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God Eternal Purpose in the New Covenant - Part 7
Dr. Allen M. Barber


Isaiah 61:8-9 ESV

8 For I the LORD love justice;
I hate robbery and wrong;
I will faithfully give them their recompense,
and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
9 Their offspring shall be known among the nations,
and their descendants in the midst of the peoples;
all who see them shall acknowledge them,
that they are an offspring the LORD has blessed.

In the above passage, Isaiah speaks of an everlasting covenant with Israel and an offspring the Lord will bless. As we saw in Part 6, the Abrahamic Covenant is fulfilled in the New Covenant of Jesus Christ. It is not a stand alone covenant. This is where many evangelical Christians miss the boat, they see two covenants in existence today - one for the nation of Israel and one for the Church. Pastor John Hagee teaches this false doctrine and is leading many Christians astray (If he ever lost his notes he would not know what to say as he speaks from a written manuscript, that is, he preaches out of his head not his spirit). There is only one everlasting covenant and that is the New Covenant in the blood of Jesus. The offspring are spiritual and not physical. Paul told us this in Romans 9: 6-8:

6 But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, 7 and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but "Through Isaac shall your offspring be named." 8 This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring. ESV.

Here is an example why we must interpret the Old Covenant by the New. Paul explains what Isaiah meant when he spoke of the everlasting covenant and the offspring of God. Again, the offspring are the spiritual descendents of Abraham who are both Jews and Gentiles. The Israel of God is the Church of the living God and the promises God gave to Abraham are fulfilled in his "seed" - Jesus Christ and no other.

No covenant can be inaugurated without a promise. There is a commitment or promise to perform in every contract, which is actually a covenant. A marriage is a covenant or promise between husband and wife that they will remain faithful to one another and to the Lord who is a partner to all Christian marriages:

Malachi 2:13-16 ESV

13 You cover the LORD's altar with tears, with weeping and groaning because he no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor from your hand. 14 But you say, "Why does he not?" Because the LORD was witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. 15 Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking? Godly offspring. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth. 16 "For the man who hates and divorces, says the LORD, the God of Israel, covers his garment with violence, says the LORD of hosts. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and do not be faithless."

Christian marriage is far different than secular marriage and God tells us in this passage why. The reborn spirits of the Christian man and woman are joined to the Spirit of God making the union a three part covenant. When divorce occurs between Christians it brings great harm to the spiritual union between the husband and wife and the Lord for the Spirit of God inhabits all three. It is a serious thing for believers to divorce, for it is a sin against the Holy Spirit. You won't hear this taught in denominational or Charismatic Churches today. If it was, many divorces among Christians would not occur.

Notice in verse 16 it says, it is man who hates his wife and divorces her, not God. The modern translations and the KJV translate this verse as God hating divorce, but the original Hebrew places the onus on the man as the one who hates his wife and puts her away or divorces her. The Hebrew root word for "hate" is sane  (pronounced "saw nay") and means to personally hate. Many Christian men and women will say that they do not hate their spouses when they divorce, but God calls the severing of Christian marriage a form of hate. The reason the hatred is not of God is that divorce is allowed in some situations, that is, those that are legitimate according to the Word of God such as unfaithfulness, failing to provide, desertion, and abuse. I cover this in my book, Set My People Free, God's Position on Divorce and Remarriage. I am biased no doubt, but I think it is one of the best writings on the subject of divorce and remarriage.

Returning to our subject of Covenant promise, everyone makes what is called ordinary promises that are easily broken such as telling your son you will take him fishing as soon as you have some time off, but never do it or promising to attend his little league baseball game, yet never show up. Why are ordinary promises so easy to break? Because they are not made by a legal agreement. Covenant promise involves a guarantee or surety and is protected by law. When you sign a mortgage to buy a house, you establish a promise to pay the note until it is paid in full. Failure to keep the contract can result in serious legal consequences such as losing the house and ruining one's credit. It is like that with God's covenant with mankind. Man may not keep it, but not without serious consequences. On God's side, He is always faithful to keep His covenant with man for He cannot be unfaithful as that is against His nature.

2 Timothy 2:11-13 ESV

11 "The saying is trustworthy, for:

If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
12 if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he also will deny us;
13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful —

for he cannot deny himself.

The New Covenant is guaranteed by the blood and life (resurrected and ascended life) of the Lord Jesus and can never be annulled. If somehow, the New Covenant could be later disavowed, say after a thousand years into eternity (actually that is an oxymoron for there is no time in eternity for it never ends), God decides He is tired of fellowshiping with man and chooses to cast him out of His sight, then that would not be an everlasting eternal covenant. In fact, it would be a weak and faithless covenant. However, the book of Hebrews tell us that Jesus is the guarantor of the New Covenant  and the better covenant with better promises. If somehow Jesus could break His own covenant with man, that would be the end of Him because it would be sin, and it is impossible for Jesus to sin, which he proved in His first advent. Now that He has conquered the cross and rose from the dead, He is the eternal Spirit and cannot ever be unfaithful to Himself or those He redeemed. Once God promises, it shall be done because His Word never returns unto Him void (Isaiah 55: 11). Covenant guarantees the promise. Actually the New Covenant was cut between God the Father and God the Son long before Jesus ever came to earth and offered Himself as the scapegoat for humanities sins (the Hebrew and Greek meaning of covenant is to cut or bleed).

1 Peter 1:18-21 ESV

18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for your sake, 21 who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

While it is true that not all God's promises are His covenant, it is true that God's covenant contain His promises:

Hebrews 8:6-7 ESV

6 But as it is, Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises. 7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion to look for a second.

The reason the New Covenant is better than the Old one is that is established on BETTER PROMISES AND A BETTER GUARANTOR - Jesus Christ, the faithful God.