by Dionne Sabbay Thompson (June 13th, 2008)
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).
In order to keep God’s laws we must have God’s laws written in our hearts. Christ is our example, whom the Father gave us , displaying how we should live a Christ-like life; Christ had the “New Covenant” experience. Psalms 40:10,11. Human beings must understand that sacrifices and burnt offerings is not what the Lord prefers, God wishes that we would be victorious over sin and be obedient, living sinless lives. Whenever burnt offerings are offered, it means that one of God’s creatures has to “die”, and the Lord would rather us and his creatures live rather than have to die. Unrighteous human beings, tasting the second death was not God’s intention. In order for the sinner to go free, a sacrifice has to go up in it’s place, yet the Lord DOES NOT delight in sacrifices:
1Samuel 15:19 Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the LORD, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the LORD?
1Samuel 15:20 And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, and have gone the way which the LORD sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.
When we remember Adam’s sin, we remember Christ’s sacrifice for our sins, becoming the last Adam. God takes no pleasure in the death of his creatures.
Psalms 40:6 — Sacrifice and offering thou did not desire, because it means death to the Lord’s creatures. We must open our ears and then sacrifice does not become necessary.
Psalms 40:8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. Christ was able to keep the law of God perfectly.
Hebrews 1:9 explains how we can have a love for righteousness and a hatred for iniquity, only if the law of God is written in our hearts. We must love righteousness because of the “New Covenant Experience”, for this is how God intended for his Creatures to live. Adam had that experience as did Lucifer and his angels prior to falling, however, they gave it up with disobedience. Christ is the new reproductive line through Adam because Adam gave up his “New Covenant Experience”. Therefore, Adam’s reproductive line was written off, so God had to start over with the 2nd Adam and Last Adam, Christ, which is the “quickening spirit” and that is what will make us a part of the family of heaven (1Cor 15:45). That is what happens to us when we are genuinely converted. Christ, once we are reborn of God, transforms us into new creatures. Christ went through all the steps that are required of us to be “Victorious over sin”.
Christ preached righteousness by faith. For us today as God’s people, teaching the loud Cry of the Third Angel is essential, sharing the message of “Righteousness by Faith”, must continue. The reason why the gospel lost it’s power was because the Holy Spirit of God was not flowing through many who were professing the Word. We must have the law of God written in our hearts. If we have not personally experienced it, how can we teach it? Christ was born of the Spirit and the Holy Spirit flowed through Him. That is why Christ was so effective. We must be born of the Spirit, following Christ only as our Divine Example. Wherever Christ went, the message of truth and righteousness was flowing out through Him. We are to let the Fruits of the Spirit flow through us, once we have the spirit of God flowing through us, making us “New Creatures” we become willing vessels of God.
Iniquity and Sin is very dangerous. Our sin was placed on Christ, making it necessary for Christ to constantly be in submission to the Father. With Christ’s righteousness, we can resist sin, thus Overcoming this sinful world and our sinful flesh. Christ had the new covenant experience:
John 1:9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
John 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
John 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
John 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Since 1888, The Spirit of Truth revisited the Adventist Church with the precious message of “Righteousness by Faith” (Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel workers pages 91 , 92) , even after being endorsed by Sis. White, it was not received by many.
In order to be God’s children, the “good seed” we must be born of the Spirit (Matthew 13:38; 1John 3:9). We were born of the blood and will of the flesh and the will of man, but we need to be born of the will of God, keeping the commandments and the testimony of Jesus Christ (Revelation 14:12).
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth
Galatians 4:4 But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
Galatians 4:5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
Christ was made of a woman and made sin to redeem us so that we might receive the adoption of sons. We are flesh and Christ became flesh, so that we can become Spirit. We become son’s of God through the Spirit of God.
Luke 1:26 – 38 is Illustrative of the reproductive process from Christ, we can be born of the Spirit, having the law of God written in our hearts. This is the process by which Christ was conceived. Christ received His humanity from his mother, Mary, and His Divinity from the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit is what gave Christ Divinity and that is what gives us the “New Covenant Experience”.
Although it seems impossible:
Luke 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible !!!
1Samuel 15:21 But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God in Gilgal.
1Samuel 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.