Laying the Foundation
Of Abusing the Ultimate Covenant of God’s
This chapter is about where the Ultimate Covenant began and God’s judgment about why He need to establish another covenant with Israel after those days. From the time that God took Israel by the hand and lead them out of the land of Egypt it was at that time the first covenant of Israel was made at Mount Sinai. It is from this time period we will begin our journey to seek out and find the truth, and reason for the New Covenant. According to the Holy Scriptures Israel failed to keep this covenant which they made with God. If Israel failed to keep any of the covenants with God, then I believe it is only natural for the Body of Christ to fall short and even fail in the New Covenant. Yes I am part of that Body of Christ and I to fall short of keeping the New Covenant. I use this line of logic for this reason of what Paul states in Hebrews 9:29 which state our abuse of the New Covenant and to our mediator of God’s New Covenant. What I write about now are some of the things I have experience in my life and ministry as a pastor.
Another way of interpreting this Ultimate Covenant is perfect for converting souls; it is the sure Word of God revealing His statutes for writing and putting His law in the hearts and minds of the House of Israel and the House of Judah with a pure and Holy Command which is His pure judgment. Modern day Christianity profess that God’s law is perfect, however, few follow there perfect and practical value today. They either believe God’s law has little relevance to the New Covenant Christian or that it has been abolished altogether. Furthermore, many Christians identify themselves as New Testament or New Covenant Christian and yet never live according to the foundation of the New Covenant.
Before I continue any further let me state that I believe in grace completely and that grace is unconditional that God has given since the very beginning. Therefore, if I may be so bold to add if God’s first Old Covenant was imperfect, as some churches, scholars, and theologians profess or believe, however, as for me I am reluctant to say that anything God did was imperfect. Maybe the best way of saying this is that traditional teaching the Old Covenant verses the New Covenant.
Why and How the Church abusing or breaking the New Covenant!
I begin with the why and how the church or the Body of Christ is abusing or breaking the New Covenant and in the many controversy over the doctrine of the New Covenant that it is grace and grace alone. Another problem within the churches today regarding Christianity is over the Holy Scriptures and how it is to be translated and taught. Then there lies the question of relationship of the New Covenant recorded in the Holy Scriptures to be God’s will for His people and His creation. I believe that as a Christian we all share a common belief that occupies our own personal understanding of God’s Word. However, many Christians today fear the thought of sharing their understanding of how God speaks to them. It has become clear enough through the course of many debates about the Holy Scriptures have been going on since the day of Jesus teaching to this very day.
Let me say that it is the task of every Christian to present their body as a holy and living sacrifice which is their reasonable service Romans 12:1. In addition, it is our task to investigate the Holy Scriptures from the beginning to the end about all God has to say about His judgments, statutes found in both the Old and New testaments. The prophetic word of the New Covenant is the declaration of the power of the Spirit of God indwelling in us.
I have been studying some time on the covenants of God especially the covenant in Genesis 17 and 18 and how many terms relate to the New Testament and the teaching of our Lord. When the Spirit of the Lord open my mind to the New Covenant and how much the church is abusing and breaking that covenant that God’s Son inaugurated for Israel, the church, and the last days. As a human-being the thought of writing about the New Covenant was that I would be presenting the right thing about a subject that was you might say unknown to me.
The prophetic word plays a significant role in the life of the New Covenant and a major role of the gift of God in the New Covenant. Let me say that today there is little doubt that we are living in the last days and in addition one might include what Paul wrote to Ephesus about the fact that our battle is not against flesh and blood but against principalities against the power of darkness in this age. Therefore, the church abusing and breaking the New Covenant is the part of the spiritual battle which comes from the evil power of darkness.
God has made many provisions for Israel, the church, and the last days in the New Covenant so that we can avoid abusing and breaking the New Covenant. One of the most powerful provision in the Holy Scriptures which I firmly believe is the Spirit of God said He would put His Spirit with us. Then through this provision of the Holy Spirit would come the gift of knowledge, the gift of wisdom, the gift of faith, the gift of discerning of spirits, the gift of healing, the gift of divers kinds of tongues, and the interpretation of tongues, and the gift of miracles, and the gift of prophecy these are the works of the Spirit and God’s provisions for His creation 1 Corinthians 12. There are many other provisions made by God for Israel, the church, and the last days.
While our Lord walked amongst us the New Covenant had not yet been inaugurated and yet He taught what one must do to walk in the New Covenant to make their entrance into the kingdom of heaven. I feel and believe that all of the apostles wrote or taught about the kingdom of heaven and the cause that would cause the Body of Christ to fall or not to walk in the New Covenant and the apostle Paul writes much about this issue in his epistles. The apostle John also writes in his epistles the problems of abusing or breaking the New Covenant, as well as James, and Jude.
Paul’s teaching to the Gentiles about the New Covenant was done in reference to the law of God. Paul in the book of Romans in chapter one Paul deals with many issues of people not living in the New Covenant as well as the downward course of humanity as well what is taking place within the Body of Christ today Romans 1:18-32. One of the major problems within the church or churches they have to deal with all the worldly wisdom within the churches all over the world today. I relate this issue because it is an age old problem for even in the Wisdom of Solomon. For in the book of Proverbs it states “Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than him.” (Proverbs 26:12 NKJV) The prophet Isaiah also relates about this kind of wisdom “For you have trusted in your wickedness; You have said, no one sees me; Your wisdom and your knowledge have warped you: and you have said in your heart, I am and there is no one else besides me.” (Isaiah 47:10 NKJV)
There is many other text of scriptures relating in our own feelings, pride, and trusting no one but ourselves and moreover where we place our trust. The purpose for stating worldly wisdom of contrasting the Old Covenant and the New Covenant with trust and feelings is bringing out the reality of abusing and breaking God’s covenants. In the Old Covenant they knew God to be a faithful God and that he kept His covenant. Today whither in the Old Covenant or the New Covenant we need to understand the prophets of the Old Testament and the apostles of the New Testament of how they reveal God’s purpose and God’s message to Israel, the church, and the last days. For example of Ezekiel’s call and the turning point of the Old Covenant to the New Covenant.
One of the key elements of the New Covenant is to fulfill God’s purpose as well as to give a universal knowledge of His law in the New Covenant to Israel, the church, and the last days. In fact the teaching of Jesus taught about the knowledge of the kingdom of heaven: “the kingdom is like unto” or “the kingdom of heaven is at hand” interprets clearly the knowledge of the kingdom of heaven in addition, it relates a spiritual comparison or knowledge of the kingdom of heaven. One might even interpret it how one would compare the Old Covenant with the New Covenant. My understanding of The New Covenant is also that it communicate the knowledge of God’s will and His nature for bring grace, mercy, atonement, and His salvation to the Jews and the Gentiles.
Even though unpleasant however unavoidable the fact remains judgment occurs largely throughout the Holy Scriptures. Even in the teachings of our Lord for He speaks of judgment more than He does love. God made aware through the prophets the problem of man’s violence and rebellion against God and that it was universal. Our Lord and His apostles made known more of the problems that would take place in the last days. They also brought out the problem of deterioration of man will wax worst and worse than it did at first Matthew 12:45. To my personal understanding this text of scripture relates this fact that evil has enter into man and therefore they will be called wicked. Is this not backsliding and breaking and abusing the New Covenant relationship with the Lord God.
In one of my book I wrote in a chapter about the seven pillars of God’s judgment and one of those pillars was God’s integrity. The prophet Isaiah reveals God’s authority and integrity in Isaiah 45:23-24 where God makes it clear that He, Himself has sworn that every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess the righteousness of the Lord God. The fact is when we do not take into account what words we speak regarding the New Covenant in the Day of Judgment we will give an account.
When breaking or abusing the New Covenant it can be out of our own neglect, carelessness, careless hearing, and hardness of the heart just to list a few. For example when Paul and Barnabas was sent to the Gentiles and they came in contact with the sorcerer and Paul was filled with the Holy Spirit set eyes on and declared Elymas ways was the ways of the devil and that he need to cease from his pervert way Acts 13:10. Christians and students of the Holy Scriptures need very much to consider Paul and Barnabas were sent unto the Gentiles and therefore would face many individuals who were perverting the gospel and we find that even yet today.
Testing in the New Covenant
You can find many different examples of testing throughout the New Testament as well as the Old Testament. For example from the Old Testament and in the book of Deuteronomy God tells Moses that He would give them a prophet and that he would speak the words God commanded of him and if he did not he would die Deuteronomy 18:18-20. This passage of scripture brings out a key factor regarding a teat as well as the Holy Spirit of God has spoken. You find in the gospel of Matthew our Lord states “Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.” (Matthew 12:32 NIV)
When I was in school and college the one thing that I hated was to have a test. Yet the truth is in regards to Christianity it is all about the test of our faith. One of the things I have found in this test of scripture here in Matthew 12:32 is about how we speak about God, and the Lord Jesus, and about the Holy Spirit which is a test of our obedience in our conversation with others. What are some of the dilemma we will all face or what are some of the test we will face in ourselves as well as in the Church? To reject prophecy and the words of a prophet that was genuinely the work of the Holy Spirit could be a mortal sin, however, to be deceived by an imposter also part of what puts us in grave danger.
Both the apostle Paul and John wrote the warning to the church to test everything. John’s warning that many deceivers have gone out into the world as well as the spirit of antichrist 1 John 4:3. The apostle John in 1 John 4:1 makes it clear that we are to try the spirits or to test the spirits to see whether they are of God. In this epistle of John he goes on to further state that there are many false prophets gone out into the world. Again the warning or test that I find in these scriptures and what it implies to Christian then and today is we could lose the right relationship with our Lord and His Father by allowing ourselves to be deceived by false prophets and evil spirits. The apostle John states in his second epistle of John verses eight and nine, to be watchful and do not to transgress the doctrine of Christ that we might be one with the Farther.
Paul’s instruction was to test everything and that we hold on to that which is good 1 Thessalonians 5:21 or another way of saying it prove all things. I remember many years back I preached a message from 1 Thessalonians 5 and I made the statement to the congregation if you are going to be a Christian “prove it”. We find that John made a statement in like manner in 1 John 4:1. Even in that day and time the problem with false prophets was not a new problem. Let me add that this problem was confronted by the House of Israel even under the Old Covenant and remains to this very day Deuteronomy 18:18-20.
The reasoning and logic is to relate between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant is: In the Old Covenant the responsibility fell upon the prophet for misleading the people and if he did he would die. However, in the New Covenant illustrates that each believer or Christian would be held accountable or responsible before God for his or her belief and practices. This goes back to the age old problem the world, the flesh, and the devil as Paul writes to the church at Ephesus. (Ephesians 2:1-3)
One of the most vital understanding we the church can gain is the chief tactics of Satan to keep us from understanding the New Covenant and its relationship with our God and Savior for Israel, the church, and the last days. Furthermore, you and I must remember that our Lord made it clear that He was given authority to overpower all problems and that the enemy cannot overpower that authority Luke 10:17-20. The big picture or problem is all too often we are reluctant to allow the Holy Spirit to guide or direct our lives to someone else, much less the Spirit of God. Nevertheless, I believe and feel safe in saying that all of us want God’s blessing that He will give, however, we block the spiritual operation of the blessing by not submitting to the Holy Spirit Romans 8:9.
Paul write in 1 Thessalonians 5:19 “quench not the Spirit” (KJV) while in the book of Ephesians Paul states in this manner “And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God” (Ephesians 4:30 KJV) In the New Covenant relationship the scripture that keeps coming back to mind is Ephesians 4:5 “One Lord, one faith, one baptism” to my understanding this brings the unity to God’s New Covenant. I further believe that to be filled with the New Covenant one must be filled with the unity of God’s Spirit from head to toe.
Consider this that the struggle goes on it is in the act of our struggles and emotions are to be in one faith, one Lord, and one baptism. It is in our experience and attitude which makes whether we do or whether we don’t do and yet the Holy Spirit is there all along. It is therefore our wrong beliefs or a self-centered desire grieves the Holy Spirit. Just as many Christians do not count or consider their new life in Christ, rather they live for their God given privileges as a child of God and take for grant their good life comes from the world rather than from God.
Disobedience to God the Consequence for those who are Disobedience
There is much written about disobedience from the prophets in the Old Testament as well as from the apostles in the New Testament. The Holy Scriptures indicate both obedience and disobedience in Israel, the church, and the last days. Yet within the Body of Christ today we are still plagued with disobedience to God and Christ Jesus. We the Body of Christ should be honored in the fact that we have a New Covenant to live by and under to keep us from the consequences of disobedience. Furthermore, you find throughout the pages of the Holy Scriptures what consequences will take place for disobedience. Therefore, how can I explain or define the consequences of abusing and breaking the New Covenant that the Holy Scriptures that have been written by God’s prophets and apostles. In addition, is it not God’s will that allows us to think and breathe, therefore, should we not be obedient to His New Covenant?
Disobedience, whatever the consequences, is still our acts against God and God’s Word, His Commandments, laws, that Satan will use to keep us disobedience to go as far to destroy are relationship with God in His New Covenant. Our transgression can be defined in this term our defiance of God’s Word due to temptation is how we violate God’s New Covenant. In addition, our transgression can be defined in many terms that are written in the Old and New Testament. These terms attributes to our abusing or our breaking God’s New Covenant.
As the Body of Christ we must consider the many terms of abuse and disobedience that are the tools of Satan. One of the tools Satan use is the tool of jealousy Satan uses it by causing such a burning desire in a person heart the can cause them to torment another individual as well as the one they love. In addition, jealousy can bring about hatred, betrayal, and I will go so far as to say even murder. Paul writes to the Church at Galatia on the deeds of the flesh in Galatians 5:17-21. Paul also writes to the Church at Corinth about jealously and strife among them 1 Corinthians 3:3 and therefore, they were acting as an instrument of division that is what weaken the Body of Christ.
This next term is one that our Lord used in the gospel of Matthew when He stated “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like a whitewashed tombs which appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.” (Matthew 23:27 NKJV) Is not the Body of Christ acting the same as the scribes and Pharisees who think they are true Christians and yet filled with bitterness, judging, pride, lying, and etc… Jesus called them hypocrites this means we are acting like something that we are not especially when Jesus points out what we are acting like and this can bring serious judgment from the Throne of God. We are rebels against God’s New Covenant when we think we are not treated well enough by others, when we are facing difficult times.
We may be good preachers and teachers and seem to be doing a great deal to further the kingdom of heaven and yet Jesus words still states there will be judgment. Relating this point of logic to the leaders within the Body of Christ is it just because we are putting on a show in our ministry. When we are working for the Lord God Almighty what might be showing is that we are not really as interested in God’s New Covenant as people think we are. Therefore, our ministry ought to be performed out of Love for God and Christ Jesus and not of our own ego, or gain a reputation for ourselves.
Yes, we can do good deeds for god and Jesus, perform miracles, heal the sick and bind up the broken hearted, however, Satan will do all he can at the same time to interfere with what our Lord taught in the gospel of Matthew chapter 5-7. Let me add that the enemy can only be triumphant if we the Body of Christ allow these issues to enter into the Body of Christ these are just a few criticism, slander, lack of love, disobedient, unthankful, unholy, and other similar things in our live as members of the Body of Christ 2 Timothy 3:1-7.
Another term we find in the book of Revelation and the message Jesus sent to the seven churches in Asia Minor Revelation 2-3. This is a term that all of us have in one form or another and that is indifference. Five of the seven churches Christ points out their indifferences with one another and the judgment He will apply to their indifference with doctrine, others, and not being obedient to His Father’s word. Only two of the seven churches that Jesus had no condemnation for they walk worthily in the Word of God and God’s New Covenant. It is indifferences that create other problems within family life as well as difficulties at work and with others in the Body of Christ.
One of the great problems with indifference is that it can cause one to die spiritually. The sad part about this it is seldom recognize within the Body of Christ for we go to church on Sunday and attended other church meetings and yet Christ states “I know thy works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.” (Revelation 3:1 NKJV) Do you hear our Lord’s verdict in this statement of scripture that states that you show the signs of love the problem is God’s insight through the New Covenant is missing?
Now I have just gave you a few examples of what the Holy Scriptures has to say about abuse and disobedience and what the consequences is for not being obedient to God’s New Covenant. Now let us consider what Paul writes to the Hebrew people in the book of Hebrews regarding God’s New Covenant and the Mediator of the covenant. Paul writes about the New Covenant in three chapters of Hebrews 8-10. The main text of scripture that the Spirit of God showed unto me about abuse and disobedience is in Hebrews 10:29 which states: “How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regard as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?” (Hebrews 10:29 NASB) Then the Spirit of God began to open up my mind to a new understanding to the New Covenant and how the Body of Christ is abusing it as well as breaking it.
Therefore, it is in this context of what the Spirit of God revealed about the natural and spiritual abuse and indifference of which I now write about the New Covenant. We should also remember that what we have in the New Covenant began with Israel and the covenant God made with them at Sinai. In addition, it could be stated that all of the New Covenant started with the tabernacle in the wilderness, the priesthood, and the law of God began with God’s chosen people. The New and Ultimate Covenant came out of a tablet of stone to which now is written upon the tablets of the hearts of Israel, the church, and the last days. Furthermore, the New Covenant is the spiritual realization of all of the Old Covenant which was a fore-shadow of what was the natural that would become the spiritual covenant as the law of the heart Jeremiah 31:31-34; Ezekiel 11:19-20. Another way of stating it is the Old Covenant was and “earthly covenant” and God stated that He would replace it with a new and “spiritual heavenly covenant” that would be called the law of the heart.
If we the Body of Christ are going to truly minister the New Covenant we must remember the words of the apostle Peter in one of his message where he stated “By what power or by what name have you done this? Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “rulers of people and elders of Israel: 9 If we this day are judged for good deed done to a helpless man, by what means has he been made well, 10 let it be known to you all, and to all people of Israel, that the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead by Him this man stands before you.” (Acts 4:8-10 NIV) Considering what Peter has stated here in these texts of scriptures I believe is relating to ministry by the leaders of the Body of Christ and who is really doing the real work and by what power is it being done?
Some principles facts concerning God’s New Covenant
The first fact, each and every Christian needs to discover for themselves all the facts regarding God’s New Covenant. For this is the revelation from God about the Holy Spirit and the necessary elements in the New Covenant. The second fact is once we have learned what God’s facts are, we need to stand firm on God’s Word and believe that we stand just the way God wants us to stand. The third fact is we need to have faith on one hand and to praise God that we are why we are the way we are, however, on the other hand we need to manifest God by our acts and deeds in His New Covenant. The fourth fact we need to address is whenever temptations come every trial of life and this is more than just a feeling. The fifth fact requires our faith, for faith by which we realize that we are united in a relationship that will accomplish or overcome any trail or tribulation we face. In these principle facts show that we stand by faith in God’s New Covenant that has become the Ultimate Relationship in the Lord God Almighty manifested in us.
The Old Testament Predictions of a New Covenant
All of the Old Testament scriptures contain the facts or elements of particular importance of predictions regarding the coming of the New Covenant. Therefore, must consider how these facts and elements from the Old Covenant and what form they play in the role of the New Covenant. First there are several texts of scriptures which speak directly about of a future covenant which holds comparable elements beginning as far back as the Sinaitic covenant. For example one of the things that is stated in the Holy Scriptures is “I will be their God and they shall be My people” these words are written many times. Considering what was just stated in the above statement is a most distinctive in context with God and God will state this statement again in His New Covenant with the House of Israel and the House of Judah after those days Jeremiah 31:33.
In the prophetic word or prediction of the future between God and Israel is not limited to the prophetic word of the prophet Jeremiah and what he prophesy in Jeremiah 31:31-34 and the elements of that prophecy. If we use the theological term this is one of the most distinctive eschatological terms regarding the covenant that the Body of Christ lives in today. Furthermore, even God’s future acts for renewal of Israel’s constant rebellion the emphasized or describes the future for Israel in all of God’s covenants with them. Consider this factor for renewal though the nation needs to change, it cannot change itself according to the prophetic word of Jeremiah 13:23 is clear when it states: “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or a leopard his spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.” (Jeremiah 13:23 NIV) In addition, moral renewal is described widely in many different scriptures as follows. The first is a circumcision of the heart Deuteronomy 30:6 and Jeremiah 4:4; the second is giving of a new heart or changing of heart found in Jeremiah 24:7; 32:39; Ezekiel 11:19; 18:31; 36:26; the third is putting of a new spirit or God’s Spirit within them and us Ezekiel 11:19; 18:31; 36:26-27; 37:14; the fourth is placing or writing God’s law in our hearts of Israel, the church, and the last days Jeremiah 31:33.
When we study Hebrews chapters 8 through 10 where Paul is writing about the New Covenant it is not just about language or imagery of a New Covenant but is about the essential nature of the Old Testament predictions of covenant renewal for the future of Israel, the church, and the last days. In these chapters Paul brings forth the elements of the prophets of old and Paul insisted on the fact that Christ is the Mediator and the Holy Spirit has become the effective agent for the transformation of the New Covenant. In addition, Paul also relates the indwelling of the Holy Spirit distinguished in Christians and non-Christians Galatians 3:1-5 and Romans 8:1-27.
The Ultimate Covenant or New Covenant is about the spiritual life of God and what God has offer in the New Covenant for Israel, the church, and the last days. Our sins are forgiven and our minds can have a peace of Christ and God that surpasses all understanding. We can obey the law of the heart which is the New Covenant to do what pleases God because God has given us that New Covenant. Moreover, we can have a direct relationship with the Father and His Son as well as have a deeper spiritual knowledge of the Holy Scriptures because of the New Covenant. Therefore, let it be known without the old covenants and the Ten Commandments of God we would not have any understanding of the law of sin and death. In addition, it is the New Covenant written within the heart that gives us the consciousness that our sins are forgiven. Furthermore, it would be very difficult for us to obey God and God’s New Covenant with just an outward appearance without the spiritual knowledge that has been placed within us by the New Covenant the indwelling of God’s Spirit in us.
In the Wisdom of Solomon we find in the book of Proverbs Solomon makes it clear to embrace wisdom one must listen to the father for instruction and do not forsake your mothers teaching Proverbs 1:8. However, in verses 1 through 4 Solomon states these three key words not only for the natural knowledge but also for the spiritual knowledge that we need Wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. Therefore, understanding means that we understand the knowledge that has been given to each of us. If you do not understand the instruction conveyed unto you in the Holy Scriptures then you will not be able to use it or apply it to your natural life as well as your spiritual life. Once you have gained the understanding and knowledge that has been given to you then there is the next step of having wisdom in every life situation.
Each of us as members of the Body of Christ for our own knowledge in the Word of Truth that God has ordained in the New Covenant ought to follow some kind of order. As ministers and leaders in the Body of Christ we should have the knowledge of the Word of God, by the revelation of the Holy Spirit, which leads us into a personal relationship with God and Christ Jesus. In my ministry I have learned one important factor and that is our knowledge was never intended supplant our experience in our relationship with God and His Son. In addition, we must seek both the knowledge of the Holy Scriptures as well as a personal relationship with the triune God.
God’s eternal provision and purpose is manifested in His New Covenant for Israel, the church, and the last days. We today as represented of the Body of Christ need to know the New Covenant of what provisions God has made in that covenant, and what we can expect if we walk faithfully in that covenant, and the eternal purpose of its grace, salvation, and atonement and the transforming power of the New Covenant. At best, I can only touch on just a little of what God has in store for those who love Him and walk in His New Covenant. If I could say anything about the New Covenant, I would say that the Hand of God has written the law of the heart within us which is a great treasure.
Again, let it be known that before the foundation of the world God said; “let us make man in our image” therefore we are all in His likeness. Let us examine this point of logic that in the universe there is just one individual who is mingled with God the Father. This is God’s only begotten Son Jesus of the Nazarene which is both man and God John 1:1. I believe that it is also important to state this about covenants that have been established with God. I have not found in any scripture in the Holy Scriptures that states that God made a covenant with the Gentiles. Therefore, it leads me to believe this understanding, since the Gentiles, do not have a covenant, then how can we have a new one? This is a question that many scholars and theologians have been trying to answers for centuries and I personally am not going to try to answer this question. For I personally believe that all of God’s prophetic word must be fulfilled before the Second Coming and the Day of the Great White Throne Judgment. Another way of stating it is when all of God’s prophetic word has been completed then comes the end of time as we know it today.
By most biblical scholars and theologians has regarded the prophetic word of Jeremiah 31:31-34 one of the high points of the Old Testament scriptures. For in the prophetic word of this covenant of God’s promise deals with genuine spiritually “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write” (Jeremiah 31:31 Amplified Bible) relating and intimate fellowship or relationship with the Almighty God. In addition, this prophetic prophecy has also been called one of the most profound and moving texts of the Holy Scriptures with an unconditional provision for Israel, the church, and the last days. Therefore, we will have to continually have to keep going back and examining the prophetic roots of the covenant with Israel at Sinai, Abraham, and the Davidic covenant that leads to the ultimate fulfillment of the New Covenant as the supreme or Ultimate Covenant of God. One might also interpret the New Covenant as the everlasting covenant relating to the unity of God and His chosen people. If you are a devout student of the Holy Scriptures you know that Paul writes to the Hebrew People in the book of Hebrews chapters 8 through 10 to address the relationship with God in the New Covenant as well as the Body of Christ today.
First and foremost I want you to understand that I am being led by the Spirit of God to write about abusing and breaking the New Covenant or Ultimate Covenant as well as our neglect of the New Covenant. The question that the Spirit of God addressed unto me was: If Jesus is the Mediator or our High Priest of the New Covenant is the Body of Christ following our Mediator? “Therefore He is the mediator of the new covenant, so that those who are called might receive the promise of the eternal inheritance, because a death has taken place for redemption from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.” (Hebrews 9:15 HCSB) Without the Spirit of God indwelling in us we could not go unto the mediator with our prayers 1 Corinthians 12:3 for it states that no one call Jesus Lord without the Holy Spirit. I will write more on this subject of the mediator of our High Priest and in greater detail latter in this book.
Divine Provision and Promise in the New Covenant for Christian Perfection
To my belief and understanding there is no doubt that we are all called to holiness, the call to sanctification, and we are called to live in Christian perfection Matthew 5:48. In addition, the logic for this lays it is the nature of God and Christ and we should have the same nature. Let us be completely honest with ourselves that holiness in Christian perfection is not an option it is imperative. I further believe that we cannot attain holiness or Christian perfection in our own human nature or strength. It is in the New Covenant that God has given that provides what we cannot attain by our own self-effort. We the Body of Christ keeps the experience of God’s grace through the New Covenant by walking in faith and not by the merit of our works. God’s holiness and His perfect love is a pattern as well as a standard of which is required that Christ might present us as a glorious church without spot or wrinkle Ephesians 5:27.
Scriptural reference to Christian Sanctification and Perfection in the New covenant Old and New Testaments: Jeremiah 31:31-34; Ezekiel 36:25-27; Hebrews 10:10-14; 13:20-21.
Christians and Christian perfection God’s Command in Old and New Testaments
This Divine command was to my knowledge was first given to Abraham in Genesis 17:1 where God told Abraham “to walk before me, and be thou perfect” this was also Abraham calling. Then our Lord also made the command that we should be perfect Matthew 5:48 states “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (NKJV) These words of our Lord and our redeemer set the standard on the command or demand to be as our Father in heaven is. Paul writes as God in His infinite nature there is no sin, nothing but God’s love, kindness, and goodness, therefore, in our finite nature Paul is saying that there should dwell no sin, for the law of Spirit in the New Covenant means our lives are filled with God’s rule of the heart. Therefore, if the law of the heart the New Covenant is totally influencing and controlling our hearts, thoughts and actions, then there is no way Satan nor any sin can have part of our Christian life. It is God’s power of the New Covenant in which we are able to do all things in our lives and in the Body of Christ. Looking at the great commands of God and knowing that we as human-beings are helpless in ourselves to fulfill God’s holiness in ourselves we must seek God in prayer and with all supplication Ephesians 6:18 to gain Christian perfection.
In each of our pursuit in prayer, each of us must consecrate and build ourselves up on our most holy faith praying in the Holy Spirit Jude 1:20 and to seek God in all things and at all times in our lives. This means our consecration is about denying ourselves to seek the glory of God and God’s New Covenant in our life of what we can do to increase the holiness of His perfection in our life. The New Covenant is the reason our Lord and Savior went to the cross and sacrifice Himself for our atonement.
Then the Spirit of God placed in my mind and said look at what Jesus stated about His coming unto the world and teaching the will of His Father. You will find in the gospel of Matthew a very clear statement from our Lord “that he did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill the law” Matthew 5:17-18. So I fasted and mediated for many days asking our God for a clear conformation for gaining a new and deeper insight to understand why our Lord came to inaugurate the New Covenant. Just one of the most important reason and even the sadness is the amount of people you see leaving the church without understanding the provision God has made for them in the New Covenant. In addition, if we consider all the reason to where the rubber meets the road and for whatever reason or is it at this point of reasoning that they are just playing to be a Christian, church or are they not taking God seriously or is it they just do not understand Christianity and what it is all about.
You heard Christian people say they live under the New Testament, however, I believe in some strange way that they are still living under the Old Testament and they base their doctrines upon its contents. However, as strange as it may sound their life and faith are experience are old covenant rather than new. Nevertheless, a proper understanding of both the Old Covenant and the New Covenant is vital for spiritual growth in the Body of Christ today. This is also true during the days of Jesus time. For some believers at the beginning of New Testament times failed to receive and experience the New Covenant which our Lord inaugurated with His Blood at His death and resurrection. God made the first covenant with Israel when He brought them out of the land of Egypt. You will find the biblical history recorded in these books of the Old Testament they are the book of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, in addition, these are the biblical foundation of understanding the Old Covenant.
It is out of these books which we find surrounding God’s chosen people and the covenants, laws, and commandments that God has given that still lies in human nature today. Therefore, as long as the human mind continues to be proud, covetous, and idolatrous, there is no way they can live under the New Covenant without abusing it or breaking it. In addition, no matter how hard they try to discipline themselves and operate under their old ways of life it will be in conflict with God’s New Covenant. Another way of stated it is in this question; have they had a genuine conversion and received the New Covenant. Let me add the problem in conversion does not lie in the New Covenant it lays in our human nature. The Ultimate Covenant of God Chapter Three