“For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another.”
~ Hebrews 8:7
The reason why so little is taught in The Bible about The New Covenant and why there is so much confusion and misunderstandings around The New Covenant is because of the lingering Old Covenant that was still in place during the transitioning years between The Cross and The Temple’s destruction.
~ In 30 A.D. Jesus prophesied that The Temple, The Teachers of The Law and Jerusalem’s destruction was going to come within “That Generation”, the generation that Jesus spoke those events to come.
Christ’s Rebuke of The Levites and His following Prophecy of the dooming events that were to come down on their heads, undoubtedly played a big part in The Jewish Priesthood’s disdain with him and their wanting to see him crucified and yet, historically and accurately all Jesus said would happen did in fact happen within one biblical generation (40 years) of him saying it.
~ In those years between Christ’s prophecy in 30 A.D and the final removal of that Old Covenant in 70 A.D. all of the New Testament events took place. Including Revelation, that foretold The City of Jerusalem’s very nearing destruction.
~ Just years before The City and The Temple were detroyed by Rome, The Apostle John saw it in vision.
~ With The Power and Promise of The Holy Spirit coming upon Christ’s 1st century followers in 30 A.D. The Kingdom experienced exponetial expansion ushering in Christ’s New Covenant with humanity.
~ And with Rome’s final desolation of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., The removal of The Temple, The Law and The Levitical Priesthood, The Old Covenant was finally made obsolete.
The Author of Hebrews says it like this:
“By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.”
~ Hebrews 8:13
(Declared between The Cross and The City of Jerusalems’ destruction)
~ Rome’s final removal of The Law, The Temple, The City of Jerusalem and The Priesthood that demanded Jesus to be nailed to a cross, was the long awaited vindicating “Coming of The Lord” that the oppressed 1st Century followers of Christ were praying for, waiting for and preparing for.
~ As they (Christians) huddled in homes hiding their faith in Christ, in fear of what the religion of their day would have done to them, they waited patiently and saw The Armies of Rome begin to surround Jerusalem just as Jesus said they would and they knew that it was time to begin their exodus out of Jerusalem up into the mountains where they would be saved from Rome’s impending seige.
~ As they prayed, prepared and waited for all that Jesus prophesied to be fulfilled, The Apostle John recieved confirmation from The Risen Christ in a vision on The Island of Patmos assuring his words and the very soon to come destruction of all who were opposing, oppressing and killing them as his followers.
“Look, I am coming soon!
~ Revelation 22:7
Today, we get to live on the other side of all of those dooming events and we get to partake of God’s New Covenant which is His Promise of The Holy Spirit, who comes to make all things New… including us.
Listen to what The Apostle Paul tells the 1st century believers in The City of Corinth in 57 A.D.
“He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life.”
~2nd Corinthians 3:6
The Good News Today is;
“I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts.
I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
~ Hebrews 8
No matter who you are Jew or Gentile, Red, White, Black, Brown, Yellow or Green!
Today we live in the reality of whosoever shall call upon The Name of Our Lord Jesus shall be saved.
You see, not only were they saved then from the impending doom that The Nation of Israel was facing in 70 A.D. but as well for us today to be freed now from the false teaching and unrealistic legalism that many modern-day religious organizations have sought to yoke young believers once again with.
Listen to Paul’s further imploring to The Church in Corinth here:
“Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious?” If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!“
~ 2nd Corinthians 3:7-8-11
In the hardship that was endured by God’s people between 30 A.D. and 70 A.D. and the tribulation that accumulated between 66 and 70 A.D.. The Holy Spirit was still being preached and The Power of Christ was manifesting all over Asia Minor as The Message of The Kingdom was advancing and growing.
The New Covenant of Christ’s Spirit and Grace was being ushered in,
as The Old Mosaic Covenant of Law and Punishment was on it’s way out.
The Holy Spirit was The New Wine and Way that would bust open that old wineskin way of doing things.
Jesus came to complete what the law could not. (See Romans 10:4)
Jesus came to demonstrate and to show us The Way.
The Way of God’s Love and Kingdom here on Earth.
Listen to Paul again in Corinth:
“To this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.”
~ 1st Corinthians 3:14-16
(Written in 56 A.D. between 30 A.D. and 70 A.D.)
During this transitional time between The Old Covenant going out and the ever-increasing Good News Of Christ’s Spirit and Kingdom being ushered in, Paul was teaching very clearly the distinction between what was the old and dying and what was the new and coming.
The Apostle Paul continues:
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”~ 2nd Corinthians 3:17-18
I hope you can all see this,
It’s not about what was The Mosaic law and punishment,
It is now all about Christ in us, our Hope, Our Help and Our Lord of Glory!
And that is The Greatest Promise for us all as believers to recieve…
Christ in us, our hope of Glory!
Stay in Love, Pastor Scott
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