OLD, NEW OR RE-NEWED COVENANT? Jews, Children of Israel, Christians, Messianic Jews, Messianic Christians? Different teachings? Who is “right”? Does it matter? What did Yeshua / Jesus do and teach? Did He “fulfill” the law yet still expect us to keep it after offering the cup of the NEW Covenant to His disciples?(see Math.5 and 1 Cor. 11:25 “After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.”) Is the Law of God and the Law of Christ the same as the Law of Moses? What about the “law of sin and death” that still works in us and the “law of Life in Christ Jesus”? Romans 6 and 7. Are you confused by all these laws?
Should the Ten Commandments that Jesus often referred to… to be cast away as irrelevant now, or something ‘only for the Jews’ and not allowed on Government property, an embarrassment to other religions or not politically correct, as American Court houses are doing? Why are they rarely mentioned in Christian Churches, especially the 4th Sabbath Commandment?
LAW OR GRACE? ARE WE UNDER THE OLD OR NEW COVENANT NOW? This teaching by the Apostle John shows the enormous difference between the Old and New Covenants and entails a NEW Spiritual birthing as the sons of God! Something promised to Israel but NEVER received BEFORE Yeshua came to them and sent the Gift of the INDWELLING Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentacost… “He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.“ John 1 :11-17
SO I TEACH WE SHOULD LIVE AS “Holy unto YAHWEH” under the New Covenant… that is UNDER the covering of the Blood of Yeshua as the Lamb of God and the blessed Covering / Anointing of the Holy Spirit… without the guilt, fear and condemnation of “Messianic Judaism” or the “Hebrew Roots” movement which is so influenced by the religion of Orthodox Rabbinic Judaism and tends to try and mix the old and new covenants together. (Jer.31:31 and Heb. 8:8 “For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:”)
Such a popular Judaizer is Michael Rood trying to bring Christians under the law/ Torah instead of the New Covenant. (as those who Paul battled with, Gal.3) He misinterprets Paul’s clear teachings. Same as the men in 119 ministries and Jim Staley of Passion for Truth, who has just been imprisoned for stealing millions from people who trusted him. PLEASE DON’T listen to them or encourage others to get caught up in all this. It caused me soul agony for many years trying to work out what was right or wrong. It is very confusing and many are falling for it thinking they need to please God by “going back to their Hebrew Roots”. The good Olive Tree and the Holy Root mentioned in Romans, means God HIMSELF not the Jews or “Israel”. The Jews and Gentiles who believe in and receive Lord Yeshua as their Savior and Messiah are symbolically grafted into HIM as “branches” whereas those who Jews who didn’t accept Him were cut off! This is what the EX-Pharisee Paul said and he should know.
The danger is that accepting wrong teaching can “trouble” us for it is not the voice of the Good Shepherd and can tap us into the evil spirits behind the false religion of JUDAISM… the religion the Pharisees followed… a MIXTURE of the Torah of Moses and the Talmud, Zohar and Kabbalah. (as the Jewish Encyclopedia states… Rabbinic Judaism is the continuation of the religion of the Pharisees) I don’t believe either most “Messianic” and Hebrew Roots teachers or traditional Christianity has it quite right. There are extremes on both sides of the “law or grace ” doctrines and both claim they are being Scriptural! Scripture makes it clear that no one, Jew or Gentile can be justified by the law however I firmly believe we are to still called by YESHUA HIMSELF in Mathew 5 and elsewhere by Paul, to keep the Father’s Ten Commandments of Love for Him and our fellow man. Yes, they were first given to the Tribes of Israel but the Ruah Holy Spirit of YAHWEH will guide every committed believer to live with a Holy awe and reverence for the Holy One of Israel who has called us into His flock… to be part of the Commonwealth of Israel, as spiritually born again children of Abraham. (see this mystery that was revealed to Paul in Eph.2 & 3)
This is why I usually say I am a Messianic Christian (not “Hebrew Roots” thanks) It is actually through Yeshua / Jesus Christ the Messiah of Israel that I/ we have obtained salvation. Thank God. Without this knowledge of the Holy One of Israel we would still be as pagans groping around in the dark. Those Israeli’s and Jews who are still living under what we call the “Old” Covenant… are yet to have the scales of spiritual blindness removed from their eyes when they see “the one whom they pierced”. However for many years there has been a wonderful move of the Holy Spirit amongst Jews and many who grew up resistant to the Christian “Jesus” have received Him as Yeshua their Messiah. (see some VIDEOS in the Categories list)
So yes we do all have grace and freedom in the promised gift of the Holy Spirit but must be faithful and not worldly so that we will not be ashamed when we see Yeshua, the Lord of the Churches coming in person! Let us keep our hearts and eyes on Him as our first love. He is our mighty and glorified King Ha Mashiach!When He returns it will be so wonderful! Whatever you go through NOW will be worth it THEN. In the mean time we are learning to be the Overcomers who will rule and reign with Him as the King. We are to be faithful and walk in faith… loving Him whom we have not seen yet. Amen? (Read the letters to the Churches and His instructions in them in Rev 2 and 3. Not everything that is done in His Name has His approval! )
CHRISTIANS ARE NOT IN BONDAGE TO THE LAW… or UNDER THE “Curse of the law” THE DEATH PENALTY, FOR NOT OBEYING IT… we are to “walk in the spirit” and keep the “law of Christ” which is the love of God in our hearts… but should we also observe and obey the Ten Commandments, including keeping the Saturday /Sabbath holy and set aside? Right back in Genesis God said He rested on the seventh day from all His works which He had made. He sanctified it as a special day to remember Him and rest from all our normal daily work as well.
So are we meant to keep the 600+ Torah law as Jews still try to do? Are Christian women to think of themselves as unclean and not to sleep in their marital bed once a month… then to take Mikvah baths for “cleansing” and clean the leaven out of our houses every year for the Feast of Passover? Well my mother or her mother never did. Nor did they have two separate kitchen areas for meat and everything else. Is this what we have to start doing to be “Messianic”? Are Christian men not allowed to touch or be near a menstruating wife (or any woman) and baby boys to be circumcised by a Rabbi dressed in a shawl, Tzit Tzits and kipper hat? Should adulterers, liars and thieves still be stoned to death? Some heretical Messianic / Hebrew Roots teachers on YouTube like the 110 Ministries are saying “all the Bible is still relevant for us today and has to be obeyed”… even to STONING your rebellious children if the Temple were still standing! (why do they shave their faces then instead of growing beards as the Torah says?) To me keeping Torah is not what being in the Bridal Church of Messiah and living by faith is about. Our Lord Yeshua told His disciple to keep His commandments as He kept His Father’s Commandments and that is the 10 Commandments which are despised and disobeyed by most of this rebellious world. America has rejected them from their Court Houses which has displeased God and opened the doors for the release of more demonic manifestations, Godless behavior and chaos. Love of the true God also means love of His Commandments… otherwise we are hypocrites! David said ,“I love your commandments”…” for I find my delight in your commandments, which I love” https://www.biblegateway.com/quicksearch/?quicksearch=I+love+your+commandments&qs_version=ESV
Because of his revelations, the Apostle Paul stood against continuing the Mosaic law of circumcision (see Galatians) Peter was also given a vision of how things had changed and how he need not be afraid of being allowed to go into an unclean Gentile’s house and eat non-kosher food with them! I SUFFERED A LOT OF FEAR AND GUILT OVER THESE OLD COVENANT UNCLEAN FOOD ISSUES… as the “Hebrew Roots” teachers on YouTube were saying we must obey Jewish Kosher laws… UNTIL THE LORD PERSONALLY TAUGHT ME FROM ACTS 11 THAT WHAT WE EAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH SALVATION… I was in a very stressed state after years of worrying about what I could or couldn’t eat!… when Yeshua said this to my heart as I was crying and reading Galatians yet again about the law… ‘out of love for YAHWEH you may refrain from eating foods that once were forbidden to Israel but it is not necessary’. Wow. He also refereed to how he had taught “It is not what goes into a man that defiles him but what comes out of his heart”. Also He reminded me that He did not partake in the STONING of the woman caught in adultery etc. This Judazing teaching about foods just leads to fear and bondage and even religious pride of being more holy than others. But that is not what holiness is about and it is not the Spiritual freedom Yeshua has given us… “Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.” God will not destroy all the people who eat pork as some people say!
I repeat what we eat has nothing to do with our salvation. He reminded me how God gave Peter a vision of unclean animals and said “Arise, kill and eat” and then told him to go to the house of “unclean” Gentiles. By this God was showing him He has cleansed BOTH the kinds of foods Jews could eat and the Gentiles so that they could mix with them to share the gospel of salvation. Praise God for that! So this undoes the false teaching from the Messianic Jews and Hebrew Roots teachers who are still trying to mix the Old and New Covenants. IF CERTAIN FOODS LIKE BACON AND PRAWNS ARE STILL UNCLEAN – THEN GENTILES ARE ALSO STILL UNCLEAN… and we know that is not true. Some of these false teachers like 119 Ministries say we would be stoning our rebellious children if the Temple was still standing! Yet Yeshua did not partake in the stoning of a woman caught in adultery because He had brought God’s Grace and forgiveness to bear. He told her to go and sin no more. There are many other things which aren’t necessary now like menstrual laws and circumcision but none of them are in the Fathers Ten Commandments are they? Paul said “I am persuaded that nothing is unclean”. Once the emphasis was on outward things but in the New Covenant God is more concerned with our inner hearts attitudes. “We know that no man is justified by the law” “The letter of the law kills but the Spirit gives Life”
PLEASE READ THIS…“Now the apostles and the brothers who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcision party criticized him, saying, “You went to uncircumcised men and ate with them.” But Peter began and explained it to them in order: “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision, something like a great sheet descending, being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to me. Looking at it closely, I observed animals and beasts of prey and reptiles and birds of the air. And I heard a voice saying to me, ‘Rise, Peter; kill and eat.’ But I said, ‘By no means, Lord; for nothing common or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ But the voice answered a second time from heaven, ‘What God has made clean, do not call common.’ This happened three times, and all was drawn up again into heaven. And behold, at that very moment three men arrived at the house in which we were, sent to me from Caesarea. And the Spirit told me to go with them, making no distinction. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man’s house. And he told us how he had seen the angel stand in his house and say, ‘Send to Joppa and bring Simon who is called Peter; he will declare to you a message by which you will be saved, you and all your household.’ As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us at the beginning. And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God’s way?” When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.”
The law of Moses was as a HEAVY YOKE for the children of Israel to bear and Messiah came to end that old way and offer His own LIGHT YOKE (teachings) instead! “Take MY YOKE upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Math. 11:29 The Apostles did not impose these laws onto the new Gentile converts, “Now, therefore, why are you putting God to the test by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear?” Acts 15;10 However the Ten Commandment still state the righteous ways YAHWEH wants us to live… loving Him and our fellow man according to our new awakened inner spirits. GOD’S SPIRIT OF LOVE IN OUR SPIRITS IS CALLED THE “law of Christ”! “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ” Who can suggest otherwise? “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” Rom. 5:5
Israel was “married” to the law but her “husband” died and she is free to be married to another… so we are to be married to the Messiah LORD Jesus Christ! In that He perfectly fulfilled the law and all it’s ordinances… we are NOW only required to be saved by Him not by trying to keep the law which is humanly impossible! Hence now those who are in this SPIRITUAL marriage relationship with Him are called the Bride of Christ / Messiah and are Righteous in YAHWH’S eyes.“Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God” Rom. 7:4 The CROSS is the “cut off” point for the law / teachings of Moses as a way to be accounted “righteous” by God. NOW obtaining salvation is all by faith in His Son! This is the GRACE of God and the NEW WAY He has instigated through Him for both Jew and Gentile to inherit His promises. HalleluYAH.
So I always teach there is a difference between the “law of God” and the “law of Moses”. (there is a video about this on YouTube if you can find it) The 10 Commandments were written by God’s own finger and put INSIDE the Ark. His Holy Spirit now writes them on our minds and hearts of flesh, not on stone tablets… that is they are placed WITHIN US!) The laws of Moses concerned all the rituals and ordinances, circumcision, clean foods, special days, new moons, High Sabbaths etc. (not referring to the weekly Sabbath day which is in the Father’s 10 Commandments and is His day of rest from the beginning of creation) These were all written out by Moses and put on the OUTSIDE of the Ark. Few know this and how there is a difference.
To repeat… the Ten Holy Commandments of the Father which Yeshua LOVED & obeyed and expects us to LOVE and obey… were written with YAHWEH’s own finger and put INSIDE the Ark of the Covenant, whilst all Moses’ other Torah laws to do with food, washings, circumcision, sacrifices, special feasts days etc. were kept on the OUTSIDE of the Ark… that is they were temporary and shadows of what was to come. Paul said to the Galatians in chapter 3, “who has bewitched you?” They were ‘troubled” because Judaizing teachers from the “circumcision party” had come and demanded them to be “circumcised and keep the law”. He said we did not send them! He said what has happened to you?… you started off well in the Spirit and now you are trying to become perfect by the works of the flesh by becoming subject to doing this and doing that. He said I am afraid I have wasted my time on you!
He also said do not let anyone judge you about these things which are shadows and not the REALITY of Christ who had come. “And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.” Col. 2:15-17 (Those mean the High Sabbath Days that were part of the Feasts of YAHWEH and did not necessarily fall on the normal weekly Sabbath day, which was the last day of the week what we now call Saturday.) You may know how Paul taught other Jewish believers not to place a heavy YOKE upon the NEW converts which they had not been able to carry. Obviously that meant the Jews didn’t have to carry it any longer either! If we remember it’s all about loving the Lord as our Spiritual Bridegroom and pleasing Him, then we will find the answers to these matters is a lot simpler than what we think.
Paul, who had been specifically called to be the Apostle to the Gentiles… also said elsewhere that he was convinced that nothing was unclean of itself… and that all foods were to be received with thanksgiving and were acceptable by praying over it. So once the emphasis was on the OUTWARD and doing everything in the “right” way without any changes allowed. The fear of punishment and death hung over Israel’s heads. Now they are written IN AND ON our new hearts and minds according to (Jer.31:31) and are distinct from the hundreds of Mosaic laws which was based around the Tabernacle / Temple and sacrificial, priestly system. The LORD brought the old Temple down in 70AD, ending the priesthood and animal sacrifices and all those things became obsolete. The Book of Hebrew clearly explains all that! Those “things” have been superseded by the NEW COVENANT which is more about individuals loving and worshiping YAHWEH in spirit and truth without the need or intervention of priests or being in a special place or temple. (John 4)
NOTE: it is NEW Covenant that Yeshua came and made with the House of Judah and the House of Israel, not a RE-newed covenant as some of the Messianic Judaizers who love to be called “Rabbi” say!) “… he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises“. When you know the Truth it will make you free. Christians are NOT meant to follow Moses and be Torah observant in this day and age. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews+8&version=ESV;KJV
Thank you for reading… and please comment if this has helped you stand in the liberty wherewith Christ the Messiah has come to set you free. No not free to sin… but if you have the Holy Spirit then you have a NEW nature and you do NOT want to sin do you? You hate sin and love righteousness. This is something completely NEW compared to what the children of Israel had… like a list of what to do or else! The Jews who still reject Yeshua / Jesus today still are in unbelief and do not have the Holy Spirit or the law of Love and Life from YAHWEH within them. If you are tempted and do sin, you have “an advocate” with the Father who prays for you, Yeshua / Jesus Christ as the High Priest in Heaven and His Spirit CONVICTS you of sin so that you will repent. He does NOT CONDEMN you.
The Lord also told me on that day I shared above, after years of anguish, confusion and fear over this subject… “you are not under the law now but under the Holy Spirit” and I knew that was the Truth. HalleluYAH.
SEE my video on the main page called “PROPHETIC SHARING- Bride of Messiah” where I mention how Yeshua takes the heavy yoke of the law off our shoulders and that “His” teachings are light and easy to bear because they are all about love.
Also this video with the prophecy He gave me about how the Temple was taken away… https://brideofmessiah.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/prophecy-a-holy-remnant-from-jew-gentile-a-holy-temple-for-my-glory/
(I am writing more about how to BEWARE of the JUDAIZERS and how they want us to follow Moses instead of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit! If you have any questions please ask and I will try to help. Blessings from Susan)