Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Does God Still Judge Us Because Of Our Sins And Disobedience? Part II

Does God Still Judge Us Because Of Our Sins And Disobedience? Part II

We have discussed in my previous blog the idea of "Does God judge us when bad things happen into our lives, a divine consequence of every action that is not according to His will? 

In this article, we will understand and discuss the 2nd question related to this topic which is, "Would God be unfair if he won't judge the sins and disobedience that we presently commit as believers?" 
Let me put it this way, God is a restorative in nature wherein everything He has done and does are always for the purpose and objective of restorations and healing. Most of the theology or doctrine's taught had brought us to the idea that God is a just God who would always ask payment for every thing we have done which brings us to what we call retributive justice. The question is, "Does God demand payment from us because we have sinned against Him?" and  "Is He requiring us to pay him back from all the mistakes and weaknesses we have done towards Him?" This would bring us to the preference on how do we understand sin in the context of the Bible, the appropriate question would be, Is Sin A Crime Or A Disease? 

Understanding the essence of sin would clarify unto the two different answers about this matter, let's look at the first definition, Sin as a crime, when we understand sin as a crime one would therefore stand on the point of view of Retributive Justice, retributive justice means, God had demanded justice for all the sins the entire human race had committed(Paternal Headship committed by Adam), because of our sins God's anger fell upon the entire human race wherein He needed to be appeased in order for His wrath to be averted and thwarted from us, in short, God demanded payment and justice wherefore Jesus came into the scene, intervened and became the payment and redemption for us, He paid the price we cannot pay and he received all the wrath, punishment and anger of God towards our sins and disobedience, afterwards, He was punished and crucified upon the cross and in that particular moment God's anger has been taken away and His heart is appeased, therefore, God punished and crashed His own Son in order for Him to receive and accept each one of us, He condemned Jesus as a payment in our behalf, and cursed His Son in order for Him to be able to bless us. This is how retributive justice looks at the scenario on what had happened on the cross 2000 year ago. Second definition, Sin as a Disease, understanding sin as a disease will bring us to the opposite view of God's purpose and actions when He allowed His Son to die on the cross for the purpose of restoration and healing which we call restorative justice, restorative justice means, God doesn't demand payment nor punishment in order for Him to be satisfied, Jesus died not to meet God's demand of punishment, nor appease God's essence of justice, it is an act of restoration--restoring humanity to a right relationship with God. In other words, restorative justice is how God in Christ acts to heal the problem of punitive justice. Love is not in conflict with justice, love is how justice comes about because the New Testament understanding of justice is ultimately not about punishment, but about making things right again. God's objective if I would humbly say is to restore what was stolen and regain what was missing and it happened through the cross. Jesus died not to appease God nor meet the demands of God justice wherein other would say love and justice met, yet justice should not be always taken as punishment because the real and genuine essence of justice is bringing and restoring back what was stolen, retribution is more of an essence of vengeance yet restoration is an expression of love, Justice in the scripture is expressing the real essence of one thing or of the person, God is just because He genuinely expresses who He really is. Jesus' death on the cross is an expression of justice not because he needed to payback His Father's demand but because He represented His Father in the full essence of who He really is(Heb. 1:3), He said in John 5:19, "Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner." and John 12:49, "For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak." This is what we call justice, representing genuinely and wholeheartedly who the Father really is. God send His son to heal the disease of sin and to restore what has been stolen from His beloved children, He died not because God punished Him but because death in human terms is the greatest expression of love, He died not to express God's anger and need of appeasement but to show and express unto us How much the Father loves us, which in reality, that's the only way humanity can and will understand how much God loves us, He made His love understandable, approachable and experienceable. Oh men, that's an awesome and sweet stuff! what a loving and caring God we have. The cross is the expression of His unconditional love, unbending faithfulness, unmerited grace and not of His unjustified and misquoted justice. Again, love and justice do not contradict each other and it is so much more a product of one another, justice is bringing back everything in its original intent and purpose based and founded in His heart, which is His unconditional love. 

God would be unfair to himself according to His own character and attribute if He does still judge us of our wrongdoings and sins, He came not to condemn nor judge but to save, heal and restore (Jn. 3:17), His objective is not to ask and demand penalty for our sins but to give and provide solutions, restoration and healing from its devastating and destructive consequences (Lk 4:18-20). Does God judge us when we sin or commit wrong doing in our present lives today? My straight answer is "NO", God brought solution, restoration and healing not the other way around, but you may ask, "Isn't that dangerous and would make us live a lousy, lame and lax life?" Let me say this with all caution and sincerity, sin has its own consequence, sin itself is destructive, when we sin, there is no divine consequence anymore yet there will always be a natural consequences, adultery destroys one's body and relationship in the family, stealing destroys trust and integrity, lying destroys credibility and reputations. When we sin, God still loves and accepts us for that's who He is in our lives, yet He loves us so much for Him to allow us to live a lifestyle of sin and debauchery, He will always bring us back to what He has done on the cross, His grace empowers us for righteousness and godliness (Tit. 2:10-12). 
We will discuss in my next blog the 3rd important question about this topic,

Third, Did God judge His Son Jesus Christ on the Cross in order for His judgement to be thwarted from us and be brought unto His Son?

To be continue..... 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Does God Still Judge Us Because Of Our Sins And Disobedience?

One if not the most famous verses in the scriptures known by all believers is John 3:16 which says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." A very famous and simple passage that every pastors and most of the believers know. He gave His Son out of love towards the all of us, what an amazing truth and selfless attitude of God made manifest through His son Jesus Christ, again, a wonderful verse and awesome truth yet there is something we call as "The dis-famous verse" is always beside the most famous or used verse ever, now we'll look at the verse after verse 16 of the third chapter of John. John 3:17 says, "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." This is a very powerful, liberating and mind-blowing verse, God sent His Son not the condemn nor judge the world, but that the world through Him might and be saved. Jesus became flesh, manifest and dwelt amongst us and brought "soteria" as a free gift to each one of us. That's indeed a great, grandeur and good news, everything that God hath done, is doing and will ever do are all based on the idea and truth of His love for all of us, love doesn't condemn, punish nor judge, it does correct, discipline and teach us to see and experience more of who we are in Jesus and who is Jesus in us. 

Here in this article, we would engage on the Biblical truth, wherein God does't judge but saved us according to His grace and own personal initiative. We will answer the following questions that are boggling into our minds and from the core of our hearts, 

First, does God judge us when bad things happen into our lives, a divine consequence of every action that is not according to his will? 

Second, would God be unfair if He won't judge the sins and disobedience that we presently do as believers? Third, Did God judge His Son Jesus Christ on the Cross in order for His judgement to be thwarted from us and be brought unto His Son?

First, Does God judge us when bad things happen into our lives, are these bad things a divine consequences of every inappropriate action we've done that is not according or in alignment according to His will? Tough one ha? hehehe… One of the most important truths we need to grasp is that, God moves and works according to "covenants", "agreement" or "contract", the question we ask ourselves are the following, Am I living according to the Abrahamic covenant, wherein blessings were given because of pedigree and lineage? Am I living under the Mosaic Covenant which the blessings were based on how the Abraham's lineage performs and fulfils the demands and requirements of the law? or Am I living according to the New Covenant Of Jesus Christ wherein every blessing is found in the Person Of Jesus Christ?
During the Abrahamic Covenant, one needs to become Abraham's lineage in order for the person to qualify into the blessings and favour of God, one is blessed for only and one reason, Pedigree, family blood and being a seed of Abraham, wherefore Jesus is the prophetic message and person of the Seed of Abraham found in Gal. 3:16, "Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, "And to seeds," as of many, but as of one, "And to your seed," who is Christ."Jesus is indeed the Seed prophesied from the beginning.

During the Mosaic Covenant, one needs to become Abraham's lineage and in addition one needs to perform and be perfect obeying all the demands and requirements of the law (Deut. 28:1) in order for the person to be blessed, wherein no one ever in the history of the israelites and any forms were able to perfect the obedience demanded. God gave them the law to bring them into the end of themselves and the only provision of God for them to be blessed is found immediately after the law was given in Exodus 20:24, "An altar of earth you shall make for Me, and you shall sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and your oxen. In every place where I record My name I will come to you, and I will bless you." The sacrifice was the only way for them to be blessed, not their obedience nor their sacrifices but the "Sacrifice" and the "Offering", which was the picture and shadow of the Person of Jesus Christ on the cross. They were also blessed because of Jesus Christ.
Then came the New Covenant Of Jesus Christ, Our our blessings are simply found and are based into the obedience and Person of Jesus Christ, He came according to John 3:17 not to condemn nor judge the world because He loves them (v.16) and wanted them to be saved(v. 17). It is therefore, inappropriate and illogical to believe that God is judging us according to what we are doing if His word already said that He doesn't judge nor condemn us but to save us. 

Reasons why He cannot judge nor condemn us:
1st, God is a just God, He is just and true to His word, He has, is and will never abandon nor bridge the Covenant that He Himself has established(Heb. 8:8-12).
2nd, God is the same yesterday, today and forever more(Heb. 13:8), everything He has ever done and still does are all out of love, He created man out of love, when Adam sinned, He already provided the way out through the seed that will crash the head of the serpent (Gen. 3:15) and everything is out of love. In Romans 13:10 says, "Love does no harm to a neighbour. Therefore love is the fulfilment of the law." Love will never judge nor condemn anyone, love doesn't condemn, judge and hurt, genuine love accepts, blesses, favours and cast our all kinds of fear to all people (1 Jn 4:18). Therefore, vehemently I say this thought here, God did not punish His Son nor condemn Him in exchange of us, yet I'll save that thought into my 3rd main point.
3rd, The negative, bad and unacceptable things that happen to people are products and results of the choices we have decided and made, for example, flood is not happening because of the rain alone but because of the insincerity and corrupted hearts of many people involved in the infrastructure of roads, it is the result of wrong choices to simply throw such garbage anywhere we want, God gives and provides precautions unto us and that itself is a very gracious act of the Almighty One. Another example, rape cases are not things that God brought unto any women who experienced them but a result of someone or a person who got high into drugs or got involved into forms of pornography which led them into high and uncontrolled sexual appetite that brought them to do gross things into the other party, the Bible is very clear, it doesn't approved drugs, nor drunkenness and pornography wherein the provision of precautions themselves are God's reminders that He is not the author of those evil and inhumane scenes that happened to people's lives.
God though His Son Jesus Christ has provided the answers to these tough questions of life. He wants everyone to get saved and experience His grace that will not simply produce any forms of behavioral modifications but of real and genuine heart transformation, when people's heart are transformed then their actions would be in the right time go along with who they are In Christ Jesus.
Is God judging and condemning us when negative things take place? My answers is a resounding "NO", bad things will never come from a good God, one thing I know, when bad things happen, God has promised to be there to help us to go thought all of the hurts, pains and even suicidal tendencies a person can think of, He has promised to never leave nor forsake us (Heb. 13:5) and He'll make all things (Both negative and positive, bad and good, right and wrong) work together for good to those who love Him (Rom. 8:28).
Second, Would God be unfair if He doesn't judge the sins and disobedience that we presently commit us believers.
To be continue.....

Origen's Thought On Law and Gospel

“I do not call the Law and ‘Old Testament’ if I understand it in the Spirit. The Law becomes an ‘Old Testament’ only for those who understand it carnally, but for those who understand it and apply it in the Spirit and in the Gospel sense, the Law is ever new and the two Testaments are a new Testament for us, not because of their date in time but because of the newness of the meaning. For those who do not respect the covenant of love, even the Gospels are ‘old’”

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Sharing the greatest message with Grace (Unfinished And unedited article)

Grace is unmerited, unearned and undeserved favor of God in Christ Jesus, a Person not a doctrine nor a teaching but Someone who died, rose and now seated in the right hand of the Father who continually and consistently praying and advocating for us. Grace brings freedom, liberty, joy, peace, righteousness and most of all intimacy with our Abba Father, it is not something we possess nor take hold of but Someone who has caught us by His loving arms and warm embrace. Grace has defeated sin, depicted the curse of the law and destroyed self-condemnation and self righteousness... Grace does not start nor work outside of us but begun and deals inside of us (Rom. 8:11)...

Some say that grace is "Too good to be true." Indeed it is so, so very good, it is even beyond goodness, it is unconditional love and unmerited favor of God and it is indeed true, nothing and no one can measure nor comprehend God's Agape love, it is something that God only possesses and He chose to bestow and had appeared upon all of men (Tit. 2:11). It teaches us to say no to ungodliness and dwell into righteousness and godliness (Tit. 2;11-12), it brings us into real and genuine worship (Jn 4:24) for the grace is a covenant of the Spirit (2 Cor. 3:17) and of truth (Jn. 1:17). Grace deals with the issue, it doesn't focus on behavior, performance and work but of the heart for the heart is the well-spring of our lives...

Grace is focused on Jesus Christ that brings inward transformation and not behavioral modification. It changes the inside and manifest on the outside. Grace brings healing in the emotion, spirit and body, it does heal both physical body and the body of Christ in general for pride makes to room in the heart of those who engage into this revelation, it takes away competition which focuses on performance and it brings unification which is based on humility and love. It makes the organic and established church focus not on the method nor status but only on the finished work, a pastor asked me once, "Ptr Paul, what is 'more Biblical' organic or established church?" I replied, in grace there is no such thing as "More Biblical" it is either Biblical or not Biblical. Organic or established? pardon me as i say this, "It doesn't matter because the believers are the Church, we are the church, whether we are in an organic or in an established Church, there is a Church in house churches, in mega churches or even in some "religious churches", for we are His Bride and He is our Bridegroom, the shadow and the substance of Christ and the Church. It liberates, transforms, frees, empowers, and unites all of us...

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Noun Kills The Verb!

The word "sin" comes from the words Hamartanó (Verb) and Hamartía (Noun) which in the Book of Romans are mentioned 48 times, sin (Hamartía) as noun is mentioned 47 times while sin (Hamartanó) as verb is mentioned only once.... When we understand that Jesus died to sin (Hamartía-Rom 6:10) so that we recon ourselves dead to sin (Hamartía-Rom. 6:11) then it will empower us (who we really are) to destroy the sin (Hamartanó).... Understanding that we died from the noun of sin (Power, Penalty and Punishment) will destroy the verb of sin (Actions; gossip, division and others) in our lives... Radical Grace! I Love it! 

Grace is very liberating and transforming, it does bring us to the truth of knowing our identity and the results and benefits of the finished work both in our lives and in the Church in general... Knowing that we are holy makes us live a holy lives naturally, knowing that we are indeed greatly blessed makes us generous and thankful every time and in every situation, knowing that we are healthy and healed make us confident in receiving the gift of a healthy life and we can easily choose to enjoy long life, knowing that we are totally accepted and precious make us not long for the acceptance of people and more so of this world, knowing that we are highly favoured makes us always confident to expect and accept the overflowing blessings and favor of God everyday of our lives....

Romans 6:10-11 says "For the death that He died, He died to sin (ἁμαρτίᾳ) once for all; but the lifethat He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon (λογίζομαι-count, consider or conclude) yourselves to be dead (νεκρός-lifeless or inoperative) indeed to sin (ἁμαρτίᾳ), but alive (ζάω-To live, Experience God's gift of life) to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Jesus died to the power, penalty and punishment of sin, He died to the ἁμαρτίᾳ once and for all...Jesus never and did not die to the ἁμαρτάνω for he had no deeds nor action of sin in his entire life... as He has died to the ἁμαρτίᾳ once and for all, likewise we also need to recon, count, consider or conclude ourselves to be dead or inoperative and life less to ἁμαρτίᾳ but alive in the experience of God's gift of life to God in CHRIST JESUS our Lord. 

Our belief will make our behavior submit to the truth of the word of God on who we are in Christ Jesus....

Radical Grace! I Love it!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Taking Communion in an Unworthy Manner by Paul Ellis

I remember as a 10 year old boy watching in terror as the communion plate came closer and closer. Why was I afraid? Because there was unresolved sin in my life – I had argued with my sister before church! I knew that those who took communion in an unworthy manner risked condemnation, even death, for the Bible told me so:

1Co 11:26  For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.
1Co 11:27  Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.
1Co 11:28  A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.
1Co 11:29  For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself.
1Co 11:30  That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep.
1Co 11:31  But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment.
1Co 11:32  When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world.
Thankfully, I was wrong.

This scripture above must be one of the most abused and misunderstood passages in the entire Bible. It is regularly used to deny communion to those who need and it is frightening to 10 year olds. As we will see, it is one of the most liberating scriptures in the Bible, yet many believers are condemned by it. Doesn’t this seem a bit odd to you? Afterall, this passage was written by the same apostle who said, “there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” So what’s going on here? Did Paul have a change of heart? Is he now saying that God will condemn us if we partake of communion in an unworthy manner? No he is not.

I suspect that the problems began 400 years ago when the translators working for King James chose words that conveyed a sense of punishment and condemnation. Look at the word judgment in verse 29 above, which is taken from the NIV translation. In the original Greek the word is krima. When the King James translators were looking for an English word corresponding to krima, they chose the word damnation and the verse became,

For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself… (KJV)

That sounds seriously bad! But krima can also be translated as decision or decree. Think of a judge presiding in a court. His decision is called a judgment or krima. As I have said elsewhere, when you have been raised on the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, it is natural to assume that all judgments are bad. When a cop waves you over, you automatically think the worst. But a judgment is not inherently bad; it’s just a decision.

Similar words are found in verses 31 and 32:

For if we would judge (diakrino) ourselves, we should not be judged (krino). But when we are judged (krino), we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned (katakrino) with the world. (KJV)
If you click on the Greek words italicized above, you will see that diakrino and krino mean to distinguish and decide, while katakrino means to give judgment against or condemn. In other words, the only time Paul refers to explicitly bad judgment (the condemning, punishing kind) in this passage, is when he is referring to the world and not the Corinthian Christians. Contrary to what you've heard, this is not about examining yourself to see whether you're worthy of communion and Paul never says we damn ourselves by taking it in an unworthy manner.

So what sort of judgments or decisions does Paul want us to make when taking communion? And what does it mean to proclaim the Lord’s death? To answer these questions we need to look at the two mighty deeds Jesus’ accomplished when He went to the cross. These two deeds are represented in communion by the bread and the cup.

The bread
At the Last Supper Jesus handed out the bread, said it was His body, and told the disciples to eat it in remembrance of Him (Lk 22:19). He didn’t say much else because no doubt they could all recall the fuss that happened the last time He said He was the bread of life:

“I am the bread of life… I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world… I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” (Jn 6:48,51-54)

As a result of these words many disciples turned away from following Jesus (Jn 6:66). To them, the idea of eating His flesh and drinking His blood was repelling. They did not grasp that Jesus was referring to His impending sacrifice – that He would give up His body in fulfillment of Isaiah 53:4-5 so that we might have life. But the lesson wasn’t lost on Peter for he later quoted Isaiah when he wrote, “by his wounds you have been healed” (1 Pet 2:24).

What does it mean to eat the flesh of Jesus? It means to behold Jesus and all that He has done for you, both at the whipping post and on the cross. In communion the bread represents His body which was broken so that you might have life and health. This is good news for the sick, but it will have no effect in your life unless you believe it. In the passage above, Paul is basically exhorting us to judge whether sickness or health is from God. Sadly, many believers are confused about these things. They think that God wants them sick so they can learn stuff. They don’t recognize (diakrino) that Jesus gave His body so that we might be healed. By failing to honor His body and blood they take communion in a less than worthy manner. It’s like saying, “Jesus was wounded for nothing,” or “by His wounds I have not been healed.”

Sickness and death are part of the curse of sin (Gen 2:17). Jesus died to set us free from sin and all its effects, but we won’t be free unless we put our faith in His work. The good news profits nothing unless it is mixed with faith in them that hear it (Heb 4:2). The Corinthians were suffering unnecessarily because they were not recognizing or discerning the Lord’s body. “This is why many among you are weak and sick and some have even died.” It wasn’t that God was judging them for getting drunk at communion. No, they were suffering the effects of sin because they did not properly value what Christ had done on their behalf at Calvary. Because they were not judging themselves in light of the finished work of the cross (forgiven, accepted, blessed, healed), they were still experiencing the punishing effects of sin (rejection, sickness, condemnation). Because they weren’t attributing to Christ the full worth of His sacrifice, they were still suffering – in the language of King James – the effects of damnation.

The cup
At the Last Supper Jesus took the cup and announced a new covenant based on His blood:
“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” (Mt 26:28)
In fear of eating and drinking in an unworthy manner, many Christians treat communion as a time of somber reflection. But proclaiming the Lord’s death should be an occasion of great joy and celebration! Was there ever a better reason to party than this? Think about it: We who were once defiled by sin have been washed white as snow (Isa 1:18). Our guilty consciences have been cleansed and our forgiveness has been eternally secured by the precious blood of Jesus (Heb 10:22, 1 Pe 1:19). This is the good news in a cup!
I will provide a line-by-line paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 11:26-32 in my next post, but Paul’s message to the Corinthians can be summed up like this: Judge yourself in light of Christ’s perfect sacrifice. Because of His body and blood, you are forgiven and healed. Learn to discriminate what is from God (e.g., healing) and what is part of sin’s curse (e.g., sickness). Understand that anything that is not God’s will in heaven (there is no sickness in heaven) is not His will here on earth. When you learn to distinguish what is from God and what is not you are chastened or disciplined (paideauo, literally, trained up or instructed) of the Lord and escape the adverse effects of sin that the rest of the world suffers.

Communion = good news for the sick and unworthy
Are you battling sickness, condemnation and guilt? Then prepare a communion table in the presence of these your enemies and proclaim the Lord’s death! Don’t look at communion as merely a churchy-ritual; make it a bold declaration of faith! As you take the bread, behold the Lord’s body that was broken so yours could be whole. As you take the cup, discern the Lord’s blood that was shed one time for all your sins (He 10:12). Remind your enemies that they were thoroughly defeated at the cross (Co 2:15). Because Jesus has triumphed we can reign in this life (Rm 5:17). There is no grief or sorrow He did not carry; there is no curse He did not redeem you from (Isa 54:4). Judge yourself as God judges you – perfectly righteous, eternally forgiven, and completely whole!

Descriptions of the Mosaic Law in the New Testament

“Descriptions of the Mosaic Law in the New Testament”
Written by Roger Sapp

The Mosaic Covenant of Law is described by the New Testament as:
A covenant that has been an unbearable yoke. (Acts 15:10)
A covenant that is the ministry of death. (2 Corinthians 3:7)
A covenant that is the ministry of condemnation. (2 Corinthians 3:9)
A covenant that is weak. (Romans 8:2-3)
A covenant that God has found fault with and created a better, more excellent covenant, enacted on better promises. (Hebrews 8:7-8)
A covenant that is obsolete. (Hebrews 8:13)
A covenant that is growing old (Greek: senile). (Hebrews 8:13)
A covenant that is near vanishing. (Hebrews 8:13)
A covenant that is fading away. (2 Corinthians 3:11)
A covenant that produces a mind-hardening and a heart-hardening veil. (2 Corinthians 3:14-15)
A covenant that has no glory in comparison with the New Covenant. (2 Corinthians 3:10)
A covenant of law that Christians are not under. (Romans 6:14, Galatians 4:18)
A covenant of law that Christians have been delivered from. (Romans 6:6)
A covenant that in allegory is like Hagar the slave. (Galatians 4:24)
A covenant from Mount Sinai that creates slaves not sons. (Galatians 4:24)
A covenant for those are cast out without inheritance like Hagar and her son. (Galatians 4:30-31, Galatians 3:18)
A covenant that is only a shadow of good things to come. (Hebrews 10:1, Colossians 2:16-17)
A covenant of law that is not of faith. (Galatians 3:11-12)
A covenant that curses all who practice the Law who fail to do all the Law. (Galatians 3:10)
A covenant of works of the Law that frustrates grace. (Galatians 2:21)
A covenant in which Jesus cannot be a priest and cannot offer Himself as the Lamb without spot or blemish. (Hebrews 7:13-18)
A covenant of law that is weak, useless and makes nothing perfect. (Hebrews 7:18-19)
A covenant that functioned in God’s purpose until John the Baptist announced Christ. (Matthew 11:12-13, Luke 16:16, Galatians 3:16, 19)
A covenant that reveals sin but doesn’t fix it. (Romans 3:20)
A covenant of law made for the unrighteous but not for the righteous. (1 Timothy 1:9-10)
A covenant with four times more verses of curses than blessings. (Blessings: Deut. 28:1-13. Curses: Deut. 27:15-26, 28:16-68.) Count them: 13 verses of blessing. 65 verses of curses. (The New Covenant has no curses only blessings.)