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[The Covenants]:
Promise & Law
Written on September 6th, 2006 - 10:37PM
Last Updated: September 6th, 2006 - 10:37PM

When coming to God, it is important to understand our access. It is through covenant, which has been God's use throughout much of His dealings with humankind.

Paul when comparing the two covenants, briefly explains how they operate:

Brothers, speaking of human terms, though it is only a man's covenant, yet when it has been confirmed, no one makes it void, or adds to it. (Galatians 3:15)

Referring to the covenants of man, and how they operated, Paul shows how even our understanding can reveal how God is working with His people.

No one is able to cancel a contract by himself, nor can he add to it, once it has been confirmed. To that which the two parties have agreed cannot be changed.

When Yahweh cuts a covenant with either a person or a people, it stands fast until the terms are met. Nothing can be added to it while it is in effect.

The apostle Paul here uses this description to show that the original promises made to Abraham stand fast. God promised certain things to his Seed, with no further requirement—Abraham simply believed, and he was accounted righteous for it.

The Law of Moses came some 400 years later. It could not be added to that original covenant between Yahweh and Abraham, the promise to his seed, because a covenant cannot be amended. Nor could that first covenant with Abraham be annulled when the newer covenant of Moses with Israel came to pass.

Now I say this. A covenant confirmed beforehand by God in Christ, the law, which came four hundred thirty years after, does not annul, so as to make the promise of no effect. (Galatians 3:17)

There were two covenants, which Paul describes with two words, "promise" and "law." The first, with Abraham, was of promise—Abraham simply believed Yahweh as to what was promised and he received. The second, with the children of Israel through Moses, was of law—that is, they were required to live a certain way, do certain works, to fulfill the covenant.

The two cannot be mixed, nor does one annul the other. So we see how covenants operate, they are self-sufficient and stand on their own.

For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no more of promise; but God has granted it to Abraham by promise. (Galatians 3:18)

Paul reveals that the original covenant, with Abraham, applies to all those who are of the Seed to which the promise came. It was to Abraham's Seed—singular, not plural, seeds—revealing it spoke of Christ.

Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He doesn't say, "To seeds," as of many, but as of one, "To your seed,"{Genesis 12:7; 13:15; 24:7} which is Christ. (Galatians 3:16)

As we have come to understand through the enlightment of Yahweh's Spirit, all those who believe and receive God's Son, Christ Jesus, become one with Him. Therefore, being one with that Seed, Christ, they receive what was promised to that Seed. The later covenant which lasted for some time with Israel through Moses, cannot and does not apply to those who are under the covenant with Abraham's Seed.

26For you are all children of God, through faith in Christ Jesus. 27For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29If you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed and heirs according to promise. (Galatians 3:26-29)


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The Good Message

As you read this site, you will hopefully come to know Yahweh more fully.

But all of this continuing knowledge is useless unless and until you come into union with Him. I use the word union because it is truly a marriage. It is that deep connection we all seek, for which we most often look in other people. However, the truth is that our hearts will only be fulfilled when we enter that union in fullness with the One Who made us.

This is the grace of God, that He has not stayed distant for us only to worship as Creator. But He has come unto us, even become one of us—in His Son, Christ Jesus—in order to share an intimate union with us. He desires such closeness that it truly will envelope our entire life, transforming us into something new and wonderful.

You may have already entered this union with Him and only seek to know Him better through reading here. But if you have not, as you do read, let this Gospel sink into your heart as you read it now.

God loves you, and has cast your sins into the sea. He has sent His only Son as the Savior of the world—that includes you.

That Son, Jesus Christ, was born as a man through a virgin who had given her life to Yahweh; He lived without sin, reflected the glory of His Father, God, in all His words and deeds, and was persecuted even unto death because of it.

His death upon a cross was the powerful explosion that separated you from your life of death. It remains for you, now, to enter into that death with Him. As you die to the one you are now, a person separated from God from your many sins, you will be born anew, with a nature predisposed to live rightly. This gift is free to you, with nothing you can do to earn it. It is the mercy of God to offer it to you, as He loves you so much! All you must do is receive it by trusting Him to have delivered you. Simply place your life in His hands and embrace the freedom that came through that death on the cross.

The Gospel is that Jesus did not remain dead, but rose again on the third day after His crucifixion! Death could not hold Him, as He was without sin. And so death will not be able to hold you, as you identify with Him fully through your trust in Him. Let go of yourself and confess Him as Lord of your life. The power of His death and resurrection will work in you all that your Creator has destined for you. You will truly enter a new life and experience that intimate union you have been seeking all of your life.

So ponder these words as you read here of this great God—Yahweh—and all that He has revealed to His creation. Let His Spirit testify to your heart that these words are true, that God is Love, and that He sent His Son so that you might receive the life that is unbound by time and space. As you feel that witness in your heart, simply believe and receive what He is offering to you, even now, and begin your new life as a child of God.

Please write to me and let me know when you take this step, as I will be your brother in Christ—we will be one in Him!

 
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