Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Covenants Of God (SD07)

Both OT and NT are the main covenants of God.

In the OT, the Temple (Tabernacle) of God was built in order that the Israelites can observe Moses Laws (Judaism) to fulfill their part of the covenant (esp. sacrifices and Jewish feasts). In return God will be their God and they will be His holy people, etc.

After the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ, the veil of the temple was rent (God left the temple of God). Without God in the temple Judaism was over, so that God could bring in His grace through faith of Jesus Christ.

Mat 7:12  "Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets."

Our Lord Jesus prophesied that the ceremonial laws and feasts would be abolished (fulfilled by His death and resurrection) and only the moral and social laws need to be fulfilled by considering other's needs or love your neighbors as yourself.

Gal 5:14  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Gal 3:10-11  For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.” But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.”
   
We must not keep the law otherwise we will come under the curse because we cannot keep all the laws. God destroyed the temple to prevent the continuation of sacrifices in Judaism.

Rom 7:7  What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, “You shall not covet.”

However, it is from the law that we understand sin (abominations, evil schemes and wicked works) so that we detest them.

Gal 5:18  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

When we keep the laws of Moses we are under law, but when we keep the words of Jesus we are walking in the Spirit for His words is spirit and life.

John 6:63  It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

John 1:17  For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

What a terrible mistake for Christians to think that the words of our Lord Jesus Christ is the law.

His words are spirit, truth and life

John 1:14  And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

The NT is also a covenant of God so that His abundant grace in Christ Jesus will be fairly given to believers, e.g love, blessing, power, anointing, sanctification, etc.

John 15:7  If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

We don't need to pray and fast all the time, sacrifice nor give everything away to get His answer to our prayers. All He asked of us is to abide in Him and His words to abide in us.

John 15:14  You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.

John 8:51  "Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death.”

Brethren, since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever. (1Pet2:22-23)