Y’shua and the Renewed Covenant

Y'shuaRenewedCovIn our resource titled, “Are We Under a New Covenant?” I showed that the idea of a “new” covenant is not biblical and that when translated properly there is no New Covenant, but a Renewed Covenant. I also showed that because the conditions of the Renewed Covenant have not been met, we are not fully under the Renewed Covenant yet. The Renewed Covenant was instituted by Y’shua’s first coming and will be fully completed after his second coming.

In this resource, I’m going to go through the B’rit Chadasha and test some of the traditional verses that are used to suggest that we are already fully under the Renewed Covenant.

2 Co 3:6 who also made us competent as servants of a renewed covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit, for the letter kills but the Spirit gives life.

What does “the letter kills, but the spirit gives life” mean?

Most people have NO idea what “the letter of the law” means. They assume that it is referring to everything in what they call the “Old” Covenant or Old Testament. They group everything in the Torah into one basket without fully understanding how the Torah is set up. The Torah blesses, and it curses (Deut. 30:11-20). Obeying Torah blesses us, disobeying it curses us, which is the punishment of death under the “letter of the law.”

Many people believe the book of Hebrews is proof that the new covenant is in effect. Let’s examine some key verses from the book of Hebrews and test them against the idea that the Renewed Covenant is already fully in place.

Heb 8:8 For finding fault with them, He says, “Behold, days are coming, says YHWH, When I will effect a renewed covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah;

Nothing here indicates the renewed covenant is fully in effect. The writer of Hebrews is quoting Jeremiah 31, showing that the covenant is with the House of Israel and Judah. The fault with the first covenant is that the people strayed from it. So YHWH will renew the first covenant by writing Torah on our hearts this time, and not on tablets of stone.

Heb 8:13 When He said, “A Renewed covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear.

This verse does not say that the renewed covenant is NOW in effect. It states that what “IS” becoming obsolete, and growing old is “READY” to disappear, not that it is already in place. This verse also comes at the end of two whole chapters devoted to showing the superiority of Y’shua’s heavenly “Melchizedek’ priesthood to that of the earthly Levitical priesthood. I also have to point out that the word “covenant” in this verse is not in the original manuscript, it is an addition added later by translators.  So what is ‘ready to vanish’ must be in the context of what has just been discussed which is the priesthood.  What is about to vanish away here is NOT Torah.  Why?

“And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail. Luke 16:17/blockquote]

Have heaven and earth ended? The law will not fail! The only thing that was about to vanish away here was the earthly priesthood, not Torah.  I should also note that this is not saying the earthly priesthood is vanishing forever.  Y’shua can not be a priest on earth, so when He returns there will be priest officiating at the temple once again.  Torah and the provision for the priesthood are upheld.

Heb 12:24 to the mediator of a renewed covenant, Y’shua; and to the sprinkled blood that speaks better things than that of Abel.

Y’shua “IS” the mediator, but He has NOT fully ratified the renewed covenant yet. He is at the right hand of the Father, in the heavenly holy of holies, acting as our high priest and mediating between us and YHWH. Soon, He will return and fully establish this renewed covenant with Israel & Judah.

At the last Supper, Y’shua mentioned the cup of the covenant; yet He was clear to tie its completion in with the messianic kingdom. He said…

I tell you, I will not drink this ‘fruit of the vine’ again until the day I drink new wine with you in my Father’s Kingdom.” Matthew 26:29

Many people believe that Y’shua’s death, burial, and resurrection is what ushered in the renewed covenant, but nowhere in scripture do we find these events as being conditions of the renewed covenant. YHWH made it clear in Amos 3:7 that he does nothing without revealing it to his prophets first. If Y’shua’s death, burial, and resurrection were events that caused the renewed covenant to be fully instituted surely the prophets would have mentioned these events as conditions of the renewed covenant. Y’shua instituted the Renewed Covenant at His first coming, is currently mediating the Renewed Covenant, and will ratify it fully when He returns.

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Posted on October 1, 2014 in Covenants, Foundational Teachings

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Chris lives on the Mississippi Gulf Coast with his wife and daughter. He has a heart for reaching people with the truth about Torah and is dedicated to seeking, teaching and living out the truth of the Word, from Genisis to Revelation. Chris grew up in Church and ran the gambit from Baptist to Non-denominational, but he admittedly was just a "pew warmer." His walk didn't truly start until a close friend asked him a simple, yet profound question. "What is Gods name?"

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  1. Are We Under a New Covenant? | Torah Babies
    December 7, 2014 at 12:43 pm · Reply

    […] According to Jeremiah, one of the conditions of the Renewed Covenant is that we will no longer be teaching people about YHWH because EVERYONE from the least to the greatest will know Him. Considering that we are still sending out missionaries to teach people about YHWH, it seems pretty clear that the Renewed Covenant is yet to happen. The last part of this verse is also very telling. YHWH will forgive our iniquity and will not remember our sins anymore. This sounds like a Judgment time event to us. It is our opinion that the Renewed Covenant is an end time prophecy that will not take place until the Day of Judgment and will tie in with the Renewed Heavens and the Renewed Earth.If we let the scriptures speak for themselves then it is clear that the conditions of the Renewed Covenant have not been met. We are still telling people about YHWH today, and we are still breaking Torah, so his Torah can’t be written on our hearts, YHWH forgives our sins, but he has not forgotten them. We still have to give an account for our lives on Judgment Day, good and bad. Because of this, YHWH has to remember our sins in order to be judged by them.We realize there are many verse from the B’rit Chadasha (New Testament) that suggest we are under the New Covenant. We address these in our resource titled “Y’shua and the Renewed Covenant” […]

  2. 448 Winesap Road Madison Heights, Va 34572
    February 9, 2016 at 5:55 pm · Reply

    My name is Kirk Farmer. I Pastor Providence Bible Church in Madison Heights, Va. I to was once a Baptist. I then went inter-Denominational. Somr 15 years ago I stumbled on an old book in my Library that I had never seen before. A book by J.H> Allen entitled Judah’s Sceptre and Josephs Birthright. I picked it up and could not put it down. Some 15 years has come and gone and the Rasch/Holy Spiirit of Yah has led me into all truth. I am 67 years of age and was saved at the age of 27. My Pastor was a Professor at Liberty University where I went to School. I later was disowned by them for becoming a, what some call a Calvinist. I simply believed Pauline doctrine. Later seperated from them again because of my stand on true Covenant Theology. I have thought myself quite alone for these 15 years until I met Rabbi Rob Miller. He informed me that I was not alone. But I do have a question that no one up until this hour has Been able to answer to my satisfaction. It seems that most of our people believe that when a Gentile becomes converted they BECOME a part of Ephraim.My church when they discovered this approch asked this question. Pasor you have instructed us that we are and have always been Ephraim, one of the 10 Lost tribes of Israel. THe Dispora. THose sifted and scattered among the Nations. And we have followed you and have searched the scriptures and have found it so. But if a Gentile simply BECOMES Ephraim and are not DNA Ephraim then we have lost our identity. THe next question they asked me was this. You taught that in the Jewish assemblies the God fearewrs stood around the wall. Furthermore you have tols us that the Court of the Gentiles outside the Temple proper were the same God Fearers in the Synogouge. Fyrthermore in the Eternal state you said that the Converts to Israel would abide on Earth whil we would abide in the New Jerusalem. Do you see my delima. I dont think that the Gentiles who are Elect of God BECOME Ephraim I think the fact they come to get saved proves they always WERE and Now ARE Ephraim. I believe in two Elections. An Election by Race…….Israel. And out of her comes the Election by GRace. THe Virgin of Israel. For JOhn said we were born not of the will of man, nor of the will of the flesh nor of blood but born of God. Not all Israel is Israel. THere is an Election by GRace. Would appreciate any help on this matter.

  3. […] for the people of God (see articles: “Are We Under a New Covenant?” and “Y’shua and the Renewed Covenant.”) Are we really in the New Covenant, or […]

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