New Covenant Part 2

Ephesians 5:32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

Ephesians 6:19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

Colossians 1:26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:

Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

Colossians 2:2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;

Colossians 4:3 Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:

2 Thessalonians 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

1 Timothy 3:9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

Revelation 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

Revelation 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

Revelation 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

Revelation 17:7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.

Jesus came to the nation of Israel to present himself as King. However, the nation Israel rejected the Kingship of Jesus Christ and His reign on earth was delayed and the nation Israel set aside. From the time of that rejection by the nation Israel and the rapture of the church, God has opened salvation to individual Jews and Gentiles alike who are included in the body of Christ, the church. This is a time of His extreme grace to us! Praise His Holy Name.

Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins

Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Ephesians 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Ephesians 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

Ephesians 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, by (grace ye are saved;)

Ephesians 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

Ephesians 2:7 That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Ephesians 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;

Ephesians 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

Ephesians 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

Ephesians 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

Ephesians 2:16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

Ephesians 2:17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.

Ephesians 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

Ephesians 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

Ephesians 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

Ephesians 2:21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto a holy temple in the Lord:

Ephesians 2:22 In whom ye also are builded together for a habitation of God through the Spirit.

Now, what do we say about the people who existed before there was a nation Israel and before the church existed? From the time of Adam there were those who believed by faith in the true and living God, YHWH.

When Jesus Christ died on the cross He fulfilled all of the promises of God. He shed His perfect blood to make a complete atonement for sins for all who believe by faith. A reading of Hebrews chapter 11 is a wonderful account of the faith we are talking about. And that faith is, Believing God! So, we must understand that God’s grace is extended to all who truly believe in Him. It is by grace we are saved through faith and not by works!

Remember righteous Abel who offered a more perfect sacrifice? How did he do this? By faith. He loved and honored God with a sacrifice that was acceptable to God. And that sacrifice was a lamb whose blood had been shed. A careful reading in Romans will point out that the Law could only administer death to every individual ever created.

Christ’s death ended the conditional covenant, the Mosaic Law. The law is good and holy because it comes from God and it declares His righteousness and holiness. Once again we must remember why the sacrificial system was given to the nation Israel. It was given to them because God allowed them to have way of a covering their sins until the Lord Jesus Christ put an end to the requirements of the law.

Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.

Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

Colossians 2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:

Colossians 2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

Colossians 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.

Colossians 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

Colossians 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

Colossians 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

Colossians 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

Colossians 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

Those ordinances mentioned in the above verse represent the requirements of the law. We must realize the law required perfection and we had to work to keep the law. We could not, but Jesus Christ fulfilled the law for us.

Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

What a Savior!

Sin, which separated man from God was dealt with by Jesus Christ. When Jesus gave His spirit to God the Father, His body died. At that time the veil in the temple that separated the Holy of Holies from the rest of the temple was supernaturally torn in two from the top to the bottom. It was removed signifying that the way to God was through the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Matthew 27:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

Hebrews 10:20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

The death of Christ forms the basis of spiritual blessings for the Church as well as the covenantal physical and spiritual blessings promised to the nation Israel.

Ephesians 2:11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;

Ephesians 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

Ephesians 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

Ephesians 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

The scripture makes it clear that Gentiles were separated from the unconditional covenants God made with the nation Israel. It was the rejection of the Lord Jesus Christ by the nation Israel that opened the way for individual Jews and Gentiles both to come to Jesus Christ for salvation. At the present time, the spiritual blessings of the New Covenant which were promised to Israel are being enjoyed by the Church. The spiritual and physical blessings promised in the unconditional covenants are yet future for the nation Israel.

Israel will enjoy one day both the spiritual and physical blessings of the New Covenant in the Messianic Kingdom during the Millennial reign of Jesus Christ. The spiritual benefits includes a new heart on which the Law is written, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, forgiveness of sins, and the full knowledge of the Lord.

A complete reading of the Old Testament and New Testament shows that the Lord God has not forsaken the nation Israel. God will keep His promises and we know this by reading His word. The prophets foretold under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit the judgments that would come upon the nation Israel because they were disobedient. The prophets also foretold the glory of the restoration of the nation at the end of the tribulation period.

For me something has really been brought to the forefront during this study of the New Covenant. We are all disobedient peoples. We all are convicted of sin from birth. We all need a mercy seat to go to for forgiveness of our sins. Jesus Christ is our mercy seat. He always has been and always will be.

Now, our Lord God loves us and puts up with all of our failings. If it were up to me we would all be in trouble, myself included. The Lord God also judges sin and will judge those who do not come to Him through the atonement and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. I have to wonder why God didn’t just forget all of us, including the nation Israel.

Why? Well, during this study I kept seeing something new that I had not really noticed before. God is all powerful and He can do and promise whatever He so chooses. And, whatever He does will always be righteous and just. When God makes an unconditional promise or covenant there is a reason we can trust the fulfillment of that promise. Below we see just one of the passages that tells us why!

Ezekiel 36:22 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.

Ezekiel 36:23 And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.

Ezekiel 36:24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.

Ezekiel 36:25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.

Ezekiel 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh.

God’s very name is so Holy and wonderful that He will not forsake His promises nor allow His name to be profaned! Rejoice Israel, rejoice oh born again believer!

John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

John 6:38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

John 6:39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

John 6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Amen

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