising Christ from the dead Ephesians 1:19; Ephesians1:22; Ephesians 2:1; and Ephesians 2:6. It is well to say that it is a complete renewal, transformation, of the inner man Romans 12:2; Ephesians 4:23, Colossians 3:10; Titus 3:15; and 1Peter 1:22-23.
Yet, while it is so distinctively a supernatural work, it is made equally clear that it is not a magical work; not a work bound up with rites and words, so that, when these rites and ceremonies are performed, regeneration is in the fact that it becomes effected. It would be wrong to say that baptism has no connexon with the change, for it is often brought into most intimate relation with God’s Ultimate Covenant is when regeneration that part of baptism that has been written in Romans 6. However, the apostle Paul also writes to Titus about baptism as the washing of regeneration Titus 3:5, next the apostle Peter in addition, writes about baptism that comes through the resurrection of Jesus Christ 1Peter 3:21. Perhaps it is well to use even in Christ’s words, written in John 3:5; with the historical examples of the connexon of the receiving of the Spirit with baptism, also written in Acts 2:38; Acts 19:2-8 and many other texts of scriptures in the New Testament.
Yes, understanding the concept of regeneration that is within the New Covenant and why it began, and for what purpose did God bring it unto Israel, and Judah, and then to the modern-day church of why that it is God’s New Covenant that is within the church today. According to the Holy Scriptures and by going back to the day and time of Moses and the first Passover and this first Passover was for their deliverance from the angel of death. In addition, that Passover is even yet today a time of purification and atonement that they may be delivered on the Day of Judgement. From this time period, you can trace the complete journey of Israel up to the prophetic words of three prophets Ezekiel, Jeremiah, and Joel that brings the prophecy of the New Covenant and the pouring out of God’s Spirit upon all flesh, Joel 2:28. You can even trace the prophetic word from the day of the first Passover through to the night that Jesus made known the New Covenant.
One might also say or interpret with this thought that the New Covenant is like it is a prescription plan that is written for every Christian to carefully follow the direction of the prescription for their spiritual health and to tackle the spiritual battle of life. First, we must as Christians need to fully recognize that we need to be transformed by regeneration of the mind; however, Paul states it as the renewing of our mind Romans 12:2. The logic of regeneration is to reject the wrong thoughts which come to mind and how that they can come against you. For God’s New Covenant to have any effectiveness for God and you, is to recognize the bad thoughts that diminishes your relationship with God, which usually comes from the enemy. In the New Testament in the book of Ephesians it tells us to put on the whole armor of God so that we can fight against the power of darkness “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12 KJV) Every one of us Christians will be defeated in our spiritual life without wearing the armor of God; and yes, it will not take place for any of us, until we put on the armor of God and begin to take and use the power of the New Covenant seriously.
Let me say that it is impossible to understand the work and ministry of the Holy Spirit and Christ without a larger view of regeneration and the plan of God’s New Covenant for His creation. One of the ways of interpreting regeneration is the change that brings us unto each of us is a spiritual level by the Holy Spirit, by which we are brought to God and Christ Jesus in new birth or regeneration. In the teachings of the modern-day Body of Christ, regeneration is defined as being born again and this is very true, however, it is more, much more, because of all of the key elements that you can find in the scriptures about regeneration and the major role that it plays within each and every Christians life, in God’s New Covenant or God’s Ultimate Covenant.
If I were to ask you this question, or to any individual how would they answer. And the question is: What is the connection between God’s calling and regeneration? As the word of the gospels proclaims that God brings about our calling and in that calling, He will give new life or regeneration so that we are able to respond to His call. Speaking for myself I have found that in my spiritual life where that the power of regeneration, and the working of God and Christ Jesus and the Holy Spirit is the working power that keeps me most alive. Most of us if we are to be completely and truly honest, with ourselves, we do not know or understand the nature of what happens at the time of regeneration for it is a mystery to us. However, we know that somehow, we have been changed and made alive in Christ Jesus and we have a new spiritual life. Furthermore, the Holy Scriptures view of regeneration as something that affects the whole individual.
Because regeneration is a work of God within us, He gives us new life, a new spirit, a new heart and it comes at our conversion. However, for the most part and for most new born Christians regeneration is therefore, a radical change of behavior from a hardcore sinner to a new babe in Christ and this change becomes evident over a period of time as well as our patterns of behavior and desires change to pleasing God. Another one of the important factors in regeneration is that probably with most adults when they are ready to become a Christian clearly sees the need that they were previously dead and separated from God and were spiritually dead and they clearly needed to make a change in their life.
In both the Old and New Testaments regeneration was spoken of by using other words and phrase our Lord spoke of new birth which is a surely a reference to regeneration John 3:11. In the Old Testament we find reference to regeneration in 1 Samuel 10:9 where it states the people will be given a new heart. And another expression regarding new birth and regeneration is eternal life. I strongly believe that regeneration did occur with Israel for God, and from the start to finish of the Old Testament He spoke of a remnant within Abraham’s seed that would be regenerated and Paul writes about this remnant and its regeneration in Romans 11.
Romans 11 All Israel will be saved
This part of the writing of this book we need to deal with two major issues according to Paul’s writing to the church at Rome. The first issue is about the ingrafted branch found in Romans 11:11-24, and the second issue is all Israel will be saved, Romans 11:25-32. Paul opening remarks is with a question “would God cast away His people? (Romans 11:1) In addition, then one might consider and asks have the Jews stumbled and fell and Paul’s answer is certainly not. Then Paul goes on to speak to the fact that because of Israel fall that God would provoke them to jealousy, that salvation came to the Gentiles or the Gentiles were ingrafted Romans 11:11. What I find so very interesting here is that Paul makes it clear that he is an apostle unto the Gentiles and even though he is a Jew Paul further states that he will do what he has to do to save some of the Jews, Romans 11:14.
Paul writes in Romans 11:26-27 and states “And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: 27 The Deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; For this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.” (Romans 11:26-27 NKJV) To my understanding this text of scripture state that there will be a restoration for Israel, and all of Israel shall be saved. Did God reject His chosen people? No!
Now as we consider more of God’s Ultimate Covenant then we must also consider further of the spiritual warfare or spiritual battle going on in the minds of Israel, the church, and these last days regarding the prophetic word of Jeremiah 31:31-34. The promise and this covenant of God is one of the utmost importance, and yet is one of the most sensitive of texts to all scholars and theologians regarding Jeremiah 31:31-34. This promise of God in the New Covenant is one of the greatest promises to the recipients of His Divine prophetic word, and the actions He will take for the House of Israel, and the house of Judah. This is the only place in the Old Testament where it expresses the phrase New Covenant going back to the everlasting covenant with Abraham.
The next one of the R’s is the word ‘reconciliation,’ with its cognates, is a a term that I became to understand while I was doing my theological studies that this is a Pauline word, and is not found in the Gospels, or other New Testament writings. Then the chief passages in the scriptures, where that it relates the terms that are employed in the New Testament are in Romans 5:10-11; 2 Corinthians 5:18-20; Ephesians 2:16; Colossians 1:20-21. In Hebrews 2:17, is where that the American Version of the Bible interprets it as ‘to make reconciliation for the sins of the people,’ the Revised Version of the Bible reads, more correctly, ‘to make propitiation.’ Old Testament usage, where the word occasionally tr. ‘reconcile’ (Leviticus 6:30) is again more correctly rendered in Revised Version, ‘make atonement,’ throws little light on the New Testament term. The effect of propitiation is to remove the variance between God and man, and so bring about ‘reconciliation.’ The means by which this result is accomplished in the New Testament is the reconciling death of Christ (Colossians 1:20-22).
Atonement and Redemption.
Perhaps better than any other, this term brings out in vivid form Paul’s conception of the gospel. As proclaimed to men, the gospel is a message of ‘reconciliation’ (2Corinthians 5:18-20). Man, indeed, does need to be reconciled to God, from whom he is naturally alienated in his mind in evil works, Colossians 1:21. Now consider that “The mind of the flesh is enmity against God” (Romans 8:7), and this enmity of the carnal heart needs to be overcome by reconciliation. On this side, the “ministry of reconciliation” according to Paul is a beseeching of men to be reconciled to God, 2 Corinthians 5:20. But the very ground on which this appeal is based is that “God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself, not reckoning unto them their trespasses” 2 Corinthians 5:19. Consider this thought: That it is therefore, an essential part of the apostle Paul’s teaching that sinners are the objects of a Divine judicial wrath Romans 1:18. Yet Paul makes it clear that they lie under a condemnation that needs to be removed Romans 3:19. Yes, one could interpret it in this manner that they are described as “enemies” in two passages of scriptures, Romans 5:10 and Romans 11:28 where the word is plainly to be taken in the passive sense of objects of wrath in Romans 11:28, the contrast with “beloved”.
It is therefore, in this barrier to God’s reconciliation with men or mankind that, in the Apostle’s doctrine, Christ removes by His shading of blood is the propitiation made, Romans 3:25, and Colossians 1:20. The ground on which mankind is called to be reconciled to God is: “Him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; that we might become the righteousness of God in him” 2 Corinthians 5:20-21. Believers or Christians “receive” a reconciliation that has already been made Romans 5:11. The gospel reconciliation, in other words, has a twofold aspect a Godward and a man-ward; and peace is made by the removal of the variance on both sides or parties.
For the last days God’s Ultimate Weapon
When you think of the New Covenant and all that it can do because God has out His Spirit in us and yet Christianity is at spiritual warfare and whether the individual Christian recognizes it or not, we are at war in a life and death struggle for our soul. Therefore, we need the Ultimate Weapon of God to do combat with the power of evil that is all around us in the world today. It is God’s New Covenant that He has put in our inward parts allowing us to recognize and discern that there are wrongs in our spiritual life so that we can reject and act upon them in the will of God. This means putting on the Ultimate Weapon and faces the battle of life and to reject the will of Satan and the power of his darkness. Therefore, putting on the whole armor of you and I are taking action in rebuking the evil of Satan, as well as resisting those who are false prophets and false Christ, and false teachers, and the demonic spirits, who will take your thoughts and make them contrary to the will of God and the Holy Scriptures. Evil is real and evil spirits are real and therefore we need the Ultimate Weapon of God.
How is it possible that Satan can appear as an angel of light?
In this part of gaining understanding to God’s Ultimate Weapon what do Satan’s disguises what he looks like and how can we know when we are seeing or hearing the false word or doctrine being preached by this false angel of light? To begin we have to go back and find the meaning of Satan original name in the Hebrew language which means “shining one” or “morning star.” However, in the Latin the name means “the morning star, the plant Venus.” You will find in the more modern translations it refers to his name as “day star”, “morning star” or “shining one” however, what I find ironic is that Paul states “Satan ministers can appear as angels of light or masquerades as an angel of light” 2 Corinthians 11:14. Even going back further to the prophet Ezekiel where he states Satan was created as Lucifer or the morning star and was created in perfection Ezekiel 28:12.
Secondly, we need to renounce what I will call the lordship of me, myself, and I that controls our life in the world system of life which is not to be the law of the heart of God indwelling in us. God is God of all or he is not God at all. Is He really God? Have you settled it that He is God? Moreover, how in God on your throne of life? These are questions which each of us have addressed to see and understand who has control in our lives.
By our submitting our lives to God and God’s New Covenant we have made the decision to transform our lives and Christ and God be our lives and the health for are lives. One must also consider this fact it is not enough to know that there is medicine in the cabinet. The reality of truth is the medicine must be taken the fact is that we must swallow it for it to do any good. In addition, we must let the medicine do what it was intended for and it is the same with God’s New Covenant and that it is for renewing and transforming the mind Romans 12:2. Furthermore, if we have been transformed by the renewing of our minds then we are not to think like, speak like, and dress like the world. The word transformed is speaking of a godly influence of coming from within us God working in you and me. Look at what Paul writes to the Philippians “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and do his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13 KJV) In addition, when we are transformed then the light Of God and Christ must come forth; “That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as a lights in the world; 16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.” (Philippians 2:15-16 KJV)
One of the most important things that each and every Christian must do is rely on the Lord God for strength in their life. Most people understand this need to put all of their cares upon the Lord God and depend on His help. Do we do it? The word of the prophet Isaiah states: “So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting rock [the rock of ages].” (Isaiah 26:4 Amplified Bible) If the Lord God is the rock of our salvation we need to rest upon that rock for the prophet Isaiah also states in chapter 30 this: “For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; in returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.” (Isaiah 30:15 KJV)
A strong word of warning to the Body of Christ you and every member of the body face this reality you are continuously indoctrinated with the world’s point of view. If you are to gain the victory you must apply the New Covenant in God’s perspective instead of the world’s perspective which is run by Satan’s point of view.
A Must for Today’s Christians to live in the Light of the Coming of the Lord!
What do I mean? For the Body of Christ to think in light of the Coming of the Lord in the last days is rooted in what Christians believe about the end of time. The reason behind this line of thought and reasoning is today more than ever Christians must be conscious of the fact they are living in a spiritual warfare in the last days to where we need to take off the worldly immorality and put on the whole armor of light Romans 13:12. Paul’s focused is to relate that we are at the dawning of the Second Coming of Christ and it is time for an awaking in regards to Christian living. Consider closely what Paul states: “And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is near than when we first believed.” (Romans 13:11 NKJV) Meditating upon what Paul wrote and considering how many centuries have passed since Paul stated that “our salvation is nearer than when we first believed” and how true that is today especially when we look at all of the circumstances around us regarding the Revelation of Jesus Christ book of Revelation.
We do not know the day or the hour when the Lord will come again to claim His Bride, however, He is coming and it is time to awake from sleep for the night is far spent. Paul here in Romans 13:12 I believe is also speaking of our Christian walk and furthermore what is interesting that Paul is talking about are experience taking place in the last days. In addition, Paul is pointing out the fact that it is the day to be transformed, for the day of the Second Coming is not far off. Moreover, the apostle Paul is truly and strongly making this point about the incompatibility of our moral and religious sleeping with the position which Christians occupy in their great drama for redemption. Then this is the day for transforming our minds or making preparations for Christ Coming.
When Paul speaks of that our salvation is nearer than it was then when we first believed. When I think about the New Covenant and what Paul writes here it relates this fact to me Israel, the church and the last days or the past, present, and the future. We Christians today know and believe and teach that the New Testament is the concept of the past, present, and the future. I further believe that the apostle here is telling them as Christians they must think and live with their eyes toward the future and the Second Coming of Christ and the judgment.
Our faith indeed is nothing but living in the light of the New Covenant as the prophetic words of our Lord, the prophets, and apostles have said and written. Paul here in Romans urge to them and the Christians today to hear the strong exhortation, this strong warning that we would not be like that, that we would live our lives in light of the Second Coming and the Day of Judgment. You will find that in verse 13 of Romans 13 that Paul makes it clear that we should walk properly and not with drunkenness, and lust nor in strife or envy. When I think of the relationship and of the battlefield of life today we can see in addition all the anger and hate in the world today. What Paul is also speaking about is having a proper conduct or proper attitude in our behavior.
Christians must strive to put on Christ and the moral transformation of that union!
One of the main things that the New Covenant relates to my understanding God makes no provision for the flesh until we put on Christ or the New Covenant and that there has to be a moral transformation is the union that flows from Christ. This is what makes the newness of life “put on the Lord Jesus Christ” and it is expressed many times throughout the New Testament. It is the work and ministry of the Holy Spirit to establish this union with God and Christ Jesus that we may grow in our relationship with them. Most Christians today identifies themselves with baptism and the profession of faith. These things signify their union with Christ, however, when the actual union with Christ is in the regeneration of the New Covenant to where they allow the Spirit of God to come and indwell with them. The union with God is the source God’s love, God’s grace, and God’s provisions for life now and life to come.