A Basic Foundation for the New Covenant
The task at hand in writing a basic foundation for this book and opening chapter of the Ultimate Covenant of God is an undertaking which is not to be taken lightly. The logic for this is many people who seek for understanding of God’s Word and God’s New Covenant seek for express understanding and inspiration, and their passion and conviction about the Holy Scriptures runs high and can tend to become strongly abusive at the lack of understanding of the Holy Scriptures. In addition, one of the great problems when it comes to interpreting the Holy Scriptures is what the church believes and what its doctrine is. Therefore, I can only state that this book is just a small understanding or picture of trying to explain God’s New Covenant.
In the lives of Christians today share a common belief or understanding that the Holy Scriptures or the Bible occupies a unique or special place in their faith, they do not share a common understanding of the way that unique way they perceive it in their inspiration. The reasoning for this kind of statement is to relate this point they are hiding possibly the lack of understanding of what God has written upon their heart in His New Covenant. There is possibly another way of relating this point of view is they are not allowing God’s Spirit to show the New Covenant within their life. However, let me add this point of reasoning, on the other hand what is stated above about hiding can also be consider in this way that what they feel and believe is personal and it is their relationship with God.
Then the question would be with many: What is the biblical view of the Holy Scriptures? Is it scripture or is it theology? Is it your opinion or can you prove it scripturally? These are questions I consider beforehand before I starting writing this foundation of the New Covenant. Let it be understood that there are many things to write and state about God’s New Covenant.
The beginning of a Basic foundation
The New Covenant is the manifestation of God’s law written within the heart Jeremiah 31:33. God’s Holy Covenant recorded in the book of Jeremiah 31:31-34 and in the book of Ezekiel 36:25-27. Theses prophetic passages of the Holy Scriptures presents a broad contrast of the first covenant and the New Covenant and the new spiritual conditions that would fall on the Day of Pentecost Acts 2. In addition, you will find the fulfillment of the prophet prophetic word of Joel has come to pass Joel 2:28 and Acts 2:16-17.
The prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel brings the prophetic revelation of the New Covenant and its provisions God has stated for the House of Israel and the House of Judah as well the prophet Joel proclaims that God Spirit will be poured out on all flesh Joel 2:28 as well as the ministry of God’s Spirit. In the book I have written most of them has been about what is spiritual the New Covenant is in like manner about what is spiritual and God’s spiritual knowledge He will write within the heart. In this modern day and age we are taught much about knowledge and what knowledge will get you and why education is so important if you want to have anything in life.
From the day that God told Moses at the burning bush to go to Egypt and bring His people out of the land of bondage and at Mount Sinai God established His covenant with Israel and with that first covenant God established His law. Today you can find and read many different concepts about the Word of God. Concepts about a new heaven and a new earth Revelation 21:1-2. In addition, you can read many books about spiritual warfare as well as in the Holy Scriptures about this combat or battle. Furthermore, there are many commentaries written on the Holy Scriptures to help you gain knowledge, wisdom, and understanding.
During the writing of this book it will be addressed many times the key importance of God’s law, God’s Spirit, God’s voice of instruction relating to Israel, the church, and the last days. The Spirit of God or the voice of God addressed many questions regarding Israel, the church and the last days about His New Covenant. For example, why does the Body of Christ say grace and grace alone? From my studies and research I have found that to the mainline churches the meaning of grace is understood as the covenant of grace. Both the Old Testament and the New Testament offers vital insight about God’s Spirit or God’s New Covenant being put into the House of Israel and the House of Judah. In addition, when God would pour out His Spirit and when Jesus indurated the New Covenant.
Moreover, you will find throughout the Holy Scriptures God’s “I will” for I would say that it would be well for every Christian to take note of God’s “I will” for it plays an important role in all God say He will do and all that He will not do. For the first outstanding thing I find in the New Covenant if the book of Jeremiah are these key phrase “I will” or “I will make” “I will put” are without a doubt states what God will do. There is no doubt that God was going to give a New Covenant and a new understanding or a new revelation of His law in the heart of Israel and Judah.
No doubt in this prophecy alone one of the vital reason Satan does not want Israel or Christians to understand the New Covenant that God will write within their heart. However there is a much greater factor why Satan does not want Israel or Christians to have this kind of an intimate relationship in experiencing God in His New Covenant for this reason if it is God’s Spirit there is no way Satan can get into the heart of any individual. When we experience God firsthand within the Body of Christ today we are increasingly drawing nearer to the full provision of God’s New Covenant. Therefore, the purpose of God’s New Covenant is to provide a deeper relationship with Him.
Laying the foundation of Old and New
In the Old Covenant we need to go back to the book of Exodus 19 and the first covenant made between God and Israel. As with all covenants the initiative was taken by God. The nature of the Old Covenant set a clear light that it was a covenant of law yet Israel enjoyed many privileges under it. In fact we should take into account the manifestations of the New Covenant given that we are standing under the Old Covenant manifested by God to bring to us His grace. Therefore, keeping in view the scope and aspects of the Mosaic covenant that on the inside of that covenant shows the side of grace and on the other side was the law, therefore, it is vital to consider the relationship with these two covenants old and new.
Remember there are elements in both covenants even that there is a resemblances between both covenants. The first resemblances is that God requires people to be holy that it should appear with the outward distinction. However, consideration and the requirement to be holy is then in this question: is the church today living that requirement in the New Covenant? Even as Israel was under the law and the requirements of the law and the church today is to be living under the New Covenant I make this point because of what our Lord states in Matthew 5:48 about Divine requirements or Divine standards for life: “Therefore, you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48 NKJV) The logic is when you understand the word perfect you will have full grasp as well as a full understanding of what our Lord was stating and why He was stating it.
In the Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary states “Teleos signifies “having reached its end” (telos) “finished, complete, perfect.” If we are to consider just the human person of physical development, then it would be a common thought that with just the ethical they are “are fully grown or mature” consider these scriptural references ( 1 Corinthians 2:6; 14:20). While other translations of the Holy Scriptures, translate it as complete the Greek word “Teleios” as perfect.
When comparing the Old and New Covenant there is one book in the four gospels I believe that especially embodied both the Old Covenant and the New Covenant is in the gospel of Matthew chapters 5 through 7 regarding the laws of His Father or God’s commandments that is relevancy for today, and remember Jesus is speaking as one under the law or the Mosaic law. For the New Covenant had not yet been inaugurated.
While most Christian readers of the Holy Scriptures may not see much difference I cannot over emphasize the importance for understanding Jesus teaching the Mosaic laws with the coming of the New Covenant. Therefore, we must also understand that the Old Covenant law was the pillar of laws of the coming New Covenant which the Body of Christ is built upon. For according to the Holy Word if we build upon any other foundation, we are building upon a false foundation 1 Corinthians 3.
The reasoning and logic is for some years back I had a vision of the New Jerusalem coming down and in that vision I responded to the Lord that I was not ready yet for I felt that I had more ministry to do and the vision turn to ashes. Then the Spirit of the Lord came and ask what is the interpretation of the vision? Even to this very day the thought that keeps coming back to my mind is that if you do not accept the kingdom of heaven in my life then it will be as nothing and it will be like the salt that has lost its savor. In the parables it is like a man who builds his house on the sand and when the storm comes the foundation is wash away.
Again, I personal believe that a complete understanding of the Old Covenant and the New Covenant are curial to Christian living. It is my hope and prayer this book will be instrumental in turning every Christian in a rightful perspective of God’s New Covenant. Maybe if we get back to the true and rightful meaning that the law of God that now dwells in us. Even yet today living in the New Covenant it is a most frustrating aspect of Christian living is determining what God requires of us.
My call and conversion was much like Paul’s on the road to Damascus, however, mine was on a back country road in West Virginia when the Lord God called me. It was at this point that there came a zeal to find the truth and truth of what is spiritual. Now these many years later I have a tremendous energy and a new desire to learn fully God’s laws, commandments, and covenants. This desire grows with each and every passing day it is like a fire that cannot be put out.
Mixing the Old with the New!
During my years of ministry I have found that the great source of confusion among scholars and theologians and Christians is over what are the old law or commandments verses the New Covenant? While examining both covenants even though some profest that the gospel elements have been wholly eliminated because of Jesus obedience of fulfilling the law, I therefore, find it hard to agree because of the many things that the Lord proclaims and teaches regarding His Father’s law and in His parables about the kingdom of heaven. Furthermore, if the New Covenant abolished the law then why does the apostles write so much about being obedient unto the Word of God and the gospel of Christ? I further believe that God did not change the nature between the Old Testament and the New Testament; God did not change from being a God of wrath, or a watchful God or a merciful God. To be sure that there are those sub-Christian understanding of the nature of God and God’s will in the Old Testament and these are the ones who do not correctly interpret what God’s covenants represents.
I firmly believe that to build a true and just foundation about Israel, the church, and the last days it need to start at Genesis 1:26 “Let us make man in our image, and after our likeness” (Genesis 1:26 KJV) In regards to the Old Covenant with Israel it begins in Exodus 19 through 24 this covenant was established at Mount Sinai between God and Israel. One of the key elements in both Old and New Covenant is relationship this first covenant is clear about relationship “You shall be my people, and I shall be your God” it is in that statement that God makes clear about relationship, His relationship with His people. At that moment Israel received the blessing from God, however, God in return expected them to worship Him and serve Him and Him only.
If we look at the first commandment God gave to Moses we will find that God makes it clear that it is Him and Him only: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3 KJV) In the New Testament our Lord states “He that loveth father and mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” (Matthew 10:37 KJV) One could interpret these two text of scriptures in this manner one God and one Lord. Therefore, we are to put God and Christ first above all things. I state both of these texts of scriptures to make this point of reasoning for both scriptures state a condition both old and new. In the condition they both make a clear interpretation of the condition of attitude toward God and Christ in our relationship with them.
In exodus 19 God gave Moses instructions of what Israel was to do before they He came and spoke to them for they were to sanctify themselves today, and to tomorrow, let them wash their clothes Exodus 19:10. The main reasoning that I can interpret is that God was instructing Israel that there had to be a cleansing to prepare for Him to come before them. In like manner our Lord taught that there had to be a cleansing to prepare for the kingdom of heaven. In this preparation for the approach of God I believe falls in this term they could only hear God with a pure heart. Even yet today in the New Covenant relationship we must seek Christ with a pure heart.
Regarding cleansing let us explore from the book of Romans 6 where Paul writes about baptism that brings the spiritual condition and frees us from the spiritual bondage as Israel was freed from their bondage in Egypt. Israel during their days of sanctification was mainly of washing of their clothes, however, in itself symbolizes purity and therefore attends to having a mental preparation to receive God. If I may be so bold as to say that the unholy will not be accepted by God or tolerated by God therefore, as Israel we have to make ourselves holy which is a requirement by our Lord for He said be holy for My Father is holy. Paul writes in the book of Hebrews without holiness no man can see the Lord Hebrews 12:14.
Even as God spoke to Moses and told him to set bounds to the mountain that people of Israel could only stay in those boundaries and it was enforced that if a man or even a beast should touch it they were to be put to death. The point is this even walking in the New Covenant and though we may full confidence in approaching God as a Father, we in turn must not forget the infinite distance which still exists between Him and us. Our worship and service is to be done with all reverence and godly fear Hebrews 12:28.
The descent of God Almighty on Mount Sinai according to Exodus 19:16-19 described here was thunder and lighting and a voice of a trumpet exceeding loud as well as smoke and fire and the mountain quacking. When we study the New Testament we find all of these symbols given to relate His Divine power and presence of God still with us. In Israel experience they had with God that day at Sinai in the Old Testament can best be interpreted that it was God’s election for Israel to witness God as the true God and the Almighty God. Israel is now given the covenant and out of all they witness of God’s Divine power and the words of that covenant leads to their future and future events. Now I have spoken of the preparation for receiving the covenant and after receiving that covenant and the events it holds for the future we must include the foreshadow of what is to come for Israel, the church, and the last days.
Genesis 17 Abram
Now this chapter in the book of Genesis holds the information of God’s covenant with Abram and when the Lord God appeared unto him to make and renew His covenant with Abraham. It is in this covenant that Abram name is change to Abraham. One of the things I find very interesting is what God requires Abram to do and that is “walk before me, and be thou perfect” Genesis 17:1. A condition I believe God is telling Abram to follow Him with all holiness as well as trust Him in His word. Yet I can also understand that many will say there is no way anyone can be perfect in their life. Yet in the New Testament and the teaching of our Lord does not the Lord make the same condition for us to walk Matthew 5:48. Again here our Lord sets a Divine standard that His Father gave to Abram to walk before Him and now Christ is given unto us in the Body of Christ the same standard. I firmly believe that if mankind and the Body of Christ trust God’s grace to believe that they can walk before the Lord and be perfect they have not let the Spirit of God into their life. Adding this thought if mankind does not allow God’s grace and His New covenant to conquer our unbelief and sins then we have cancel or destroy God’s grace and His New Covenant.
Nevertheless, again I firmly believe that the New Covenant is just one part of His Divine plan to give Israel, the church, and the last days the spiritual wisdom and knowledge to walk before Him perfectly. For our God and Father in heaven in the covenant with Abraham and Abraham seed design His plan for all generation and that we walk in the declaration of Abraham’s faith. It also in this covenant with Abraham that is sealed with blood and this was done by circumcision that it was established. Paul writes about this circumcision and Paul now reveals the circumcision of the heart which could be translated as the law of the heart.
The Covenant with David
2 Samuel 7:8-17
The covenant with David is an everlasting covenant and in addition, it is the Messianic prophetic word that announces that of an eternal kingdom, the revelation of God’s blessing to fall upon Israel, the church, and the last days. One of the issues about this covenant is David desire to build a house for God and yet God told David that He did not David to build His house because of all the blood on David’s hands. Out of this everlasting covenant God brings forth the prophetic word that out of the seed of David a house would be built for God and that this house would endure forever. We find that Paul write to Timothy and relates how that “one ought to act in the household of God, which is the church of the living God” 1 Timothy 3:15. Therefore, let it be known according to the apostle Paul that the church is the household of God the living God who said I will put My Spirit in Them.
Let review this covenant again God said that out of David seed will come a seed of righteousness which is the Lord Jesus Christ. Secondly out of this seed will it be established an eternal kingdom and he will bring judgment 2 Samuel 7:13. Moreover, in this covenant Nathan gives the prophetic word of spiritual adoption of the Gentiles becoming heirs 2 Samuel 7:14. David also lets it be known that the sovereignty of God and that He is over the House of Israel and His servant David. David goes on to say that let the House of David be blessed by God forever.
The New Covenant Jeremiah 31:31-34
This is a prophecy that stands out from all other prophecy by the prophetic wording and character, which binds the Old Covenant and the New Covenant together for Israel, the church and the last days. Before we begin it would be well to let that this prophecy is God’s Ultimate Covenant blessing upon the House of Israel, and the House of Judah, then the church, in the last days that God gives this New Covenant. I do not know what others writers feel or believe about the New Covenant here in the book of Jeremiah, I believe it is the turning point that leads to the conversion and return of Israel back to God.
I further believe that for the most part many Christians do not know the individual responsibility or the destruction in the New Covenant. Truly the New Covenant prophesies by Jeremiah is full of revelation of God’s Divine intervention of His law and Divine justice. Here in the book of Jeremiah is the first mention or indication that God was going to make or grant a New Covenant. In addition, this is also the first clear indication of the coming of the Messianic gospel and we better understand that under the teaching of Christ and His apostles the full meaning of the New Covenant. One might also interpret this prophetic word of Jeremiah as a landmark of how Christians are to live in the last days. The New Covenant constitute further and greater blessing yet to unfold in the Body of Christ today.
In the granting of the New Covenant there are things to consider first is an eternal truth, and the knowledge of truth that progress in Israel, the church, and the last days. In addition, it is a progressive revelation of the Holy Scriptures written in the pages of the Old Covenant and in the New Covenant which now is written within the heart of mankind. It will be out of the New Covenant that will spread the spiritual knowledge of God’s law which will be personal to each and every Christian.
The coming of the New Covenant is from this resulting factor that the first covenant with Israel was repeatedly broken by their transgression. God states that even through their transgression He was a husband unto them. There is one issue that in today’s modern church I have to say: That many scholars and Theologians state that the old covenant failed and that is why God had to make a new one. Well to be very honest I am reluctant to say or state that God’s covenant failed with Israel. Yes I believe that it brought displeasure to God that His covenant was broken and therefore, and I further believe that this is why God had to designed a New Covenant that He would personally intervene in it.
Then we must also consider the means by which this New Covenant was accomplished. We must be careful consideration look at the character of God’s purpose in this New Covenant. Every Christian life ought to be filled with a full knowledge as well as a revelation of where this covenant is applied. God states “I will put my law in their inward parts” Jeremiah 31:33 where the law would be rooted in the heart of mankind.
From the day at Mount Sinai to the Day of Pentecost in which on the Day of Pentecost began the new law and the new life for living in God’s New Covenant. There is another prophet and his prophetic word which happens on this Day of Pentecost and that is the prophet Joel. Joel’s word of prophecy was that God would pour out His Spirit upon all flesh Joel 2:28
The New Covenant Ezekiel 36:25-27
As we compare these two prophets prophetic word and the contrast between the two and how it relates to Israel, the church and the last days. We find in both that we must consider what God will do. Ezekiel in this prophetic word begins with the sprinkling of clean water on Israel which could be interpreted as cleansing. Then Ezekiel states God will renew their hearts by taking away the heart of stone and giving them a heart of flesh. Another way of translating it God will make each individual new.
The God makes it clear that He will put His Spirit in them and cause them to walk in His judgment and statutes and do them Ezekiel 36:27. Both prophets bring out the reality that God’s Spirit will be dwelling in them. In Jeremiah the prophet tells that judgment and statutes and do them. Both accounts of the New Covenant gives the context of Israel restoration, however, a complete restoration will not take place until the Second Coming of our Lord.
Latter in this book I will write about Paul’s writing to the Hebrew people in Hebrews 8 through 10. I will also write about the Mediator of the New Covenant as well as of what Paul says is a better covenant.
Where did it all begin to bring Israel, the church, and the last to the New Covenant!
In this chapter we will be looking at just the basic scriptures that the Spirit of God has directed me how to interpret this basic foundation for understanding God’s New Covenant. The Spirit of God revealed that for anyone to understand they must first consider My judgments, My statutes, My commands, My commandments, and finally My Word in its perpetual statutes for Israel, the church, and the last days. In addition, you are writing My Holy Word about how I have made provision by My prophets in the Old Covenant through to My Son and His apostles. Furthermore, the Spirit of God said unto me that you are in addition writing about God’s relationship that begun with Israel, the church, and the last days for all of my prophetic word is written.
Secondly, the Spirit of God directed me to move also in this direction while I write about God’s New Covenant that I am to address His purpose, His condition, and His provision in His New Covenant. Thirdly, the Spirit of God said you are writing to the modern day church Christians and non-Christians and to them who claim to be Christians and are not Revelation 2:9. From the day that God made His first covenant with Israel at Mount Sinai God has raised up prophets to proclaim His prophetic message to Israel, now the church, and the last days. Depending which prophet you are reading about in the Holy Scriptures you will find that God sent warning to kings as well as His chosen people and these prophets are still bring forth that prophetic word through some apostles, prophets, evangelist, pastor and teachers Ephesians 4:11. One might also interpret that they were actually acting as lawyers by stating God’s judgment, commands, laws and statutes to Israel, kings, and to His creation today.
Now God has established some covenants that in the modern day Body of Christ you do not hear much about however they are a vital part of laying the foundation for the New Covenant. You will find in the book of Numbers and the book of Leviticus which is called the salt covenant. “All the offerings of holy gifts, which the sons of Israel offer to the Lord, I have given you and your sons and daughters with you, as a perpetual allotment. It is an everlasting covenant of salt before the Lord to you and your descendants with you.” (Numbers 18:19 NASB) Now when we compare the prophetic word written in the book of Leviticus and how it is stated: “Every grain offering of yours, moreover, you shall season with salt, so that the salt of the covenant of your God shall not be lacking from your grain offering; with all your offering you shall offer salt.” (Leviticus 2:13 NASB)
Many will say what does this one covenant have to do with the New Covenant in the New Testament for this covenant was done away with the coming of the Lord. If this is an everlasting covenant I ask how can it be done away with. If God said that it was an everlasting covenant before the Lord again I ask how can it be done away with? Now the Spirit of God brought this revelation unto me and I am sure others that salt is a seasoning as well as a preserving substance. Therefore, the Spirit of God said I have sent that preserving salt to you in My Son and My Son proclaimed unto His disciples these words “ye are the salt of the earth” Matthew 5:13. Now if Jesus called His disciples the salt of the earth and then commission them to go into all nations and make disciples then Jesus made them one of the preserving elements for preserving His Father’s Word. The point of reasoning is that the covenant of salt had a standard to follow and that it was not to be lacking in offering unto the Lord which is holy then the apostle Paul write we are to make are bodies a holy and living sacrifice in Romans 12:1.
According to the prophet Jeremiah and the apostle Paul that God’s New Covenant is the law of God written within the heart or in the minds of God’s people. It only seem reasonable to believe that God’s reasoning of putting His law within the heart is for living daily in what God’s intended purpose. In addition, I further believe that there lies a tragic consequence in this fact; if you as a Christian believe the laws of God has been abolished under the New Covenant and you are not pursuing God’s laws then why did, God’s Son clearly state: “For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” (Matthew 5:18 KJV)
What are the provisions of the New Covenant?
Most Christians know and understand that the New Covenant is unconditional and that it was prophecy in the book of Jeremiah and in the book of Ezekiel. This point will probably be stated again that God said that the New Covenant would be made with the House of Israel and the House of Judah in Jeremiah 31:31-34. However Paul writes about the Gentiles are grafted into this blessing of the New Covenant in Romans 11:17. However, this does not change the fact that God has made provisions in the New Covenant for His chosen people and to my belief the church has not replaced Israel in God’s eyes.
Now if we consider closely what has been written by three prophets in the Old Testament we will be able to find all of the predicted word of God’s provision for Israel, the church, and the last days. Therefore, the basic provisions and conditions of the New Covenant begin with Israel and follows through to the Day of Pentecost in the book of Acts 2. There are many scholars and theologians have stated that this New Covenant is unconditional and they will in their own way state the unconditional blessing, requirements, as well as the promises relating to this phrase “I will” in God’s provisions.
God’s New Covenant is are perfect provision and those who walk in the New Covenant will be enlarged with the light of God with both knowledge of God’s relationship in a growing relationship with what God will provide. Perhaps you will discover some of the Lord God’s characteristics you have not yet experienced, in addition, the numerous natures of God’s provisions. Therefore, all who want enlargement of God’s will, in the New Covenant must first seek God and a relationship with Him.
Most of us Christians today do not have much difficultly with understanding of grace or the theology of grace or the conflict on the issue law verses grace. However, we have considerable difficultly with understanding the law of the New Covenant. The reason is within the problem of what most would say and view within the world view and not the Holy Scriptures view or to be more direct God’s view. Nevertheless, the real problem or difficulty we try to bring in the world system into the New Covenant and we therefore create a major problem.
The issue that must be addressed is in the spiritual battles, where, why, and how the spiritual battles or conflicts are taking place. To state it another way is Christian cultural verses worldly cultural and the satanic activity within the battle. There is one true fact that “Christian people may not live what they profess, however, they will live what they believe is right” regarding the scriptures and the New Covenant. The real truth of the matter is the world cannot view or understand God’s New Covenant its spiritual function or its relationship with God’s New Covenant.
To be completely honest, the worldview is part of Satan’s tactics or strategies to act on the error of truth. I state this because Satan does not want you or me to feel or think God’s love and God’s will is always best for us. Furthermore, God does not bring wrath, judgment, on those who walk in His New Covenant. However, God does bring discipline, judgment, and wrath on them who rebells against the New Covenant. Your confidence in the New Covenant is crucial for this is God’s influence for life now and life eternal.
During my years of ministry I have always viewed my understanding of the gospel as the good news to demonstrate my understanding of the New Testament. However, My Lord God has given unto me a new understanding about the gospel which is the New Covenant ingurgitated and the role it plays with people in the Body of Christ. Moreover, the act of ministry is in those who will see the controlling force of the New Covenant as a pillar of God’s fire which led Israel out of the hand of the Egyptians Army Exodus 14:19.
Nevertheless, Satan’s attacks will continue upon the Body of Christ and therefore those members of the Body of Christ needs to put on the whole armor of God Ephesians 6:16. God can only move or response to those who are obedient to His will and His New Covenant. What I am stating is God cannot move in the battle until we allow God to prevail and exercise His New Covenant. There are two factors I know for sure when one receive the New Covenant it is through their conversion and they became a new creature in God New Covenant.
One of the Old Testament models is with the prophet Elijah and the challenge he faced with the prophets of Ball. Furthermore, when considering what took place with Elijah and the prophets of Baal is the primary tactic was going through the ceremonial antics with no sign of an answer from Baal. What are the key factors in Elijah encounter with the prophets of Baal which would represent the spiritual fire of the New Covenant and experiencing God’s New Covenant? Well for me it was when Elijah called upon God to send the fire.
In 1 Kings 18:36-39 is where the prophet Elijah calls upon God to reveal His Divine power to demonstrate His power to show that He is God. Many would ask what does the Old Testament prophetic word of the prophet Elijah has to do with the New Covenant and the conflicts of spiritual warfare. Well to be precise the prophets of Baal are the demonic or fallen angels masquerading as prophets, to bring Israel under bondage by not keeping the laws and covenants of God.
We state fallen angels masquerading as prophets for the apostle Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 11:12-14 of “false apostles and deceitful workers transforming themselves to be apostles of Christ” Therefore, 1Kings and 2 Corinthians both reveal a principle account that involves false gods against the mighty acts of God. Moreover, if Satan can keep sending his masquerading angels and keep Christians ignorant of the New Covenant and the ultimate power of truth of God then the Body of Christ will fall into great tribulation Revelation 2:22. They have rejected any part of God’s authority and are acting upon their own authority. Furthermore, the logic for addressing the fact of fallen angels masquerading as apostles, prophets of light is for Satan does the same 2 Corinthians 11:14.
When we read from the epistles of John, we find that John clearly states about many who have the spirit of antichrist and Paul refers to the wicked one 2 Thessalonians 2:3-10. Moreover, in order to understand fully this spiritual warfare or battle over the New Covenant you need to understand why Satan wants to pervert God’s New Covenant. It is only by the New Covenant today in people’s lives that is preventing Satan to overtake them. There can only be one interpretation that the New Covenant is the Spirit of God indwelling in us. This indwelling took place on the Day of Pentecost Acts 2.
The First Provision is Unconditional
It is clear about God using the term “I will” for God states this phrase throughout the pages of the Old Testament. Looking at “I will” in the Holy Scriptures is links the covenants starting with the covenant of Abraham Genesis 15-17, the Mosaic covenant Exodus 34:6-7, with the Davidic covenant 2 Samuel 7:8-17, and with the New Covenant Jeremiah 31:31-34 showing God’s steadfast loving kindness in His relationship in these covenants.
God’s New Covenant is Everlasting
While each of these covenants are everlasting and each of them are made with different people at different times they all hold one thing is common they all are everlasting in there description. From the salt covenant God has used in each covenant things that pertain to life and relationship to Him. One might also interpret that God has ordained each of these covenants in His Holy Name and established them a covenant forever.
God’s New Covenant is Israel Regeneration and Restoration
In Jeremiah 31:31-34 God states that He will put in Israel inward parts His law which could be interpreted as regeneration. In addition, one might also relate it in this manner that Israel might be saved Romans 11:2627.
God’s New Covenant shows that Israel will Receive God’s Blessing
This New Covenant in Jeremiah 31 strongly makes clear that Israel will receive God’s blessing with the power of God’s grace and provision in this New Covenant. In addition, all Israel will know because said He would write this blessing in their minds or inward parts. Ever blessing which comes from God is to be understood that it is God’s promise.
God’s New Covenant Israel Receive Forgiveness for Their sin
There is no doubt when we look at the deepest insight of the New Covenant that our God was looking at the need for His chosen people to receive forgiveness because of their disobedience for not fulfilling their part of the covenant. However, in the fullness of God’s love Israel, the church, and the last days, is God’s provision of forgiveness. Therefore, for Israel, the church, and the last days we must allow this provision to work that was instituted by our Lord. In addition, Jeremiah 31:34 has predicted that God will forgive and remember their sin no more to me this is redemption, renewing, reconciliation that will take place in the New Covenant not only for Israel also for all of God’s creation.
God’s New Covenant is Israel will Receive the Indwelling of God’s Spirit
When studying this covenant regarding Israel and Judah we must keep in mind how it is stated in the Holy Scriptures one of the main context we have to consider with Israel receiving the indwelling of God’s Spirit is “after those days” and once Israel recognizes their the indwelling of God’s Spirit will come. Consider these reference (Hebrews 8-10; Romans 11; Ezekiel 36:25-27; Jeremiah 31:33)
God’s New Covenant God’s Spirit will teach God will be Made Known
In Jeremiah 31:34 God makes it clear that no more will man teach his brother about knowing who God is from the least to the greatest. I do not know anyone else understanding of what tis text says to them but to my personal understanding is God is saying in this prophetic word that His Spirit will be doing the teaching. Another way of addressing that the Spirit of God will teach Israel, the church, and the last days is part of the ministry of the Spirit of God illuminating the Holy Scriptures to the Body of Christ in the last days. In addition, this is the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophetic word into Israel, the church, and the last days Acts 2:16-17.
God’s New Covenant Provisions will be Made By the Blood of the Lamb
In this provision to gain understanding we must go to the book of Zechariah chapter 9 verse 11 where it states the blood of the covenant that will set the prisoners free. Furthermore, we must also take into consideration the words of the prophet Isaiah that Israel will be a light unto the Gentiles Isaiah 42:6-7. It is out of these texts of scriptures that made me come to realize that for God’s chosen people and the Gentiles that the blood of the Lamb on the cross would be our salvation in His New Covenant.
From the blood on the door post on the night of the first Passover where God established the elements of Passover God made these provisions the first is the covenant provision, the second is the condition of the covenant, and the third is the promise in the covenant and in these three we can see the negative elements and the positive and its perpetual elements of God’s covenants. I have stated perpetual elements in distinguishing what circumstances a covenant and its character it represents leading up to the New Covenant.
While there may be many passages of scriptures in the Old Testament that may be describing the terms of the New Covenant it appears that only Jeremiah 31:31 sates New Covenant. I believe that it is not much the name of the covenant as it is the description of the covenant it is new. Moreover, it is new in relationship to the Mosaic covenant and the radical change it will bring about to Israel, the church, and the last days I state it in this manner because this New Covenant deal with all mankind. One might even add that this is not only the answer to the old covenant it also attain the ability for a new standard in God’s covenants.
Let us examine maybe a new perspective of understanding instead of God changing His relationship with Israel and choosing another nation to take her place because of her unfaithfulness God choose to make a New Covenant to maintain His relationship. I base this upon the facts stated with the everlasting covenants God established and God maintaining those covenants. Moreover, without a change of heart in mankind, man will always tend to follow the way of disobedience and sin, rather than be faithful to God Ezekiel 36:27.
It has been traditionally taught over and over that the meaning of the New Covenant is grace and grace alone or that it is the covenant of grace. And I, will agree that grace is in the New Covenant, however, I strongly believe that there is more in the New Covenant than grace, furthermore, I cannot find anywhere in the Holy Scriptures that states the covenant of grace. Yes I can find many subjects regarding grace and I can find many key elements about grace for just a couple one is atonement, two is salvation and there are many more.
The first key element for building this basic foundation for the New Covenant that we the Body of Christ should fully understand is that God’s New Covenant is about transforming lives which began with Israel, then the church, and following the prophetic word for the last days. The second key element that began with Israel which reflects the old covenant into the New Covenant is God’s plan of redemption through a superior covenant with Israel, the church, and the last days. The third key element that the New Covenant is the emphasizes on the law of the heart which could be interpreted or emphasizes as the spiritual worship in the Body of Christ as well as the inner man. Therefore, the church building is not the issue in regards to the New Covenant it is about the body of a Christian individual within the Body of Christ. For Paul stated to the church at Corinth “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (1 Corinthians 6:19 KJV) In addition, again then the church building is not the issue regarding worship or in one place to worship if we are the temple of the Holy Ghost.
These are just a few of the key elements of understanding the New Covenant and why it was written by the prophets of the Holy Scriptures. Then we must also look at just one of the question you might hear in the body of Christ today. Why do we need to understand all of this Jewish stuff? Well I have only one response to that question which is my own understanding and that is the Holy Scriptures began with all that Jewish stuff. Therefore, if the people of the Body of Christ are going to understand the New Covenant they are going to have to study all of this Jewish stuff recorded in the Holy Scriptures. Let us start looking at just where, why, and how the New Covenant was given in the Old Testament as well as the New Testament.
First of all let me point out that there are several covenants recorded in the Holy Scriptures, however, there are eight major covenants in the scriptures. The Spirit of God point out this very important fact about why and how the New Covenant goes back to the covenant with Abraham Genesis 15 where God tells Abram that “out of his own body” shall be his heirs Genesis 15:4. In Genesis 17 this covenant is cut and made and everlasting covenant with an everlasting possession Abraham seed. In addition, when we consider this covenant and that it is everlasting with Abraham and his seed and their generations and those that are born needs to be part of that covenant relationship. The phrase “the everlasting covenant” is recorded 16 times in the Old Testament and once in the New Testament.
All of these eight major covenants contain a variety of promises making them key elements of why we need a New Covenant. Moreover, throughout the pages of the Holy Scriptures portray the facts of an eternal covenant among Israel, the church, and the last days. It is in these concepts of Israel, the church, and the last days that God denotes Himself within the Holy Scriptures in the New Covenant and its works portrayed in the scriptures which denotes grace, redemption, salvation, and atonement that is the interaction of the New Covenant.
When we consider the phrase “Old Covenant” is meant as the covenant made at Mount Sinai with God’s chosen people. It was at this time that the writing of “the book of the covenant” and the body of laws of God was written. Here is where that God first began to impose the covenant relation between Him and Israel. However, in a basic understanding of the principles of all of the covenants and how they pertain to the body of Christ today and how they fit together for Israel, the church, and the last days for there are many.
The New Covenant was not inaugurated until two events took place was the night of Passover, and the Day of Pentecost when the Spirit of God fell upon all flesh Joel 2:28 and Acts 2:16-17. Another key understanding about the New Covenant and the teachings of our Lord regarding His Father’s Commandments and laws that the New Covenant was not yet inaugurated for our Lord had not yet reached the fulfillment of His Divine purpose. In the modern day church you hear much about the “Old Covenant” being abolished with the coming of Christ. In addition, you will hear statements like this there is no way that anyone individual could keep the law of the Old Covenant and I agree. However, have they truly considered how the New Covenant is stated to this reality that they might be living up to the standards of the New Covenant of which the apostles write about in the New Testament? The most important thing that the apostles wrote about was our unrighteousness and disobedience to the Word of God and His Commandments and laws. In what I have just stated it is for this purpose to reveal that the Body of Christ is dealing with the New Covenant Christians and therefore they must understand the New Covenant and why the Lord Jesus Christ said it was expedient for Him to go unto the Father.
Throughout the Old Testament prophets, there is much stated in the covenants relating to the future of Israel as well as the Gentiles coming to the light Isaiah 49:6. “Indeed He says, It is too small a thing that you should be My servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, And to restore and preserved ones of Israel; I will also give as a light to the Gentiles, that you should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.”(NKJV) In this text of scripture it is my understanding that God is say that Israel will be a model in God’s covenants that will represent the responsibility to serve God and be obedient unto God. In addition, according to all that I read in the Holy Scriptures from the prophets of old like Isaiah, Amos, Hosea God meant that they were to have responsibility to God and to be His model.
Whenever you read in the Old Testament about the last days you will find this phrase “in the latter days” it is usually referring to Israel and Israel being restored after the exile. It is not until the book of Jeremiah where the prophetic word of God states that God is going to make a New Covenant and its purpose and its provision for the House of Israel and the House of Judah. The Ultimate Covenant of God Chapter Two