Coming Out From Under The Law Unto The New Covenant
by Sharon McClean
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Heb.9:15—And for THIS reason He is the MEDIATOR of the NEW COVENANT, by means of DEATH, for the REDEMPTION of the TRANSGRESSIONS UNDER THE FIRST COVENANT, that those who are called may receive THE PROMISE of the ETERNAL INHERITANCE. Rom. 3:13—For THE PROMISE that He would be HEIR of THE WORLD was not to ABRAHAM or to his seed THROUGH THE LAW, but through the RIGHTEOUSNESS of FAITH) (Heb. 11: 1—Now FAITH is the substance of things HOPED for, the evidence of things not seen. (6) But WITHOUT FAITH it is IMPOSSIBLE to PLEASE HIM, for he who COMES TO GOD must believe that HE IS and that HE is A REWARDER of those who DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM. Ps. 24:6—THIS is JACOB, the generation of those who SEEK HIM, who seek YOUR FACE.)
Ps.115:16—The heaven even the heavens, are the Lord’s; but THE EARTH HE HAS GIVEN TO THE CHILDREN of MEN. Is.62:11—Indeed the Lord has proclaimed to the END OF THE WORLD; say to the daughter of ZION, surely your SALVATION is COMING: Behold, HIS REWARD is WITH HIM, and HIS WORK BEFORE HIM. (Zechariah 2:10—Sing and rejoice, O daughter of ZION! For behold, I AM COMING and I WILL DWELL IN YOUR MIDST, says the Lord. (11) Many nations shall be joined to the Lord in that day, and they shall become MY PEOPLE. And I WILL DWELL IN YOUR MIDST. Then you will know that the Lord of HOSTS has sent Me to you.) Ps.46:10—Be still, and KNOW that I AM GOD; I will be EXALTED among THE NATIONS, I will be EXALTED in the earth! (11) The Lord of HOSTS is WITH US; The God of JACOB is our REFUGE.
Ps. 48:8—As we have HEARD, so we have SEEN in the city of the Lord of HOSTS, in the city of our God: God will establish it FOREVER. (9) We have thought, O God on Your lovingkindness, in the midst of YOUR TEMPLE. (10) According to Your name, O God so is Your PRAISE to the ENDS OF THE EARTH; Your RIGHT HAND is full of RIGHTEOUSNESS. (11) Let Mount ZION rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of YOUR JUDGMENTS. (1 Chron. 17:24—So let it be ESTABLISHED, that Your name may be MAGNIFIED FOREVER, saying, The Lord of HOSTS, the God of ISRAEL, is ISRAELS GOD; and let the house of your servant DAVID be ESTABLISHED before You. (27) Now You have been pleased to bless THE HOUSE of Your servant, that it may continue before You FOREVER; for You have BLESSED IT, O Lord, and it shall be BLESSED FOREVER.
Ps.78:68—But CHOSE the tribe of Judah, Mount ZION which He loved. And He built HIS SANCTUARY like the heights, LIKE THE EARTH WHICH HE HAS ESTABLISHED FOREVER. (70) He also chose DAVID His servant, and took him from the sheepfolds; (71) from following the ewes that had young he brought him, TO SHEPHERD JACOB HIS PEOPLE, and ISRAEL HIS INHERITANCE. (Ps.1—O God, why have You cast us off forever? Why does Your anger smoke against THE SHEEP of YOUR PASTURE? (2) Remember YOUR CONGREGATION which you have purchased of old, the tribe of YOUR INHERITANCE, which You have redeemed—This Mount ZION where YOU have DWELT.) Ps.133:13—For the Lord has chosen ZION; He has desired it for His habitation; (14) THIS is My RESTING PLACE FOREVER; Here I will DWELL, for I have desired it. (17) THERE I will make the horn of DAVID grow; I will prepare A LAMP for My ANOINTED. (Luke 1:32—He will be GREAT, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him THE THRONE of his father DAVID. (33) And HE WILL REIGN over the house of JACOB FOREVER, and of HIS KINGDOM there will be NO END.) (Jere.10:16—The portion of JACOB is not like them, for He is the Maker of all things, and ISRAEL is the TRIBE of HIS INHERITANCE; the LORD OF HOSTS IS HIS NAME. (Ps.24:10—Who is the king of glory? The LORD OF HOSTS, He is the king of GLORY. Is.5:7—For the VINEYARD of the LORD of HOSTS is the HOUSE of ISRAEL.
Returning to Rom. 3:14--For if those who are OF THE LAW are HEIRS, FAITH is made VOID and THE PROMISE of NO EFFECT, (15) because THE LAW brings about WRATH; (1 Thess. 5:8—But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the BREASTPLATE of FAITH and LOVE and as a helmet THE HOPE OF SALVATION. (9) For God did NOT APPOINT us to WRATH but to OBTAIN SALVATION through our Lord Jesus Christ.) Returning to Rom. 3:15--for where there is NO LAW there is NO TRANSGRESSION. (1 Corin. 5:17—Therefore, if anyone is in Christ HE IS A NEW CREATION; OLD THINGS have passed away; behold, ALL THINGS HAVE BECOME NEW. (18) Now ALL THINGS ARE OF GOD, who has RECONCILED us to HIMSELF through Jesus Christ, and has GIVEN TO US THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION, (19) that is, THAT GOD WAS IN CHRIST RECONCILING THE WORLD TO HIMSELF, NOT IMPUTING THEIR TRESPASSES TO THEM, and HAS COMMITTED to US THE WORD OF RECONCILIATION.
(Hosea 4:6—MY PEOPLE are DESTROYED for LACK of KNOWLEDGE, because you have REJECTED KNOWLEDGE, I also will reject you from being priest for Me: BECAUSE you have FORGOTTEN the LAW OF YOUR GOD, I ALSO WILL FORGET YOUR CHILDREN. (Eze.20:25—Therefore I also gave them up to STATUTES that were NOT good, and JUDGMENTS by WHICH THEY COULD NOT LIVE.) Mal.4:4—REMEMBER THE LAW of Moses My servant, which I COMMANDED him in HOREB for ALL ISRAEL, with the STATUTES and JUDGMENTS. (5) Behold, I will send you ELIJAH the prophet BEFORE THE COMING OF THE GREAT and DREADFUL DAY OF THE LORD. (6) And he will TURN the hearts of the fathers to THE CHILDREN, and the hearts of the children to THEIR FATHERS. Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse. (Ps. 37:22—For those who are BLESSED by Him shall INHERIT THE EARTH, but those who are CURSED by Him shall be CUT OFF.)
Rom. 9:6—But it is NOT that the WORD OF GOD has taken NO EFFECT. For they are NOT all ISRAEL who are of ISRAEL, (Gen. 32:28—And He said, “Your name shall NO LONGER be called JACOB, but ISRAEL; for you have struggled with GOD and with MEN, and have prevailed.) Returning to Rom. 9:7--NOR are they ALL CHILDREN because they are the seed of ABRAHAM; but, “In Isaac, your seed shall be called.” (8) That is, those who are the children of THE FLESH, these ARE NOT THE CHILDREN OF GOD; but the CHILDREN of THE PROMISE are counted as THE SEED. (Gal. 3:23—But BEFORE FAITH CAME, we were KEPT UNDER GUARD by THE LAW, Kept for THE FAITH which would afterward be REVEALED. (24) Therefore THE LAW was our TUTOR to bring us to CHRIST that we might be JUSTIFIED by FAITH, (25) but AFTER FAITH HAS COME, we are NO LONGER UNDER A TUTOR. (29) And if you are CHRIST’S, then you are ABRAHAM’S SEED, and HEIRS according to THE PROMISE.
Gal. 5:4—You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be JUSTIFIED by LAW; You have FALLEN FROM GRACE. (5) For we THROUGH THE SPIRIT EAGERLY WAIT for the HOPE of RIGHTEOUSNESS by FAITH. (Jere. 51:10--The Lord has declared our RIGHTEOUSNESS, come and let us declare in ZION the WORK of the Lord OUR God.) (Is.45:8—Rain down, you heavens, from above and let the skies pour down RIGHTEOUNESS; let the earth open, LET THEM BRING FORTH SALVATION, and let RIGHTEOUSNESS spring up together. I, the Lord have created it. (Heb.9:28—To those who EAGERLY WAIT for Him He will appear A SECOND TIME, APART FROM SIN, for SALVATION.) Returning to Gal.5:6--For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything but FAITH WORKING THROUGH LOVE.
Rom. 9:30—What shall we say then? That the GENTILES, who did NOT pursue RIGHTEOUSNESS, have ATTAINED to RIGHTEOUSNESS, even the RIGHTEOUSNESS of FAITH; (31) but Israel, pursuing the LAW of RIGHTEOUSNESS, has NOT attained to THE LAW of RIGHTEOUSNESS. (32) WHY? Because they did not seek it by FAITH, but as it were, by THE WORKS OF THE LAW. For they stumbled at that STUMBLING STONE. (33) As it is written: Behold I lay in ZION a STUMBLING STONE and ROCK of OFFENSE, and whoever believes on HIM will NOT be put to SHAME.) (11 Tim.2:15—STUDY to shew thyself approved UNTO GOD, a workman that needeth NOT to be ASHAMED, RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH. (KJV)
1 Peter 2:6—Behold, I lay in ZION a chief CORNERSTONE, elect, precious, and he who believes on HIM will by NO means be put to SHAME. (7) Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; to those who are DISOBEDIENT, THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED HAS BECOME the CHIEF CORNERSTONE, (Eph. 2:1—And you He made alive, who were DEAD in your TRESPASSES and SINS, (2) in which you once walked according to the COURSE OF THIS WORLD, according to the PRINCE of THE POWER of THE AIR, the spirit who NOW works in THE SONS of DISOBEDIENCE.) (Returning to 1 Peter 2:8--and a STONE OF STUMBLING and a ROCK of OFFENSE. They STUMBLE, being DISOBEDIENT to THE WORD, to which they also were APPOINTED. (9) But you are a chosen generation, a royal PRIESTHOOD, a HOLY nation, HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE, that you may PROCLAIM the PRAISES of Him who called you OUT OF DARKNESS into His marvelous LIGHT; (Amos 5:20—Is not the day of the Lord DARKNESS, and not LIGHT?
Is. 28:16—Therefore thus says the Lord God: Behold, I lay in ZION a STONE for a FOUNDATION, a tried stone, a precious CORNERSTONE, a SURE FOUNDATION. (Acts 4:10—Let it be known to you ALL, and to ALL the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of NAZARETH, whom you crucified, whom GOD RAISED from THE DEAD, by HIM this man stands here before you WHOLE. (11) THIS IS THE STONE which was REJECTED by you BUILDERS, which has become the CHIEF CORNERSTONE. (12) NOR IS THERE SALVATION IN ANY OTHER, for there is NO OTHER NAME under heaven given among men by which WE MUST BE SAVED.
Gal. 1:11—But I make known to you, brethren that the GOSPEL which was preached by me is NOT according to MAN. (12) For I neither received it from man, nor was I TAUGHT it, but it came through THE REVELATION of JESUS CHRIST. Eph.3:3—how that by REVELATION He made known to me (Paul) the MYSTERY (4) by which, when you read, may understand my KNOWLEDGE in the MYSTERY OF CHRIST. (5) which in other ages was not made KNOWN to the SONS OF MEN, as it has now been REVEALED by THE SPIRIT to His holy APOSTLES and PROPHETS. (Rom.1:1—Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an APOSTLE, separated to THE GOSPEL of GOD (Gal. 3:8—And THE SCRIPTURE, foreseeing that GOD would justify the NATIONS by FAITH, preached THE GOSPEL to ABRAHAM BEFOREHAND, saying in you ALL THE NATIONS SHALL BE BLESSED. (Gen. 23: 15—By MYSELF I have SWORN, says the Lord, because you (Abraham) have done THIS thing, and have NOT withheld your son, YOUR ONLY SON. (18) In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, BECAUSE YOU have OBEYED My VOICE. (God’s grace?) Eph.2:8—for by GRACE you have been saved through FAITH, and THAT NOT OF YOURSELVES, it is THE GIFT of GOD.
Heb.11:17—By FAITH ABRAHAM, when he was TESTED, offered up ISAAC, and he who had received the PROMISES offered up his ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, (18) of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called, accounting that God was able to RAISE him from THE DEAD, from which he also received him in a figurative sense. Returning to Gal.3:9--So then those who are OF FAITH are BLESSED with believing ABRAHAM.)
(Returning to Rom 1:1—Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, Called to be an apostle, separated to THE GOSPEL of GOD (2) which He PROMISED before through His PROPHETS in the HOLY SCRIPTURES, (3) Concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of DAVID according to THE FLESH, (4) and DECLARED TO BE THE SON OF GOD WITH POWER, (Ps. 2 7—I will DECLARE the DECREE: The Lord has said to Me, YOU ARE MY SON, today I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU. (8) Ask of Me and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance and the ends of the earth for Your possession.) (Returning to Rom 1:4—And DECLARED to be the Son of God with POWER, (Ps. 111:6—He has DECLARED to HIS PEOPLE the POWER of HIS WORKS in giving them THE HERITAGE of THE NATIONS. (Returning to Rom. 1:4--according to the SPIRIT of HOLINESS, by the RESURRECTION from THE DEAD, (5) through whom we have received GRACE and APOSTLESHIP for OBEDIENCE to THE FAITH AMONG ALL NATIONS for HIS NAME, (6) among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ.)
Returning to Eph.3:9--and to make all people see what is the MYSTERY, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in GOD who created all things through Jesus Christ; (10) to the INTENT that NOW the manifold WISDOM OF GOD might be MADE KNOWN BY THE CHURCH to the PRINCIPALITIES and POWERS in the HEAVENLY PLACES, (11) according to the ETERNAL PURPOSE which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Eph.6:12—For we DO NOT wrestle against FLESH and BLOOD, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the HEAVENLY PLACES.
Returning to Eph.6:15--and having shod your feet with THE PREPARATION of THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; (Is.52:7—How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings GOOD NEWS, who proclaims PEACE, who brings GLAD TIDINGS of GOOD THINGS, who PROCLAIMS SALVATION, who says to ZION, YOUR GOD REIGNS. (10) The Lord has made bare His HOLY ARM in the eyes of ALL THE NATIONS and ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH SHALL SEE THE SALVATION OF OUR GOD. Returning to Eph.6:16—above ALL, taking THE SHIELD of FAITH with which you will be able TO QUENCH all the FIERY DARTS of THE WICKED ONE. (17) And take up THE HELMET OF SALVATON, and THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, which is THE WORD OF GOD. (19) and for me, (Paul) that UTTERANCE may be GIVEN to me, that I MAY OPEN MY MOUTH BOLDLY to make known THE MYSTERY OF THE GOSPEL.
(Pro. 18:21—DEATH and LIFE are in THE POWER of THE TONGUE.) James3:5—EVEN SO the TONGUE is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest A LITTLE FIRE KINDLES! (6) And the TONGUE is A FIRE, A WORLD OF INIQUITY. The TONGUE is so set among our members that IT DEFILES THE WHOLE BODY, and SETS ON FIRE THE COURSE OF NATURE, and IT IS SET ON FIRE BY HELL. (Gal.4:3—EVEN SO we, when we were children, were in BONDAGE under the ELEMENTS of THE WORLD. (4) But when the FULLNESS OF THE TIME had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, UNDER THE LAW, (5) to REDEEM those who WERE UNDER THE LAW, that we might receive THE ADOPTION AS SONS. (6) And because YOU ARE SONS, God has sent forth THE SPIRIT OF HIS SON into YOUR HEARTS, crying out, “ABBA FATHER!” (7) Therefore you are NO longer a slave but A SON, and IF A SON, then an HEIR OF GOD through Christ.
(John 14:23—Jesus answered and said to him, if anyone loves Me, he will KEEP MY WORD; and My Father will love him, and WE WILL COME TO HIM and MAKE OUR HOME WITH HIM. (24) He who does not love Me does NOT KEEP MY WORDS; and THE WORD which you HEAR is NOT MINE but THE FATHERS WHO SENT ME. 1 John 4:13—By THIS we know that we abide in Him and He in us, BECAUSE HE HAS GIVEN US OF HIS SPIRIT. (14) And we have seen (in the word) and testify that the FATHER has SENT the SON AS SAVIOR OF THE WORLD
Heb. 8:6—But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also MEDIATOR of A BETTER COVENANT, which were established on BETTER PROMISES. Heb.7:18—For on one hand there is an ANNULLING of the former commandment because of its weakness and UNPROFITABLENESS, (19) for THE LAW MADE NOTHING PERFECT; on the other hand there is the bringing in of a BETTER HOPE, THROUGH WHICH WE DRAW NEAR TO GOD. (20) And inasmuch as He was not made priest without an OATH (21) but He with AN OATH by Him who said to Him: The Lord HAS SWORN and WILL NOT RELENT, YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER according to the ORDER of MELCHIZEDEK (22) by so much more Jesus has become A SURETY of a BETTER COVENANT. (Ps. 110:1—The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at MY RIGHT HAND, TILL I MAKE YOUR ENEMIES YOUR FOOTSTOOL. (2) The Lord shall send the ROD of Your STRENGTH out of ZION, RULE in the midst of YOUR ENEMIES. (4) The LORD HAS SWORN and WILL NOT RELENT, ‘YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER according to the order of MELCHIZEDEK.)
Returning to Heb.7:23--And there were many priests, because they were prevented by DEATH from CONTINUING. (24) But He BECAUSE HE CONTINUES FOREVER, has an UNCHANGEABLE PRIESTHOOD. (25) Therefore He is also able to save to the UTTERMOST those who come to GOD THROUGH HIM, since HE EVER LIVES TO MAKE INTERCESSION FOR THEM. (26) For such a HIGH PRIEST was fitting for us, who is HOLY, harmless, undefiled, SEPARATE FROM SINNERS, and has become HIGHER THAN THE HEAVENS. (Heb. 5:5—So also Christ did not GLORIFY Himself to become HIGH PRIEST, but it was He who said to Him: ‘YOU ARE MY SON,’ today I have BEGOTTEN You. (The second Ps. goes on to read, You are My Son today I have begotten You. Ask of ME and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance and the ENDS OF THE EARTH for Your possession.) 1 Sam.2:10—The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken in pieces; from heaven He will thunder against them. THE LORD WILL JUDGE THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.
Rom10:4—For Christ is THE END of THE LAW for RIGHTEOUSNESS to everyone who believes. (6) But the RIGHTEOUSNESS of FAITH speaks in this way. “DO NOT SAY IN YOUR HEART, WHO WILL ASCEND into HEAVEN? (7) Or “WHO WILL DESCEND INTO THE ABYSS? (Is. 14:12—How you are FALLEN from HEAVEN, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who WEAKENED the NATIONS! (13) For you have SAID IN YOUR HEART: I WILL ASCEND INTO HEAVEN, I will EXALT MY THRONE ABOVE THE STARS OF God: I will also SIT ON THE MOUNT OF THE CONGREGATION on the farthest sides of the north; (14) I will ASCEND above the heights of the CLOUDS, I WILL BE LIKE THE MOST HIGH. (15) Yet you shall be BROUGHT DOWN TO SHEOL, to the lowest depths of the Pit.)
Luke 10:18—And He said to them, “I SAW SATAN FALL LIKE LIGHTNING FROM HEAVEN. (19) “Behold, I give you THE AUTHORITY to TRAMPLE on SERPENTS and SCORPIONS, and over ALL THE POWER OF THE ENEMY, and NOTHING SHALL BY ANY MEANS HURT YOU.”) (Heb. 2:14—Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through DEATH He MIGHT DESTROY HIM who had the power of DEATH, that is, THE DEVIL, (15) and RELEASE those who through fear of DEATH were all their lifetime SUBJECT to BONDAGE. (16) For indeed He does NOT give aid to ANGELS, but HE DOES GIVE AID TO THE SEED OF ABRAHAM.) (Zech 3:2—And the Lord said to Satan, “THE LORD REBUKE YOU, SATAN! The Lord WHO HAS CHOSEN JERUSALEM REBUKE YOU! Ps. 135:21—BLESSED be the Lord out of ZION who dwells in JERUSALEM.
(Ps. 122:3—JERUSALEM is built as a city that is compact together, (4) Where the tribes go up, THE TRIBES OF THE LORD, to the TESTIMONY of ISRAEL, to give thanks to the name of the Lord. (5) For the THRONES are SET THERE FOR JUDGMENT, the thrones of the house of DAVID. (6) Pray for the PEACE OF JERUSALEM; may they PROSPER who LOVE YOU. (7) PEACE be within your walls, PROSPERITY within your palaces.) (Ps. 96:10—Say among the NATIONS, “THE LORD REIGNS; the WORLD IS FIRMLY ESTABLISHED, IT SHALL NOT BE MOVED; He shall JUDGE the peoples RIGHTEOUSLY.) (Ps. 97:8—ZION hears and is GLAD, and the daughters of Judah REJOICE because of YOUR JUDGMENTS, O Lord.) Ps. 93:1—The LORD REIGNS, He is clothed with MAJESTY; The Lord is clothed. He has girded Himself with STRENGTH. SURELY the WORLD IS ESTABLISHED, SO THAT IT CANNOT BE MOVED.
Returning to Rom.10: 8-- “The word is near you, even in your mouth and in your heart” that is the word of FAITH which we preach: (9) That if you CONFESS with your MOUTH the Lord Jesus and BELIEVE in your HEART that God has RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD, you WILL be SAVED. Acts 13:32—“And we declare to you GLAD TIDINGS—that PROMISE which was made to the fathers, (33) God has FULFILLED this for us their children, in that HE HAS RAISED UP JESUS. As it is ALSO written in the second Ps: ‘You are My Son, today I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU. (The second Ps. goes on to read: Yet I have set my King on my HOLY HILL of ZION. You are My Son today I have begotten You, ask of Me and I will GIVE You the nations for Your inheritance and the ends of the earth for Your possession.)
Ps. 99:1—The Lord REIGNS; Let the peoples tremble! He dwells between the cherubim; Let the earth be moved! (2) THE LORD IS GREAT IN ZION, (9) EXALT the Lord our God, and WORSHIP at HIS HOLY HILL; for THE LORD OUR GOD IS HOLY. (Heb. 12:14—Pursue PEACE with ALL MEN, and HOLINESS, WITHOUT WHICH NO ONE WILL SEE THE LORD.) Ps 47: 1—Oh Clap your hands all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of TRIUMPH! (2) For the Lord Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth. (3) He will subdue the peoples under us, and THE NATIONS under our feet. (8) God REIGNS OVER THE NATIONS; God SITS on HIS HOLY THRONE. Is. 35:10—And the RANSOMED of the Lord shall RETURN, and come to ZION with singing, with everlasting JOY on their heads, they shall OBTAIN JOY and GLADNESS, and SORROW and SIGHING shall flee AWAY. (8) A highway shall be there, and a road, and it shall be called the HIGHWAY of HOLINESS.
Is. 62:6—I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem, who shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, DO NOT KEEP SILENT, (7) and GIVE HIM NO REST TILL HE ESTABLISHES and TILL HE MAKES JERUSALEM A PRAISE in THE EARTH. (8) The Lord has SWORN by HIS RIGHT HAND and BY THE ARM of HIS STRENGTH: “Surely I will no longer give your grain to be food for your enemies; and the sons of the foreigner shall not drink your NEW WINE, for which you have labored. (9) But those who have gathered it shall eat it. And PRAISE the Lord; those who have brought it together shall drink it in My HOLY courts.
Returning to Rom 10:14—How then shall they call on Him in whom they have NOT believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have NOT heard? And how shall THEY HEAR WITHOUT A PREACHER? (15) And how shall THEY PREACH unless they are SENT? As it is written: How beautiful are the feet of those who PREACH THE GOSPEL of PEACE, who bring GLAD TIDINGS of GOOD THINGS. (Rom. 9:11—But Christ came as HIGH PRIEST of the GOOD THINGS to COME.) Returning to Rom 10:16--But they have NOT all OBEYED the GOSPEL. For Isaiah says, “Lord who has believed our report? (17) So then FAITH comes by HEARING, and HEARING by THE WORD OF GOD.
(Ps.135:16—They have mouths, but they do NOT speak; Eyes they have, but they do NOT see; They have EARS, but they DO NOT HEAR.) Mark 7:6—This people honors Me with their lips, but THEIR HEART IS FAR FROM ME. (7) And in VAIN they WORSHIP Me, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE COMMANDMENTS OF MEN. (Matt. 13:14—And in them the prophecy of ISAIAH is fulfilled, which says: HEARING you will HEAR and shall NOT UNDERSTAND, and SEEING you will SEE and NOT perceive; (15) For the HEART of this people has grown DULL. Their ears are HARD of HEARING, and their eyes they have CLOSED, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, LEST THEY SHOULD UNDERSTAND with THEIR HEART, and TURN, SO THAT I SHOULD HEAL THEM.)
Returning to Rom.10:18--But I say, have they NOT HEARD? YES indeed: “Their sound has gone out to ALL THE EARTH, and their WORDS TO THE ENDS OF THE WORLD. (Is. 62:11—Indeed the Lord has proclaimed to THE END OF THE WORLD; Say to the daughter of ZION, SURELY YOUR SALVATION IS COMING; Behold HIS REWARD is WITH HIM, and HIS WORK BEFORE HIM. (12) And they shall call them the HOLY PEOPLE, the REDEEMED of THE LORD; and you shall be called SOUGHT OUT a CITY NOT FORSAKEN.)
Ps.32:1—Blessed is he whose TRANSGRESSION is FORGIVEN, WHOSE SIN IS COVERED. (2) Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not IMPUTE INIQUITY, and in whose spirit there is no guile. Ps.40:6—Sacrifice and offering You DID NOT desire; My ears you have OPENED; Burnt offering and SIN OFFERING YOU DID NOT REQUIRE. (7) Then I said, “BEHOLD, I COME; IN THE SCROLL OF THE BOOK it is written of me. (8) I DELIGHT TO DO YOUR WILL, O MY GOD, and YOUR LAW is within my heart. (9) I have PROCLAIMED THE GOOD NEWS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS in THE GREAT CONGREGATION; (Ps. 22:25—My Praise shall be of You in THE GREAT CONGREGATION; I will pay MY VOWS before those who fear Him. (Ps. 65:1—PRAISE is awaiting You, O GOD IN ZION; and to You THE VOW SHALL BE PERFORMED. (2) O You who HEAR prayer, to You ALL FLESH WILL COME. (3) Iniquities prevail against me; as for OUR TRANSGRESSIONS, You will PROVIDE ATONEMENT for THEM. (5) By AWESOME deeds in RIGHTEOUSNESS You will ANSWER US, O God of OUR SALVATION, YOU WHO ARE THE CONFIDENCE OF ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. Is. 45:22—LOOK to ME, and be SAVED, ALL YOU ENDS OF THE EARTH! For I AM GOD and there is NO other. (Returning to Ps 22:27--ALL THE ENDS OF THE WORLD SHALL REMEMBER and TURN to THE LORD, and ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE NATIONS SHALL WORSHIP BEFORE YOU. (28) For the KINGDOM is THE LORD’S and HE RULES OVER THE NATIONS.
Jere. 29:10—For thus says the Lord: After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and PERFORM MY GOOD WORD TOWARD YOU, and cause you to RETURN to THIS PLACE. (Jere. 24:6—For I will set My eyes on them for good, and I will bring them back to THIS LAND: (Promise land?) I will BUILD THEM and NOT PULL THEM DOWN, and I will PLANT and NOT PLUCK THEM UP. (7) Then I will give them A HEART TO KNOW ME, that I am the Lord: and they shall be MY PEOPLE and I WILL BE THEIR GOD, for they shall be MY PEOPLE, and I WILL BE THEIR GOD, for they shall RETURN to ME WITH THEIR WHOLE HEART. Is. 10:21—The REMNANT will RETURN, the REMNANT of JACOB, to the MIGHTY GOD. (22) For though your people, O ISRAEL, be as the SAND of the SEA, yet a REMNANT of them WILL RETURN; THE DESTRUCTION DECREED SHALL OVERFLOW WITH RIGHTEOUSNESS. (Ps. 135:4—For the Lord has CHOSEN JACOB for Himself, ISRAEL for His SPECIAL TREASURE.) (Exodus 19:5—Now therefore, if you will indeed OBEY My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a SPECIAL TREASURE to Me above ALL PEOPLE; for ALL the EARTH is MINE. (6) And you shall be to Me a kingdom of PRIESTS and a HOLY NATION. These are the words which you shall speak to the children of ISRAEL.
Ps. 90:3—YOU turn man to DESTRUCTION, and say “RETURN, O children of men. (4) For a thousand years in Your sight are like YESTERDAY when it is past, and like a WATCH IN THE NIGHT. 2 Chron. 30:6—Children of ISRAEL, RETURN to the LORD GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC, and ISRAEL; then He will RETURN TO THE REMNANT of you who have escaped from the hand of the kings of ASSYRIA. (Is. 10:5-Woe to ASSYRIA, the rod of My anger and the staff in whose hand is My indignation. (7) Yet he does not MEAN SO, nor does his heart THINK SO; but it is in his heart to DESTROY, and CUT OFF NOT A FEW NATIONS.) Returning to 2 Chron. 30:18--May the GOOD LORD PROVIDE ATONEMENT FOR EVERYONE (19) who prepares his heart to SEEK GOD, the LORD GOD OF HIS FATHERS.
Jere. 3:14—RETURN, O backsliding children, says the Lord; “FOR I AM MARRIED TO YOU, I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to ZION. (18) And I will give you shepherds according to MY HEART, who will FEED YOU with KNOWLEDGE and UNDERSTANDING. (17) At that time JERUSALEM shall be called THE THRONE of THE LORD, and ALL NATIONS SHALL BE GATHERED TO IT, to the name of the Lord, to JERUSALEM; they shall walk no more AFTER THE STUBBORNESS of their evil heart. (Is.46:12—Listen to Me, you STUBBORN-HEARTED, who are far from righteousness; (13) I bring MY RIGHTEOUSNESS near. My salvation shall NOT linger, and I will place salvation in ZION, for Israel My glory.) Jere. 4:1—If you RETURN, O Israel, says the Lord, RETURN TO ME; and if you will put away your abominations out of My sight, THEN YOU SHALL NOT BE MOVED. (2) And you shall SWEAR, ‘THE LORD LIVES, IN TRUTH, IN JUDGMENT, and IN RIGHTEOUSNESS; the NATIONS SHALL BLESS THEMSELVES IN HIM, and in HIM they shall GLORY.
Rom.3:21—But now THE RIGHTEOUSNESS of GOD APART FROM THE LAW is REVEALED, (Matt. 6:33—“But seek FIRST the kingdom of God and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS.) Returning to Rom. 3:27--Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? NO, BUT BY THE LAW OF FAITH.
Gal. 3:12—Christ has redeemed us from the CURSE of the LAW, having become a curse for us. (14) that the BLESSING of ABRAHAM might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive THE PROMISE of the SPIRIT through FAITH. 2 Corin. 3:5—Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but OUR SUFFICIENCY is FROM GOD, (6) who also made us sufficient as MINISTERS OF THE NEW COVENANT, not of the letter but of THE SPIRIT; for the letter kills but THE SPIRIT GIVES LIFE. (7) But if the MINISTRY of DEATH, written and engraved on stones, was GLORIOUS, (8) HOW WILL THE MINISTRY OF THE SPIRIT NOT BE MORE GLORIOUS? (9) For if the MINISTRY of CONDEMNATION had GLORY, the MINISTRY of RIGHTEOUSNESS exceeds much more in GLORY.
Gal. 3:2—This only I want to learn from you: did you RECEIVE the SPIRIT by the works of THE LAW, or by THE HEARING OF FAITH? (3) Are you so foolish? Having begun in THE SPIRIT are you now being made perfect by the flesh? (4) Have you suffered so many things in VAIN—if indeed it was vain? (5) Therefore He who SUPPLIES the SPIRIT to you and works MIRACLES among you, does He do it by THE WORKS of THE LAW, or BY THE HEARING OF FAITH—Rom.4:1—What then shall we say that ABRAHAM our father has found according to the flesh? (2) For if ABRAHAM was justified by works, he has something of which to boast, but not before God. (3) For what does the Scripture say! ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, and IT was accounted to him for RIGHTEOUSNESS. (4) Now to him who WORKS the wages are NOT counted as GRACE but as DEBT. (5) But to him who does NOT work but BELIEVES on HIM who JUSTIFIES THE UNGODLY, his FAITH is accounted for RIGHTEOUSNESS, (6) just as DAVID also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God IMPUTES RIGHTEOUSNESS APART FROM WORKS; (7) Blessed are those whose lawless deed are FORGIVEN, and whose SINS are COVERED; (8) Blessed is the man to whom THE LORD SHALL NOT IMPUT SIN.
Heb. 8:10—For this is the COVENANT that I will make with the house of ISRAEL after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I WILL BE THEIR GOD, and THEY shall be MY PEOPLE. (11) NONE of THEM shall TEACH HIS NEIGHBOR, and NONE his BROTHER, saying, KNOW THE LORD, for ALL shall KNOW ME, from the least of them to the GREATEST OF THEM. (John 17:3—And THIS is ETERNAL LIFE, that they may KNOW You, the ONLY TRUE GOD, and Jesus Christ whom You have SENT.) Returning to Heb. 8:12-- For I WILL BE MERCIFUL to their UNRIGHTEOUSNESS, and THEIR SINS and THEIR LAWLESS DEEDS I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE. (13) In that He says “A NEW COVENANT, He has made the FIRST OBSELETE. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing OLD is READY to VANISH AWAY.
Rom 8:1—There is therefore now NO CONDEMNATION to those who are IN Christ Jesus, who do NOT walk according to THE FLESH, but according to THE SPIRIT. (2) For THE LAW of the SPIRIT of LIFE IN Christ Jesus has made me FREE from THE LAW of SIN and DEATH. (3) For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God DID by SENDING His own SON in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of SIN; He condemned SIN in the flesh, (4) that THE RIGHTEOUS REQUIREMENT of THE LAW might be FULFILLED in us who do NOT walk according to the flesh but according to THE SPIRIT. (13) For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to DEATH THE DEEDS OF THE BODY, YOU WILL LIVE. (14) FOR AS MANY AS ARE LED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD, THESE ARE THE SONS OF GOD. (15) For you did NOT receive the spirit of BONDAGE again to FEAR, but you have received THE SPIRIT of ADOPTION by whom we cry, ABBA, FATHER.(16) The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit THAT WE ARE THE CHILDREN OF GOD, (17) and IF CHILDREN, then HEIRS—HEIRS of GOD and JOINT HEIRS WITH CHRIST.
Eph.1:4—Just as HE CHOSE us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be HOLY and WITHOUT BLAME before Him in LOVE, (Pro. 2:21—For the UPRIGHT will DWELL in THE LAND, and the BLAMELESS will REMAIN IN IT; (22) But the wicked will be CUT OFF from the earth, and the UNFAITHFUL will be UPROOTED from IT.) Returning to Eph. 1:5—having PREDESTINED us to ADOPTION as SONS by Jesus Christ to HIMSELF, according to the GOOD pleasure of His will.
Luke 2:13—And suddenly there was with the ANGELS a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: (14) GLORY to GOD in THE HIGHEST, and ON EARTH PEACE, GOOD WILL TOWARD MEN. (30) For my eyes have seen YOUR SALVATION (30) Which YOU have prepared before the face of ALL PEOPLES, (32) A LIGHT to bring REVELATION to the GENTILES, and THE GLORY of YOUR PEOPLE ISRAEL. (John 12:46—I have come as a LIGHT into the world, that whoever believes in Me should NOT abide in DARKNESS. (47) And if anyone hears My words and does NOT believe, I DO NOT JUDGE HIM; for I did NOT come to judge the world but to SAVE THE WORLD.)
Acts 13:47—For so the Lord has commanded us: I have SET YOU to be A LIGHT TO THE GENTILES, that YOU should be MY SALVATION TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. Ps. 148:19—He declares HIS WORD to JACOB, His STATUTES and His JUDGMENTS to ISRAEL. (12) Praise the Lord, O JERUSALEM! Praise your God, O ZION! Ps.135:21—BLESSED be the Lord out of ZION who dwells in JERUSALEM. Micah 7:20—You will give TRUTH to JACOB and MERCY to ABRAHAM, which You have sworn to our fathers from days of old. John 4:23—But the hour is coming and now is, when the TRUE worshipers will worship the Father in SPIRIT and TRUTH; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. (John 6:32—but My Father gives you THE TRUE BREAD from HEAVEN. (33) For the bread of God is He who comes DOWN from HEAVEN and GIVES LIFE TO THE WORLD.
James 2:12—MERCY triumphs over JUDGMENT. (Luke 1:54—He has HELPED His servant ISRAEL in remembrance of HIS MERCY, (55) As He spoke to our fathers, to ABRAHAM and to HIS SEED FOREVER.) Jere.33:11—The voice of JOY and the voice of GLADNESS, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, THE VOICE OF THOSE WHO WILL SAY; Praise the LORD OF HOSTS, for the LORD IS GOOD, for HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER--
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'But now He is mediator of a better covenant...based on better promises.' What wonderful and glorious truths are contained in this message. We have SO much to praise the Lord for; as He has accomplished So much for us! Thank you, Sharon, for reminding us of the promises! - Dennis
Dearest Sharon... Praise God for His promises and for His New Covenant based on His Law which is written in LOVE on our hearts - and not on documents that seek to punish and destroy. His New Covenant is the Law of Faith and requires belief in and devotion to HIS SON. We need not teach others about laws but steer them, instead, to God's SON, for it is through HIM we find our new lives - the right lives. We don't need to live out of fear (of man's laws) but out of LOVE and the desire to be GOD'S CHILDREN. He WANTS us to prosper according to His Will and He has offered HIS SON as a means to achieve forgiveness and gain LIFE, eternal life, with Him. Sharon, thank you for reminding us about God's New Covenant as we begin a New Year. A new beginning, based on God's 'law of Faith'... may we all partake of this precious gift! I love you...Peggy