“What is The New Testament” (or)
better stated, The New Covenant ?
Let’s learn ‘what’ it “is” ~
and most importantly, how it affects You and I.
Romans 15:8
“Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister
of the circumcision for the truth of God,
to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:”
The New Covenant was not conditional upon Israel’s
obedience or acceptance of their MESSIAH.
Un-acceptance (of CHRIST), caused (for many),
blindness in part upon Israel.
But GOD, is a GOD of HIS word. HIS promises
are unconditional promises that are given
to Israel because GOD is gracious.
As Romans 15:8 indicates, GOD will keep
HIS promises that HE made to the patriarchs of Israel
because HE is pleased to do so-
– and HE is a GOD of HIS Word.
The Church is made a “joint heir” with Israel
of at least the Abra­hamic and the New Covenants,
but does [not] replace Israel and take over her destiny.
Israel (has) a prophetic destiny yet to be fulfilled.
The Church is a surprise addition to the prophesied program
of salvation promised to Israel, and is both included in
the blessings to Israel and given blessings of her own.
In regard to Israel and the Church, GOD treats the situation
as “both / and” (rather than) “either / or,”
at least in the long-term sense.

The New Covenant was originally given to Israel
and includes a promise of fruitfulness, blessing,
and a peaceful existence in the Promised Land.
In Ezekiel 36:28–30 GOD says,
“Then you will live in the land I gave your ancestors;
you will be my people, and I will be your God. . . .
I will call for the grain and make it plentiful
and will not bring famine upon you.
After the resurrection of CHRIST,
Gentiles were brought into the blessing of
the New Covenant, too, Acts 10; Ephesians 2:13–14.
The fulfillment of the New Covenant
will be seen in two places: on earth, (during)
the Millennial Kingdom; and in heaven, for all eternity.
We are no longer under the Law but under grace
Romans 6:14–15. The Old Covenant has served
its purpose, and it has been replaced
by “a better covenant” Hebrews 7:22.
Luke 22:19-20
“And he took bread, and gave thanks,
and brake it, and gave unto them, saying,
This is my body which is given for you:
this do in remembrance of me.”
“Likewise also the cup after supper, saying,
This cup is the new testament in my blood,
which is shed for you.”
“Why does GOD require blood to be shed
for the forgiveness of sins”?
The shedding blood is a way of referring to the fact
that without death, there is no forgiveness of sins.
+(This to bring about the “cleansing action” of JESUS),
+(the washing away of sins by HIS blood).

Throughout the Bible, the punishment for sin is death.
This starts right back in Genesis 2, when GOD said to Adam,
“of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat,
for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
(Genesis 2:17)
That day, Adam suffered spiritual death,
which was separation from GOD.
Later on he also experienced physical death,
and that has continued to this day.
This is powerfully shown in Genesis 5,
which is a list of Adam’s descendants.
We are told the name of each one, how long they lived,
and then the refrain, and he died.
Sin is rebellion against GOD — Open Rebellion.
Sin isn’t just a few silly things
that we’ve done that can be ignored. Not at all.
It is very serious because of the RIGHTEOUS Greatness of the ONE
we are rebelling against — It pits us (AGAINST) GOD.
In the life, death and Resurrection of JESUS,
there is a sort of duality that exists.
It is an “already” and “not yet” sort of aspect
of the Kingdom of GOD. It means that the End Times
were inaugurated through the life, death and Resurrection.
We call this: “Inaugurated eschatology”.
It has its roots in Jeremiah 31:31-34 and given
in conclusion in John 13:30.
The word ‘TESTAMENT’ is defined as:
a person’s will, (especially) the part relating to personal property.
*(‘we’ are personal property of GOD.)
Something that serves as a sign or evidence
of a specified fact, event, or quality.
The “already” and “not yet” aspect comes from the
teaching that, “For where a testament is, there must also
of (necessity) be the death of the testator.
So, the “already” aspect is in the fact that HE (JESUS)
already shed the required blood, bridging the gap between
GOD and mankind.
The “not yet” aspect is that it WILL BE enforced in full,
at JESUS CHRIST’S Second Coming.
For a testament is of force [after] men are dead:
otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.
A “testator” is a person who has made a will or given a legacy.
(That would be JESUS. As it applies to this fact, and
that JESUS [is] the mediator of the New Covenant,
and that the Blood of CHRIST shed at HIS crucifixion
[is] the required blood of the covenant.
Jeremiah Chapter 31
31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day [that] I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
33 But this [shall be] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
John 3:17
For God sent not his Son into the world
to condemn the world; but that the world
through him [might] be saved.
“What is the New Covenant” ?
ברית חדשה ( berit hadashah) — διαθήκη καινή (diatheke kaine)
ברית חדשה ( berit hadashah) — διαθήκη καινή (diatheke kaine)
It [is] the covenant between GOD,
and the followers of MESSIAH, JESUS CHRIST.
The KJV version sometimes uses the word
“testament,” for “covenant,” with the words “new covenant”
occurring together in Hebrews 8:8, 8:13 and 12:24.
The New Covenant is a new relationship
between GOD and mankind, mediated by JESUS
which necessarily includes all people,
(both) Jews and Gentiles, upon sincere declaration
that one believes in JESUS CHRIST as LORD and GOD.
It’s in the Bible ~
The new covenant means we can go directly
to God through CHRIST.
Hebrews 7:22
“By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.”
There is forgiveness of sins
((only)) through this new covenant.
Hebrews 9:14-15
14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions [that were] under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
“It’s in the Bible”…!
Under the old covenant, what did the people promise to do?
Exodus 24:3
“And Moses came and told the people
all the words of the LORD, and all the judgments:
and all the people answered with one voice,
and said, All the words which the LORD hath said will we do.”
It’s in the Bible ! ! !
SO ~ Under the new covenant,
what does GOD promise to do?
Hebrews 8:10
“For this is the covenant that I will make with
the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord;
I will put my laws into their mind, and
write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God,
and they shall be to me a people:”
So, (in case you missed it) ~
When did this covenant begin to take effect?
JESUS, at the Last Supper – HIS final Passover meal
(declared) that it was going to begin with his sacrificial death:
Likewise [he took] the cup after they had eaten,
saying, “This cup that is poured out for you
is the new covenant [in] my blood.” (Luke 22:20)
In case there is any question, in Matthew,
Jesus clarifies that his death is indeed
for the atonement of our sins:
“This is my blood of the covenant,
which is poured out for many
for the forgiveness of sins.”
(Matthew 26:28; see also Mark 14:24)
Paul also refers to this same occasion
when he reminds the believers in Corinth that:
In the same way also [Jesus] took the cup,
after supper, saying,
“This cup is the new covenant in my blood.
Do this, as often as you drink it,
in remembrance of me.” (1 Corinthians 11:25).
Under the New Covenant,
we are given the opportunity to receive salvation
as a free gift Ephesians 2:8–9.
Our responsibility is to exercise faith in CHRIST,
the One who fulfilled the Law on our behalf (and)
brought an end to the Law’s sacrifices
through HIS own sacrificial death.
Through the life-giving HOLY SPIRIT
who lives in all believers Romans 8:9–11,
we share in the inheritance of CHRIST
and enjoy a permanent,
unbroken relationship with GOD Hebrews 9:15.
Where (was) the NEW COVENANT – ‘kept’ ?
JESUS HIMSELF carried with HIM
The New CovenantWhere was it ??
Why, in HIS Blood of course !
GOD Bless
Why, in HIS Blood of course !
GOD Bless every one of you.
ORDM M.A. Cawthon.

Marc Cawthon (10)

Retired from the "world" working for our LORD through JESUS CHRIST.Biblical study Minister online ~THE WORD~ Christian Ministry groupTHEWORDCHRISTIANMINISTRY.COMJoin us on Facebook

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