The new covenant is imitating the life of Christ. Let us get one thing straight from the beginning; a carnal minded person will not fully follow it. A carnal minded person will follow the golden rule most of the time and the laws of God that match the laws of the world. This is why Christians, in particular, are accused of picking and choosing what laws of God to follow. A carnal minded person may not even finish reading this article.
Christ comes from the Greek Christos, which means “the chosen one,” or “the anointed one.” Mashiach is the Hebrew word, which means the same thing, or as we know it—Messiah.
Christ as the New Covenant
I am the Lord, I will appoint You as a covenant to the people, as a light to the nations. (Isaiah 42:6, Isaiah 49:8) The Bible tells us twice that God would appoint Christ as a covenant to the people. There are also many references that support these two scriptures.
My Words shall not depart
“As for Me, this is My covenant with them,” says the Lord: “My Spirit which is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth shall not depart from your lips, or from the lips of your offspring, nor from the lips of your offspring’s offspring,”says the Lord, “from now and forever (Isaiah 59:21) It is carnal minded to think that this message only applies to Isaiah and his offspring. Therefore, the laws of God associated with the old covenant last forever unless God says otherwise, which He does.
My Spirit will cause you to
Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and all your idols. Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I the Lord will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I the Lord will place My Spirit in you and cause you to walk in My laws, and you will be careful to observe My laws. (Ezekiel 36:25-27) We are to live by every word of God under any covenant. The New Testament does not mention any new statutes or ordinances of God. Therefore, God’s existing laws under the old covenant continue into the new covenant unless He says otherwise, which He does.
They will observe them
My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd, and they will walk in My ordinances, and keep My statutes, and observe them. (Ezekiel 37:24) A carnal minded person will accept the following unsound doctrine. God gave laws under the old covenant. Then He stopped them under the new covenant. Then He will reinstitute them in the world to come.
The Blood of New Covenant
If we walk in the Light as He is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus God’s Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7) Christ released us from our sins by His blood. (Revelation 1:5) It is important to note that Christ released us from our past sins through His blood.
God displayed Christ publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed. (Romans 3:25)
If anyone does not abide in the New Covenant
Christ said to abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear the fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine; you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. (John 15:4-6) Most once-saved-always-saved advocates agree with these scriptures, which indicate that eternal salvation is conditional. However, many of them say that anyone who falls away from Christ was never truly in Him.
They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out so that it would be shown that they all are not of us. (1 John 2:19)
However, it remains that according to the parable of the sower apostasy happens. (Matthew 13, Mark 4, Luke 8)
I will put the New Covenant within them
“This is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the Lord, “I will put My laws within them, and on their heart, I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 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.” (Jeremiah 31:27-34, Hebrews 8:7-13)
Christ the Mediator of the New Covenant
Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. (Hebrews 9:15)
The Truth is not in him
By this, we know that we have come to know Christ if we keep His commandments. The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this, we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. (1 John 2:3-6)
The New Covenant shall save us
For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. (Romans 5:10) For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps. (1 Corinthians 11:1, Ephesians 5:1, 1 Peter 2:21, 1 John 2:6)
YAH BUT, did not Christ follow all of the Old Covenant laws and instruct others to do the same? Christ did indeed instruct others to follow all the Old Covenant laws because other people had no other option until the new covenant started. Jesus may have followed all the Old Covenant laws, however; Christ did not follow all the Old Covenant laws.
You have not desired sacrifice and meal offering; My ears You have opened; You have not required burnt offering and sin offering. (Psalm 40:6) You do not delight in sacrifice. Otherwise, I would give it. You are not pleased with burnt offering.” (Psalm 51:16)
Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we eat?’ (Matthew 6:31)
It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man.” (Matthew 15:11, Mark 7:20)
It does not matter what Jesus did before His anointing as the Christ (the Son of God). Not until Jesus learned to be obedient was He anointed as the Christ (the Son of God). (Hebrews 5:8) It is living the life of Christ that saves us. (Romans 5:10)
God’s Ways and Words are Everlasting/Forever
God’s words and ways are everlasting/forever. (Isaiah 40:8, Habakkuk 3:6, Psalm 139:24) The everlasting way of Your testimonies, precepts, commandments, statutes, and judgments. (Psalm 119:14, Psalm 119:27, Psalm 119:32, Psalm 119:33, Isaiah 26:8)
YAH BUT, are not the laws that were abolished the words and ways of God? YES, of course, they are. However, this is where living by every word of God holds true under the new covenant. God’s words let us know that we do not have to follow not good laws and laws that do not lead to eternal under the new covenant.
God also gave them statutes that were not good and ordinances by which they could not live. (Ezekiel 20:25)
God’s words tell us that such laws have been taken out of the way of the Lord. (Genesis 18:19)
The not good laws were added because of transgressions until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made. (Galatians 3:19) The book of the law was written about Forty years after the first covenant began.
Christ abolished in His flesh the enmity, which is the not good Law of commandments contained in ordinances. (Ephesians 2:15)
Christ blotted out the certificate of debt consisting of laws hostile to us, which was against us; and He has taken them out of the way, having nailed them to the cross. (Colossians 2:14)
There was a setting aside of a former not good commandment because of its weakness and uselessness. (Hebrews 7:18)
The not good laws relate only to food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until a time of reformation. (Hebrews 9:10)
Therefore, there are fewer laws of God to follow under the new covenant.
Gift or no Gift
The gifts, as well as the calling of God, are irrevocable. (Romans 11:29)
I gave them My statutes and informed them of My ordinances, by which, if a man observes them, he will live. Also, I gave them My Sabbaths to be a sign between Me and them that they might know that I am the Lord who sanctifies them. (Ezekiel 20:11-12)
Are not the things given in Ezekiel 20:11-12 gifts from God and therefore irrevocable?