by Dionne Sabbay Thompson ( August 1, 2008 )
All beings created by God begin in a New Covenant Experience, angels and adam were created in perfection, unfallen beings. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new Creation. Galatians 4:21-31 highlights this need for a New Covenant Experience. The Everlasting Gospel, Righteousness by faith, was sent by the Lord to revise Adventism in 1888. Beginning with the first angel Revelation 10:1 this mighty message commenced. Revelation 18:1-4 is the message of Righteousness by faith designed by the Lord , addressing the Laodicean condition, to restore the Advent Movement. If the message of Righteousness by Faith is not received we will never resolve our problem of such a Laodicean state. The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16,17). Joel 2:23-25 expresses that the purpose of sending this message is to restore us from a state of that which was lost, a falling away from Truth.
The biblical definition of a covenant is God’s promise, not an arrangement between two people, remembering that God realizes that human beings can not keep their promise (Hebrews 8:6-10). The covenant is God’s promise, making us holy, God knows that it would be a waste of time for us to make and keep a promise, as we can not produce RIGHTEOUSNESS (Isaiah 64:6). God promises that He can and will make a remnant holy, writing His law in their hearts and minds (Ezekiel 36:26, Hebrews 8:10, 10:16).
All generations will fall away with the lack of the Gospel, however all will be healed and restored by receiving Righteousness by Faith, which is the Loud Cry of the third angel’s message. Rev 10:1 commenced the call for Advent recovery. Revelation 3:14,15 is the message of Laodicea, identifying that we will not be accepted by God if we are in a lukewarm state. However, once we accept this message of Joel 2:25 we can be reformed. God’s people will never be ashamed of the Everlasting Gospel (Romans 1:16,17). The absence of the Gospel will be restored once we accept the Righteous by Faith message. As the spiritual seed of Modern Israel, our God, Christ the Messiah, wishes that we should not be ashamed of the Gospel. If we are in a shameful state, we are not God’s people. We must have the New Covenant Experience in order to be regarded by God (Hebrews 8:1-13). Shame manifested by Adam and Eve entered into the world after transgression occurred, suggesting that our shameful condition as a people is synonymous with being in a Laodicean condition, as exhibited in Revelation 3:18. Joel 2:25 explains that when we have the New Covenant Experience, we are restored as Seventh-day Adventists, praying for the Latter rain (Joel 2:23, James 5:7). Adam and Eve were provided with a covering in their fallen state, unrighteousness results in shame. Today we are provided with a covering of Christ the Lamb for our shame, an Old Covenant sinful, worldly, fleshly experience.
Galatians 4:21-31 explains both the New and Old Covenant Experience. Mount Sinai’s message of Hagar and Ishmael represents bondage. Sarah and Isaac represent the freewoman, a New Covenant. Both covenants are identified by Paul as two different situations, absent from a dispensation. Such highlights explain that Hagar’s child as the solution to Sarah’s problem produced bondage. Even before Ishmael was born bondage developed, as problems emerged between Sarah and Hagar. When Isaac was born a promise was established. The work of Hagar and Sarah was outside of the Promise of God. Hebrews 8:8 explains that God found fault with Israel, found in the Old Covenant, with Israel as disobedience causes a falling away. Similarly, the fault was with Hagar and Ishmael; a fault of disobedience, thus not of God.
Israel’s act of not believing God’s promise was found to be filled with fault. Spiritual freedom exists when we are born of God. Symbolically Hagar, being a bondmaid and her son could only spiritually reproduce ungodliness. In such likeness, Adam’s sin could only produce an Old Covenant Experience, ungodliness, shame, nakedness, LAODICEA. Galatians 4:27 explains concisely that we can only be children of promise by partaking in the Divine Nature, through the Promise of God, Isaac’s birth symbolically. Sarah and Abraham’s reproduction of Isaac symbolized how we can partake of the Divine Nature of God, righteously by faith.
Those who are not born again will always persecute those who are born again: “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17). Genesis 16:12 explains the beginning of the persecution of God’s people, as Ishmael mocked Isaac. The passing of the forthcoming Sunday Law will usher in the persecution of God’s remnant seed, the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:12,13). The Most High’s sealed servants will acknowledge and keep the Seventh-day Sabbath, rejecting the Sunday, Pagan, False Sabbath, Satan’s disguised mark (seal) from the Roman Catholic Church, The first Beast ( Revelation 13:11-18 ). Satan will lead the RCC, (manifested as Elitist and Corporate America, [Protestant Entities] the Lamb-like Beast) to attack God’s remnant’s purchasing power, disallowing them from buying or selling without the acceptance of this Nationalized Sunday Pagan Law. God however will have resources for His remnant and by “Faith”, this will be revealed to His chosen.
Divine Nature is demonstrated as peaceful and obedient nature of God’s people, a New Covenant Experience,. Old and New Covenant Experiences can not dwell together. Laodicea is the result of the co-existence of Old and New Covenants. In order for us to be righteous by faith we must be born again. We are either in an Old Covenant or a New Covenant, there is no grey area, as God is not an author of confusion (1Corinthians 14:33). Therefore the Laodicean condition represents solely the Old Covenant Experience. Paul emphasizes that we must cast out the bondwoman and her son, as Spiritually we can not serve two masters (Matthew 6:24).
Genesis 21:8-11 explains that Abraham’s seed should be called from Isaac, a man of peace, a soft answer turneth away wrath (Proverbs 15:1). Conditions of a True New Covenant, spiritual-filled heart, demands for us to cast out our Old Covenant Experience. Thus we should not be holding on to ungodly practices, even if it is “grievous” we must abandon them. God can make us His children, causing us to be free indeed, doing the will of the Most High. God will allow us to be tested by various obstacles, similar to the experience of Abraham (Genesis 21).
Romans 4:13-25 explains that the Jews were children of the law. Gentiles having been grafted in are now also spiritually fathered by Abraham, empowered by the Word of God, for those who believe (Romans 1:16,17). Abraham, a Father of many nations, and His seed will be Children of the Most High by faith; righteously. Abraham’s weak faith produced bondage, Hagar and Ishmael. It is a matter of faith in God and we must depend on the Word, complying with all of its teachings. Dependence on the Word of God strengthens our faith. We can only glorify God when we depend on His Word, allowing us the opportunity of spiritual direction. Abraham’s staggering was caused by a lack of faith. Once we believe God, that which is imputed to us will be of Christ, our spotless Lamb. Righteousness is a gift from God. “But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;” (Romans 4:24). We must refrain from attempting to work spiritually, allowing God to work for us. Grace was given to us because of a debt caused from transgression, the wages of sin is death (Hebrews 4:16, Romans 6:23). Romans 4:22-23 explains the goodness that one born of a New Covenant Experience can receive from the gift of Christ’s righteousness. Abraham received the promise of Isaac in old age. Abraham saw Christ when he offered Isaac his only son, an example of Righteousness by Faith. Similarly we too can receive righteousness through faith, allowing God to govern our lives. The scriptures were written for us, yet during the life of Abraham scriptures were not available. Abraham was indeed righteous by faith, believing without visualizing the written WORD (Hebrews 11:1).
God’s remnant, Spiritual Israel, the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:12,13), need to believe and receive the Lord as did Abraham. Tests may emerge however, we must understand that the same principles of righteousness apply today. Complete faith in God is RIGHTEOUSNESS BY FAITH (Philippians 3:9).