A COVENANT FOR ALL PEOPLES
PART 15 - THE "ELECT CHILD OF GOD" MUST BECOME PART OF GOD'S INVISIBLE INNER CIRCLE-HIS ROYAL PRIESTHOOD
1. THEY must become a Jew on the inside, because this is the only Jew that God will accept into the inner circle of His reconciliation.
2. They must also become the Circumcision, with the Circumcision not made with hands — the invisible Circumcision of the Heart. Because this too is a requirement for entrance into God's inner circle.
3. They must become part of Israel, and only the children of the promise are counted for a seed: Part of the hidden Israel of God. Which is, in all reality, representative of the inner circle. (The Ekklesola en Ekklesia)
4. They must become as natural branches in this Blessed Trunk. All of the invisible ELECT must become a part of Israel's Natural Olive Tree.
With these facts in view, how can we distinguish between the members of the so—called "invisible Christian Church" and the hidden Israel of God? We cannot! Because, within this blessed trunk, they are all the same within the spiritual dimension of the hidden Israel of God.
“But as many as received Him, to them gave He the right to become children of God, even to them that believe on His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (Jn.1:12 and 13, Ref. Phil.2:15, and 1Jn.3:1 and 2)
aaron—This need to distinguish between the Church and Israel is the result of a larger problem: The inability to accept the Scriptures at face value. As we establish our interpretation of the Scriptures, we must not allow our understanding to dictate that interpretation. This condition is evident in the theology of those who futurize eschatology. The teaching of a future enactment of the New Covenant, the Covenant of Promise, is without any sound New Testament support. Dr. Scofield should have given more adherence to his own advice: "Never use a doubtful or obscure passage to contradict a clear and positive one." Rightly dividing the word of truth p.64
—THE TWO COVENANTS—
(Extensions of the Abrahamic Covenant — the Everlasting Covenant of Grace /or Abraham's Covenants with God)
(The Covenant of Bondage — The Covenant of Promise)
First Covenant Second Covenant
Circumcised heart/flesh Circumcised heart
(Jews, the Circumcision, and Israel—The Hidden Israel of God)
God's own possession
A holy nation
A kingdom of priests
Part of the Olive Tree
Engrafted Olive branches
The household of God
Children of promise
Sons of Abraham
Members of the body
Children of God
Once again, we can test our covenant understanding by answering this simple question: Should infants, too, be baptized? And our answer here must be a resounding yes—infants definitely should be baptized! Infants as well as adults are to be included in God's covenant and counted as members within His institutional corporate peoples. This inclusive pledge for the children of God’s peoples was the result of a direct command from God, as we find its origin in the visible sign of circumcision in the Old Testament dispensation. Then following with that clear example that was set down in the formation of the Abrahamic Covenant, we have conformation for the same inclusive pledge for the children of God’s peoples within the Christian era: The commanded initiatory rite of water baptism for the New Testament dispensation must include their infant offspring as well. They, no less than adults, are promised the forgiveness of sin through Christ's blood and the Holy Spirit who works within us to produces our faith.
Therefore, by baptism, infants should be received into the visible Christian Church and should be distinguished from the children of unbelievers. Ref. 1Cor.7:14
“For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.”
Now if our infant children are identified as being "holy" at birth before our most Holy God, I believe that baptism becomes absolutely essential in their lives. Recalling that the failure to circumcise their eight—day—old child resulted in that child being cut off from God's peoples because God's covenant would have been broken. “Gen.17: 13He that is born in your house, and he that is bought with your money, must be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. 14And the uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.”Since the children of believers are determined to be holy at birth, just as the Scriptures plainly tell us this in 1Cor.7:14, why would we ever want to withhold them from partaking in this inclusive ordinance of baptism? An ordinance that does ultimately allow each individual some insight into understanding the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ that He made for all of us by hanging upon that tree. Amen.