The R’s of the Ultimate Covenant
As the Spirit of God began to reveal unto this servant of the Lord while I was researching for a new understanding or a new revelation of the New Covenant of how we might break or abuse the New Covenant, the Spirit of God said look at the R’s of the New Covenant. My First question was to the Spirit of God: what are the R’s of the New Covenant? Then, to my great surprise what I found that there are over fourteen R’s that pertain to the New Covenant the main R is the R of renewing the heart of Israel, the church, that is living in the last days. In addition, in these fourteen R’s is how that God brings His grace unto them that He has called to be part of the modern-day church.
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. There 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 us to be in the beginning.
I believe these are the main R’s of the New Covenant regarding Israel, the modern-day church, that is living the 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 deals with the mysteries of a preordained plain and the administration of God’s plain and the ministry of that plain for the Lord as He walks amongst us.
There R’s can serve as a guide in these terms; one a biblical truth, and is in addition, a spiritual truth, and it is a life guiding truth for our relationship with God in His New Covenant. In addition, these two 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 your understanding of your direction God is taking you as well as how to respond to what God will show you. Recognize that God said in these R’s was in regards to a God centered relationship with Him, and 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 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 where that people were 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 with the Holy Spirit and with each of us, our Lord has made the provision for us in the New Covenant.
These R’s in the New Covenant one might say or interpret them as the whole package of God’s New Covenant. One might also add what ten R’s are the distinctive traits or principles of the New Covenant? When the Spirit of God brought unto me this revelation about the New Covenant it was to say the least it was overwhelming for there are so many ways and things that can describe in 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 is “relationship with God” and the relationship that God wants for Israel, the church, and the last days. For the Body of Christ it is vital for every Christian to develop a personal relationship with God in His New Covenant with all humility and obedience. For you will find when you study the four gospels, very closely you will discover that our Lord and Savior taught relationship with Him and His Father. Furthermore, our Lord taught 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 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 Jesus makes it clear of His relationship with the Father and His activity with the Father.
Our Father in heaven greatest desire is for the Body of Christ or the modern-day church to have a god centered relationship with Him and His Son. Once we are saved and receive Christ then you are ready for the rest of the plan of salvation and grace for you in the New Covenant relationship with Christ Jesus and His Father. 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. In Christians consistently disobeying, God’s New Covenant; then it is well to note that they will eventually develop a hard heart towards God, His word, and His Son. Paul writes in Galatians 6:7-8 and makes it clear that this is the work of 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.
Regeneration is Totally a Work of God and the Holy Spirit
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) Understanding this concept of regeneration in the New Covenant of why it began and for what purpose did it bring regarding the New Covenant in Ezekiel 36 and 37? According to the Holy Scriptures going back to the day and time of Passover it was a time of purification and atonement that they may be delivered. However, in Ezekiel 37 it is for restoring Israel. From this time period you can trace the journey of Israel up to the prophetic words of three prophets Ezekiel, Jeremiah, and Joel. 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 the New Covenant is like a prescription 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 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 that 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 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 until we begin to take 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 lager view of the message of regeneration, and the plan of God’s New Covenant. One of the ways of interpreting regeneration is the change that brings us to a spiritual level by the Holy Spirit by which we are brought to God and Christ Jesus in new birth. In the teachings of the Body of Christ regeneration is define as being born again and this is very true, however, it is more because of all of the elements you can find in regeneration and the role it plays in the New Covenant.
If I was to ask this question how would you answer: What is the connection between God’s calling and regeneration? As the word of the gospel 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 that the power of regeneration and the working of God and Christ Jesus and the Holy Spirit is the working power that keeps me alive. Most of us if we are truly honest we do not know or understand the nature of what happens at the time of regeneration 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 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 conversion. However, for the most part and for most new born Christians regeneration is 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 factor 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 for God 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 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 that asks have the Jews stumbled and fell and Paul’s answer is certainly not. The Paul goes on to speak to the fact that because of Israel fall that God to provoke them to jealousy, that salvation came to the Gentiles or the Gentiles were ingrafted Romans 11:11. What I find so here that Paul it clear that he is an apostle unto the Gentiles and even though he is a Jew Paul states 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 all of Israel shall be saved. Did God reject His chosen people? No!
Now as we consider more of the Ultimate Covenant then we must also consider the spiritual warfare or spiritual battle going on in the minds of Israel, the church, and the last days regarding the prophetic word of Jeremiah 31:31-34. The promise and covenant is one of the most important, and yet sensitive of text to all scholars and theologians regarding Jeremiah 31:31-34. This promise of God 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.
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. The Ultimate Covenant of God Chapter Seven