Are you in covenant with God?

24 July 2020

Speaker: Apostle Ernie

In Rom 2:29, we read, “No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a person’s praise is not from other people but from God.”
In Jeremiah 31:33, we read, “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
In Matthew 26:28, we read, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”

What is a covenant?

A covenant is a pact between two individuals promising to fulfill certain obligations to each other. You and your employer have a covenant, you promise to do the best you can at your job, and they promise to pay you a monthly salary. Another word for a covenant would be a contract or agreement where two parties promise to fulfill their obligations to each other.

In the Old Covenant, Yehovah promised Abraham to care for, protect, provide, heal, and lead his descendants. Who are Abrahams’s descendants? The Bible says all those who hear and obey Yehovah, as Abraham did. So the contract between Abraham and Yehovah was, if Abraham heard and obeyed, Yehovah would make sure all his needs and all his descendant’s needs were taken care of.

Yehovah promised Moses He would be the God of the Israelites to protect, provide, heal, lead, and fight for them. Who are the Israelites? The Bible says all those who hear and obey Yehovah, as Moses did. So the contract between Moses and Yehovah was, if Moses heard and obeyed, Yehovah would make sure all his needs and all his descendant’s needs were taken care of.

Yehovah made these agreements and contracts with Abraham and Moses. They had the privilege to have spoken with Yehovah face to face, knowing for sure they could trust Him.

How could people like Joshua and the second generation of Israelites know this agreement was still in effect? Many of them were not born yet when Moses lived, so how could they know Yehovah could be trusted? They knew by looking at the sign of the covenant, which was physical circumcision. Every time a male Israelite looked at his circumcision, he knew Yehovah was his God well able to protect him, fight for him, heal him, provide for him as long as he did his part, and obeyed the Torah.

The physical circumcision was the marriage ring reminding them of their relationship with Yehovah. It told them they were set apart, holy to Yehovah, and He could be trusted to fulfill His part of the obligation as long as they remained faithful to Him. Just as we can point to the wedding ring, and remind our spouse to fulfill their duties, they could point to the circumcision and remind Yehovah He had obligations to meet. Did they ever have to do this? No, because Yehovah always came through for them. So it became more like a reminder to themselves, every time doubt crept in, they could look at the physical circumcision reminding them Yehovah was their God, and He would intervene on their behalf.

This was no different from marriages today. We do not always feel married, and sometimes doubt can creep in, questioning if we can trust our spouse. But every time we look at our marriage ring, it reminds us of our spouse’s relationship and his or her promises to us. It tells us we are set apart to them, belonging to them, and they are set apart to us belonging to us. It shows us we can trust them to remain loyal set apart to us, as long as we stay loyal set apart to them.

How do we Christians understand what we call the New Covenant?

We see the New Covenant as a promise from Yehovah. He has promised to be our God who cares for us, provides for us, heal us, delivers us, fights for us, and we dont have to do anything except have faith in Jesus and what He did for us at the cross. According to Christian theology and doctrine, this makes us a child of God and Abraham’s descendants.

Is this in the Bible?

Most Christians would argue yes, it is and refers to Matt 26:28, Rom 2:29.

To understand Matt 26:28, Rom 2:29, we first have to understand what the Bible refers to when it says the heart.

When the Bible speaks of the heart, it is not referring to the physical muscle beating in our chest. In Bible times, the heart is the seat of the intellect, the will, and the mind. So when Rom 2:29 and Jer 31:33 speaks of the heart, it is referring to the brain, the intellect, and our will.

The Bible says the sign of the New Covenant is not the physical circumcision; it is the circumcision of the mind. (Jer 31:33, Rom 2:29.) Just as the male Israelite could look at his physical circumcision and know he had an agreement with Yehovah, so we can look at our minds circumcision and realize we have an agreement and a contract with Yehovah.

But how can you “look at your mind?”

Jer 31:33 says the New Covenant sign shows itself in a desire to obey the Torah, to be in love with the Torah, to think of the Torah continually. So if you desire to follow the Torah, you are in love with the Torah, and you think of the Torah continuously, you are “looking” at your circumcised mind.

This is what Paul says in Rom 2:29, the real Jew is not the one who has a physical circumcision. The real Jew is the one who has a circumcised and changed mind who desires to follow the Torah. And this is what Yeshua says, in John 14, those who have a changed mind wanting to follow the Torah show their love for Him, His Father Yehovah, and the Holy Spirit.

Every time the male Israelite found himself in a predicament, needing Yehovahs help, he knew Yehovah heard him because of his physical circumcision and his obedience to the Torah.

Every time we find ourselves in a predicament, needing Yehovah’s help, we know Yehovah hears us because of our changed mind and our love for the Torah.

Our love for the Torah and obedience to it signify the new covenant, and it is the sign guaranteeing us Yehovahs help.

This is in the Bible, why then does Christianity reject the sign of the new covenant?

In Matt 26:28, Yeshua says His Blood is the Blood of the covenant poured out for many to forgive sins.

What is the covenant He is referring to here? It is, of course, the new covenant from Jeremiah 31:33.

How do we enter into that covenant and receive forgiveness for our sins?

The Bible says, in Jer 31:33-34, if we repent (which means to turn from lawlessness and come back to the Torah,) Yehovah will circumcise our minds. He will cause us to think of the Torah continually so we can love the Torah and obey the Torah. But it does not say He will cause us to walk in obedience. Then, because we have repented, He will forgive us of our sins. (Jer 31:34)

So the Bible says, we enter into the new covenant, not by faith in the cross. We enter into the new covenant by repentance back to the Torah. Yehovah forgives us because we have repented, not because we believe in the cross. (1. John 1:9, Jer 31:34)

So, where does the cross fit into this and Matt 26:28? And what about Ezekiel 36:26-27?

You have noticed how the Torah says it could never forgive intentional sins, only unintentional sins. If someone committed a deliberate sin, the Torah says that a person is cut off from his people and will end up in hell.

We have all rebelled against the Torah intentionally, so even though we repent, our intentional sins are still making it impossible for us to come back to Yehovah. It would be illegal for Him to accept just on account of our repentance.

Matt 26:28, John 3, Hebr 9:22, the book of Romans, says the Blood of Yeshua could atone for intentional AND unintentional sins. So when we repent, we understand we have to atone. We atone by faith in what Yeshua did for us, and His Blood poured out for our sins.

So how do we enter into the New Covenant?

We repent back to the Torah and receive forgiveness. We atone by faith in the cross for our intentional sins. Because the Torah is still in effect, we are still not at liberty to commit deliberate sins.
This is why the cross is a one time offer only. If you repent, atone and then go and deliberately rebel against the Torah, you can not atone again. You will be helplessly lost forever (Hebr 10:26.) This is what is called blasphemy of the Holy Spirit; even Jesus Himself said there is no forgiveness for this.

So what about unintentional sins in the New covenant?

Jer 31:34, 1. John 1:9 says, confess them and repent, and Yehovah will forgive. We will continue to sin unintentionally, but we will continue to be forgiven if we repent and confess.

When we have repented and atoned, Ezekiel 36:26-27 says Yehovah will give us the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit will help us live with a changed mind in obedience to the Torah. We still have to decide to live in obedience each day, but He will give us what we need to decide.

So this is how we get saved and forgiven entering into the new covenant. We repent, we atone by faith in the cross, we receive the Holy Spirit, in that order.

This gives ut the sign of the New Covenant, the Torah.

Every time you find yourself in a predicament, you can know for sure Yehovah is going to help you because of the Torah. Because you have a love for the Torah, obedience to the Torah, He will heal you, deliver you, and fight for you. How can you know for sure? Look at your sign of the covenant, your obedience to the Torah; this is Yehovah’s stamp of guarantee He will do His part and help you.

This is what Yeshua came to teach us how to enter into the New covenant. And this is what it means to have Yeshua and not the antichrist as our Lord.

What about physical circumcision?

Physical circumcision is still in the Torah, it is still a requirement for all males, but it is not the sign of the new covenant. (Rom 2:29) This tells us we do not need to be circumcised to enter into the New covenant, but if we enter the new covenant, we need to obey the Torah and get circumcised with a few exceptions.

What are the exceptions?

Sometimes, we will end up with two conflicting commandments in the Torah. For example, the Torah says we are not to work for money or make others work for money on the Shabbat. But the Torah also says it is a sin to endanger life and health, and risking life and health is a bigger sin than working for money on the Shabbat. So if you have to choose between the two, you want to protect life and health by working on the Shabbat or making others work for money on the Shabbat.

For some males, circumcision could endanger their health because of underlying health conditions. For others, it would mean having to acquire debt to pay for circumcision. Risking your health or acquiring debt is a greater sin than not being circumcised.

It is still a sin to work on the Shabbat; it is still a sin not to be circumcised, but if you are forced to choose between risking your life, someone’s life, or acquiring debt, it becomes unintentional sin. 1. John 1:9, Jeremiah 31:34, says if we repent from unintentional sins, we will be forgiven. We repent by acknowledging we desire to be circumcised, but we cant, we dont want to work on the Shabbat, but we have to protect life.

You probably have noticed the difference between the Bibles description of the New covenant and mainstream Christianity’s understanding of the new covenant.

Are you a member of the New Covenant?

If the answer is no, you will one day hear “depart from Me, for I do not know who you are, you workers of lawlessness.” (Matt 7:21-23)

Because of the antichrist spirit in mainstream Christianity, most Christians have rejected the sign of the New covenant the Torah. They have rejected Jesus’s teachings, and He is not their Lord.

Do not be one of them, come out from among them and be ye separate unto Yehovah filled with His Spirit, living and walking in the New covenant.

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