Many people have assumed that God’s law and His Covenants have nothing to do with
Jesus Christ and New Testament Christianity.
No wonder that so many can’t understand why God promised to make a New Covenant;
with whom the New Covenant will be made; and what terms and conditions will regulate
You need to know the answers to these vital questions so that God will make the NEW
Unless He does, you won’t be able to receive the PROMISES contained in NEW TESTAMENT--the
will of Jesus!
Our potentialities are so great we can the become even of the family of God--for
we can then be born into the ruling Kingdom of God! These are the plain teachings
of your Bible! How wonderful!
Isaiah was inspired to write; “O Lord, you are our Father, we are the clay, and you
are our Potter; we are the works of your hand” (Isaiah 64:8).
THE NEW COVENANT MARRIAGE YET FUTURE!
1. Did Jesus Christ, the God of the “Old Testament,” promise that He would make a
new covenant- a new marriage agreement--with Israel and Judah even before Old-Covenant
Israel had gone into captivity for disobeying the law? Jeremiah 31:31. Does Hebrews
8:8 also verify this?
Comment: Note that the event was STILL FUTURE when Paul wrote the book of Hebrews.
2. Does the reason that a New Covenant must be made lie in the fact that there was
a fault in the Old Covenant? Hebrews 8:7.
3. What was this fault--was it in the law? Psalm 19:7. See also Romans 7:12. If the
fault was not in the law, which is “perfect,” nor with God, who kept His part, the
fault must have been with “them,” the people, must it not? Hebrews 8:8, first five
Comment: The law was perfect. But the PEOPLE were weak. They did not keep their part
of the Old Covenant marriage agreement.
4. But under the New Covenant, what does God propose to do? Hebrews 8:10 and Jeremiah
31:33. Is this promised New Covenant to be a better marriage covenant than the Old
Covenant? See comment.
Comment: Under the old marriage covenant, God wrote His laws on two tables of stone.
The people could see the law with their own eyes, but the law was not within their
hearts and minds. The law was not a part of them. But under the terms of the new
covenant the Lord promises that He will make a marriage agreement only with those
who have allowed Him to place the loving principles of God’s nature within their
hearts and minds, so they can keep the law. Remember, for it is very important! He
will marry His “bride”--the collective members of the body of His church--only when
she has proven herself worthy by obedience to His law. The Old Covenant Israelites
had no promise of receiving the holy spirit which could write God’s law in their
hearts and minds. The New Covenant agreement into which we shall enter will correct
the fault of the Old Covenant by making it possible for us to obey God’s law in its
spiritual intent. Then we can receive the eternal promises made to Abraham by means
of God’s holy spirit. The Holy Spirit. According to the Testament or will of Christ,
gives us a new nature--the nature of God. No longer need man be weak, as he was under
the Old Covenant, so that he cannot fulfil his part of the Old Covenant and receive
God’s promises. This time man will be able to fulfil his part and receive the promises
of the New Covenant!
5. Who is the messenger who came to herald the coming of the promised New Covenant
for those who would avail themselves of it? Mal. 3:1. Is this messenger “the Lord”--Christ?
6. Is the message of this New Covenant a part of the gospel message--the good news--Christ
preached? Mark 1:1,14-15. Is repentance and belief in the Gospel to be a part of
what modern Israelites must do in order to enter into this New Covenant which Christ
will propose? Verse 15. Does Matthew 15:24 also verify the fact that Christ was sent
only to the “lost”--the scattered--”sheep” or people of Israel to herald the Good
News of the soon coming New Covenant proposal? But did Christ later instruct His
disciples to preach the Gospel--which contains the message of the New Covenant--to
all the world? Luke 9:2; Matthew 24:14.
7. Do Gentiles have any hope now of ever being partakers of this promised New Covenant,
or are they strangers to the Covenants of promise--the promises contained in the
covenants made with Abraham and those promises which will be contained in the New
Covenant? Ephesians 2:11,12. But in what way may a Gentile--one having no blood relationship
to Abraham--come into the New Covenant relationship? Verse 13 and Galatians 3:29;
Comment: The New Covenant will be a better covenant than the Old Covenant was. The
Old Covenant was national--to one nation only--to Israel. It gave only temporary
material earthly blessings. It gave no promise of the Holy Spirit and eternal life.
The Testament or Will of Jesus, on the other hand is finally to be culminated in
a New Covenant. It promises eternal inheritance of the earth, son-ship in the ruing
spiritual Kingdom of God and naturally, the Holy Spirit of eternal life with which
to make these promises possible. The New Covenant, unlike the Old Covenant, is actually
preceded by a will--that is, a testament. To be correct, the first part of the Bible
should not be titled “The Old Testament.” For the question of death of either party
to that Covenant did not enter into the agreement as it would had it been a will--a
testament. The Old Covenant was simply an agreement--”You do this and I’ll do that.
So--properly the title of the second part of the Bible should be,” The New Covenant
and Testament.” The Greek, in which this latter part of the Bible was originally
written, uses the Greek title ”Diatheke” which is translated interchangeably as “covenant”
8. When does God say this New Covenant was confirmed? Daniel 9:27. Was it the Messiah
who did this? Verse 26. ( Notice that by Christ’s supreme sacrifice of Himself He
did away with the necessity of animal sacrifices and oblations.) And does 1 Corinthians
1:7-8 tell us the Messiah--Jesus--is coming to establish this promised New Covenant
at His at His second coming?
Comment: A "day" in the prophecy of Daniel 9:27 represents a year. Christ ministered
three and a half years—one half of this prophetical week. Then He sacrificed His
blood for the "many" people of the world so that they need not die. A tremendous
sacrifice. He thus "made firm" the New Covenant at that time by saving people so
they need not die eternally for their sins. Thus He made it possible for them to
receive the Holy Spirit by which they may be born again as spirit beings and enter
into the New Covenant relationship.
Immediately after Christ's second coming, He will take the remaining three and one-half
years to establish the New Covenant by actually covenanting with those who were saved
by His blood because of His first three-and-one-half-years' ministry. The word "confirm"
means to "make firm" or "establish." All who are born again as spirit beings will,
at Christ's second coming, be officially invited to enter into the New Covenant marriage
relationship with Christ as their husband. This is the way Christ will establish
the New Covenant. We must be ready! This must be our goal! What a priceless privilege!
9. Christ, remember, is the sacrificial Lamb of God. Does Rev. 19:7, 9 describe
this glorious marriage event in which we who are ready will become the bride, at
His second coming? Read also II Corinthians. 11:2.
Christ to RE-MARRY His Wife!
Some may ask, "How can Jesus Christ marry the New Testament church which is composed
of both Israelites and Gentiles, if He was already married to ancient Israel under
the Old Covenant?" The fact is Jesus Christ is no longer bound by marriage to ancient
Israel! That marriage contract has been dissolved! Notice how.
1. After ancient Israel had disobeyed God's law, followed the customs of the heathen—
serving other gods—did the Lord plead with them to return from their adulterous ways?
Comment: When ancient Israel broke God's marriage covenant, they were actually committing
spiritual adultery. They put the customs of heathen peoples and the worship of idols
ahead of the worship of God Who was their Husband. Because God is Holy He does not
"co-exist" with sin! Therefore He was forced to separate His "wife"—ancient Israel—from
Himself. (Isaiah. 50:1.)
2. Was it the sins of ancient Israel that separated them from God? Jeremiah. 3:6,
8; Isaiah. 50:1 and Isaiah. 59:1-2.
Comment: Even though Israel had committed adultery, God was, however, not free to
marry again! Adultery is not a cause for divorce and remarriage! That's why the
Eternal said, "I am married unto you" (Jeremiah. 3:14). The Lord—Jesus Christ of
the New Testament—was still bound by His part of the conditions of the marriage contract.
These conditions were, however, limited by death! Only the death of one of the partners
of a marriage covenant can sever the marriage relationship—marriage is binding until
death! Jesus Christ's death on the stake at Golgotha freed Him from His first marriage
contract to ancient Israel. Now he is free to marry a repentant, forgiven, sin-free
"spiritual Israel"— the New Testament Church—when He returns!
3. Who is it Jesus will marry when He returns? Rev.19:7. Notice the words "his wife."
Comment: When Jesus returns He promises to make a new covenant-—a new marriage agreement.
That new marriage contract will be made with "spiritual" Israel — converted Israelites
and Gentiles—now born of the Spirit.
This time the wife will remain faithful. Why? Because she will have received God’s
Holy Spirit and, at the resurrection, will have born as a perfect spiritual nation--into
the Kingdom of God. God’s spirit enables us to keep His laws which are still the
terms and conditions of the marriage agreement--the New Covenant--He will make with
CHRIST CAME THAT WE MAY KEEP THE LAW
Some believe that Jesus came to “do away with the law.” Just what was the purpose
of Christ’s coming anyway?
How ignorant the vast majority are of the most vital of all the facts they should
know. Those who have set themselves up as ministers have not taught the people the
truth, nor do they themselves know it.
Learn here the truth from your Bible!
1. Did Christ come to "do away with the law"—to "nail the law to the cross"? What
did Christ, Himself, say? He should know why He came. What are His words? Mat. 5:17.
Do verses 18 and 19 also show He did not come to destroy the law? On what two great
things does Christ say "hang all the law"? Mat. 22:40, 37, 38. 39.
Comment: The great royal law of love has always existed. It with its ten points,
the ten commandments, was in effect in the Garden of Eden. The law stands fast forever.
Love of God as revealed by His law will never become obsolete (Psalms. 111:7, 8).
People have been unable to bring themselves into harmony with this highest of all
laws!! Christ here repeats twice for emphasis that He did not come to destroy —to
do away with—the law.
2. On the other hand, what did Christ say He came to do? Mat. 5:17, last eight words.
What did Christ mean by these words, "I come ... to fulfil"? See comment.
Comment: Christ was the first-begotten of many brethren. He was a mortal human being,
just as you and I, but He was begotten of the Holy Spirit of God at his physical
conception whereas with you and me, conception by the Holy Spirit comes later in
life—after we have sinned. Christ "fulfilled the law" perfectly. Most certainly in
Christ's "fulfilling" of the Law He did not annul the Law. He enlarged—His demonstrated
the power of the Holy Spirit of God, if placed within man, to be able to fulfil—keep—the
law. For with God all things are possible (Mat. 19:26). Christ came to pay with
His own life the penalty of eternal death for all of us. He makes it possible that
we may receive the Holy Spirit of life whereby we can fulfil the law also!
With the advent of the New Covenant promise of the Holy Spirit with which to keep
the Law, God can now magnify— His commandments from the keeping of the law in the
as commanded under the Old Covenant, to the original intent that God desired from
the beginning in the Garden of Eden.
God can now require the keeping of the law in the spirit—in its spiritual intent.
This is a far more difficult task!! But man can have more power—the power of the
Holy Spirit—to accomplish this feat if he will surrender to God!
Christ came to magnify the law. This is why He said, "Ye have heard that it was said
by them in old time [by God's law-givers under the Old Covenant], thou shall not
commit adultery [physically']: but I say unto you, that whosoever looks after a woman
to lust after her [mentally] hath [already] committed adultery" (Mat. 5:27, 28).
Now it is counted a sin if one even lets the thought of adultery enter the mind.
Or dwell on sins of any other kind.
Christ, by paying with His life for the sins of all mankind so that we need not die
an eternal death for them, has made it possible that all may enter into the New Covenant
relationship with Him. These two ways, then, are how Christ came to "fulfil the Law"—He,
Himself, fulfilled it by obeying it, and has made it possible for "whomsoever will"
to fulfil— obey—it!
PREPARATION: WE MUST MAKE AS PROSPECTIVE BRIDE!
1. What purpose has the Old Covenant period served?
Comment: It has been necessary for God to make man realize, through centuries of
experience, the ageless fact that true happiness comes only by living in accordance
with the great eternal law of love. And make man realize that he, of himself, is
utterly incapable of doing so through his own means.
The Old Covenant has done just this! For the Israelites, down through the centuries,
have been known as the nation of God. Yet all know that Israel could never keep His
law. Thus Israel has become an example to the people of the world that all mankind,
of themselves, cannot keep God's law either.
And then—just at this point—God has sent His only begotten Son to this unhappy and
sorrow-ridden world with the joyful news—the "Good News"—of the arrival of a New
Covenant. A covenant whereby one may be "begotten again, grow again and, at Christ's
coming, be born again" a new creation (II Corinthians. 5:17), having another nature—the
loving Spirit of God.
2. Each of us must receive the Holy Spirit which will set in motion the changes which
must occur within us before we can be "born again" with the spirit body and holy
spiritual nature we must have in order that Christ can establish His new marriage
covenant with us. What are the terms of Christ's testament or will whereby we may
receive the Holy Spirit necessary to cause these changes? What does Christ say you
must do now in order to receive the Holy Spirit? Acts 2:38. Are not three things
Comment: Here you have the very essence of the things you must do now to prepare
yourself to be a member of the Church which Christ will marry at His coming. Three
things are necessary for you to do now in order to receive the promised Holy Spirit.
You must repent, believe, and be baptized. What does this mean?
First: You must "repent"—be sorry for your old ways, and surrender yourself, as far
as it is humanly possible to the loving rule of God —for God will save no one He
Christ purchases true Christians with His blood which He shed on the tree for their
sins so that they need not die an eternal death for sin (Acts 2:38). That is, Christ
purchases those who are willing to prepare now to enter into the New Covenant with
Him at His coming, and He has promised now to place the Holy Spirit within them.
Those who agree to enter into the New Covenant with Christ thereby will agree to
become Christ's purchased servants—they agree to do His will. And, as "servants of
Christ, doing the will of God," you will be doing His will this time—unlike those
under the Old Covenant— "from the heart" (Eph. 6:6). For God will have, under the
terms of the New Covenant, inscribed His law "in the fleshly table of your heart"
(Jeremiah. 31:33 and Ezek. 11:19), by the indwelling of His Holy Spirit within you!
Second: You must believe— that the Holy Spirit of power promised by the terms of
Christ's Will can completely crush out your old carnal nature and change you. And
believe that Christ is your Saviour, as your present high priest, and coming Ruler.
Christ, by paying with His life for the sins of all mankind so that we need not die
an eternal death for them, has made it possible that all may enter into eternal life.
No wonder it is that when we look at the failure of those people to keep the law
under the Old Covenant, we realize that we need a Saviour—Christ—to pay for our sins.
We realize the Old Covenant "Law has been our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ"
(Gal. 3:24). And that it is only right and proper that we acknowledge Him who has
redeemed us as our coming Ruler and King and Husband!
Third: You must be baptized.
So—to summarize—you must: (1) repent, (2) believe, (3) be baptized.
After you have done this, what does God promise to do, according to the terms of
Christ's “ Will or Testament? ". . . and you shall receive “ the gift of the Holy
Spirit"!! (Acts 2:38). This is what God promises to do on His part.
There it is!
This is the spirit of power that came upon the apostles just after Christ's death
(Acts 2:4). This is the prior requirement for entering into the new covenant relationship
with Christ at our resurrection. How glorious that God has promised us a way of liberation
from all our unhappy ways!! Then, at Christ's soon coming, we may inherit all the
other marvellous things that the New Covenant promises—eternal life, the Kingdom,
and the earth forever. The Holy Spirit gives us the power to have all these blessings!
THE DECISION IS YOURS
If you intend to enter into the New Covenant marriage agreement with Christ, you
should begin preparation now! Later may be too late. But the decision is yours to
make. God will not force you. He leaves you free to choose. Notice:
1. When God offered the Old Covenant to ancient Israel, did He coerce them into entering
this covenant with Him, or did He allow them to voluntarily decide whether they would
enter into it? Ex. 19:3, 5-8. Notice the word "if" in verse 5.
Comment: The word "if" shows that God did not force the people of ancient Israel
to enter into the Old Covenant with Him.
2. Did God coerce the next generation of Israelites, forty years later, to enter
this same Covenant with Him, or did He allow them to choose whether or not they would
do so? Deut. 30:19. Note the words, "choose life."
Comment: Christ will not force anyone into entering a covenant with Him. Nor will
He force you into a decision to start preparing to enter a covenant with Him. Why?
God is creating beings with abilities like His own—beings with minds like His own
—beings who can choose—beings who are free moral agents, and who are not mere automatons
like the rest of His creation, such as the plants and animals. Christ never did force
anyone to covenant with Him, and He never will! For He is forming beings who must
voluntarily choose correctly! They will become God's supreme creation!
He will advise though—He says, "choose life." You also are a free moral agent just
as were the former generations to which the other covenant—the Old Covenant—was
offered. What will be your choice?
The New Covenant promises life—eternal life —and as the collective bride of Christ
a close relationship with Him. And all the other blessings that will attend this
What are you going to do now about the New Covenant which is to be offered you when
Christ comes? If you choose not to prepare yourself now for entry into this Covenant
by refusing to allow God to place His Holy Spirit within you—the Spirit of eternal
life—you will not be transformed, at Christ's soon coming, into a spirit being—the
form you must be in to be able to covenant with Him.
God will not make a marriage covenant with a lower — human — form of life. In order
to attend the wedding supper of the Lamb, you must be "born again"—a spirit being—just
as God is!
Persistent refusal to submit will lead to eternal death.
WHERE TO RECEIVE THE SPIRIT?
The time is now at hand for you to make a decision. Think deeply on this matter as
you meditate on this lesson and the lessons just ahead. These will give God's revealed
instruction on how you can finally enter into the New Covenant, husband-wife relationship
with the living Jesus Christ, your Redeemer.
The evidence is now crystal clear that in order for to inherit eternal-life you
must also stand ready to enter into this New Covenant relationship with Christ. That's
the only way to be born again of the life-giving Holy Spirit of God, and inherit
all the other things you really desire.
Does God leave you in the dark on this most vital of all things? Or does He clearly
point out to you the fact that He does have a Church, and show you how you can identify
it from among the welter of so-called "churches" of today?
Which church—that is the question of all-encompassing importance! The Bible plainly
gives the answer to this question, too. Let's understand what it says.
1. Long before Moses and Mount Sinai, did God have a priest upon the earth who represented
Him, and carried out His work? Gen. ., .) 14:18, 19. Also review in Lesson 7, questions
5 through 13.
2. Later, did God call Moses as a servant to serve Him? Ex. 3:11, 12. Did God have
Moses deliver the terms of the Old Covenant to the people at Mount Sinai? Ex. 19:3-8,
3. Was it not another mortal flesh-and-blood human being—Jesus Christ (Heb. 2:9,
14)— who came to announce, for God, the terms of the New Covenant to the people of
His time, and to the world? Mai. 3:1, Mark 1:14.
Comment: God uses human beings to represent Him in His religious dealings with human
beings upon the earth. After God personally gave the ten commandments to the people
at Mount Sinai, it was a human being, Moses, who gave the terms of the Old Covenant
to the people for God. Then God used Christ, in His human form, to announce the conditions
of the New Covenant. And today God uses certain human beings to represent Him in
his dealings with man.
The Gospel is the message about the Kingdom of God. A kingdom is constituted of four
things: territory, ruler, laws and citizens. The gospel message must, therefore,
include the New Covenant message whereby "born again" people may covenant with Christ
to rule with Him in a husband-wife relationship as citizens in the future spirit-governed
Kingdom of God. The Father has planned from the very foundation—the very beginning—of
the world, how these four things which will constitute His Kingdom must be brought
into being! (Mat. 25:34-)
4. Christ, Himself, was here on this earth but a short time. Is it true that Christ
a church to carry the message of this new covenant on down to people through all
the ages, so they could now receive the Holy Spirit and thus be prepared to enter
the Kingdom at His soon coming? Mat. 16:18.
5. Was this Church to be composed of many different denominations? Or was it to be
but one church? Was this church to have the "keys" to the Kingdom—the means of
obtaining entrance into the Kingdom? Verse
Comment: One of the most important keys is to know that there is to be & New Covenant,
know how to enter into it, and know how to keep your part of it so that God may forever
fulfil His part. The church you need to be in is the only one that has this key!
6. After the New Covenant was made known, when did the promised Holy Spirit first
enter into those who knew how to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit? Acts 1:4, 5;
2:1-4. By the entrance of the Holy Spirit into these people, were they thus put within
God's church— the Church of God? I Corinthians. 12:13.
Comment: These members, by surrendering their wills to God, and by having God's Spirit
placed within them, became the members of His spiritual body. They became the members
of His body just like the members of your body, your eyes, arms, legs—are members
of your body and subject to your will. Here is the origin of the first true spiritual
Church of God on the earth.
7. Do not the following references show that God's true Church should bear the name
"Church of God"? Read and write out each of these vital proofs: Acts 20:28; I Corinthians.
1:2; 10:32; 11:22; and 15:9; 2 Corinthians. 1:1; I Thessalonians. 2:14; 2 Thessalonians.
1:4; I Tim. 3:5 and Gal. 1:13.
8. Down through the ages, since Christ's time, has there been a very small group
who have continued to be the teachers of things concerning God's New Covenant and
will? Rev. 2:1, 8, 12, 18. Rev. 3:7,8.
Comment: These seven actual Churches mentioned here existed in the time of the apostles.
But each also represents a type of the true Church of God in its successive stages
on down from the time of Christ. These are traceable through history.
THE CHURCH OF GOD
1. To whom was Jesus Christ sent? Matthew 15:24.
Comment: Jesus was sent to the house of Israel. And the work of proclaiming the gospel
will not only go to the house of Israel but to the whole world! Christ founded His
Church for this purpose.
God's true Church is not the shouting, senseless "Pentecostal type” church.
God's Spirit is "the spirit of a sound mind.”
2. There is a special Spirit in God's Church —the Holy Spirit of God. For by His
Spirit we are baptized into His Church. But does Paul warn you about receiving a
different spirit? 2Corinthians 11:4.
Comment: This different spirit is the spirit of anti-Christ (I John 2:18). It is
against Christ. It splits groups into denominations. It is not the uniting Holy Spirit
of God. Do not make the fatal mistake of attempting to covenant with God through
the wrong church. If you do, the apostle John here warns, you will
receive the wrong spirit. You will be led in to not keeping the commands as revealed
in God's word, the Bible.
3. Are other warnings given against attempting to covenant with God through false
churches? Mark 13:6.
Comment: Many—not the few, but many— will come in Christ's name, thus falsely classifying
themselves as Christians, and will thus deceive the many. Remember that after you
are begotten, you must grow. IF you choose the wrong church through which to covenant
with God, you will be fed the wrong spiritual food. You will then die spiritually
if you are fed this wrong spiritual food—it is poisonous! Finally, keep always in
mind that God's final warning message to all the earth must be carried by any means
possible and that includes the internet!
Other churches have wrongly appropriated God's true Church name "Church of God,"
just as they have wrongly appropriated Christ's name—Christian. Consider these facts
as you learn more, in the lessons just ahead, about entering into the New Covenant
with Jesus Christ at His second coming!
Remember, the decision to enter into God's covenant is up to you!