New Covenant Ways – BT2a
We all need to know how completely-different-in-kind the New Covenant is
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By definition and context of every passage that speaks about it, the New Covenant absolutely does not share anything with the old covenant. In Jeremiah 31:31-33 God even says “Indeed, a time is coming . . . I shall indeed make a completely-different-in-kind New (a) Covenant . . . absolutely not in fact (b) kata down-from/according the covenant that I had made with their fathers . . . My covenant that they broke, . . . for this is The Covenant I will make . . .” Kata means that the “NEW” is absolutely not in fact (b) derived from the previous (old) covenant! <Notes> a) chadash, kainos: fresh, completely-different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior, b) ou: an absolute negative – not in fact.
In set theory, the 2 circles/spheres can’t even touch! And the very first thing that God says to show how us how the 2 covenant “circles/spheres” are completely-different-in-kind is in Jeremiah 31:32 – “the (old) covenant they have broken, the covenant that I made with their forefathers” was aready introduced in Jeremiah 11:10, “the iniquities of their forefathers, who refused to hear My logos messages but went after other gods to serve them . . . they have broken My covenant that I made with their fathers.” We will next explore why “their breaking of the old covenant” is completely-different-in-kind than the nature of the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant. But for now, understand that as a Christian and Christian musician we shouldn’t ever try to mix elements of one covenant with that of the other. No matter what direction you go, you will end up ruining both of the covenants – see New Covenant Ways – BT7! And this is exactly what has been going on for a long while to create The Great Wall quenching the Holy Spirit in the Church!
God had told the Prophet Jeremiah 600 years before Christ in Jeremiah 32:38-40: “And they shall be My people, and I will be their God. I will give them one heart and One Way, that they may be in reverential awe of Me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them. I will make with them an Everlasting Covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the reverential awe of Me in their hearts, that they will definitively/wholly not turn (NET: ever again) from Me.”
However, God expounded on this much more in Jeremiah 31:31-34: “I will make a New (a) Covenant . . . ou absolutely not in fact kata down-from/according-to the [old] covenant that I had made . . . My covenant that they broke . . . For this is the [New] Covenant that I will make . . .
1. ‘I will put My torah/nomos (b) within them, and/coupled I will write it on their hearts, and/coupled
2. I will be their God and/coupled they shall be My people, and/coupled
3. Absolutely in fact and in possibility (c) no longer shall each one teach his neighbor (d) and each his brethren (e), saying, ‘experientially, relationally ginosko know Yahweh,’ for they shall ALL (f) eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know Me – from the least of them to the greatest’ – declares Yahweh,
4. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”
<Notes> a) chadash, kainos: fresh, completely-different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior, b) instructions, ways, principles, commandments, c) ou me: a rare double negative used for special emphasis – absolutely not by any means whatsoever, d) fellow Jews, Gentile proselytes, e) family members, f) pas: every of a particular portion, class, or category as defined by the context – in this case God’s saved people; rarely does pas mean the whole or entirety of.
Notice that in all 4 declarations of the New Covenant, there are NO CONDITIONS for man to meet in order to receive God’s blessing, favor, or unconditional-love – this is completely-different-in-kind from the 613 commandments of the old covenant in which each one required every person to ergo “work/do” to merit, earn, and deserve God’s conditionally-loving favor. That’s why the unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace is completely unique to Jesus Christ (a) and His completely-different-in-kind New Covenant (b), because it is exactly opposite of 97.4% of the OT which is Law-based (c) – see Logos Word of God – BT5a. Not only is fallible man left out of the declarations of the New Covenant, but all the previous dissemination of the knowledge of God and His Will! Man is completely left out of the success of the entire contract – that’s what the meaning of covenant is: a mutual contract for a binding relationship! But usually there are terms stipulated for both parties. That’s why this stands out – there are no terms written for God’s people to fulfill. God takes complete control to insure success, because the last covenant relied on men and “they had broken it.” <Notes> a) John 1:17, b) Hebrews 10:29, c) Romans 6:14-15; Galatians 2:21, 5:4.
The writer of Hebrews (a) in Hebrews 8:6-12, 10:15-17 uses this prophecy to justify Christ’s “better ministry” based on a “better Covenant” that has “better promises,” for “if the first covenant had been not memphomai faulted-blameworthy-rejectable-condemnable, there would have been no occasion to look for a second, for He does find memphomai fault-blame-rejectable-condemnable with them . . .” So God has given us “the completely-different-in-kind New (b) Covenant in His blood” (c), “the blood of the Everlasting Covenant” from the “Lord Jesus, the Great Shepherd of the sheep” (d), “a completely-different-in-kind New (b) Covenant absolutely in fact not by the means of the gramma writing (e) but by the means of the Spirit, for the gramma writing (e) kills but the Spirit gives zoe genuine-life” (f). <Notes> a) likely Barnabas, though some believe Paul but the Greek is too polished, b) chadash, kainos: fresh, completely-different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior, c) Luke 22:20, d) Hebrews 13:20, e) singular with the article, either of the entire OT scripture or 97.4% of that is Law-based – see Logos Word of God – BT4, f) 2 Corinthians 3:6.
Ezekiel 37:26-27 speaks of this “Everlasting Covenant of peace I will make with them . . . I will be their God, and they shall be My people,” which he introduced earlier in Ezekiel 11:19-20, “And I will give them One heart (a), and a completely-different-in-kind New (b) Spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart (a) of stone from their flesh (a) and give them a heart of flesh (a), that/to (c) they will ongoingly walk in My orders/commands and [will ongoingly] safe-to-guard-watch (d) My rules (e) and [will ongoingly] do/accomplish them. And they shall be My people, and I will be their God.” Here there is a radical shift in obedience, from self-determined under the old covenant to Spirit-determined under the NEW. <Notes> a) see Identity concerning the Hebrew use of inner-being, heart, and mind synonymously in contrast to flesh or body, b) chadash, kainos: fresh, completely-different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior – see also New Covenant Ways – BT2 for God’s many NEW things He creates, c) conjunction that introduces the ‘how’ or ‘result’ of the previous action, d) phulasso, close to tereo: maintain to guard/watch/keep, e) just/equitable ordinances.
This is even clearer in Ezekiel 36:25-28, “I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean (a) from all your uncleannesses, . . . And I will give you a completely-different-in-kind New (b) heart, and a completely-different-in-kind New (b) Spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you, and will actually cause/make you to ongoingly walk My orders/commands and be ongoingly safe-to-guard-watch (c) My judgments/decrees. You shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers, and you shall be My people, and I will be your God.” God’s indwelling Spirit is now the enabling-power of obedience! <Notes> a) purified – see Holy Spaces, b) chadash, kainos: fresh, completely-different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior – see also New Covenant Ways – BT2 for God’s many NEW things He creates, c) phulasso, close to tereo: maintain to guard/watch/keep.
As Christian musicians, shouldn’t we know that God’s torah, nomos “instructions, ways, principles, commandments” are absolutely no longer written on tablets or paper! Paul says in 2 Corinthians 3:3 that NOW Christians are “epistle personal-writings of Christ, written absolutely in fact not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, absolutely not in fact on tablets of stone, but on tablets of human hearts” – see Logos Word of God – BT20. We shouldn’t be reading, studying, and memorizing OT scripture or even NT writings in order to motivate ourselves to work for God, because God promises to work from within us by His Spirit speaking directly to us His will! How did so many Christians get enamored with bible writings? This was a historical development of a Catholic Church that fell away from the Holy Spirit and entrenched themselves into apologetics and dogma. Much has been written about this slide into the “snare, trap, and retribution” of the scribes and Pharisees – see New Covenant Ways – BT17. This “borrowing” from OT methodology to know God is part of The Great Wall quenching the Holy Spirit in the Church.
Lord, thank You so much that You are NOW our “One Teacher” by Your Holy Spirit and we know that no error will come from You. Thank You for freeing us from just about every error possible in the copying of manuscripts and their interpretation by fallible men. Thank You for freeing us entirely from biblical writings and teaching us directly. Thank You for taking control of every aspect of the New Covenant. We put all our trusting-relying-faith in You, the blood of Your Son, and His Holy Spirit for Your kingdom to come and will to be done in our lives as it already is in heaven.