Guest Sunday, Mar 20, 2022 @ 7:55 am
When we say all Christian and all New Covenant we are telling the world this. Jer. 31:31- Heb. 8:1-13.
What does the Bible mean when it talks about a new covenant between us and God? The new covenant is the ultimate solution to human rebellion. Asw told us in the Bible, Jeremiah 31:33 Men hate this teaching! Paul says of the old covenant that Christ “has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross” (Colossians 2:14). If Christ took it away, we must not put it back in. God has sent the new covenant and it is through His Jesus the number two of the trinity that is that savior, men had nothing to do with who God sent as the savior of the world as Luke 2:1 -22 tells us He is, this Christmas Jesus is the Lord and only savior, if a religion will not accept the Christmas Gift from God then God has nothing to do with that religion. Note :::From the Elder and state Pastor of the Old Church of God of the New Covenant, stepstone. Saltwell Rd Owingsville Ky. We will host the washing of the saint's feet and the taking of the wine in communion, at the home of the Elder for all in Bath county and other counties that want to be there. Ky the wednesday evening before Easter a 7pm bring what you need to do this foot washing the wine will be real wine, and the Elders will have that ready for you, remember that it will not be juice, and we do believe and teach the three days and three nights in the tomb, day one was Thursday, day two was friday, day three was Saturday**** Thursday night was night one, Friday night was night two, Saturday night was night three. Sunday morning was the First Easter. The Year was 30 AD This is the New Covenant way and we will live under the all Christian all New Covenant as God’s people. The Covenant that God established, is an all Christian a new covenant with all people of the world through Jesus (Luke 22:30) God established a covenant with the people of Israel through Moses, which is now called the old covenant (2 Cor 3:13-17) Those who like to be the lord over others hate this teaching because it takes the devil and them out of job as the police over someone's salvation. If anyone lets men keep them from living in the new covenant, they are cutting off God, and the clergy is your God, so God tells us this. Under the NEW COVENANT God promised to “put His law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people”. The OLD Covenant was written on tablets of stone. The NEW Covenant would be written on the heart. God promised that Israel and Judah would be under the NEW Covenant. That has not happened – yet. Israel today largely rejects the Christ that God sent. But the Lord grafted the Gentiles – that’s us – into the promises of Israel (read Romans 11:11-31). Christ came unto His own but His own did not receive Him (read John 1:11), So what is the lordship clergy doing to people in this world? If God wrote His Laws on our hearts and minds then we should naturally – or supernaturally – draw near to Him. Anyone who wants to or does police human salvation is out to replace God and be your boss. Under the Old Covenant the believer drew near to God by going to the Temple and offering sacrifices to God. Under the New Covenant all people no matter when they are and what they are can do this. Let Us Draw Near By The Blood of Christ. The old covenant went out of effect after the testator of the New Testament died. Hebrews 9:16 says, "For where a testament is, there must also be the death of the testator." The testator of the New Testament is Christ Jesus. Paul wrote, "Blot out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross" (Colossians 2:14). Thus, the Old Testament went out of effect at the death of Jesus. The New Testament of the testator was made known at the first preaching of the gospel of Christ (Acts 2:22-40) on the day of Pentecost in the city of Jerusalem in AD 30 as was prophesied. In Christ we can participate in all of the blessings God promised to Abraham (Gal 3:14, 29). We also get all of the blessings promised under the law covenant and none of the curses (Gal 3:13). This is pretty amazing when you think about the blessings God offered in the Old Testament: To Abraham and his descendants God promised greatness, fruitfulness, great reward, world-reaching blessing, and more (see Gen 12:2-3, 15:1, 17:4-8, 22:18). To those who kept the law God promised long life, fruitfulness, abundant prosperity, protection, and more (Deut 5:33, 28:3-13). God gives people under the new covenant of grace a new hope. “For this reason Christ brings a new agreement from God to his people. Those who are called by God can now receive the blessings he has promised, blessings that will last forever. They can have these things because Christ died so that the people who lived under the first agreement could be set free from sin.” (Hebrews 9:15) 1. God forgives all our sins (Matt 26:28, Acts 13:38). Our sins are not merely covered by the blood of bulls and goats, they are paid for and taken away by the Lamb of God (John 1:29). At the cross, justice was satisfied. His forgiveness is eternal and complete. 2. God remembers our sins no more (Heb 8:12, 10:17; Jer 31:34). In terms of justification it’s as if we never did them. The old covenant came by Moses while the new covenant came by Jesus Christ (John 1:17) The old covenant leads to death (kills) while the new covenant gives life (2 Cor 3:6) The old covenant was ended by Jesus Christ (Roman 10:4) while the new covenant was established by Jesus Christ (Heb 8:6) The old covenant enslaves (Gal 5:1)while the new covenant makes man free (gives freedom) (John 8:32. 36) The old covenant leaves man imperfect while the new covenant leaves man perfect (Heb 7:19) The old covenant exposes sin (Gal 3:19) while the new covenant covers sin (Rom. 4:1-8) The old covenant cannot give life (2 cor 3.7) while the new covenant gives life (Gal. 3:11, 6:8) The old covenant was abolished while the new covenant is in force (Eph:2:15) The old covenant brings a curse (Gal. 3:10) while the new covenant redeems from curse (Gal. 3:13) In the old covenant, living is by works while in the new covenant living is by faith (Gal. 3:10-11) Jesus taught that entering ‘the kingdom of God’ depends not on your race or family background, or who the preacher or clergy is, but on your relationship with God: “I tell you the truth; whoever hears what I say and believes in the One who sent me has eternal life.” (John 5:24) “The Father is the One who sent me. No one can come to me unless the Father draws him to me, and I will raise that person up on the last day.” (John 6:44) 3. God promises never to be angry with us again (Is 54:7-10). Unlike the obsolete covenant of law, the new covenant is an everlasting covenant of love and peace (Is 54:10, 55:3). God will never stop doing good to us (Jer 32:40). In the old covenant, living is by works while in the new covenant living is by faith (Gal. 3:10-11) The old covenant is a shadow (Col. 2:14-17) while the new covenant is the reality (Heb. 10:1-18) The old covenant is a covered glory while the new covenant is glory uncovered (2 Cor. 3:13) The old covenant had many high priests (Heb. 7:23) while the new covenant has only one high priest (Jesus Christ) (Heb. 7:24-28) The old covenant had earthly priest (Heb. 5:1-4) while the new covenant has heavenly priest (Heb. 9:24, 10:12) The old covenant makes priest by law while the new covenant makes priests by oath (Heb 7:12, 28) The old covenant had earthly tabernacle (Heb. 9:2) while the new covenant has heavenly tabernacle (Heb. 8:2) In The old covenant priesthood was in the lineage of Aaron (Aaron priest hood) while the new covenant priesthood is in the melchizedek lineage (melchizedek priesthood) (Heb 7:11, 21) In the old covenant priests (high priest) were sinners (Heb. 5:1-4) while in the new covenant the priest has no sin (Jesus Christ) (Heb. 7:26) The old covenant was fulfilled (Mat. 5:17-18) while the new covenant is now in force (Heb. 8:6, 10:9) In the old, the law was written in stone tablets while in the new covenant, the law is written in people hearts (Jeremiah 31:33) In the old, the Ark of covenant was present as a sign of salvation while in the new covenant salvation is by grace through faith The old covenant demanded works (doing) while the new covenant only demands obedience In the old, Moses and prophets were mediators while in the new covenant, Jesus Christ is the mediator The old covenant is a covenant of letter while the new covenant is a covenant of spirit The old covenant needed offering for sin while in the new covenant, Jesus is the perfect sin offering God established the New Covenant as an unconditional covenant. It was not conditioned upon Israel’s obedience but was established in spite of her disobedience. Ezekiel 36:21-22 4. God qualifies us (Col 1:12). It’s no longer a case of what we do (under the law covenant) or who we’re related to (under the Abrahamic covenant), but who we trust. 5. Jesus takes hold of us and never lets go (Php 3:12, Ju 24). Nothing can separate us from the love of God (Rms 8:39). Consequently we can speak of our hope as a firm and secure anchor for the soul (Heb 6:19). God intended the New Covenant to be everlasting (Ezek. 16:60; Jer. 32:40). 6. God credits us with the perfect righteousness of Jesus (2 Cor 5:21). Righteousness is not earned, but received (Rms 5:17). Because of Jesus’ sacrifice our status before God is “perfect forever” (Heb 10:14). 7. God gives us the Holy Spirit to teach us (Jn 14:26), empower us (Acts 1:8) and remind us of our righteousness (Jn 16:10). We no longer need priests to mediate for us, for now we can all know the Lord (Jer 31:34). We are his royal priests (1 Pet 2:9). 8. God is for us (Rms 8:31)! God justifies us and there is no more condemnation (Rom 8:1). When we sin, Jesus doesn’t judge us, he defends us (1 John 2:1). His grace enables us to overcome sin (Tit 2:12). He abundantly supplies all our needs (Ph 4:19) that we might enjoy life to the full (John 10:10). God’s favor is unearned and unmerited. 9. God is with us (Ez 37:27)! Because of Jesus the door to the throne room is always open (Heb 4:16). We can approach him with freedom and confidence (Eph 3:12). 10. God empowers us to overcome the enemy (1 John 5:4). We have his delegated authority over demons and disease (Mark 16:17). We live under his divine protection (Luke 10:19). We are destined to reign in life (Rom 5:17). 11. God offers us his rest (Heb 4:10-11). Under the old covenant it was do, do, do. Under the new covenant it’s done, done, done (John 19:30). We are seated with Christ in heavenly places (Eph 2:6). We are one with the Lord. 12. God gives us eternal life (Rom 6:23). The old covenant needed statues and ordinances while the new covenant only needs ones heart In the old covenant, the tabernacle was made with hands while in the new covenant the tabernacle is made without hands In the old covenant, remembrance of sin was done yearly while in the new covenant, forgiveness and washing away of sin was done once and for all The old covenant remembers sin (Heb. 10:3) while the new covenant does not remember sin(Heb. 8:12, 10:17) The old covenant is a ministry of death while the new covenant is a ministry of life (2 Cor 3:6-7) The old covenant was written with ink while the new covenant is written with the spirit of God (2 Cor 3:3) The old covenant is for Israelites only (Det 4: 7-8) while the new covenant is for all men (Luke 22:20) The Book of Hebrews is a declaration of the absolute supremacy of Jesus Christ. Hebrews tells us that Jesus is superior to the angels (ch. 1–2), superior to Moses (3–4:13), and superior to Aaron (4:14–7). His is a superior priesthood (8–10:18), and He has inaugurated a superior covenant (10:19–13). Throughout the book of Hebrews, we find this emphasis on that which is new and better. In Hebrews 7:12, for example, we are told that “when there is a change in the priesthood, there is necessarily a change in the law as well.” When the former commandment is set aside “a better hope is introduced” (7:18–19). Jesus himself is the guarantor of the “better covenant” (7:22). Hebrews 8:6 explains, “Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises.” In Hebrews 8:7, we are told that “if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion to look for a second.” And after quoting the promise of a new covenant found in Jeremiah 31:31–34, the author of Hebrews says, “In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away” (8:13). God did not ask any man when or where He could send the Savior. But the new covenant has only one Mediator Jesus Christ is the only one who can bring God and people together (1 Tim 2:5-6) Jesus was the mediator who brought in the new covenant (Heb 8:6) Mercy People who show mercy to others will be given mercy (Matt 5:7) We should be merciful as our Father in heaven is merciful (Luke 6:36) Jesus is merciful (1 Tim 1:2) Mercy is from God (2 Tim 1:2) The new covenant brings life, the old covenant brought death (2 Cor 3:6) The Holy Spirit living in us helps us to keep the new covenant working in our human life. It would run on Love! As God says in John 3:15-17 A Time for Love 1 John 4:8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. John 10:11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the Eph 5:11 Have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that Ecc 3:1 To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven: All who John 3:16 would get a new start! but would have rules or a code of conduct to live by. Holy living that Qadash, is His way of living under the New Covenant. Each person would be given as a New Creation 2Co 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed Eph 2:8, 9 For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not from 1Pe 1:23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, Rom 8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that Act 2:38, 39 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name 1Co 5:7 Get rid of the old leaven, that you may be a new unleavened batch, as you and I. Even with mercy God still is against the sins against His people! Repentance and God’s forgiveness is the only way for Cleaning Up your Life 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins Rom 12:1, 2 Therefore I urge you, brothers, on account of God’s mercy, to offer Rom 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that John 5:24 Truly, truly, I tell you, whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent for you. Come as you Are Isa 55:1 “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you without money, Php 1:6 being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it Rom 10:13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to Psalm 34:18 The LORD is near to the brokenhearted; He saves the contrite in spirit. Luk 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Act 2:38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Luke 5:32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” Jde 1:4 For certain men have crept in among you unnoticed—ungodly ones who were 1 John 1:8, 9 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not Come to Jesus John 5:40 yet you refuse to come to Me to have life. 2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise as some understand slowness, John 3:36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life. Whoever rejects the Son will John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His Act 4:12 Salvation exists in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven Luk 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Heb 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. John 14:14 If you ask Me for anything in My name, I will do it. John 18:36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world; if it were, My servants Rom 5:8 But God proves His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ The new covenant people will have to Accept Others Rom 2:11 For God does not show favoritism. Rom 15:5–7 Now may the God who gives endurance and encouragement grant you harmony Rom 15:7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring Luke 6:37 Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not Lev 5:1 “If someone sins by failing to testify when he hears a public charge about Joh 6:37 Everyone the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me Luk 6:42 How can you say, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye, ’ while 1 Joh 3:15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that eternal Mat 7:1, 2 “Do not judge, or you will be judged. / For with the same judgment you Psa 11:5 The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked; His soul hates the lover of Pro 22:10 Drive out the mocker, and conflict will depart; even quarreling and Pro 10:11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Abuse from a Spouse Col 3:19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. 1Pe 3:7 Husbands, in the same way, treat your wives with consideration as a Pro 22:10 Drive out the mocker, and conflict will depart; even quarreling and Eph 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Jam 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that Pro 21:9 Better to live on a corner of the roof than to share a house with a 1Co 7:15 But if the unbeliever leaves, let him go. The believing brother or sister Abusing Children Mat 18:6, 7 Abuse is against God Himself. Eph 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath; instead, bring them up in Gal 5:19–21 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, and Col 3:19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. Col 3:21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, so they will not become 1Co 7:15 But if the unbeliever leaves, let him go. The believing brother or sister 1Co 6:19, 20 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to Eph 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath; instead, bring them up in Pro 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not Rev 21:8 But to the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and 2Ch 7:14 and if My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and Abusive Husbands Col 3:19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. 1Pe 3:7 Husbands, in the same way, treat your wives with consideration as a Heb 13:4 Marriage should be honored by all and the marriage bed kept undefiled, for Pro 15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Pro 22:10 Drive out the mocker, and conflict will depart; even quarreling and 1Co 7:15 But if the unbeliever leaves, let him go. The believing brother or sister Eph 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Abusive Marriages Col 3:19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. Eph 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave 1Pe 3:7 Husbands, in the same way, treat your wives with consideration as a Eph 5:28 In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. Tts 3:2 to malign no one, and to be peaceable and gentle, showing full 1Co 7:15 But if the unbeliever leaves, let him go. The believing brother or sister Abusive Parents Eph 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath; instead, bring them up in Psa 27:10 Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me. 1Ti 5:8 If anyone does not provide for his own, and especially his own household, Pro 15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Col 3:21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, so they will not become 1 John 2:4 If anyone says, “I know Him, ” but does not keep His commandments, he is a John 8:7 When they continued to question Him, He straightened up and said to them, Jam 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that Mat 23:3 So practice and observe everything they tell you. But do not do what they Rom 8:28 And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who Abusive Relationships Pro 22:24, 25 Do not make friends with an angry man, and do not associate with a Col 3:19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. 1Co 7:15 But if the unbeliever leaves, let him go. The believing brother or sister 1Pe 3:7 Husbands, in the same way, treat your wives with consideration as a Pro 21:9 Better to live on a corner of the roof than to share a house with a Eph 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave 1Ti 5:8 If anyone does not provide for his own, and especially his own household, Luk 4:18, 19 “The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to preach Tts 3:2 to malign no one, and to be peaceable and gentle, showing full Pro 15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger The old covenant was based on people keeping the law of Moses (2 Cor 3:6) The old covenant was a covenant of law, the new covenant is a covenant of grace (John 1:17; Rom 6:14) The commandment of Christ is for us to love one another (John 13:34) The new covenant has one law, called the law/commandment of Christ (Gal 6:2) The new covenant is superior to the old covenant (Heb 8:6) The old covenant is obsolete and out of date (Heb 8:13) Major covenants in the Bible were confirmed through the shedding of blood (Heb 9:18-22) The old covenant pointed to (was a shadow of) the new covenant (Heb 10:1) Under this covenant all humans are already redeemed from the sins of Adam and Eve, but must obey whatever God says. Obedience People who obey God’s Word will be blessed (Luke 11:28) Obedience and believing are closely linked (John 3:36) Christians should obey the government (Rom 13:1-4) Children should obey their parents (Eph 6:1) We should obey our church leaders (Heb 13:17) Christians obey God (1 John 2:3) We are talking about God’s people taking in hand that each of us will be held in Accountability We are accountable for every word that we speak (Matt 12:36) Confronting others with their sins should be done in private (Matt 18:15) The church leaders may have to discipline those who do not repent (Matt 18:16-17) We should hold each other accountable (Luke 17:3) We should use well what God has given to us (Luke 19:11-26) We are accountable for what we believe (John 3:18) God holds Christians accountable (Rom 14:11-12) God will reward Christians for their good deeds (1 Cor 3:8) Under the New Covenant God has us all under the Atonement (Jesus died instead of us) Jesus willingly died for our sins (John 10:17) God brought people to himself through the death of his Son (Acts 20:28) People who believe that Jesus died because of their sins will receive forgiveness (Rom 3:23- 25) Jesus’ death purchased forgiveness (1 Cor 7:23) Jesus’ death brought us into fellowship with God (Eph 2:13) Jesus’ death rescues us from eternal punishment (Col 1:13) Jesus’ death purifies God’s people (Titus 2:14) Now that Jesus has been sacrificed for our sins, no other sacrifice is needed (Heb 7:26-27; 9:8-10:18) Jesus’ sacrifice was perfect (1 Peter 1:18-19) Jesus took our punishment (1 Peter 2:21-24) We cannot improve Jesus’ sacrifice (1 Peter 3:18) The death of Christ was enough to pay for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2) Because under the all Christian all New Covenant Belief, faith Faith is needed to receive answers to prayer (Matt 21:22) Do not believe everything you hear (Matt 24:23) Repentance, faith and baptism brings salvation (Mark 1:15, 16:16) Believing in Christ brings eternal life (John 3:15-16) Not believing in Christ brings condemnation (John 3:18) Faith is needed to receive the Holy Spirit (John 7:38-39) Faith makes us accepted by God (Rom 5:1) Faith comes from hearing the Word of God (Rom 10:17) Accept the person who has weak faith (Rom 14:1) Christianity is the only true faith (Acts 4:12) Faith is being confident about unseen spiritual reality (Heb 11:1) Faith must be followed by obedience (Heb 11:7-12) Faith is only true faith if it is followed by actions (James 2:14-20) Because the Church is the saved people, and Bride of Christ The church (the believers) is the bride of Christ (2 Cor 11:2-3) The church (the believers) will be purified before being presented to Christ as his bride (Eph 5:25-27) The bride of Christ will be presented to Christ (Rev 19:7) The new covenant way is a very new way for this world where there is no old covenant way for the people of this world to follow, such as there are no such things as a Holy day no sabbath's day, no feast dad no such thing as focus forty -Len good friday, no such thing as a tithe of the people, there is only free will offering, so we only give like this Giving Give to those in need (Matt 5:42) Do not give in order to receive praise from people (Matt 6:1-4) God will reward us for giving to others (Mark 9:41) The more you give, the more God will give to you (Luke 6:38) It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35) We should support Christian workers (Acts 28:10) but are not to pay them Give offerings to fellow Christians in need (2 Cor 9:1-15) Church leaders should, not- be paid by those whom they take care of (1 Tim 5:17) Wealthy people should give generously (1 Tim 6:17-19) All money in the hands of the church people, today should begin at home as 1 Timothy 5:5-8 tells us to. God does tell us about money when we place our trust in it more than Him, Money Do not make money the most important part of your life (Matt 6:19) Money can distract people from God (Mark 10:17-24) You cannot serve God and money (Luke 16:13) Christians should share what they have with those in need (Acts 2:42-45) Christians should not be lovers of money (1 Tim 3:3) We should not trust in our money or wealth, but trust in God (1 Tim 6:17-19) Those who want to get rich are tempted to do many evil deeds (2 Tim 6:9-11) Do not love money (Heb 13:5) Be careful to treat rich and poor people equally (James 2:1-9) God wanted us all to not be under the control of a human for our salvation, because God is God. God is out to stop Greed. Greed The Pharisees were greedy (Matt 23:25) Christians should avoid being greedy (Eph 5:3) People full of greed will not enter heaven (Eph 5:5) Leaders of the church must not be greedy (Titus 1:7) God is our father (Matt 6:9) God can do anything (Luke 1:37) God is spirit (John 4:24) God’s wisdom has no end (Rom 11:33) God can be known by people (Eph 1:17) God is a living God (1 Tim 4:10) God is the only one who has the right to judge (James 4:12) God is love (1 John 4:16) God is almighty (Rev 1:8) God is worthy of praise because he is holy (Rev 4:8) God uses his word to make us holy (John 17:17) We should purify ourselves and live a holy life out of reverence for God (2 Cor 7:1) Christians should seek to live a holy life (1 Peter 1:15) Under the New Covenant the Leaders in the church Leaders must serve others (Matt 20:26-28) Leaders must be honest and mature (Tit 1:5-9) Leaders who teach must be sincere and take their work seriously (Tit 2:7) Leaders should set a good example (Heb 13:7) Leaders will give an account to God for their actions (Heb 13:17) Under the New Covenant We are to receive Love and give it out to others, Love your enemies (Matt 5:43-44) The two most important commandments are to love God and love your neighbor (Mark 12:29-31) Christians must love each other (John 13:34) We cannot be separated from Jesus’ love (Rom 8:35-39) Love must be sincere (Rom 12:9) Love never gives up (1 Cor 13:4-8) God’s love for us is beyond our understanding (Eph 3:18) Love tells you to forgive (1 Peter 4:8) God is love (1 John 4:16) God’s love drives away fear (1 John 4:18) We must be known for our love (2 John 1:5) Lustful thoughts are sinful (Matt 5:28) Christians should not give in to lust or greed (Col 3:5) Christians should avoid lust (1 Thes 4:3-5) People who don’t know God follow their evil desires. (1 Peter 4:3) Marriage Two people become one through marriage (Mark 10:2-12) Angels do not get married (Mark 12:23) Married partners belong together and should meet each other’s needs (1 Cor 7:2-5) In a Christian marriage, the husband must not divorce his wife, nor the wife divorce her husband (1 Cor 7:10-11) If one marriage partner becomes a Christian, the unbelieving partner may decide to leave for the sake of peace, but should not be chased away (1 Cor 7:12-15) Married partners are meant to be together for life (1 Cor 7:39) How a Christian wife can witness to her non-Christian husband (1 Peter 3:1-6) Under this New Covenant we have to love like God loves us and that means we care and hurt when anyone hurts and pray for those we may not like. We should pray for those who persecute us (Matt 5:44) Prayer should not be showing off (Matt 6:5-8) Jesus often went to a place where he could be alone to pray (Matt 14:23, Mark 1:35, 6:46, Luke 5:16, 6:12) Agreement in prayer is important (Matt 18:19-20) We should pray in faith (Mark 11:22-24) Jesus taught his disciples how to pray (Luke 11:1-13) Persevere in prayer (Luke 18:1-8) Pray with humility (Luke 18:9-14) Jesus is praying for us (John 17:9) Christian leaders need to devote themselves to prayer (Acts 6:4) The Holy Spirit helps us when we don’t know what to pray (Rom 8:26) We should pray for our fellow believers (Eph 6:18-20) We should pray with thanksgiving (Phil 4:6) We should pray for the rulers (1 Tim 2:1-4) Pray without doubting (James 1:6) Pray with the right motives (James 4:3) Pray according to God’s will (1 John 5:14-15) To be all Christian and all New Covenant we are given a Light for those around us. Christians bring light to a spiritually dark world (Matt 5:14-16) Jesus made it possible for anybody to be saved (Matt 9:9-13) Do not be ashamed of telling the Good News (Rom 1:16) The Holy Spirit gives power to witness about Christ (Acts 1:8) God wants the Good News of salvation to reach to the end of the earth (Acts 13:47) We can plant the seed of the Good News, but only God can make it grow (1 Cor 3:5-9) God has called us to preach reconciliation (2 Cor 5:18-21) Always be ready to tell what God has done for you (1 Peter 3:15) The true new covenant people do not know when Jesus will return for the Rapture. We do know that He will Return, We do not know when Christ will return (Matt 24:36) Christ’s return will be clearly seen by everybody in the whole world (Mark 13:26-27) Christ’s return will be met with joy by those who are ready (Luke 12:35-40) When Christ returns unbelievers will be judged (John 12:37-50) After Christ has returned the believers will be with him forever (John 14:1-3) Jesus will return in the same way as he went to Heaven (Acts 1:10-11) Believers will be resurrected from the dead and given new spiritual bodies (1 Cor 15:51-57) Those who are alive when Jesus returns will be taken up in the air to meet him there (1 Thes 4:16-17) Continue to serve God as you await the return of Christ (1 Peter 4:7-8) Patiently await Christ’s return (2 Peter 3:8-13) Jesus is coming soon (Rev 22:20-21) Those who long for righteousness will be satisfied (Matt 5:6) The most important thing is to seek Jesus’ righteousness and let him rule over us (Matt 6:33) A kind of righteousness which is only on the outside is bad (Matt 23:28) Jesus was completely righteous (Acts 3:14) The righteousness which comes from God is obtained through faith and revealed in the gospel (Rom 1:17) The Jews considered a person righteous if he obeyed the law of Moses (Rom 2:13) No person (apart from Jesus) is truly and completely righteous (Rom 3:10) The righteousness that comes from God is not obtained by obeying the law of Moses (Rom 3:21-26) Doing good deeds does not make a person righteous before God (Rom 4:1-25) Righteousness is a free gift from God to all who are willing to receive it (Rom 5:17) A Christian must live a life in righteousness and not a life in sin (Rom 6:15-23) Those who seek to establish their own righteousness do not submit to the righteousness that comes from God (Rom 9:30-10:4) Jesus took our sin and in exchange we received his righteousness (2 Cor 5:21) Our God-given righteousness protects us against attacks of Satan (Eph 6:14) Righteousness from God is not based on the law, but on faith in Christ (Phil 3:1-9) A Christian should also focus on living a righteous life (2 Tim 2:22-26) The inspired Word of God helps us to grow in righteousness (2 Tim 3:16) Salvation from our past is Those who receive salvation from what they have done in sin through His forgiveness and they become God’s children (John 1:12-13) It is the Holy Spirit who causes a person to be saved (John 3:1-10) Trusting in Jesus Christ is the only way to be saved (John 14:6; Acts 4:12) Those who have received eternal life will know Jesus and the Father (John 17:3) Receiving salvation means we must turn from our sins (Acts 2:33-38) No one deserves to be saved, it is a gift from God (Rom 6:23) He who truly believes that Jesus is the Son of God and allows Jesus to be the ruler of his life will be saved (Rom 10:8-10; John 3:14-21) Salvation is obtained by the grace of God alone, not by working for it (Eph 2:1-9) Salvation rescues us from being under the rule of Satan and brings us under the rule of Jesus (Col 1:13-14) Christ had to be killed as a sacrifice for our sins in order to bring us salvation (1 Peter 1:18- 19) Even when one has been saved from the past sins one is still a human and must repent as long as they are in this human body, and we all still have an enemy called Satan. Satan tempted Jesus to rebel against God (Matt 4:1-11) Satan is completely evil. He is a liar and murderer (John 8:44) Satan is the temporary ruler of this world (Eph 2:1-2) Satan and his demons are spirit beings (Eph 6:12) Satan works through an army of demons (1 Tim 4:1) Believers have the authority to resist Satan (James 4:1-10) Satan is an enemy to Christians (1 Peter 5:8) Jesus destroyed Satan’s work with his death on the cross (1 John 3:7-8) Satan is a defeated enemy (Rev 20:10) a human who proclaims they can’t or don’t sin is very dangerous. Beware of such people. Beware of the devil’s tricks! We should use our bodies to serve and honour the Lord, not for immoral deeds (1 Cor 6:13- 20) Sexual immorality has no place among Christians (Eph 5:1-3) Run away from sexual immorality (Col 3:5) God wants us to live in holiness and acquire a wife in the right way (1 Thes 4:1-8) Married people must be faithful to their partner (Heb 13:4) Christ suffered and his followers will also suffer (Mark 8:31-38) It was God’s plan that Christ should suffer (Mark 9:12) The apostles were happy that they were considered worthy to suffer for Christ (Acts 5:40-41) When God called Paul to be an apostle he also told him that he would have to suffer much for the sake of Christ (Acts 9:16) We should rejoice over persecutions/sufferings because they help us to endure (Rom 5:3-5) Sufferings come before receiving glory (Rom 8:17-23) Some sufferings may be the result of judgment on sin from God (1 Cor 11:29-32) If one Christian suffers, the others will feel the same suffering (1 Cor 12:26-27) Our suffering helps us to comfort others who are suffering (2 Cor 1:3-7) Suffering can teach us to rely on God, not on ourselves (2 Cor 1:9) Sufferings can also help us to be humble (2 Cor 12:7-10) Hard times can teach us not to rely on material things for our happiness (Eph 4:11-13) Epaphroditus was almost beaten to death because of serving the Lord (Phil 2:25-30) A soldier for Christ can expect sufferings (2 Tim 2:3) Those who want to live for God can expect to be persecuted (2 Tim 3:10-12) Jesus can help us through suffering (Heb 2:11-18) Suffering may teach obedience (Heb 5:8) Many believers have suffered because they followed Christ (Heb 10:32-39) Discipline from God can be painful (Heb 12:4-13) The prophets are examples of how to endure sufferings (James 5:10) Those who are suffering can pray to God for help (James 5:13) Sufferings only last for a short time compared to eternal happiness (1 Peter 1:3-7; 5:10) Christ showed us how to handle suffering (1 Peter 2:21-24; 4:1-2) There will be no suffering on the new world that God will make (Rev 21:4) Christians should be kind to each other (Eph 4:32) Be kind to people who treat you wrongly (1 Thes 5:15) Choose to be kind rather than to argue (2 Tim 2:24) Being kind takes effort (2 Peter 1:5-7) Jesus commanded us to love one another (John 15:12-17) If we bear one another’s burdens we fulfill the law of Christ (Gal 6:2) Wise people build on the solid foundation of God and his Word (Matt 7:24-27) The wisdom of God goes against the wisdom of this world (1 Cor 1:17-29) It is Jesus who gives us wisdom (1 Cor 1:30) God’s wisdom is different from the world’s wisdom (1 Cor 2:1-16) Speaking words of wisdom is one of the gifts of the Spirit (1 Cor 12:8) We build our life and message on the grace of God, not on earthly wisdom (2 Cor 1:12) God will give us wisdom if we ask for it (James 1:5-8) True wisdom is shown by humble and gentle behavior (James 3:13-18) Under the new Covenant those who serve the Lord as Elders and Leaders. Leaders in the church Leaders must serve others (Matt 20:26-28) Leaders must be honest and mature (Tit 1:5-9) Leaders who teach must be sincere and take their work seriously (Tit 2:7) Leaders should set a good example (Heb 13:7) Leaders will give an account to God for their actions (Heb 13:17) Make no mistake about it Temptation, testing (and also Lust will still be in the life of all humans. God demands those who fall for temptation to repent. How to respond when tempted (Matt 4:1-11) Jesus asked us to watch and pray in order not to fall into temptation (Mark 14:38) Jesus sometimes tested the faith of the disciples (John 6:6) The religious leaders often tried to set a trap for Jesus (John 8:6) Do not test/deceive the Spirit of God (Acts 5:9) The work we have done for God will be tested on the day of judgment (1 Cor 3:10-15) Lack of self-control can make a person give in to temptation (1 Cor 7:5) Do not test the goodness of God by rebelling against him (1 Cor 10:9) God will provide a way of escape out of temptation (1 Cor 10:13) Paul tested the faith of the believers (2 Cor 2:9) We can test/examine ourselves to see if we live in faith (2 Cor 13:5-7) Correct gently those who fall into temptation and do not be careless yourself (Gal 6:1) We should test/examine our work for God (Gal 6:4) We should test all preachers and the Elders in the Clergy to see if what they say is in the scriptures. Is God behind the words that we hear (1 Thes 5:19-23) Those who want to be rich easily fall into temptation (1 Tim 6:9) Run away from youthful temptations (2 Tim 2:22) Jesus knows what it means to be tempted, and he can help us to resist it (Heb 2:18; 4:15- 16) God never tempts people to sin (James 1:13-15) Under the New Covenant we have Trials, persecutions (and also Suffering) Jesus expects his followers to persevere through the same trials as he had to go through (Luke 22:24-20) The world will hate the followers of Jesus as they hated him (John 15:18-19) Jesus gives us peace in the midst of trials (John 16:33) Paul had many trials in the form of persecutions (Acts 20:19) Trials help us to develop perseverance (Rom 5:1-5) God knows what he is doing with our life (Rom 8:28) Believers can expect to suffer for their faith (2 Cor 6:3-13) It was part of Paul’s goal in life to share in the sufferings of Christ (Phil 3:10) God expects us to grow through our trials (James 1:2-4) Until next time the Elder. 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