Category Archives: New Covenant

CIRCUMCISION – A CUTTING ISSUE

SYNOPSIS – If circumcision is no longer required, there has been a fundamental change in how membership in the covenant community is determined

Circumcision is an obstacle to any claim that followers of Jesus must conform to the requirements of the Torah, a rite that was fundamental in the Abrahamic covenant for the identity of the covenant community, and mandatory in the Mosaic legislation for all male members. Thus, if circumcision is no longer required, then the jurisdiction of the Law has changed.

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PRIEST FOREVER

His priesthood is superior since it rests on his endless resurrection life, the promised priest after the order of MelchizedekPsalm 110:4.

The letter to the Hebrews is structured around several comparisons that demonstrate the supremacy and finality of the “word spoken in” Jesus over the past revelations “spoken in the prophets.” The previous “words” were true but partial, promissory, and preparatory. But now, “upon the last of these days,” God has “spoken” with great finality in one who is a “Son.”

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SPIRIT AND COVENANT

From the start, the promise of the Spirit has been integral to redemption and the Covenant of God with His people.

In Galatians, Paul linked the “promise of the Spirit” to the “blessing of Abraham,” the covenant promise that God would bless the Gentiles in the Patriarch. He was referring to the Spirit that the Galatians had received “through a hearing of faith.” Thus, the gift of the Spirit was part of the covenant made with Abraham, and with “his seed.”

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PROMISE OF THE FATHER – BLESSING OF ABRAHAM

SYNOPSIS – With the ascension of Jesus, the gift of the Spirit has arrived with blessings for all believers – The “promise of Abraham” – Galatians 3:27-29

The “promise of the Father” is identified as the gift of the Spirit. For example, it is linked by the Apostle Paul to the covenant promises given to Abraham by Yahweh, which are now fulfilled in the promised New Covenant. The gift of the Spirit demonstrates that the era of fulfillment has arrived. Moreover, it marks out the Gentile believers as co-heirs of Abraham with the Jewish followers of Jesus.

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