New Covenant Ways – BT8
What are the “wineskins” for the “wine” of the NEW and old covenants?
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Just as the “old wineskins” are OT commandments that ‘prescribe the blood atonement’ and how to be “righteous with God,” the “new wineskins” of the NT are are completely-different-in-kind NEW commandments that prescribe the ‘blood atonement of Christ’ and how to NOW be “righteous with God.” Each covenant has its own unique set of commandments regarding both – that’s the very definition of chadash and kainos for “NEW” (a). The NEW Covenant has only 2 entole commandments that have replaced ALL 613 of the old covenant commandments: “to definitively/wholly have trusting-relying-faith in the name/authority of His Son Jesus Christ and/coupled to ongoingly unconditionally-love one another just as He (Christ) has given us [singular] entole commandment” (b). Notice the coupling of “trusting-relying-faith and/coupled unconditional-love” that you see throughout the NT (c). There is only one “work-doing of-from God in order to be saved” and that is “to have trusting-relying-faith in Him whom God has sent” (d) – see Logos Word of God – BT15, which is why you must “obey the gospel logos message” (e) as expressed so well in John 3:16-18, “God so unconditionally-loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever is routinely having trusting-relying-faith in Him should not perish but have zoe genuine-life everlasting . . . Whoever is routinely having trusting-relying-faith in Him is not condemned, but whoever is in possibility not routinely having trusting-relying-faith is condemned already, because he has already [with ongoing effects] in possibility not had trusting-relying-faith in the name/authority of the only Son of God.” Jesus declared: “I eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know that His commandment is eternal zoe genuine-life and this is what I speak” (f). <Notes> a) chadash, kainos: fresh, completely-different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior, b) 1 John 3:23, c) 1 Thessalonians 3:6, 5:8; 1 Timothy 1:14, 2:15, 6:11; 2 Timothy 1:13; 2 Timothy 2:22; Revelation 2:19, d) John 6:29, e) Romans 10:16; 2 Thessalonians 1:8; 1 Peter 4:17, f) John 12:50.
In order for a Jew to become a Christian, they MUST no longer put their trusting-relying-faith in OT commandments of about blood purification and righteousness for God’s earned, merited, deserved, conditional-loving-favor of the Law but totally-surrender by putting their trusting-relying-faith in unearned, unmerited, undeserved, unconditional-loving-favor-of-Grace of God that would sacrifice His only Son for our atoning blood purification. Certainly, “Christ unconditionally-loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering (a) and sacrifice to God” (b). The only entole officially-decreed commandment that Christ Himself added in 1 John 3:23 above that was completely-different-in-kind “New” than ALL other OT commandment, was “My completely-different-in-kind NEW commandment” to “ongoingly unconditionally-love one another – just as I have unconditionally-loved you, you also are to ongoingly unconditionally-love one another” (c) – see Logos Word of God – BT16. This is called “the Law of Christ” (d), which means the first half of 1 John 3:23 can now be viewed as “the Law of the Father,” which Jesus faithfully preached. <Notes> a) like the smell of burning blood on the sacrificial alter, b) Ephesians 5:2, c) John 13:34; 15:12; 1 John 3:23, d) 1 Corinthians 9:21; Galatians 6:2.
Clearly the completely-different-in-kind “New wineskins” are the gospel logos message of Christ about “definitively/wholly having trusting-relying-faith in Him, that is, trusting-relying-faith in the Father and Son’s unconditional-love for them. In order to be saved you must totally surrender through repentance by publicly confessing “Jesus is Lord” and be water-baptized to die with Christ, transfer your sin to Him, and raise with Him by the enabling-power of the Holy Spirit for Christ to transfer His righteousness to you in order to be born again by the atoning, propitiating blood of Jesus – see Salvation. The only other entole commandment part of this completely-different-in-kind New Covenant is directed to the saved: “ongoingly unconditionally-love one another – just as I have unconditionally-loved you, you also are to ongoingly unconditionally-love one another.”
Lord, thank You so much that the completely-different-in-kind “New wineskins” that contain Your “New Wine” blood of the atonement and our obedience NOW under a completely-different-in-kind New Covenant are simply that so often coupled phrase throughout the NT “trusting-relying-faith” in You “and/coupled unconditionally-loving one another” as You did us. Thank You for keeping the New Covenant simple for us little children and other “least among you” for which the kingdom belongs – only 2 commandments NOW to keep careful guard over.