A COVENANT FOR ALL PEOPLES
PART 6 - THE EVERLASTING COVENANT IS THE COVENANT OF RECONCILIATION
AARON—God, throughout the Old Covenant, was dealing only with a select group of people—the nations of Israel: guiding them and establishing them as examples for us today. God, knowing that our nature is earthly, instructs us because His purpose for us is Spiritual and heavenly. According to promise, Jesus came into the world as the fulfillment of God's contract with our father Abraham. This Second Covenant, or New Covenant as it is presently called, is clearly seen as a Covenant of Reconciliation when we take the Scriptures at their face value. (Literally)
“(Again): That Jesus might create in Himself of the two (Jews and Gentiles), one new man, so making peace, and might reconcile them both (Jews and Gentiles) in one body unto God through the cross.” Eph.2:para.
“For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, shall we be saved in His life. We also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.” (Rom.5:10,11)
“For it was the good pleasure of God that in Jesus should all the fullness dwell, and through Him, to reconcile all things unto Himself, having made peace through the blood of the cross. I say, whether things upon the earth, or things in the heavens. And you, being in time past alienated and enemies in your mind and in your evil works, yet now has He reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and without blemish and unreprovable before Him.” (Col.1:19—22) (Wow!!!)
aaron—This is that certain conformation of our present status with God—that while we were yet sinners, Christ dies for US! And in making that sacrifice, Christ has eternally reconciled us to our God and Father.
I would repeat—“But we again rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.”
“Wherefore, if any man is in Christ, he is a new creation. Old things are passed away, behold, they are become new. But all things are of God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and gave unto us the ministry of reconciliation: That is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself, not accounting unto them their trespasses, and having committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” (2Cor.5:17—20) (All salvation, throughout time and eternity, is by God's grace, grace, wonderful grace!)
aaron—This passage from Second Corinthians "not accounting unto them their trespasses" is confirmed by what we were given in Psalm 32:1 and 2a /Romans 4:6—8 "6Even as David also pronounced blessing upon the man, unto whom God counted righteousness apart from works, 7saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, And whose sins are covered. 8Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not reckon sin." This is that clear picture of God's free and unmerited grace that is extended to the world through the finished propitiatory work of His Son upon the cross.
*—Why the Second Covenant was necessary—
“For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God, sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh.” (Rom.8:3)
“For there is an annulling of the foregoing commandments because of its weakness and unprofitableness.” (For the law made nothing perfect.) (Heb.7:18 and 19a) (But Christ’s one perfect sacrifice surly did!)
“(For) the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, not the very image of the things, can never with the same sacrifices year by year, which they offer continually, make perfect them that draw near.” (Heb.10:1) (But Christ's poured out blood does!)
aaron—According to this passage, the visible law was intended to be only a shadow of the things kept secret in the invisible realm of the supernatural—of the good things to come. But even then, not the exact image of those hidden things.
“According to that which is offered both gifts and sacrifices that cannot, as touching the conscience, make the worshipper perfect.” (Heb.9:9) (But praise be to our God—Christ's blood and Spirit can and does!)aaron—Some in the Church postulate the reinstitution of the Old Covenant during a supposed millennial reign of Christ. This interpretation, not being Scripturally viable—especially within the Great Kingdom Parables, is nothing more than wild speculation. The Old Covenant (the law) was superseded on our account because of its weakness and unprofitableness. As was stated earlier: the principal intent of the Old Covenant was to teach—to be only a copy and a shadow of the heavenly things: A shadow of some of the things we may find in the eternal kingdom. Amen.