The New Covenant…miracle nation pt7

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:  Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord:  But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.  And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.(Jeremiah 31:31-34)

One of the unique aspects of Israel, is that she alone of all of the nations of the earth, has been brought into a successive set of covenants with God, through which God deals with Israel and through her, all of humanity.

The Abrahamic covenant is an unconditional covenant giving Israel a land, a promise of millions of descendants, blessing from God, and through the seed of Abraham, blessing for every family on earth.

The Mosaiac covenant is a conditional covenant which established for Israel the conditions whereby she could remain in the Land.It features Blessing/Cursing sanctions according to Israel’s observance of the laws,statutes and ordinances of the Covenant.

The Davidic Covenant re-iterated the Land promise, but specified a Kingly rule, through the line of David. David and his sons entered into Adoption by God, David would be the Son of God and God would be His father.

The Davidic covenant was both conditional and unconditional, in the sense that God promised to chastise any of David’s sons who erred, but assured Israel that one of David’s seed would rule on the throne forever!

The New Covenant was announced by the prophets Jeremiah,Isaiah and Ezekiel. Jeremiah prophesied immediately before the Babylonian captivity, when it became evident that Israel, ad the remnant nation Judah had failed to keep the Mosaic covenant and were coming under the curse of the covenant, in spite of the Temple, it’s redemptive services, the Prophets and their warnings and the reforms of some of the better Kings of Israel, such as Hezekiah and Josiah.

And I will bring the land into desolation: and your enemies which dwell therein shall be astonished at it.  And I will scatter you among the heathen, and will draw out a sword after you: and your land shall be desolate, and your cities waste.(Leviticus 26:32-33)

The New Covenant was not addressed to the Baptists or the Assemblies of God, originally it was extended as a continuity to the other Covenants God gave to Israel,”… to the house of Israel and the house of Judah…”.

Ironically neither Judah or Israel as a whole have yet entered into it.

Other than the case of individual Jews such as Saul of Tarsus, Peter, James, John, and the earliest church which was almost entirely Jewish, the New Covenant remains unfulfilled by the nation of Israel.

Therefore up until very recently the Jewish people remain under the “curse of the Law” of Moses, the sanctions of the previous conditional Covenant are fulfilled every single day against them,

And ye shall be left few in number, whereas ye were as the stars of heaven for multitude; because thou wouldest not obey the voice of the Lord thy God.  And it shall come to pass, that as the Lord rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the Lord will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought; and ye shall be plucked from off the land whither thou goest to possess it. And the Lord shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone.  And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the Lord shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind:  And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life:  In the morning thou shalt say, Would God it were even! and at even thou shalt say, Would God it were morning! for the fear of thine heart wherewith thou shalt fear, and for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.(Deuteronomy 28:62-67)

Has not this been the sad testimony of the Jewish people wherever they have been scattered across the globe, in this extended ‘night’ season from 70 AD up until the late 1940s? Doesn’t this describe the endless wandering, pograms, uprisings, Hamans, Hitlers Stalins, Saddam Husseins, building and tearing down, only to have to build up again, and then to have to move away suddenly?

The LORD announced the New Covenant for Israel , to replace the Old, conditional, often broken covenant of blessing and curses.Just as Moses had to go back up the mountain to replace the first Law, a New Covenant is Necessitated.

Rather than a Law external and written on Stone, God himself would write the Law on the hearts of men, through a NEW Birth, He would remove the stony heart of insensitivity to God, and replace it with a new tender heart, responsive to God, able to worship in Spirit and in Truth.

In the unconditional  New Covenant, inaugurated between God and Himself, (As in the Abrahamic covenant) Men would be able to undergo a NEW Birth . The Bloody sacrifice that God came through, was not this time a broken Bull,Ram or sheep, but through the broken body of the Messiah.

“This is the cup of the New Covenant, shed in my blood for the remission of sins…”.

Not very far geographically from where Abram offered his son Isaac, on Mt Moriah, the Messiah offered himself a sacrifice to God to inaugurate the New Covenant. Abram said “God will provide HIMSELF a Ram”, then saw a Ram trapped by the horns on a thicket of thorns. But the Messiah’s head was crowned with thorns, when He offered himself.

All who would come out from under the curse of the broken Law, must believe in their hearts that Jeshua Messiah, died for their sins to satisfy the claims of the Law of God against them. By this turning and faith they enter into the New Covenant, and can legitimately exit the old.

The New Covenant is the Feast held by the King in Jesus’ parable, that the near friends of the King failed to come into, giving this excuse or that. The King decided if his friends weren’t coming, he would bring in the “Riff raff”, the poor, lame, beggar, “non people” to enjoy the feast.

This is how it is that a thoroughly Jewish concept, the NEW Covenant, promised to the house of Israel and of Judah, has ended up being the spiritual habitation of gentiles from every tribe and tongue for two thousand years. Moses warned them from the beginning,

They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.(Deuteronomy 32:21)

But there are provisions of the New Covenant, which no gentile could fulfill. The time is near when the chosen people, who failed to enter into the wedding feast will be brought fully into it. As Paul says, if their casting away be mercy for the gentiles, what shall their return be, but resurrection of the dead for the whole world!”.

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3 Responses to The New Covenant…miracle nation pt7

  1. Severiano von Buchenroder says:

    *Shalom and Greetings Pastor BillFirstly I want to thank you for your amazing teaching material and the incredible insight you possess of the Judaeo-Christian bible.As of late, I’m having a problem with debating a proponent of Replacement Theology. I’m truly sorry if I’m burdening you with these 5 sets of questions but I believe its a matter of winning hearts and minds, in light of the virulent anti-semitism breeding in many college campus’ around the world, we have a duty to inform young fellow Christians about the need to stand with Israel and the Jewish People during these perilous times.The verse of scripture which I’m struggling to make sense of is Genesis 12:3 and how it correlates with Galatians 3:16.For example, my argument for standing in support of the Nation of Israel, among many other Scriptural citations, is Genesis 12:3. However, my debate opponent is pressing on Galatians 3:16 to state that Genesis 12:3 never specifically referred to the Jewish People but was ultimately fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ. The New Testament text reveals Jesus Christ and not the Jewish people as a whole, which will be a blessing to the world. Why can’t Genesis 12:3 also refer to Christians since we too are “spiritual descendants of Abraham”??? Secondly, what about verses like Galatians 3:28 which denies the unique status of the Jews? If (believing) Jew and (believing) Gentile is equal in Christ, what makes the unbelieving Jew so special in the heart of God? (Notwithstanding the fact that John 3:16 tells us that God loved the (unbelieving world so much….”) Thirdly, how do you respond to Christians who make use of Romans 2:29 to declare themselves as “Spiritual Jews”?Fourthly, how do you explain verses like “Synagogue of Satan” in Revelation 3:9 and “Children of the devil” in John 8:44. Wasn’t Jesus referring to the Jews in these verses?Fifthly, Matthew 21:43 is one of the main points Replacementists use to bolster their argument. How do you refute this portion of Scripture?And lastly, Romans Chapter 9:6 seems somewhat confusing. Does this verse provide some kind of a hint to the often proclaimed argument that Ashkenazi Jews are not real Jews but khazarian converts to Judaism and that this is the most important evidence of Modern Israel not being the Israel of Biblical times. How do we explain that? I have already covered Romans 9 to 11 with him, in which I must admit I beat this gentleman fair and square but how do we make sense of these other controversial points which causes much confusion at a time when Israel and the Jewish people need the Church in this demonic hostile world, now even more than ever?Thank You for your time and for all you doing to advance the Kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus ChristShalomSeveriano*

    • billrandles says:

      *The verse of scripture which I’m struggling to make sense of is Genesis 12:3 and how it correlates with Galatians 3:16.For example, my argument for standing in support of the Nation of Israel, among many other Scriptural citations, is Genesis 12:3. However, my debate opponent is pressing on Galatians 3:16 to state that Genesis 12:3 never specifically referred to the Jewish People but was ultimately fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ. The New Testament text reveals Jesus Christ and not the Jewish people as a whole, which will be a blessing to the world. Why can’t Genesis 12:3 also refer to Christians since we too are “spiritual descendants of Abraham”?

      Galatians 3:16 is merely telling us that the blessing which was promised through Abraham comes solely through his (Singular) seed, The Messiah! Genesis 12:3 is re-iterated over and over again,

      Genesis 12:3 applies to all of the Jewish people, not just Christ, although Christ is the ultimate application of Genesis 12:3 .Genesis 27:29 Numbers 24:9 Genesis 30:30 Genesis 39:5 applying to any who had dealings with Abraham,Isaac,Jacob, The Jews in General, Joseph, etc *Secondly, what about verses like Galatians 3:28 which denies the unique status of the Jews? If (believing) Jew and (believing) Gentile is equal in Christ, what makes the unbelieving Jew so special in the heart of God? (Notwithstanding the fact that John 3:16 tells us that God loved the (unbelieving world so much….”)

      Galatians 3:28 doesn’t deny the unique status of the Jews. It denies any special status to the Jews “In the Messiah”. I Corinthians 10:32 categorizes humanity into three divisions,

      Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:

      The unbelieving descendants of Abraham,Isaac and Jacob are special, to God, even in their unbelief, because of the Fathers, Romans 11:25-29 gives you the answer-“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. 26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 27 for this *is*my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. 28 As concerning the gospel, *they are* enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, *they are* beloved for the fathers’ sakes. 29 For the gifts and calling of God *are* without repentance.”

      *Thirdly, how do you respond to Christians who make use of Romans 2:29 to declare themselves as “Spiritual Jews”?Fourthly, how do you explain verses like “Synagogue of Satan” in Revelation 3:9 and “Children of the devil” in John 8:44.

      Nowhere does God ever refer to Gentile believers as Israel, or spiritual Israel.Spiritual Israel is the remnant of Jews who have accepted Jesus as the Messiah. The Saved Gentiles are the “Wild branch” believers who by God’s grace have been grafted into the olive tree of Israel.The reason for Galatians is to teach Gentiles they do not have to become Jewish to be saved, they must only receive the Jewish Messiah. As for “Synagogue of Satan” and “Children of the Devil” , neither refer specifically to the unsaved Jewish people as a whole. When John speaks of Jesus’ encounters with “the JEWS, “he is referring to the Judean Temple establishment. After all Jesus was Jew, so it wouldn’t make sense that Jesus’ condemnation of “The Jews” refers to all of the Jews. It is a technical reference, to the establishment of Jerusalem, it is “The JEWS” as opposed to “The Galileans, etc. The Leadership in Jesus’ day which sought to dissuade the Jewish people from faith in Jesus, these were the ones Jesus called children of the Devil.

      *Fifthly, Matthew 21:43 is one of the main points Replacementists use to bolster their argument. How do you refute this portion of Scripture?

      There is no need to refute this, only to refute the false interpretation of it. Once again ,Jesus was warning the scribes, Pharisees and national teachers, (Who despised the congregation, as people who didn’t know the Law), that the place they had in the nation as teachers and leaders was going to be taken away from them and given to people they didn’t think were qualified. The Keys they held would be taken from them, others were being prepared to bring the teachings to the congregation of Israel. Who would the new teachers be? The Apostles! What were the Apostles? Jews ! The New scribes and teachers in the Kingdom of God were all Jews at the beginning, so there is no way this scripture could be referring to replacement theology.

      Romans 9:6 Not all Israel are Israel…

      Simply states that there has always been a remnant of Jews who are truly saved, amid a number of merely physical Jews. What is a JEW? One who seeks the praise of God and not of man. Who is Israel ? The ones whop have struggled and prevailed with God.But as romans 11 says, God has a plan even for the Jews who are not yet Israel. The Covenant is that “All Israel shall be saved, on the day when he removes their iniquities”(Romans 11:26-27)

      26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 27 for this *is *my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. It is absurd to try to deny the validity of the JEws, read Zechariah 12, or Joel three, it is the center of all prophetic prediction! God bless you,I hope this helps- Pas Bill

      On Sat, Jan 2, 2016 at 10:08 AM, Pastor Bill Randles Blog wrote:

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  2. Sue Ackerman says:

    Thanks, Pastor Bill. Your post was very edifying to me. I have recently had an ongoing conversation with someone involved in the Hebrew Roots Movement. I wish she could read what you have written and see the truth of it. They have taught her that Jeremiah 31 is speaking of a “renewed covenant” rather than a “new covenant.” She is trying to keep the “Old” one. It is so sad that she cannot see the error of this teaching she is under.

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