Old covenant ways don’t work in the New Covenant
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Jesus taught that the old covenant’s “way” of doing things just wasn’t going to work under the completely-different-in-kind New (b) Covenant, despite many modern churches’ obsession with OT commandments and practices. Jesus said that fasting, a very established Jewish tradition, no longer was something He nor His disciples would practice, except when they mourned His death (a). Why? Because the “New (b) Wine” of the Holy Spirit just wouldn’t be contained or controlled by the “old wineskins” any more than a “new patch” will “stay put” when sewn on an old garment. We have to be willing to “let go” of our human traditions, even those taught by our churches, if we want to receive the New Covenant Ways. Jesus would say the same thing about churches today that He said to the Jews: “For the sake of (or to hold onto) your tradition you have made void (or left) the commandment of God” (c), but in this case the only 2 NT commandments. Most likely Paul would also have to say to some churches: “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from The trusting-relying-Faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teaching from demons through . . . liars . . . who forbid marriage (d) and require abstinence from foods (e) that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who have trusting-relying-faith and/coupled have already [with ongoing results] genuinely, experientially, relationally epiginosko known The Truth” (f). <Notes> a) Matthew 9:14-17; Mark 2:18-22; Luke 5:33-38, b) chadash, kainos: fresh, completely different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior, c) Matthew 15:6; Mark 7:8, d) the Catholic Church, Eastern Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, e) Trappist monks, Franciscans, Benedictines, Carthusians, Cistercians, Seventh-day Adventists, meat-free celebrations of Lent by Anglicans, Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists, and Orthodox denominations, f) 1 Timothy 4:1-3.
Paul included fasting and asceticism as the stoicheion “rudimental principles” common to all religions that come from the “elemental spirits” (a). In the most reliable Greek manuscripts there is no mention of fasting except in the earliest stages of the Jewish Church (b). All other references were added into the later manuscripts by monks who followed the Catholic churches teaching of it – more “traditions of men.” We can actually see the “fasting” notation in the margins added into the text in later copies! There are many other teachings from demons other than marriage prohibition, fasting, and dietary laws that are ruling every aspect of this world (c), all of their religions, most of their music industries, and sadly many churches are buying into it “hook, line, and sinker” instead of akouo listening to the prophetic rhema words of the Lord! <Notes> a) Colossians 2:8, 16-18, 20-23, b) Acts 13:2-3, 14:23, c) Colossians 2:8.
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Trusting-relying-faith and unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace are completely-different-in-kind New Covenant distinctions. The OT rarely speaks of these – See Only 2 Commandments page.
In the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant there are only 2 entole official, universally-binding commandments and they have absolutely nothing to do with any of the 613 OT commandments, including the 2 greatest that sum up the entire OT of “Loving God and loving your neighbor as yourself.” The “trusting-relying-faith and/coupled unconditional-love” that the NT speaks of are completely-different-in-kind by definition of “New commandments” – see Only 2 Commandments and Logos Word of God – BT14 pages.
The essence of trusting-relying-faith is actually unconditional-love or The Law of Christ – see Unconditional-love page.
Love sometimes has to be tough, so it calls for just judgment – see Unconditional-love page.
For an understanding of how “The Word of God” WAY to know God radically changed between covenants – see Logos Word of God – BT19.
Christians are NOW the “holy writings” of God – see Logos Word of God – BT20.