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My Pastor says…We are now in a “New” Covenant

September 9, 2007

The next “flawed filter” that is often used, but never “tested” against the Word of God tells us that… “we in the church are under a  new covenant, so we don’t have to obey the Commandments of God”.  Many believe that God for some reason changed His mind concerning His Torah, and made a deal with the “church” that allows for us to forget about keeping His commandments. So, with a hearts desire to know the “truth of the matter”, let’s take a fresh look at Scripture, laying aside what we think we know and ask the questions… Who is the new covenant given to and does it do away with the Law as given thru Moses? Remember, we are talking about the new covenant that most in the Church claim as their own. 

Here goes…Hebrews 8:8Behold the days are coming, says the Lord, when 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 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 the Lord.  For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.  None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.  For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more”

 

Houston, we have several problems!  1)The “new covenant” is clearly given to Israel.   2) He calls them “My people”  3) The law will still not be done away with!  And 4) we still have to teach our neighbors to “Know the Lord” meaning this covenant is something yet future! 

Once again, we find it problematic to adhere to any form of replacement theology which does not recognize the “church” as part of the redeemed of Israel.  And once again, Scripture teaches obedience to Torah.  Even in the “New” covenant! Notice, nowhere in Scripture do we ever find permission to come up with out own set of commandments.

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