The primary reason God gives us His Spirit is to transform our human nature to love and obey His law
Since we could not do it on our own, God decided to put His Spirit in us to help us. He would move us to follow His decrees and follow His laws.
Having God’s Holy Spirit means that we learn to love to keep His laws.
The New Covenant Agreement
- both the covenants were made with Israel and Judah
- the laws in our minds and hearts
- God (the Father) initiates the relationship with us
- a New Covenant Christian is one who is in a covenant with God to keep His laws enabled by His holy Spirit.
We have his Spirit, we strive to keep the law, but none of us keep it perfectly; we all sin
If we break one aspect of the law, we are guilty of breaking all of the laws. So how are we different from people who don’t believe in keeping the law?
By not understanding the difference, we are apt to believe the fallacy that people out there who believe in Christ but don’t keep His laws will still enter the Kingdom of God.
So, what is the difference? It comes back to understanding the Covenant such that even when you do sin, you are still covered.
This is why we have to understand ourselves as covenant keepers.
In a marriage covenant, the relationship you have with your spouse is very different from the relationships you have with everyone else; likewise, through the New Covenant, the relationship God has with us is very different than the relationship He has we those who are not under the Covenant.
- Requires believers to keep the law of God
- provides a gift (repentance) which brings forth forgiveness (repentance does not belong to everyone; you cannot repent if you don’t know what sin is)
The forgiveness of sins is a covenant arrangement
The sins of believers are covered as we go along (so long as we repent)
God does not call us to keep the law perfectly; He calls us to be blameless. In other words, we must work diligently not to break His laws, to be obedient.
3 Relationships in the Covenant
- Sin blamelessly (not even aware)
- Break law deliberately (knowingly, but conscious pricked)
- Sin deliberately as a way of life (this one puts you back in the same position as if you were not in the Covenant–actually worse!
4For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and putHim to an open shame.
7For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God; 8but if it bears thorns and briers, it is rejected and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned.
If we are in the Covenant, then reject the Covenant and go on sinning, we are subject to hell fire!
God’s Word, His law, is love. God teaches us how to love Him through His laws; likewise He teaches how to love others through the laws as well.
God has a plan since before the creation of the world to call certain people and we are to be blameless in His sight; we do not break God’s law deliberately; if we do break God’s law, we must repent; if we just deliberately break the law as a way of life–we will burn!
The human conscious is such that if we keep repeating sinful behaviour it begins to change our character; we become desensitized and deceive ourselves and not God; He will not be mocked!
God wants a mind that hates sin and loves righteousness.
God does not keep people who are not under His Covenant accountable (whether they are in churches or not)
We are now accountable to God for keeping His law
When God is not calling someone, He deliberately blinds them so they won’t understand; it’s not their fault, and it’s not because He doesn’t love them–all in their own order.
Unbelievers are not called; but will be called and become accountable in the future.
A carnal mind does not love the law of God, nor can it.
When one worships God without keeping his law, their worship is in vain.
Nevertheless, these people are not condemned; it is we who are under the Covenant if we reject it who are susceptible to the wages of sin which is death, and death eternally.
7And in vain they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’
8For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men —the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.”
9He said to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.10For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’;and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ 11But you say, ‘If a man says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from meis Corban”—’ (that is, a gift to God), 12then you no longer let him do anything for his father or his mother, 13making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.”
14When He had called all the multitude to Himself, He said to them, “Hear Me, everyone, and understand:15There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man. 16If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!”
17When He had entered a house away from the crowd, His disciples asked Him concerning the parable. 18So He said to them,
How can you really say you repented of sin, yet you thought that the law was abolished?
The Holy Spirit calls people to repentance
How does one come to be part of the Covenant?
God has predestined those who He will bring into the Covenant; some will be first fruits (first group, the Church, called to be part of the First Resurrection). These will reign with His as kings and priests over the nations at Christ’s Second Coming. We are called by the gospel and the Spirit.
1 Thessalonians 1:4
We get convicted by hearing the gospel
If people don’t know the law, they are not convicted by their sins. This is the opposite of traditional Christian theology, where they believe that unbelievers are being burnt in hell.
1 Peter 2:9-10
We are a peculiar people, a chosen generation, that God has called out of this world.
We are the Christians who the bible calls the saints; those who have the Gospel and contend for the faith once delivered.
The saints are an exclusive people.
The saints are described here. They are those who keep the commandments of God!
Daniel 7:8, 22
Only the saints are going to enter into the Kingdom
Blessed are they that do His commandments that they may have right to the Tree of Life and enter into the gates of the city.
God will call every human being; each at the time God chooses. He is not willing that any should perish
1 John 5:2-3
2By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. 3For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.