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Defending God’s Truth in Church Doctrine and Political History – Renette Vermeulen
JESUS’ INTERNATIONAL NEW TESTAMENT COVENANT IS THE ONLY WAY TO GOD
Jesus annulled God’s Old Testament Covenant with Physical Israel
This study is not ‘replacement theology’ or “supersessionism,” which, as Messianic Judaism says, replaced physical Israel with “the church” and “supersedes” Judaism, as Islam allegedly supersedes Judaism and Christianity. They teach, supersessionism ‘replaces’ the Old Hebraic covenant, which allegedly “remains valid for Jews,” (and for Messianic Jews with their “Hebrew roots” as well,) with the New Testament Covenant of “the church.”
Truth is, the physical ‘church’ with its many false doctrines and unbiblical hierarchies of clergy, (Heb. 7:48; 17:24,) is not the true spiritual body of Christ, where all sincere and Scripturally obedient disciples of Jesus from all nations are members; not of a church system but of His own body, and where Jesus Alone is the Head and High Priest of His body, (1 Cor. 12:13-30.)
None of my studies are grounded on church doctrine. Only the entire, contextual truth of God’s Word, interpreted from the viewpoint of the New Testament Covenant in Christ, is Truth.
According to the full context of the New Testament and Old Testament prophesies too, (i.e., Joel 2:28-30; Acts 2:17-21,) at the cross, God fully annulled not replaced the Old Testament covenant, to establish the entirely New Testament Covenant of grace in Jesus Christ. On Golgotha, Jesus completely “did away” with the Old Testament Covenant and the physical Hebrew nation in the physical country of Israel by fulfilling the entire Moral and Ceremonial law of the Old Testament Covenant, (Mt. 5:17-20.)
In the context of Rom. 11 Paul teaches God does not ‘prefer’ believing Gentiles to believing Hebrews. There is no favoritism under the New Covenant in Christ. God incorporates personally believing Israelites into the New Covenant of Christ. But if God were to save the nation of Israel ‘automatically’ without personal faith in Jesus as Messianic Judaism teaches, God would have to annul His eternal New Covenant with international humanity and demolish Jesus’ full blood atonement in the place of every true believer from all the nations of the earth, Israelites as well, (Jn. 3:16.)
Heb. 8:7-13, “For if the first [old] covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second… [God said,] Behold… I will make a new covenant with… Israel… not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers… because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them. This is the [New] Covenant... I will put My [Moral] laws in their hearts… [Fulfilled at Pentecost in Acts 2:17-21.)
“In that He says, “A New Covenant,” He has made the first obsolete…” [at Golgotha] when Jesus annulled His covenant with the physical old ‘kingdom’ or Theocracy of Israel. There, He also annulled the old temple with its physical Levitical priesthood that brought physical sacrifices on a physical altar, and everything else that pertained to the Old Covenant’s physical nation, the Hebrews, and the physical country of Israel.
Jesus Established a “New Spiritual Homeland,” where He Reigns for all Eternity
At the cross, Jesus established His Everlasting New Testament Covenant. There, He revealed Himself as Melchizedek, Eternal High Priest and “King of Salem,” heaven, and His New, Spiritual Kingdom inside the blood-cleansed, believing hearts of all true believers globally, bought with His own blood from ‘every tongue, and tribe, and nation - Israel included, (Jn. 18:36; Heb. 7:1-3.)
Rom. 2:28-29, “Not he is a Hebrew who is one outwardly [according to Old Testament temple law,] but he is a [true spiritual] Hebrew who is one inwardly, [spiritually born again through personal faith in Jesus.] And circumcision is that of the heart [done by the Holy Spirit Himself, Col. 2:11-15, Rom. 6:1-23,] in the [born again human] spirit and not in the letter [of Old Testament ceremonial or temple law;] whose praise is not from [religious] men, but from God.”
Gal. 6:6:12-15, “As many as desire to make a good [religious] show in the flesh, compel you to be circumcised [keeping Israel’s Old Testament Covenant and temple laws, ceremonies, feasts and rituals,] only that they may not suffer persecution for the [truth or] cross of Christ. For they do not keep the law, [Gal. 2:21,] but desire to have you [brought under the bondage of Old Covenant law] that they may boast in your flesh. But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision [Israeli religiosity] or uncircumcision avails anything, but a new [born again] creation. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the [international, personally believing, New Testament Covenant,] Israel of God.”
Melchizedek is now the Eternal High Priest of His New Covenant, spiritual priesthood: all the sincere believers from every nation on earth — personally believing Israelis too, (Heb. 7:11-28.) This is why Jesus is the Only Truth, Light and Life, and the Only Way to the Father in heaven, (Jn. 4:6.)
Heaven is now the only “homeland” or country of the New Spiritual “Israel” of all Scripturally born against believers in Christ, (Heb. 11:13-16.) Jesus’ international body of believers are now the New Covenant, spiritual temple of the indwelling Holy Spirit, (1 Cor. 3:16; 6:15-20.) Like their examples of faith, Noah and Abraham, (Heb. 11,) all true believers must spiritually and emotionally reject their conflicting cultures and physical countries to live in Jesus’ Spiritual Kingdom. They must follow the example of Abraham, who “obeyed the call to go out to the [spiritual] place where he would receive a [spiritual] inheritance [as a spiritual] father of those from many nations, [personal believers from all the Gentile nations and the Hebrew nation according to God’s blood covenant with Abraham in Gen. 15.]
“For those who [confess that they are strangers and pilgrims on the earth, (Heb. 11:14-16,) declare plainly that they seek a homeland, [heaven, not a physical ‘holy land’ such a church or Israel.] And if they had called to mind that [physical] country from which they had come out, [in this case Israel,] they would have returned. But now they desire a better: a heavenly country, and God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a [heavenly] city for them.”
Heb. 12:22-24, [For] “you have come to [spiritual] Mount Zion and to the city of the Living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, the general assembly… of those registered in heaven, [the Lamb’s Book of Life of all true believers,] to God the Judge of all, to the [human] spirits of just men made perfect [through Jesus’ atonement in their place.] To Jesus, the Mediator of the New Covenant, and to the blood of [Jesus] that speaks of better [spiritual] things than… that of [Old covenant] Abel,” (1 Ths. 5:23; Rev. 21:27.)
This is why 1 Pt. 2:8-10 describes the spiritual priesthood of Jesus the Eternal High Priest as follows, “The [old Hebrews under the old covenant] stumble, being disobedient to the Word, [Jesus, Jn. 1:1-3,] to which they also were appointed. But you [true believers from Israel and all other nations] are a chosen [spiritual] generation, a [spiritual] royal priesthood, [a spiritual] HOLY NATION, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him Who called you out of the [kingdom] of darkness into His [Spiritual Kingdom Jn. 18:36] of marvelous Light. Who once were not a people but are now the [spiritual] people of God, [the spiritual Israel,] who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy [through His full atonement for sin, bondage and cursedness in your place.]
“For this cause Jesus is the Mediator of the New Testament, [the New Covenant of Grace]. This is the blood of the New Testament which God has joined unto you.” - Heb. 9:15-20.
The Covenant of the New Testament is the only covenant between God and His spiritual nation of New Testament believers. It is exclusively obtained through our faith in Christ and maintained by our contextual obedience to Him, (Rom. 3:28; Eph. 2:8; Acts 5:32b; Jn. 14:21-24.)
A covenant is an ‘indissolvable contract in partnership’ and consists of both giving and receiving.
God’s part of the New Covenant comprised of sacrificing His only Son in our place. Our part of the New Covenant comprises of obediently accepting His Gift and, in return, sacrificing our entire lives to Him Personally and in His service, (Rom. 12:1-2; Jam. 1:21.) In this regard, many believers accept the atoning work of Christ, but never surrender their old will and ways, and their entire lives to Him. They confess Jesus and all He has done for them, but they never obey or follow Him. However, our covenant-relationship with God, as any other relationship, is a two-way street. Obedience, self-sacrifice, or crucifying the old sin-nature, is our share of the Covenant, which we must continually uphold in a practical way, (Mt. 24:13; Gal. 2:20; 2 Cor. 5:17.)
Once, a dying woman said to me, “Although I knew Jesus nearly all my life, I never really served Him. And soon, I will meet Him…”
This heartrending statement reminded me of Jesus’ words in Mt. 7:21-23: “Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of My Father Who is in heaven… So everyone who hears these words of Mine and act upon them, obeying them, will be like a sensible man who built his house upon the rock.”
Who Is the Jesus of the New Testament Covenant of Grace?
Jesus is ‘The Way,’ ‘The Truth,’ and ‘The Life’ is not a religion. Anything can be a religion, the love of money; barefaced Satanism, or following a certain Christian denomination that does not adhere to the contextual, Scriptural truth of the Bible.
The Way, Truth, and Life is a Person: God Himself. Jesus is God Himself, (Col. 2:9; Heb. 1:1-14.)
“There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved,” (Acts 4:12.) The Lord Jesus Christ declared in Jn. 14:6, “I Am The Way, The Truth, and The Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
“God, Who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past [the Old Covenant] by the prophets, has in these last days [under the New Covenant] spoken to us by His Son… through Whom also He made the universe, Who, being the brightness of His glory and the express Image [‘photograph’] of His Person, and upholding all things by the Word of His power… [Of Whom He said,] Your throne, O [Jesus] God, is forever and ever…” (Heb. 1:1-14.)
“Through Him all things were made, and without Him nothing was made that has been made,” (Jn. 1:1:1-5.) “Since the creation of the world, His invisible attributes, [His almighty power, might, eternal existence, omnipotence, omniscience (or all-knowing,) ever-presence…] are clearly seen, being understood by the things that He made, even His Eternal power and Godhead [the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] so [people] are without excuse [to reject Him.]” (Rom. 1:20.)
“The Word, [God Jesus] became flesh [a mere human being] and dwelt among us,” (Jn. 1:14.) “[The man Jesus Christ] is the [physical] Image of the invisible God… For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and on earth; visible and invisible… All things were created through Him and for Him,” (Col. 14-16.)
Jesus is God, Who was “made like the Son of God” to stand, born as a human man, in the place of all the sinners of the whole world, (Heb. 7:3; Jn. 3:16.) “For in Him [Jesus] dwells [present tense] the fullness of the Godhead [Father, Son, Holy Spirit] bodily…” (Col. 2: 9.)
“Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father… [Look at the human man Jesus and you see God.] I Am in the Father and the Father in Me… the Father dwells in Me… I and My Father are [Inseparably] One, ” (Jn. 14: 8-11; 10:30.) “Behold, He is coming [on the] clouds, and every eye will see Him… [He says] I Am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.. The Lord, Who is, was, and is to come, [God] Almighty,” (Rev. 1:7-8.
“At the Name of Jesus every knee should bow of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father,” (Phil. 2:10-11.)
Jesus is the Most High God and King of Salem [heaven]; Prince of Peace, (Heb. 7:1.)
God Jesus is without genealogy – without father or mother, (Heb. 7:1-3)
As God Eternal, Jesus has “neither beginning of days nor end of life, but in the likeness of the Son of God, His Priesthood remains for all eternity,” (Heb. 7:1-3.)
He is the Savior God, Who, in human form as the Sacrificial Lamb of God, took away the sin of all those who personally and sincerely believe in Him, (Jn. 1:12-13.)
In Him is, always was, and always will be life, and His life is the light of all people.
Jesus Alone is the Resurrection and the Life. Although true believers might die, they will live.
The Bible was Given to us in Two Testaments or Covenants for a Very Important Reason
The Old Testament was God’s National Covenant with the physical Hebrew nation. Everything about this ousted (Heb. 8:13) physical covenant that pertained to the physical nation of Israel, was written in the Bible as mere “examples” of how God deals with all those who unrepentantly break His Moral Law commandments — including disobedient New Covenant believers, (Jn. 13:34; 1 Cor. 10:6, 11.) (Yes, the once-save-always-saved doctrine is an extremely false teaching.)
The main cause of God’s punishment for New Testament believers in Christ is the many manmade dogmas, which are all detrimental to our spiritual and emotional health. All these poisonous potions are mixtures of the Old and New Covenants in the Bible.
Hybridizing the two very different and separate Covenants of the Bible, is the most deadly methodology Satan ever invented. Since the early centuries after Christ, Satan has been fusing and abusing the Old and New Covenants to confuse and deceive believers. His purpose, of course, is to rob them of their spiritual life and their blessed state in Christ on this side of the grave, as well as their eternal life in the presence of God in heaven, (2 Pet. 2:1-3.)
Truth is that, at any given time, we can only live in one of the two Covenants. God annulled the first, His Old Testament Ceremonial Law for the physical nation of Old Israel. To become partakers of the second Covenant in Christ, every person must execute their own free will to choose Jesus as their Christ, Redeemer, and Blessor. With one foot in the Old Covenant and the other in the New, no one can ever be saved, redeemed, and blessed in Christ, (Heb. 10:1,14; Jn. 1:12-13.)
God Speaks through His New Testament/Covenant Word, Jesus Christ
We hear the True Voice of Christ Jesus when we study His Word, the Bible, contextually and without the defilement of false church doctrine, (Heb. 1:1-14.)
To understand His Voice through the Bible, we need to rely on the Holy Spirit, Who is God Himself, to guide us “into all truth.” The entire Bible, understood in context, is “all truth,” (Ps. 119:160.)
The New Testament pertains to everything spiritual: a spiritual kingdom in the hearts or human spirits of sincere believers, and it is God’s Everlasting Covenant with all of humanity, (Jn. 3:16-17,) while the Testament was completely annulled at the cross, (Heb. 8:13.)
It is through accepting and knowing Jesus, and understanding His full atonement in or place, that we may have a personal relationship with God. One cannot have a relationship with a religion, a statue, or a church building. So, we cannot have a relationship with God by bringing our money into His ‘storehouse;’ hanging curtains in His palace, or polishing His throne – in a physical sense, He simply has none of these under the New Covenant. As a result, even our best church works ‘are as dirty rags’ before the Most Holy God and cannot be “The Way,” (Acts 7:48.) God simply does not live in any temple or church building made with human hands!
We simply cannot DO anything for God; He does not require workers, only worshipers, (Jn. 4:23-24.) If ever we do anything ‘for’ God, it is simply because we love Him, worship Him, and exalt Him. Works do not and can never save us, or add to Jesus’ full atonement in any way. Good works merely prove our faith in Jesus Christ, The Way to God, (Jam. 2:14-20.)
All we can do to benefit others and ourselves spiritually, emotionally and physically, is to worship God and obey His New Testament commandment of Love according to all the precepts of the Moral Law – and we cannot even do that in our own strength, only in the power of His Holy Spirit (Jn. 15:4-5.) As a result, the Only Way to serve God, or actually, to show our love for Him through our Moral obedience to Him, is to remain faithful to The Truth, (the full contextual Word,) His Son Jesus Christ. To remain faithful in the gifts and everything else, which the Holy Spirit had entrusted to us. To declare His Gospel to a spiritually dead world, and to care for those in real need – especially the body of believers who are in need, because they (we) are the spiritual body of Christ Himself.
This is “The [Only] Way” to God the Father, and the only Way to please God the Father
Among all the gods that are worshipped and saviors that are revered, Only the Lord Jesus Christ, the Word Who Is God, really “became flesh, [a human being just like us while remaining God and the same time, Col. 2:9,] and dwelt among us.” Only Jesus genuinely suffered and died in our place, had risen from the dead, ascended into heaven, and will return to judge the whole unbelieving world.
We can only follow “The Way” through our sincere belief in, and obedience to “The Truth” – which is Jesus and His complete atonement for us all, (Jn. 1:1 & 14; 1:12-13; 3:3,5; 4:23-24.)
We either accept God’s Covenant of grace, only obtainable through personal faith in Jesus Christ, or, in deliberate insubordination, reject His New Testament Covenant completely to cling to certain parts, rituals, and feasts of the ousted Old Testament covenant, (Jn. 15:1-6; Gal. 2:21.)