Part 3
Malachi foretold that The Messiah would be "the Messenger
of the covenant.”  A study of the Old Testament will show
that The Messiah of the New Testament was the YHWH
(Eternal) of the Old Testament.  He was the one who
thundered the ten commandments from Mount Sinai.  He was
the Messenger of the covenant then, and in the New
Testament period as well.  He brought the message about the
New Covenant, the terms, the power, the expansion from the
letter to the spirit was brought by this Messenger to those of
the first century AD.

Mal 3:1  Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the
way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to
his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in:
behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.

Lu 1:72  To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to
remember his holy covenant;

The Messiah came as the Messenger of the New Covenant.  It
was He who made the New Covenant effective.  By the blood
of His sacrifice we can have our past sins washed away by
faith in Him.  We now have perfect reconciliation.  We now
have perfect intercession.  We now have perfect promises.  
But we must live according to the very same words of the
covenant that the Israelites were given, except we must be
more exacting, we must live those words according to the
spirit of what they say, and not just the letter.  

After the Messiah returned to the throne of His and our
Father, He prepared a man who was very well schooled in the
law to help in the transition from the Old Covenant to the
New Covenant.  This man was none other than Paul the
Apostle.  It was Paul who was used to give us the information
that would make that transition possible.  Throughout Paul's
writings he is explaining to the people that the old law of
reconciliation is gone.  He explains that now The Messiah has
died to cover our sins.  His message is none other than about
The Messiah Himself.  The Messiah did not come to do away
with the covenant, but to make it possible for us to live by the
covenant.  

Paul tells us that The Messiah is the mediator of a better
covenant, established on better promises.  There was a
problem with the Old Covenant.  What was the fault?  Were
the ten commandments the problem?  Definitely not!  <They>
were the problem with the Old Covenant!  If they had been
able to live according to the ten commandments, there would
have been no need for The Messiah to come and establish a
New Covenant.  They couldn't keep the terms of the
Covenant because they didn't have the holy spirit.

Heb 8:6  But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how
much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was
established upon better promises. {covenant: or, testament}
7  For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place
have been sought for the second.
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:
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 continued not in my covenant, and I regarded
them not, saith the Lord.

What was the difference in the Old and New Covenants?  The
law was to be put in our minds and written upon our hearts.  
That is the only difference.  It was the same covenant, but an
amendment was being added.  A clause that stipulated that the
holy spirit was to be given to those of the New Covenant so
they could understand the terms (in their minds) and have the
desire to keep what they understood (written upon their
hearts).  With that difference, we can keep the
commandments in the spirit and not in the letter only.

Heb 8:10  For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of
Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their
mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and
they shall be to me a people:

The blood of the Covenant covers us!  We cannot take the
terms of the Covenant lightly.  The reason that The Messiah
came and died was to reconcile those who have sinned, back to
the Covenant.  The Covenant is very holy.  As we saw in the
Old Testament, the Eternal does not take His covenant
lightly.  It was so important that it was protected within the
veil and seen by only one man on the face of the entire earth
only once each year.  The Eternal will not overlook our
ignorance concerning the ten points of the covenant.  They are
plain.  They are simple.  There is no way that anyone can
misunderstand what the Ten Commandments are saying, if he
has the holy spirit!  Therefore, don't be fooled into believing
the false messages of those around us who say that one can be
ignorant of the terms of the Covenant and still be in Covenant
with God.  It cannot be!  It is impossible!  The Eternal loves
His covenant so much that he has killed for it.  And ultimately,
it took the very life of His only begotten Son!  He is not
playing games with His covenant.

Heb 10:29  Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be
thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath
counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an
unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

Notice the awesome power of the words in Hebrews 13:20.  It
is by the blood of the everlasting covenant that we are to be
made perfect in every good work.  The covenant that we are
now so familiar with, the ten commandments is an
<everlasting> covenant.  Not for just 30,000 years as we saw
in the Old Testament, but forever.  If the Eternal required His
Son to die in order to bring us back into reconciliation with His
Covenant, it is highly unlikely that He would ever do away
with that covenant.  That covenant has been ratified with
blood.  Our reconciliation is made possible by that same blood.  
That covenant has been established forever.  It will never go
away!  The terms of the covenant will always be deposited in
the ark of the covenant in the Most Holy Place in Heaven
itself until the Eternal makes the earth His throne.  At that
time, He will bring it down to the Earth and it will remain here
forever!

Heb 13:20  Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead
our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of
the everlasting covenant, {covenant: or, testament}
21  Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you
that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom
be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Don't let anyone ever tell you that someone can be ignorant of
one of the ten points of the Covenant and know God.  The
covenant is at the center of the whole human experiment that
is going on right now.  

The thought came to me, "Why is nothing said about grace in
the terms of the covenant?"  This is a very simple question to
answer.  Grace was what had to be added in order to reconcile
those who had broken the covenant!  A covenant is not
written just in order to be broken!  Had grace been included in
the terms of the covenant, it would have been like saying,
“We know you can't keep these terms and that we are asking
more of you than you can do.  Therefore, we are going to take
care of that for you automatically; in reality, these are just
words on paper."  No!  It was considered that the people
would live up to their side of the agreement and keep their
part.  They had to agree to a covenant and then find out that it
was impossible for them to live up to the terms before a means
of reconciliation was introduced.

In the New Testament, so we don't confuse what I am saying
here, we are shown that the only difference between the Old
Covenant and the New Covenant is that the holy spirit was to
be given so the laws would be in the mind and in the heart.  In
other words, in the New Covenant there would be an abiding
knowledge of the terms of the Covenant and a deep desire to
keep those terms.  From the words of The Messiah, those who
are to be His bride are required to keep these terms according
to the spirit of them and not just according to the letter.

But at the same time, there is a transition from the added laws
of reconciliation to reconciliation by faith in The Messiah who
died for that purpose.  These are the things that changed from
the Old Covenant and laws of reconciliation to the New
Covenant and means of reconciliation.  The reason that the
terms of the covenant did not say anything about grace is
because grace is not part of the covenant!  Had the people
been able to keep the terms of the covenant perfectly, there
would have been no need for the added laws or the first
coming of the Messiah!  And God had to decide whether to
give grace or withhold it after they broke the terms of the
Covenant.

Most of Paul's writings and life were devoted to explaining the
difference between the added laws of reconciliation and
reconciliation by faith in the sacrifice and life of the Messiah.  
Paul shows that there was nothing wrong with the <laws> of
the covenant, but with the people.  The aspects that had to do
with the people are what were changed.  #1) The laws were
written in their minds and hearts rather than on the tables of
stone and the tassels of their garments.  #2) A means of
reconciliation that was of a value that could be accepted in the
place of the death of the individual was determined.  And it
was a means that had to do with the mind of the recipient
rather than physical sacrifices - although it cost the life of The
Messiah, God’s Son.

Now that we understand that the covenant is the ten
commandments, let's see what the Bible has to say about
these ten words of the covenant.

Some of the ten are considered greater than the others, but
even the least of these ten will bring a teacher into judgment
before the Eternal.  

Mt 5:19  Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least
commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in
the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the
same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

If we want to have eternal life, we must keep the ten
commandments.  They are the terms of the covenant and
binding upon anyone who wants eternal life.

Mt 19:17  And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is
none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep
the commandments.

John the Baptist's parents were noted for walking in all the
commandments and ordinances of the Eternal blameless.  
They obviously had the holy spirit.

Lu 1:6  And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the
commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.   

Some teachers would like to make us believe that The
Messiah had a new set of commandments.  Just "love" one
another.  Of course, they never give us a definition of what
that love is.  The commandments of The Messiah are the ones
He thundered from Mount Horeb, the ten commandments.  
We are not given any other set of commands.  We are told to
love one another, but even in that we are told that love is to
keep the commandments.

Joh 14:15  If ye love me, keep my commandments.

Joh 14:21  He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is
that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and
I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

Joh 15:10  If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love;
even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his
love.   

Circumcision was a physical act and a sign between the
individual and the Eternal that a covenant had been agreed
upon.  This sign was of value under the Old Covenant because
it was a physical covenant.  However, just as we have people
today who are baptized in the name of Jesus Christ who are
no more Christian than a Buddhist, so during Paul's day there
were lots of people who were circumcised and not keeping the
commandments.  Paul says in the following statement that
what is important is to keep the commandments, not a sign
that professes a lie.  So physical circumcision is no longer
binding as is shown in other scriptures.  However, we are
circumcised of the heart or seat of conscious by the indwelling
of the holy spirit.  But while physical circumcision is passed
away, the keeping of the commandments are not.

1Co 7:19  Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing,
but the keeping of the commandments of God.  

The following verses back up that the commandments are still
binding.

1Jo 2:3  And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his
commandments.
4  He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a
liar, and the truth is not in him.

1Jo 3:22  And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep
his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

1Jo 3:24  And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and
he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit
which he hath given us.

1Jo 5:2  By this we know that we love the children of God, when we
love God, and keep his commandments.
3  For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his
commandments are not grievous.

2Jo 1:6  And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This
is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye
should walk in it.

The ten commandments are the terms of the covenant.  
Because man could not live up to them, and needs
reconciliation they cost the life of The Messiah.  But because
He was willing to make this sacrifice, we now have a better
covenant for we are given the means of a constant
understanding of what is required of us and even a desire to
keep that requirement.  We are given by the same sacrifice, a
means of reconciliation that is personal between each
individual and the Father and the Son.  We don't have to
worry about the political correctness of our approach to some
human priest.  We are judged on whether we are being
worked with at the moment and whether we are doing what
we know is the right thing to do.  

We have no question about whether the commandments are
still in effect.  We are shown in the prophecy of the book of
Revelation that in the future of our lives Satan is going to
make war upon those whom he hates most - those who keep
the commandments of God and rely upon The Messiah to
reconcile them from their sins.  The saints keep the
commandments and they are blessed and have the right to the
tree of life (eternal life) and to enter into the city of God.


Abraham looked for a city and we look for a city.  It is made
by the Eternal Himself and it is coming down out of heaven to
the earth.  But only those who know the terms of the covenant
and live by the covenant, being reconciled by the sacrifice and
life of the Messiah, will be allowed to enter therein and enjoy
eternal life.

Heb 11:10  For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose
builder and maker is God.

I hope I have given enough information in this three part
series to show what the covenant is, how the New Covenant
was changed from the Old Covenant.  Also, I hope I have
shown why there needed to be a means of reconciliation, and
how that it too was changed to make the New Covenant
effective – to make up for the lack of the people.

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