Many people in the religion of Christianity are highly misguided in their understanding of what the new covenant is and what it represents. They think they know, but in actuality they have no clue. I used to be one of these people.
When I was christian, I thought that the new covenant that we read about in the new testament of the bible replaced everything inside the old covenant and that we didn’t have to do anything in the old testament, let alone read it – because Christ did it for us.
You know the whole “we are not under the law, we are under grace” thing. This is the way I used to think.
And if you are reading this and you are a christian, you mostly think that this is true. But today I am going to prove to you that this not only a lie, but a (false) teaching that can lead you to the lake of fire. So if you care about your soul salvation, keep reading!
The Cause of The Misconception
The problem I see with most believers misunderstanding of the new covenant today stems from the fact that they don’t know anything about the old covenant. For example, most Christians have never read the old testament because they feel that it doesn’t apply to them. They think that it was only to the children of Israel, but the new testament is for everybody. Therefore they only read the new testament of the bible.
But this makes no sense at all.
Think about it like this. If I gave you a book to read for your birthday that had 12 chapters inside it, would you start reading it from the 8th chapter? No! You would start reading it from the first chapter so you can have understanding of what the book is about right? Right!
Well why when it comes to the bible, people think they can gain understanding of the new testament without reading the old testament? There is NO WAY possible for anyone to understand the context of the new testament without first understanding the context of the old testament. And this is the reason for all of the confusion around the context of the new testament amongst christian pastors and teachers today.
So if you’ve never read the old testament, and are not familiar with the covenants, then you really need to start reading it so you can gain the proper understanding of the new testament and the new covenant. But to help you out, I’m about to briefly explain what the old covenant was all about, then the new covenant.
Understanding the Old Covenant
In order to gain understanding of the old covenant, we must first learn what a covenant is.
In the bible a covenant is a verbal contract between The Most High and the person or people who chooses, stating that He (God) would do something specific IF you did what He told you to. And just like a written contract, there are consequences if you brake the terms or don’t fufill your end of the bargain.
There were several covenants that The Most High made in the old testament, but the one we are going to focus on right now is the one He made with the children of Israel and their descendents, using Moses as the mediator.
As Moses was leading the children of Israel out on slavery in Egypt, The Most High remembered the promise that he had made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and made a covenant with the children of Israel at Mt. Sinai, that if they would keep his commandments, He would make them his treasured people above all the other people on Earth.
Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel. -Exodus 19:5-6
Moses told the children of Israel what The Most High said and they replied “all that Elohim has spoken, we will do” (Exodus 19:8). After The Most High spoke the Ten Commandments, He then used Moses to give the children of Israel his laws, statutes, and regulations to live by once they inhabited the land of Canaan. Moses told the people the laws, and the people said, “Everything the Lord has said we will do” (Exodus 24:3) and Moses wrote it all down for confirmation. The next day, Moses read the book of the covenant, and the children of Israel again agreed to obey Elohim commands (Exodus 24:4-7). Then Moses sprinkled blood on the people, saying, “This is the blood of the covenant that The Most High has made with you in accordance with all these words” (Exodus 24:8) and the children of Israel came under the covenant by being sprinkled with its blood. Please note that it was the “blood” that sealed the covenant.
Not too long after making this covenant with The Most High, the children of Israel broke the 2nd commandment and created a false God to worship (exodus 32:1-28). And since the punishment for sin was death, The Most High “added” sacrificial laws to his covenant so that Israel could offer sin offerings (animal sacrifices) to atone for their sins whenever they transgressed his laws. He chose the tribe of Levi, to be his priest, who would mediate these sin offerings on behalf of The Most High.
Now that we got a fundamental understanding of the so-called old covenant, now let’s discuss the new covenant.
Understanding the New Covenant
After Moses died, The Most High raised up Joshua to lead the children of Israel into the promised land of Canaan. After Joshua, God raised up different judges and kings to lead Israel over the other nations.
Hundreds of years later, the Israelites split up into two kingdoms and became known as northern kingdom and the southern kingdom. The tribes of Ephraim, Simeon, Gad, Simeon, Issachar, Zebulon, Ephraim, Manasseh, Naphtali, and Asher became known as the northern kingdom, and were called “the house of Israel”. The tribes of Judah, Benjamin, and Levi became known as the southern kingdom, and were called “the house of Judah”.
After the Israelites split up into two separated kingdoms, the northern kingdom immediately began to forsake God’s commandments and went off into idolatry (worshiping false God’s) so The Most High cast them away from being his people (Hosea 1:4-9). As for the southern kingdom, they stayed true to God’s commandments for a while, but eventually they started to follow in the same path as their brothers and began forsaking God’s laws as well (Jeremiah 3:8). As a punishment for their continual disobedience, The Most High sent Israel, the northern kingdom into Assyrian captivity and Judah, the southern kingdom into Babylon captivity; where they lost their ruler-ship and had to become slaves. But The Most High loved his people so much that He told them that he would make a new covenant with them since they continually broke the old one.
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. – Jeremiah 31:31-34
Many people read this passage and think that The Most High is talking about doing away with his original covenant and creating a entirely brand new one – but He’s not. When The Most High mentions that they broke his covenant, He is not talking about his original covenant of The 10 Commandments, He is talking about the “added part” of His covenant that atoned for their sins, which was mediated by Levitical Preisthood.
The levites, the tribe of Levi were the only tribe of Israel who The Most High gave authority to be priest over his tabernacle and mediate the sin offerings of animals for the atonement of Israel’s sins. But as time passed, the levites became lawless and broke the covenant (Malachi 2:4-9). As a result, the rest of Israel were no longer able to get back in right standing with God by offering animal sacrifices to atone for their sins because the levitcal priesthood was out of order.
This is why The Most High said that He would create a new covenant – a better covenant – to forgive and atone for the sins of Israel. And the reason why he said it would be different from the one he gave to our forefathers was because the covenant that He gave to them was written on tablets of stones inside the book of the law, but the covenant that He is going to give to us will be written inside our hearts (minds).
From The Old To The New
Many Christians read the writings of Paul in the new testament and think that when He says that “we are not under the law, but under grace ” in Romans 6 that he means that the old covenant is done away with – but that is false. The law that Paul is referring to in this Romans and throughout the entire new testament is the law of sin and death that the Israelites were under, which was mediated by the levitical priesthood during the old covenant.
Remember, the punishment for sin is death, and if you were caught sinning by two or more witnesses back then, you were stoned to death. This is law that the children of Israel were under back then – the law of sin and death – and the only way to receive forgiveness for your sins under this law, was by sacrificing the blood of an animal.
This was the old covenant of blood sacrifices, that the levitical priest had broke. The new covenant of blood sacrifice that Elohim (God) made was through the blood shed of his son, Yahusha (Jesus). This covenant replaced the old blood sacrifices of animals under the old covenant because the Messiah represented both the lamb of God and the (eternal) high priest, which made Him the new and final mediator for the sins of the children of Israel.
Here are some scriptures below that will show you how the blood of the new covenant replaces the blood of old covenant:
The sealing of the “Old” covenant…
And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the Lord hath said will we do, and be obedient. And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the Lord hath made with you concerning all these words. – Exodus 24: 7-8
The sealing of the “New” covenant…
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. – Matthew 26:26-28
The Mediators of the old covenant…
And he slew the burnt offering; and Aaron’s sons presented unto him the blood, which he sprinkled round about upon the altar. – Leviticus 9:12
He slew also the bullock and the ram for a sacrifice of peace offerings, which was for the people: and Aaron’s sons presented unto him the blood, which he sprinkled upon the altar round about,And the fat of the bullock and of the ram, the rump, and that which covereth the inwards, and the kidneys, and the caul above the liver: And they put the fat upon the breasts, and he burnt the fat upon the altar:And the breasts and the right shoulder Aaron waved for a wave offering before the Lord; as Moses commanded. – Leviticus 9:18-21
The Mediator of the new covenant…
And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. – Hebrews 12: 24
But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. For where a covenant is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a covenant is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. Whereupon neither the first covenant was dedicated without blood. – Hebrews 9: 11-18
The new covenant is the same as the old covenant, just with a different mediator. The only thing that was done away with under this new covenant was the animal sacrifices because the Messiah (the Christ) is the new and eternal blood sacrifice offering for the atonement of the sins of the children of Israel.
Another key thing to note is that The Most High ONLY gave this covenant to one group of people – the 12 tribes of Israel and all of their descendants forever. So if you’re a descendant of the 12 tribes of Israel (african americans and other so-called black people from the african diaspora) and you haven’t been keeping God’s laws, statues, and commandments, then you need to repent to the father and start doing so ASAP. Living lawless is living in sin (1 John 3:4) and if you die living in sin, you will not inherit the kingdom (Galatians 6:7-8).
And if you call yourself a christian, now you know that the messiah did not come to start a new religion called Christianity, he came to die and save Israel so they could have a new covenant – a better covenant – to atone for their sins. Not to say that only the descendants of Israel can be saved, but that we are the people he came for (Matthew 15:24).
I pray this article has blessed you with knowledge and understanding to help you in your walk towards The Most High. Shalom!