The Old Covenant (Moses, Israel, Sinai….you know the story) was a covenant of works. Laws were given. Expectations established. Obey and be blessed. It was a covenant God made with man. A history of failure and rejection and judgment ensued. All fell short. A New and Better Way was necessary. Jesus Christ is that Way. He fulfilled all for us. We now are living the New Covenant….in Him…..by Him…..through Him.
The covenant with Noah was not a covenant of works. It was not a covenant based upon what man did. God never said….if you do this I won’t smite the earth with a flood again, but if you do this I will make the last flood look like a sneeze. Nope never. The Lord purposed in His own heart and established the covenant with Himself. He gave the rainbow as a token or sign.
The covenant with Abraham was not a covenant of works. The Lord Himself walked through the covenant sacrifices that Abram had placed on the ground. God Himself sealed the deal… manifesting as a smoking furnace and a burning lamp. The Lord gave him the land between the Nile and the Euphrates. Abraham, the man of faith and friend of God, never saw the fulfillment of this covenant.
When God makes a covenant with Himself….is there anything that can stop it, change it, or cancel it ?
If you say yes…..then you must have some issues with the New Covenant then, because ……..
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
“For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.” John 10:17,18
“I and the Father are one.” John 10:30
The New and Better Covenant was all accomplished between Father and Son. There is nothing we can do to stop it, change it, or invalidate it. Nothing. It is offered to all. A free gift full of grace and eternal wonder. We can’t mess it up.
Can you stop rainbows from appearing ? We can’t mess up that covenant either.
The covenant made with Abram ?
Why do we have such problems with this one ?
Is it because it hasn’t been fulfilled yet ?
The Jewish people just began gathering again in the last century. Israel (amazingly and powerfully) became a nation again less than 70 years ago. Wow. The promise of God will be fulfilled. The land from the Nile to the Euphrates will be theirs just as God proclaimed. It is as sure as the rainbow or the work of the Cross.
But there is “another spirit” that hates this idea. It hates the Jewish people. Most of all it hates the Seed. Jesus Christ. It wants to destroy the fact that as the Son of Man….He was a Jew. Jesus Christ was Jewish for a reason. He fulfilled all that was necessary and broke down the dividing wall between Jew and Gentile. He opened heaven’s gates for all….Jew or Gentile…to enter. A New and Better Covenant is here and it’s found in the very Person of God.
But guess what ? There are some things that have yet to be finished and accomplished. Everything necessary for salvation has been signed, sealed, and delivered. No question about that. But the nations must be judged. Abraham must receive the fullness of the Promised Land. The Son of David must rule from the throne of David. The disciples must sit on thrones and judge the twelve tribes.
All of that bothers many today.
If it does….maybe you have been listening to “another spirit” ?
A spirit that hates covenant. A spirit that hates the Jewish people.
I have seen the manifestation of this spirit in church. I once heard a teacher say that anyone who believed that there was still anything special about Israel was a racist. I just recently saw a man weep over Hitler and how much the Lord loved Him as a child. It made me queasy.
The spirit of antichrist is alive and well. It hates the Jewish people. It hates the Word of God. It hates the simplicity of the Gospel. It hates the amazing integration of Old Testament and New Testament. It hates the fulfillment of covenant and divine promises. It loves the glorification of man. It loves to raise the intellect of man over the plain Word of God. It loves to inflate the will of man to crave dominion apart from the Returning One. As long as a Jewish Messiah doesn’t rule and reign this spirit is happy. It can be subtle. It’s been around a long time. Don’t be foolish enough to think it’s not touched you.