The New Covenant Part 3
2 Cor. 3:5 -6 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of Elohim; 3:6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament;(covenant) not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
- The Law of Yahweh kills. Why? Because we have not kept it. The Spirit of Yahweh comes in and grants us, fills us with, righteousness, so that we can be seen as righteous before Yahweh.
2 Cor.3:7-8 3:7 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: 3:8 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?
- So, we are ministers of the New Covenant, which is the ministry of the Spirit. Does that mean the Law of Yahweh is done away with? NO!
- But some have a tendency to get so caught up in the Law and so caught up in the Torah it is forgotten what covenant we are supposed to be ministers of.
- In other words, the gift of eternal life promised through Messiah Yahushua might even just barely be mentioned.
- Instead, everything is: Law, Law, Law. Now, don't get me wrong. The New Covenant says we should be following Yahweh's Law. No doubt about it.
- But when we speak of the Law without having adequate attention to Messiah and addressing the means through which we can become delivered from the Law's condemnation, it ultimately causes people to feel like they are constantly being beat down and beat up by the Law of Yahweh.
- We need to realize we are ministers of the New Covenant-- a covenant with some totally amazing and encouraging promises. We SHOULD focus on the need for obedience to the commandments of Yahweh, but also, just as much, the salvation that we receive through Yahshua.
- You see, Christianity, in its traditional form today, puts a lot of emphasis on the Messiah. And that is all well and good. But the commandments of Elohim? Not so much. Perhaps some would teach they are abolished. Perhaps some would say, "We do not have to observe them anymore."
- We can get out of balance the other way, too, where all we talk about is the Law of Yahweh, but never talk about mercy and the faith of Messiah.
Rev. 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of Yahweh, and the faith of Yahshua.
- BOTH! And both ARE key elements of the New Covenant. If the Law of Yahweh is written on our hearts, we obviously will be keeping them. And if we have faith in Yahshua the Messiah, we must have One to cleanse us of any and all sin.
- But we have to teach both as part of our New Covenant ministry.
- And the great glory of the ministry of the New Covenant is that we CAN teach the commandments and still not be a ministry of condemnation.
2 Cor. 3:9-11 For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. 3:10 For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth. 3:11 For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.
- It doesn't say the Old Covenant has passed away already. It says it is on its way out-- a ministry of condemnation. It did not have these precious promises that He would, guaranteed, forgive our sin. It did not have a guarantee. And so, it results, ultimately, in our death unless our sins could be forgiven.
- Well, that ministry of death is passing away because the Old Covenant set a standard for how to live, but it did not address how to be delivered from death except through the offering of sacrificial animals, which all pointed to the New Covenant sacrifice of Messiah.
- But it is not possible for the blood of animals to fully address the sin problem. The ministry of the Spirit, the ministry of righteousness, does. Messiah's death on the tree is the one sacrifice needed. It is, in fact, the one sacrifice that is pictured or provided as an object lesson in the Old Covenant.
- And so, the only reason why it was a ministry of death is not because the Law is all about death. It is because we chose to disobey the Law, which ultimately results in our death. But people are still dying, right? The wages of sin is death. People are still dying. And so, it has not gone anywhere.
- The Law of Yahweh is there to lead people to Messiah. And the Law's condemnation is necessary in order for an unrighteous man to see the need for a Messiah. If we don't have a law anymore, then what do we need a Savior for?
- Now, just because the ministry of death is passing away (because it will when death is no more), this does not mean there will be no Law of Yahweh in the New Covenant. The great glory of the New Covenant is that it contains the Law of Yahweh, but it also contains forgiveness for having broken it, as it guarantees
- It is explicitly stated that Yahweh's Law does in fact survive from one covenant to the other
Jer. 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith Yahweh, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their Elohim, and they shall be my people.
- So, the Law of Yahweh is not going anywhere. The Law of Yahweh is just as much a part of the New Covenant as it was the Old Covenant.
- The difference is that in the New Covenant, the Law of Yahweh does not result in our condemnation. The difference is that the forgiveness of sin is guaranteed. Guaranteed!
Jer. 31:34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know Yahweh: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith Yahweh: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
- That is a promise. He will do it.
- "And their sin I will remember no more." Wow! Did He say He would do that in the Old Covenant? He never did. He never promised it for everybody who enters the covenant. I mean, didn't every one of those men except for two fall in the wilderness? Only Joshua and Caleb survived.
- So, He did not forgive their sin and their iniquity remember no more. It did not work that way.
- And so, nothing happens to the Law of Yahweh. It still stands. In fact, the New Covenant establishes it, because here it is (Jeremiah 31:33). Where is the Law of the New Covenant? Right there. There it is. ("I will put My Law in their minds, and write it on their hearts.")
- Minds-Know the law
- Hearts -do the law
Romans 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.
- we do not make Yahweh's Law void through our faith. We establish it. The Greek word "establish" here means "to cause to stand."
- The difference with the New Covenant is that we will be righteous and totally incorruptible.
1 Cor.15:51 -53 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed -- 52 - in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 - For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality. We are receiving these promises today under the understanding that death will not prevail over us. Our sins are going to be forgiven. The New Covenant promises that. And we will not be corruptible anymore.
1Peter 1:22 -23 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, 23 - having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of Elohim which lives and abides forever,
- So, we will be a living manifestation of the Word of Elohim-- incorruptible seed. That is what the New Covenant gives us. That is why we need the New Covenant.
Hebrews 8:7 -For if that first [covenant] had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second
- And it goes on to read what we just read out of Jeremiah 31:31.
Hebrews 8:8-12 - Because finding fault with them, He says: "Behold, the days are coming, says YAHWEH, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah -- 9 - "not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says YAHWEH. Hebrews 8:10 - "For this [is] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says YAHWEH: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their Elohim, and they shall be My people. 11 - "None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, `Know YAHWEH,' for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. Hebrews 8:12 - "For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more."
- That is what he is quoting. That is why we can be raised incorruptible when Messiah returns.
- So, He had to find a way to establish His Law. And He does so by putting His laws in our minds and writing them on our hearts, and yet, also offered grace at the same time. That is what the New Covenant does for us. That is what Yahshua does for us.
- No longer will He find fault with us.
- So, Yahweh has provided this means of forgiveness through the New Covenant.
Hebrews 9:15 And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
- Do we follow this?