Thursday, July 24, 2014

YAHSHUA IS THE MEDIATOR OF A NEW COVENANT!



Although some Messianic Jews insist that the Covenant cut with Yahshua’s Blood on the Cross at Golgotha was not a New Covenant but a re-establishment or renewal of the previous Covenant that God cut with Moses, there is indeed an Old and a NEW Covenant, and the spirit behind them both is different. While the Old or first Covenant focused on outward behavior or legalism, which was often merciless and cruel, the second or New Covenant focuses on inward emotional and spiritual behavior, and the true Spirit behind the Law, which is mercy and not sacrifice: 
Hosea 6:6 - “For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.” Matthew 9:13 - “But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” Matthew 12:7 - “But if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless.” 
The Apostle Paul explained the difference between the Old and New Covenants in this way: 
2 Corinthians 3:5-8 - “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, 6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 7 But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, 8 how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?” 
But beyond Paul, Yahshua Himself also had something to say about the Covenant that He would cut with His Blood. He did so through a parable, which indicates that there is a difference between the Old and New Covenants, and established the fact that the Old Covenant was not to be resumed in the New: 
Luke 5:36-38 - “Then He spoke a parable to them: “No one puts a piece from a new garment on an old one; otherwise the new makes a tear, and also the piece that was taken out of the new does not match the old. 37 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be ruined. 38 But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” 
Yahshua also called the covenant that is cut with His Blood a New Covenant at the Passover meal that He shared with His disciples just before He was arrested and killed: 
Matthew 26:27-29 - “Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 29 But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.” 
Because Yahshua was being put to death at the same time that many lambs were being sacrificed in the Temple to Yahweh for the Passover meal, Yahshua is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. (John 1:29). This is why, when the Apostle Paul recalled the last Passover that Yahshua ate, he indicated that our reenactment of Yahshua’s blessing of the bread and the wine at the end of that meal is a symbol of our entrance into a binding Covenant with God that we will be judged by instead of the Law of Moses: 
1 Corinthians 11:24-26 - “and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes. 27 Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. 30 For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. 31 For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.” 
This teaching shows that there is indeed a New Covenant in which we are responsible for judging ourselves by Yahshua’s teachings so that we will be found blameless, and will not be judged or fall sick. If that wasn’t enough to prove the existence of a New Covenant cut by Yahshua, the following teaching from the Book of Hebrews actually quotes from the Book of Jeremiah 31:31-35 to prove this point: 
Hebrews 8:6-13 - “But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises. 7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second. 8 Because finding fault with them, He says: 
 “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah - 9 not 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; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the Lord. 10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 11 None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. 12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” (Jeremiah 31:31-35) 
 13 In that He says, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.” 
The Book of Hebrews also goes on to say: 
Hebrews 9:11-15 - “But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. 12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, 14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.” 
To show the supremacy of this New Covenant over the Old, it is sealed with the power of the Holy Spirit, which was first released in power on the Shavuot or Pentecost after Yahshua’s Firstfruits Resurrection. This was the same day that the Old Testament Law began to be delivered to Moses on Mount Sinai, and this started with the Ten Commandments that were carved into stone to show that they were everlasting commandments, which Yahshua beautifully summarized with His Two Commandments.

But the rest of the commandments were not carved into stone to show that they will one day cease to be important, although they are important now in helping us to define what it means to not covet, lie or commit adultery, among other sins. In order to be able to discern what sin is and is not, however, we need the baptism of the Holy Spirit to make us born again. Without it, we cannot truly follow the Law or discern true right from wrong without our memorization of the entire written Law - and even memorizing it does not ensure that we will keep it all.

This is why Yahshua taught that, in order to enter His Covenant, we must be born again with the Holy Spirit. In this way, we have the Word of God written on our hearts by His own Spirit rather than the written testimony that we have to memorize to remember, as the written testimony is passing away:
John 3:1-6 - “There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” 3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” 
This is why Yahshua called the Holy Spirit our Helper or Counselor. Not until God’s Spirit indwells us is our one on one relationship with God established: 
John 14:26 - “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” 
Sadly, this direct relationship with God was missing in the Old Covenant because the people were afraid, and preferred to hear from God through Moses rather than face to face (Exodus 20:18-21). Like it was with Moses, our relationship with God is supposed to move past the written Word into a DIRECT DIALOG with God through Yahshua, who sends us His Spirit to make this possible. Once this relationship is established via the Spirit’s entrance into the tabernacle of our hearts, those who are saved and sanctified through their belief in and love for Yahshua will begin to have visions and dreams, and to hear words of knowledge spoken to them directly by the Holy Spirit. Thereafter, the Holy Spirit will always be there to give them the right words to say in every situation as they learn to trust in and rely on Him (Matthew 10:18-20). This is what the Prophet Jeremiah meant when he said: 
Jeremiah 31:33-34 - “But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34 No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” 
For this reason, until you are baptized with the Holy Spirit and born again through full belief in Yahshua as the Son of God made flesh who dwelt among us (who is coming again in Glory), you have no part in the New Covenant. Instead, you are still bound to the Old, and are subject to its judgment and condemnation without the Grace offered by Yahshua’s Blood to justify you (Acts 13:37-39, Romans 3:20-24), and without the Spirit of God to help sanctify you and seal you for full redemption in the resurrection (See Ephesians 1:13, Ephesians 4:30).

If you have any questions about this teaching, please feel free to contact me. My contact information can be found at my POEM ministry web site here: http://pillar-of-enoch.com/contact.html

Your Sister in Yahshua,
Helena Lehman of the
Pillar of Enoch Ministry

Ministry Web Site: http://pillar-of-enoch.com

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