The New Covenant

21 July 2020
Series: Bible study

Speaker: Apostle Ernie

In Jeremiah 31:33, we read, “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares Yehovah. “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.”

Do you believe we are under the new covenant?

If you are a mainstream Christian, you ascribe to the idea we are under the new covenant of grace. Referring to Hebrews 8, you would argue the Old Covenant was done away with (Hebr 8:13.). So if the Old Covenant was done away with, it stands to reason, the Old Testament and the Torah no longer apply to us?

What if you are wrong?

The only one who can decide whetever you are wrong or not has to be the Bible. I do not have the authority to determine if you are wrong or not; your pastor does not have that authority, only Yehovah God. But if I can prove to you, you are wrong from the Bible, it would be very irresponsible of you to refuse to change your mind.

To understand the New Covenant, we first have to understand the Old to know the difference between the two. Then, and only then, can we know Hebr 8:13.

Contrary to what we have been told, Israel was saved from Egypt because of grace. They did nothing to deserve their salvation, but Yehovah being faithful to His promises made to Abraham, freed them from years of slavery.

Because of the promise was given to Abraham, Yehovah chose for Himself Moses as His mediator. Moses did nothing to deserve to be Yehovahs mediator, but when Yehovah chose him, he responded to the call. Through Moses, Yehovah saved Israel from Egypt. The ordinary Israelite did not have to do anything except accept Moses’s authority and do what he told them to do. Because of their faith in action, they were saved from slavery.

After being saved, Moses, as Yehovah’s mediator, gave them the Torah at Mount Sinai. Here at Mount Sinai, Moses made a covenant with Yehovah on behalf of the people. Everyone who would obey the Torah would be accepted as people of Yehovah, and He would be their God. The only requirement for the people was to write the Torah on their hearts to know how to obey and how to live in covenant with Yehovah.

This shows us something very crucial.

Yehovah saved Israel from Egypt because of grace, not because of works. And the Torah (the written law of Moses) came after salvation, not before. So we see how the Torah was never meant to save anyone, but if they wanted to stay saved, they had to write it on their hearts.

What is the Bible referring to when it says heart?

When the Bible makes references to the heart, it is always referring to the intellect and mind. It was only much later that the term heart became the seat for our emotions due to influences from Greek philosophy.

So when Yehovah tells the Israelites at Mount Sinai to write the Torah on their hearts, He tells them to meditate, think of and keep the Torah in their minds. (Joshua 1)

So how can we summarize the Old Covenant?

The Old Covenant was never given to save anyone; it was given to show those who had been saved how to live as saved people of Yehovah. Even though they were saved from Egypt, they were not forced to accept the Torah. They could reject it if they wanted to, but denying it meant a rejection of Yehovah’s relationship.

Stop for a moment, and think about what you just read: The Israelites were saved by grace out of Egypt. When they were saved, they were given the choice of entering into a relationship with Yehovah, by accepting the Torah or rejecting Yehovah and their salvation.

This sounds very similar to the New Covenant, does it not?

So what is New about the New Covenant? And what does it mean the Old was rejected?

In the Torah, the blood of bulls and goats did take away unintentional sins. The Torah even expected you to commit unintentional sins and never expected perfection. But there was one thing the Torah could not do; it could not atone for intentional sins. If an Israelite committed a deliberate sin, they would be cut off from their people and lived with the curse of the law for the rest of their lives. (Deut 28:14-46)

When Yeshua died on the cross, the New Testament says, His Blood atones for intentional AND unintentional sins. For the first time in history, someone who had committed a deliberate crime could atone and receive forgiveness. In Hebr 10:26, it says if we accept atonement for our intentional sins and then go out and commit more intentional sins, we cant atone again. What Yeshua did for deliberate sins is a one time offer only. But what Yeshua did for unintentional sins is a continued offer. In 1. John 1:9 it says when we confess our accidental sins and repent, we are forgiven time and time again. So just as in the Torah, when the temple was still standing, we can today atone for unintentional sins by confessing and repenting believing Yeshua is our sacrifice. But if we were to commit high-handed deliberate crimes, we will be cut off from the people and eternally lost.

This is the first and perhaps most significant difference between the Old and the New Covenant. (Rom 11:27)

The second difference is Jeremiah 31:33. In Jeremiah 31:33, Yehovah says He will write the Torah on our minds. At Mount Sinai, Yehovah told the people to write it themselves on their minds. If we accept the New Covenant, the Holy Spirit will cause us to dwell on, meditate on, think on, and love the Torah.

We know how to identify a Spirit-filled believer; he or she is love with the Torah and can’t stop thinking about it. The more you think on the Torah, the more Spirit-filled you are.

Now we know, from Jeremiah 31:33, the Torah is still in effect. The only difference is that the Holy Spirit is the one who will write it on our minds instead of us writing it ourselves.

Another difference is the mediator; in the Old Covenant, the human Moses was the mediator; now God’s Son Yeshua is the mediator.

Now that we have looked at the differences, what are the similarities?

Salvation is still by grace, through faith. The Israelites were saved out of Egypt by grace, through faith. We are saved by grace through faith. They had to act on their faith and do what their mediator Moses told them to do. Yehovah killed those who wanted to be free but did not obey Moses in the desert. We have to act on our faith in Yeshua and do what He told us to do. If we want to be free, but we do not obey Him, Yehovah will send us to hell. (James 2, Matt 7:21-23)

The Torah was given to a saved people, if they accepted it and wrote it on their minds, Yehovah would be their God, and they would be His people. Yeshua gave us the Torah by teaching us to obey Moses (Matt 23:2, 7:21-23.) If we accept and follow His teachings, Yehovah will be our God, and we will be His people.

Why is this a better covenant?

Because now, Yehovah’s Spirit is the one who writes the Torah on our minds. In the Old Covenant, we had to write it on our minds ourselves.

If you are a mainstream Christian, you ascribe to the idea we are under the new covenant of grace. Referring to Hebrews 8, you would argue the Old Covenant was done away with (Hebr 8:13.). So if the Old Covenant was done away with, it stands to reason, the Old Testament and the Torah no longer apply to us?

As we have seen today, the Bible says the Old Covenant is done away with, but the Torah still applies to us. Rejection of the Torah is a rejection of the New Covenant. This is why James 2 says if we do not obey the Torah, our faith in the cross can not save us. This is also why Yeshua rejects those Christians in Matt 7:21-23 who do not obey His Torah.

By now, you have probably understood this means most of mainstream Christianity has rejected the New Covenant.


The answer is straightforward.

In Luke 6:46, Yeshua says only those who obey His teachings have accepted Him as Lord. He told us to obey the Torah, but because most of Christianity rejects the Torah, they also reject Him as Lord and the New Covenant.

If you reject one Lord, you accept another.

The Bible says the Antichrist Spirit is already among us, and this is the Spirit of Torah lessness and lawlessness.

We saw, just a minute ago, how to identify the Holy Spirit. Jeremiah 31:33 says a Spirit-filled believer or a Spirit-filled church will love the Torah, meditate on the Torah, think on the Torah continually. John 14 says this is how we show our love for Yeshua and Yehovah. So when you meet a church, or a believer, who rejects the Torah, you meet someone who is filled with the Spirit of the Antichrist.

If you have been filled with the Antichrist’s Spirit, it is time to be set free.

Reject him today by repenting from lawlessness and start learning and obeying the Torah. Then the Holy Spirit will fill your life, you will speak with genuine other tounges, walk in the Spirit, and the gifts of the Spirit will start operating in your life.

If you were, at one time, filled with the Spirit but then rejected Him in favor of the Antichrist, it is time to repent and be filled again.

So repent today back to Moses, back to Torah, back to the Holy Spirit, back to the New Covenant, before it is too late for you.


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