07 God’s Covenant – The Covenant for Redemption (Red letters do not record

Saved by faith We are in a place in time sometime before the year 4004 BC, in the Garden of Eden. God has created the universe, all of nature, the animals, the angels, and Adam and Eve as free and autonomous beings with the right to choose to live with Him or to reject Him. On the seventh day God rests from His creation. There is no such thing as death or suffering or hunger or pain for any creature whatsoever. We all live peacefully with each other by God’s standards. There is only one God. No one steals, no one kills, no one disrespects, nor robs, and there is neither greed nor any mistreatment. On the seventh day, a Saturday, we all gather to worship God, Who is love, and Who has given us all things. And together we live in peace and happiness. Then one morning a rumor starts going around, accusing God of being unjust, and now there is a group of angels who see God as evil. The other living beings must decide if they will remain with God or if they will leave this place, which He has provided for us all. Lucifer attracts followers, among them humans, who give up everything that God had given them in the Garden of Eden. The problem is that life was also there at God’s side. Romans 8:23 "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord". God respects their decision and lets His children go voluntarily. We chose “not to believe in God". God provides a means for all those who would like to go and live with Him, a bridge that will lead every one of us back to the Garden of Eden. It is based on “believing in Him”, in what He has promised, in what He had given us. Ephesians 2:8-10: "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them". This passage is generally used for a bad purpose, therefore whoever uses it will cut it here so that the phrase will comply with the purpose they want to teach. It is absolutely certain that we are saved by God’s grace alone, only by the justice of our Lord Jesus Christ. But this truth is combined with the lie that you should not keep any law or obey anything, save for believing only. But if we continue reading the complete passage, we will discover that it says we were "created... unto good works". Faith and good works are inseparable and go hand in hand. The whole context of the Bible supports a faith with good works, and not a faith alone without the production of fruit, or a faith without works. If not, then observe these two passages: Romans and James. One in direct contradiction with the other. Is the Bible perhaps a book that contradicts itself? Not at all, never! But if we study it superficially, we will run into contradictions. Simple! One of these passages is plainly complementary to the other. Both of these speak about salvation. Does God inspire Paul? Yes, He does. James also? Yes, He does. Then how can we balance this? Both Covenants speak clearly. The church that teaches you that you are "saved by faith only", without obeying, is teaching wrongly. It is liberal; it is not being objective and will wind up contradicting itself with many biblical passages. The church that teaches you that only good works will save you is teaching another error. It is being legalistic; it will not be objective either and will also run into many contradictions with biblical passages. The truth, what is written, and the example of Jesus, teaches that there is a mutual dependence of one passage with the other. Observe carefully. Faith, Before and After In the Old Testament as well as in the New, there is only one way for salvation: By faith. Whoever affirms that salvation in the Old Testament was through good works and in the New Testament it is by faith, does not know the Bible as a whole. The confessing of sins in the presence of the lamb was done with the hope that the Messiah would come and restore the kingdom we left in the Garden of Eden. Man with faith was to act coherent to that faith, as Abraham taught: Romans 4:16, 20-25: "Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all" "...He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. 22And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

Isaac verse 17. You have accepted the New Covenant with God’s law written in your heart. and we haven’t said this either. The plan for salvation has always been based on faith.” (Hebrews 8: 9) Besides ". “you keep it because you’ve already been saved". It has never been taught that you must “keep the law in order to be saved".23 Now it was not written for his sake alone. Enoch walked verse 5 (Gene 5:22). and by faith Moses refused. by faith in Jesus towards Canaan..25 and 27. dead faith because it has no works. do not be confused by this. Chapter 11 extensively illustrates the principle presented in briefer form in chapter 10. Your faith should be accompanied by an action in the same manner as in Hebrews 11. and in the New Testament. says the Lord. chose. please. one action… one work… that acted inseparably together with faith.. Hebrews 11 Here. 2For by it the elders obtained a good report. We must understand that this imperfection did not inherently take root from the first Covenant. were able to obtain a good report through faith". and I regarded them not. 25Who was delivered for our offences. Nevertheless. especially verses 35-39: that faith and fidelity are the supreme needs of those awaiting the coming of the LORD. Each and every example of faith from the chapter of faith (Hebrew 11) shows a work done together with faith. “because they continued not in my covenant. Note all the biblical coherence in the plan for Salvation. Both the first Covenant and the second Covenant are based on the Ten Commandments. For these. where they will live under a government based on the laws of God. Isaac and Jacob blessed their sons verses 20 and 21. Hebrews 8:7 says: "For if that first covenant had been faultless. (See Deuteronomy 4:13. James 2:12. Abraham offered up his son. "all these. and in that order: first the faith. (*1) What is most interesting is that the description of faith by each person in Hebrews is defined by one verb…. And God uses the same figure when He frees Israel from Egypt and leads them to obey His law. This teaching is totally coherent with James 2:14-26: where faith without works is given the death sentence. but on Sunday. that it was imputed to him. the evidence of things not seen. None of the exemplary personages that are mentioned in this list "received what was promised" (Chapter 11: 39). next to a theory that teaches: not to obey anything. just believe. Hebrews 8:10) The first Covenant has been known as an imperfect Covenant. Passages mention faith with works. Note the following: In Hebrews 11 we will find the best-known definition for faith. spiritual Israel is freed from the Earth (Egypt). Sara expected verse11. for we certainly do not deserve it. Abel offered verse 4.. but this one is spiritual.seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God. I will also forget thy children" (Hosea 4:6). we haven’t said this and. so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear". 24But for us also. then should no place have been sought for the second". There is a danger that some of those waiting will lose confidence for the Lord’s delay in His arrival. works come into the picture. We did not earn salvation. not to do any works. they only saw them from afar off" (verse 13). God granted it to us as a gift. and a sure people who keep God’s commandments in the days of the New Covenant. You do not keep the law to be saved. “patience is needed" in order to be able to live by faith”. and did not understand that without Christ it is impossible to keep . and you obey it because you are already saved and you do not want to fall into an example of disobedience.. not to keep God’s Sabbath on Saturday. The people of Israel did not perceive the sinfulness of their own heart. if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead. but from the disobedient people..14. God frees them from slavery and takes them to a land. Noah prepared the ark verse 7. we are freed from being slaves of sin and from Satan’s worldly system of things. abandoned and celebrated the Passover verses 24. based on God’s commandments from the Old to the New Testament. "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for. and was raised again for our justification". This does not mean that something has to be done to earn God’s favor or grace. based on the just laws of God’s government. Symbols which are totally coherent. and then you act according to that faith by doing. not because we have done something to deserve it. By faith in His promises in the Old Testament. as mentioned in this New Covenant. and perhaps this is the reason for all the confusion. This system of things is incoherent from all points of view. to whom it shall be imputed.. 3Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God.

Deuteronomy 31:24-27: "And it came to pass. by confusing concepts and by committing the serious mistake of revoking the law. Lo. The Covenant between God and man was sealed with blood. or of the new moon. 13:9. In the first Covenant. which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD. it is the book that restores ceremonial law and it is the one mentioned in Colossians 2:14-17. and God makes sure that we do not lose our understanding of the Covenant by distinguishing what things apply to it: The blood. "Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us. 27For I know thy rebellion. Satan’s objective. Mark.God’s law. (Romans 9:31-33 and Hebrews 4:1. and a law. O my God: yea. and how much more after my death?". and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God. The eternal principle of the eternal Covenant consists of believing what God has promised and to permit the Holy Ghost to write God’s law in our heart (see Romans 3:31. saying. when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book. the days come. Nevertheless. 8:3. has confused almost all Christians. but the body is of Christ" This is the book that is against us. that we recall why God calls us to be the lights in this world of darkness. which the LORD hath made with you concerning all these words". The ark of the Covenant is recorded in Hebrews 9:4. that it may be there for a witness against thee. and the law of the Covenant should be kept so as not to fall into disobedience.2). which is the foundation of the Covenant. or in drink. To discredit God’s plan. thy law is within my heart". says the Lord. or God’s laws. when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: 9Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt. while confusing the two Covenants. much different from the moral law on which the Covenant is based and founded. I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me. or extra days of rest. 8I delight to do thy will. Matthew.10). this book “on the side” was put here as a witness against us. The tabernacle or sanctuary is built. This book that is outside the ark. and the instructions and commandments of the ceremonial law. is to complicate things for those who wish to be saved. In the New Covenant. But we will be lights depending on the measure to which we reflect the light of Christ in our lives and remain in His everlasting Covenant (Ezequiel 16: 60-63). or in respect of an holy day. Matthew. and be obedient. Behold the blood of the covenant. Now note the contrast between this ceremonial law and the boards of the Covenant "inside" the ark. or of the Sabbath days: 17Which are a shadow of things to come. and thy stiff neck: behold. The blood is recorded as "blood of the Covenant" in Exodus. This is a wake-up call for us. this is the book that contains what we should eat and drink. all that the LORD hath said will we do. and with excessive haste they agreed to obey God (*2). says the Lord. the one nailed on the cross. 25That Moses commanded the Levites. 26Take this book of the law. and also in Hebrews 8: 8-10: "Behold. This is where many go wrong. Mark. Luke. Exodus 24:7-8 "And he took the book of the covenant. which was contrary to us. the ark. Israel failed because their faith failed. Ephesians 2: 14-16 and Romans 14: 6. by obeying the Pentateuchal laws. Luke and I Corinthians. The Sanctuary verifies that a distinction was made between the Covenant tablets. This book of the law was put beside and not inside. new moons and seven sabbaths. 10For this . the Sanctuary should be built and the rites carried out. Man was committed to obey and to do all the things Yahweh had said to us. and it is the one over which “the New Covenant is made in Jesus’ blood” the one mentioned in Jeremiah 31: 33. The Covenant Begins God made a Covenant. Psalms 40: 6-8: "Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire. 7Then said I. the One who represents the ceremonial law should be accepted. and I regarded them not. ye have been rebellious against the LORD. what holidays we should take. until they were finished. distinguishing the difference between the two is very simple. and a law of foundation and another law of form. which remained consigned to the law. and said. and sprinkled it on the people. The law that shapes the Covenant is ceremonial. Psalms 40 applies to Jesus and in the same manner when it says: "thy law is within my heart” God’s law is inside the Covenant’s ark. 8And Moses took the blood. which is also based in his everlasting Law (Psalms 111: 7-9). and took it out of the way. and read in the audience of the people: and they said.4. because they continued not in my covenant. while I am yet alive with you this day. nailing it to his cross… 16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat. mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.

and an earthquake. Luke 24: 44. and went to make war with the remnant of her seed. In the same manner that old Israel invalidated the first Covenant. and great hail" Do you remember what was inside the Ark of the Covenant? And on the tablets of the Covenant? Psalms 50: 5 "Gather my saints together unto me. could be changed? Hundreds of superficial readers ignore the methods of scientific interpretation. and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. They are in force. If you preach that all the law was nailed on the cross by the New Covenant and that one need not do works because Ephesians 2:8 says so. and the time of the dead. and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings. Bibliographical references: . and every man presses into it. the same word is used. If the law were until John the Baptist. that they should be judged. than one tittle of the law to fail". (See topic The Bible-Interesting Secrets in the general index) Both laws are grouped into one. The sanctuary and the ark of the Covenant symbolize God’s throne.is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days. One was abolished on the cross. and they shall be to me a people". The Ten Commandments speak of Saturday and of Jesus being Lord of Saturday. the Ten Commandments were not nailed on the cross. Romans chapters 2. were nailed on the cross refuses to acknowledge the plan for Salvation and is clearly a lie. is not mentioned in the Bible? Revelations 12:17: "And the dragon was wroth with the woman. And in Acts 15. and Hebrews 7:28. the word "law" is written. and not to obey it. and this applies to every Christian believer of our time. why does this same passage state that heaven and earth will pass before even a tittle of this law fails. The problem is that the apostles knew the difference between the two laws well enough. and that salvation is just “through faith only and does not include works" (Ephesians 2: 8-9) This goes to show us how little they know about God’s plan for Salvation. 19And the temple of God was opened in heaven. According to Romans 2: 28-29. Mark 2:28. small and great. among others. the new Covenant of today’s Israel is within. the New Covenant is being invalidated by today’s Israel preaching a similar inconsistency. This passage speaks for itself. and them that fear thy name. says the Lord. and by its context it refers to the moral law. I will put my laws into their mind. 6. or in other words. then they are mixed with Colossians and Galatians so as to preach to their followers not to keep it. which keep the commandments of God. For example: in Galatians 5:4. and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets. then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever”. as the day of rest. and is mentioned in Hebrews chapters 8 and 10. and the law of God inside the ark stand for the foundation of his government. Luke 10:26. you face a Bible that contradicts you. including Saturday. and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God. 17And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass. Or why do you think Sunday. and 7. and Revelation states that Satan attacks the only church that keeps them. Jesus warned in Matthew 24:24: “… there shall arise false Christs". Revelation 11: 18-19: " And the nations were angry. and the faith of Jesus”. of Revelations 14:12 teaches: “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God. which speaks of the New Covenant. and how they have been contaminated with deceit. as some wrongly interpret. and thy wrath is come. says the LORD. but in a clear context of ceremonial law. An excellent example of this interpretation is Luke 16:16: "The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached. The theory that the Ten Commandments. so it is not necessary to add any comment to it. those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice". which would mean a limited time. and have the testimony of Jesus Christ". The other was made eternal. and voices. among others. How can the law be abolished if the New Covenant is written in the heart and mind of every one of us? Those who preach this are being deceived and will have serious problems according to this passage: Jeremiah 31:36: "If those ordinances depart from before me. and in the New Testament both are referred by the simple fact of calling them "the law". besides being very close to verse 33. and thunderings. and to the saints.

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