Guest Sunday, Feb 27, 2022 @ 8:18 am
All Christian and all New Covenant?
The Teaching of the Old Church of God of the New Covenant. We are that church many know as the Poor *man’s church because of this nick name we are known for not paying a Tithe as New Covenant people, we do use the ald and new Testaments of the scriptures in our walk with God as humankind, but keep no old covenant ways, that is we are all Christian and Have only Jesus as the savior and the Christ for the sins of this world. We are the church people one can read about in the Bible, as one can see in 1 Cor. 1:2- Gal. 1:13- Heb. 8:1-13- and do live under the Doctrines, and well as His people we teach the we all are to be this as the church Eph. 2:15-21-. The New Covenant is the promise that God makes with all humanity that He will forgive their sins and restore fellowship with God. The mediator of this New Covenant is Jesus Christ, and the promise was executed by His death on the cross and His resurrection (Luke 22:20). Salvation in the old covenant hinged on your perfect law-keeping performance; in the new, salvation is a work of God. For men to take a person from God for their own use they first have to get them to follow after them but God has His all Christian all New Covenant for all humans in our day and time. The all Christian all New Covenant take the devil out, it also takes away the Feast days, the Tithing, the New Moons, the Holy days, the Sabbath days, It takes away anything to do with men as the police over the salvation of any human being. In fact the all Christian walk is where God is having mercy on whom He has Mercy just as He tells us Romans 9:8- it is God who keeps this to Himself, because of His love "God is Love, " says Holy Scripture (1 John 4:8), but this love directed toward human misery, is Mercy. That is why Christ Our Lord emphasizes this attribute of God. "Your Father is Merciful" (Luke 6:36) The new covenant is the culmination of God’s saving work in his people. He promises to make an everlasting covenant with his people in which he will write his law on their hearts, bring complete forgiveness of sin, put his Spirit in them to empower them to love and obey his commands, raise up a faithful Davidic king to rule over them, bring them back into the land to reunify them into one people of God, and cause them to be a light to the nations. Wow! Scripture: Jeremiah 31:31-34 Jeremiah 31:31-34 31“Behold, days are coming, ” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them, ” declares the Lord. 33“But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days, ” declares the Lord, “I will put My law within them and in their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34 They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord, ’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, ” declares the Lord, “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” ; Ezekiel 36:22-32 Ezekiel 36:22-32 ; Matthew 26:26-29 Matthew 26:26-29 ; Luke 22:19-22 This is why it’s called good news – it’s an announcement of a finished work. It is the declaration that God’s saving power is available to all who would receive it. And what power! It can literally turn a sinner into a saint, or a dead man into a living one… Men do not get to change what God is doing for us all. All anyone has to do is read this for themselves. Although the New Covenant was originally given to Israel, the Gentiles (the nations of the world) were also brought into the blessing of it. We see this in Acts 10 and in Ephesians 2:13-14. Similarly in the Old Testament in Isaiah 42:6, 60:3, Zechariah 14:16, etc. In the New Covenant we are no longer under the Law but we are under grace. Romans 6:14 says “For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.” All of God's promises are based on who He is and His plan for the world. Under the New Covenant, which Jesus sealed with His own blood, everyone is offered salvation by grace through faith. "And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Acts 2:21). Heb. 8:1-13- Jer. 31:31. This was what God would do and has done for this world and those He made, He is God and man is just men in the flesh. First we should look at the book of Hebrews. A lot of men will not like this because we do teach that it could have been a woman who God used to bring us the book of Hebrews. The writer (whoever he, or she was) goes on to declare, through many different ways and using many different arguments, the superiority of Jesus Christ and His New Covenant over Moses and the Old Covenant. He/ she seems concerned that some Jewish believers are being drawn back into a dependence on their Judaism and forsaking their exclusive dependence upon Jesus Christ. He/ she gives some of the most severe warnings found in the New Testament, aimed at those who have professed Jesus and then drawn back from a total confidence in Him. In one such warning he declares: But the person has much to show us. In fact this person brings to us the answers to keep us in the walk with God all of the way until death. We are told this! Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today, ” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end (Hebrews 3:12-14). Jeremiah 31:31-34 - 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: What will this do for us today? I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them (Ezekiel 36:26, 27). The answers are this: in the book of Hebrews. In saying that we partake of Christ if we hold fast our confidence to the end, he/she strongly implies that if we do not hold that confidence to the end, we are not partakers of Jesus. Fake Teachers and Theologians argue whether this means one loses their salvation or whether it simply proves they were never saved in the first place, now God will have us in a time of completed salvation when we are not in the body as humans any more. Keep this in mind when we were redeemed it was Jesus who did that, and we were redeemed from all of the sins of Adam and Eve God only did not take the death of the flesh away, from the human world all will still die as humans and when a person if forgiven of the sins they did it did not make then a God, so they have to repent any time they sin in the seven Churches of the book of Revelation we see and read about Jesus telling His people to repent The seven churches described in Revelation 2-3 are seven literal churches at the time that John the apostle was writing Revelation. Though they were literal churches in that time, there is also spiritual significance for churches and believers today. The first purpose of the letters was to communicate with the literal churches and meet their needs at that time. The second purpose is to reveal seven different types of individuals/churches throughout history and instruct them in God’s truth. but one way or the other, if you stop trusting in and depending on Christ, you are in big trouble. The book was written primarily for Jews, but the Holy Spirit clearly intended that these truths be made clear to all who profess the Savior. After all, the tendency to draw away from Christ after eagerly embracing Him is not merely a Jewish problem; it is a human problem. In generations past it used to be called backsliding. You don’t hear the term much anymore, but we surely see the concept lived out in the lives of many who slowly evolved from red-hot to lukewarm to ice-cold in the things relating to Jesus Christ. His laws in our hearts are a promise to us all. What must we do to inherit these promises? Trust in Jesus. Bet your life on him. Take the crown off your head and lay it at his feet. Choose to believe what the Bible says about him, that he died for our sins and rose victorious from the dead. Ask him to fill you with his Spirit that you might know him more. There is no person who has to go door to door and tell anyone to know God because He has already done that for us all. All Shall Know Me Under the Old Covenant there were always a select few who experienced God in an intimate way: Moses, David, Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, and other prophets and people (usually men) especially anointed for specific tasks. But the average Israelite had almost no personal knowledge of God. A very few really knew Him; most did not. Even in the matter of offering sacrifices the common people required a priest to “make atonement for them.” But under the New Covenant it is different. In Hebrews we read: 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 (Hebrews 8:10, 11). This covenant, found in Jeremiah 31:31-34, promised that God would forgive sin and have a close, unbroken relationship with His people. The promise was first made to Israel and then extended to everyone who comes to Jesus Christ in faith (Matthew 26:28; Hebrews 9:15). It is not up to men to give anyone God because He is God to all. God declares that through the New Covenant based on the blood of His Son, every last believer shall have a personal relationship with Him. We need no special priest or holy man to go to God on our behalf. We can all enjoy fellowship with God, we can all be filled with the Holy Spirit, we can all hear the voice of God. Jesus declared, “My sheep hear my voice, ” not “my pastors hear my voice, ” or “My bishops hear my voice” or “My holy, praying, fasting, super-saints hear My voice.” Just “My sheep” – common everyday people: plumbers and department store clerks, mechanics and computer experts, doctors and dentists, and all the rest that make up the great big, disparate body of Christ. It is our heritage through the everlasting covenant of Jesus Christ to hear God’s voice, to experience His Holy Spirit touching our hearts, and to sense that quiet witness within us, telling us that we are the children of God. Hebrews 8:13 - In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that decayeth and waxeth old are ready to vanish away. Hebrews 9:15 - 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. Hebrews 8:7-8 - For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. Luke 22:20 - Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. 2 Corinthians 3:6 - Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. 1 Corinthians 11:25 - After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. Romans 7:6 - But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in the newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. Hebrews 8:6 - But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. Romans 8:1-39 - There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 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: And that we all who are alive now as humans can have this, it is not just to the Hebrews, or Jews, but to all of Mankind, as we see in the who-so-ever teaching that no man can change John 3:15-17. 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). In addition to these wonderful promises, there are at least 12 awesome blessings God promises to his people exclusively under the new covenant of grace. Here they are in no particular order: 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. 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). God greatly desires to establish a close, personal relationship with his greatest creation, which is us (Genesis 1:26 - 27). One of the ways he will accomplish his goal is through new covenants (agreements) with humans, both conditional and unconditional. 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). 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). Jeremiah 31:33 - 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. Mark 14:24 - And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many. Hebrews 9:11-15 - But Christ became a high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Romans 11:27 - For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. Romans 6:14 - For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. Jeremiah 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: Romans 8:1-4 - There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Hebrews 1:1-14 - God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, The new covenant does change the way we live before God. The worshippers under the New Covenant are in a personal relationship with God and don’t just have a religion. The Apostle Paul helps explain this truth in II Corinthians chapter 3. He sets in contrast those who live under the Old Covenant and hold to a religion to those who are under the New Covenant and have a personal relationship with God. Relationship God’s Word written on our hearts Confidence to stand before God Made adequate by God Able to serve God and others Righteousness Glorified by God Hope Boldness Veil is removed and we understand the Word of God We have freedom Constantly being transformed into the image (character) of Jesus Christ Religion Not made adequate to serve God Condemned Nothing to do with God’s glory Hardened mind Not transformed (came in the religion the way that you were and stayed that way) No liberty, nothing but slavery (to sin, to rules and regulations, to what other people think about you, etc) Jesus brought in many changes with the New Covenant—new and better ways (Heb. 6:9; 7:19, 22; 8:6ff). Priests were no longer needed as mediators between God and his people because Jesus took on the role of the ultimate Mediator (1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 8:6) and of the ultimate High Priest (Heb. 6:19-20; 7:23-28; 9:11ff). Both the Old and New Testaments are the story of the same God, a God of love and mercy who gave his people the freedom to choose and who gives his people the opportunity to come back to him by choosing Jesus Christ. The Old Testament was a foreshadowing of the New, a foundation for what was to come. From the Book of Genesis on, the Old Testament pointed forward to a Messiah or Savior. The New Testament describes the fulfillment of God's promise by Jesus The Christ. Men act as if they are foolish but anyone who can read already knows that we are under the New Covenant in our day. The New Testament book of Hebrews gives several reasons why Jesus is superior to the Old Covenant, among them: Jesus is superior to Moses as a mediator; Jesus is a high priest forever, seated next to God in heaven; Jesus' sacrifice was once for all, perfecting believers for eternal life. Men are trying to get anyone they can to follow them but the New Covenant brings us all to this. DOCTRINES The eternal nature of God (Revelation 1:8) God is our Creator and Sustainer (Genesis 1:1; John 1:2-3; Hebrews 1:3) The triune God (Matthew 28:19; John 14:20; II Corinthians 13:14) The Deity and humanity of Christ (John 1:14, Philippians 2:6-7) The death and bodily resurrection of Christ (I Corinthians 15:3-5) Christ is the head of the church – believers should be involved in a local church body (Ephesians 1:22-23; Hebrews 10:24-25; Colossians 1:18; I Corinthians 12) The Holy Spirit is our guide (John 14:26) All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness (II Timothy 3:16) All are born with a sinful nature (Romans 3:23) Salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; II Corinthians 5:2) The New Covenant The new covenant comes through the death of Jesus Christ. In the New Testament, Luke 22:20 states "Likewise, he took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you."". Forgiveness of sins is now only in the new covenant through Jesus's death on the cross and resurrection. Hebrews 9:14-15. "how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? For this reason he is the mediator of a new covenant, since a death has occurred for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first covenant, that those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance." Luke 22:20Hebrews 9:14-15 New Testament Points Jesus' sacrifice, the fruits of God's spirit and good works are required. Hebrews 9:10Hebrews 10:12Hebrews 13:15 Galatians 5:22-24Ephesians 2:10Romans 12:1-2 Matthew 19:17Mark 15:15-18 Christ's sacrifice, in God's heavenly temple, forgives and justifies those who repent and are baptized. Hebrews 7:25-27Hebrews 9:23-28Acts 11:18 Galatians 2:20Romans 3:24-25 Jesus continually serves as man's spiritual High Priest and intercessor. Hebrews 4:14-16Hebrews 5:1-9Hebrews 7:17 Hebrews 8:1-2Hebrews 9:11 Christ, however, gives those who obey one-on-one access to the Father through him. John 4:23-24John 16:23-27Hebrews 6:20 Hebrews 10:23Romans 8:9-39Ephesians 2:18-22 2 Corinthians 3:6 This means that believers can talk to him at any time no matter where they are. Matthew 27:51Hebrews 4:14-16Ephesians 7:25-27 John 16:1-33Galatians 4:6-7Romans 8:15 Ephesians 2:18 Made possible through Jesus' blood, a believer's sins can be spiritually forgiven. The Holy Spirit within them is able to purge their consciences and make them wholly acceptable to the Father. Hebrews 10:14-172 Corinthians 3:9 Colossians 1:27Matthew 5:48 ESSENTIAL BELIEFS The Bible is the authoritative Word of God, which, by the guidance of the Holy Spirit, is sufficient to lead us to a saving faith in Christ and faithful discipleship Both the Old and New Testaments are equally inspired by God; the New Testament, however, serves to interpret the Old, provides the fulfillment of the Old with the coming of Christ and is the foundation of Christian ethics Salvation is only through accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, whose life and teachings are the foundation and example for all aspects of daily life, and through whom our lives are transformed Conversion to Christ involves a conscious decision; baptism and church membership are therefore voluntarily accepted by those of an age who can make a responsible, life-changing decision Becoming a Christian involves more than a statement of belief; it involves a life of discipleship, allowing the Holy Spirit to transform all aspects of life into Christ’s image as we follow His example While the church has distinctions in role, all are equal in our access to God through Christ and therefore must be seen as equals in the church The church is a covenant community; believers engage in worship, have fellowship together, practice accountability, and share in mutual aid as a corporate, covenant body The church is in the world but separate from the world; it functions as a radical counterculture to the secular world and to civil religion, with ethics shaped by Christ and not by selfish desires or national pride As Christians, we follow the example of Christ in showing love, making peace and seeking reconciliation with all, including personal and national enemies Christians are called to follow the example of Christ in service by ministering to those in need in the name of Christ The church has been commissioned to go into all the world, making disciples of Christ, baptizing them and teaching them to also become His disciples WHO WE ARE IN CHRIST Believers are a community of faith in Christ (I Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 4:11-16) Believers are given spiritual gifts (Acts 2:38; Romans 12:6-8) Believers live in the world but are separate (I John 2:15-17) Believers value biblical virtues such as worthiness, humility, gentleness, non-violence, unity, and equality (Ephesians 4:1-6; Romans 12:14-21) Believers pursue a life-long personal commitment to follow Christ (John 15:5-6) and to share the good news of the Gospel (I Peter 3:15-16) Both the Old and New Testaments are the story of the same God, a God of love and mercy who gave his people the freedom to choose and who gives his people the opportunity to come back to him by choosing Jesus Christ. The Old Covenant was for a specific people in a specific place and time. The New Covenant extends to the entire world: Hebrews 8:13 By calling this covenant "new, " he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear. Galatians 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye have fallen from grace. New Covenant: Between God and New Covenant Believing Believers That system of animal sacrifice lasted hundreds of years, but even so, it was only temporary. Out of love, God The Father sent His only Son, Jesus, into the world. This New Covenant would resolve the problem of sin once and for all. For three years, Jesus taught throughout Israel about the kingdom of God and His role as Messiah. To support His claim as The Son Of God, He performed many miracles, even raising three people from the dead. By dying on the cross, Christ was the Lamb of God, the perfect sacrifice whose blood has the power to wash away sin forever. New Covenant began with Jesus' crucifixion. At Pentecost, with the coming of the Holy Spirit and founding of the Christian Church was established. The New Covenant was established between God and the individual Believer. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. Besides serving as the sacrifice, Jesus also became the new high priest (Hebrews 4:14-16) The New Covenant promises salvation from sin and eternal life with God. As high priest, Jesus constantly intercedes for his followers before his Father in heaven. Individuals may now approach God themselves; they no longer need a human high priest to speak for them. In the New Covenant we receive salvation as a free gift (Ephesians 2:8-9) through faith in Jesus Christ. He fulfilled the Law perfectly on our behalf because it was impossible for us to do so. Instead of the Law’s sacrifices, He became the ultimate sacrifice through His death on the cross and took the punishment for our sins. Now when we receive the gift of salvation we receive the Holy Spirit who is given to us a guarantee of our inheritance in Him (Ephesians 1:14). Let us close with the words of Jesus, in Matthew 26:26-29, saying: “Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it again with you in my Father’s kingdom.” To take the Communion is to say the new Covenant is here. "This is my blood of the covenant1...." (Matthew 26:28) "This is my blood of the covenant2...." (Mark 14:24) "This cup is the new covenant in my blood...." (Luke 22:20) "This cup is the new covenant in my blood...." (1 Corinthians 11:25) What are the provisions of the New Covenant? On our part: Faith in God. Trust in God. Belief that Jesus was God in the flesh. On God's part it is salvation, eternal life, forgiveness of all our sins through the death of his Son. In addition is the provision of the Holy Spirit to live within us and enable us to follow Christ. Only a few special people received the Spirit in the Old Covenant -- prophets, some kings, some elders. But the average person wasn't included. Under the New Covenant it's different: "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off -- for all whom the Lord our God will call." (Acts 2:38-39) "You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you." (Romans 8:9-11) "If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.... If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:7, 9) MATTHEW 5-7, LUKE 4:14-20, 22:19-22 Jesus and the New Covenant People Jesus saw himself as fulfilling these prophetic promises and called people to become part of the new covenant people. Jesus said his death would seal the new covenant and inaugurate God’s kingdom and new covenant people. The Gospels all claim that Jesus is Israel’s God become human to fulfill both God’s part and Israel’s part of the Covenants: The law that was external and depended upon human will and discipline to perform is now internalized in the Holy Spirit. We live in Christ, connected to Christ by the Holy Spirit, and we have fellowship with God. It is new! It is powerful! It is now! Until next time the Elder: Live for God not for men, Love like Jesus told us to, not like the world wants us to. Reply