The Old Covenant – God Left the Temple | Religion


There seems to be a great deal of confusion among church members today regarding our relationship with the Old Testament. I recently received a phone call regarding one of my Old Covenant articles. We had a conversation of agreement and appreciation for each other. The scriptures are clear as to this fact, that we are no longer under the Old Covenant. The problem is, most of Christianity seems to reside in the Old Testament. The preachers are to blame. This is perhaps the cause of so many divisions within Christianity and liberalism within the faith. As we pay more attention to the New Testament, in which Christians are to live, we better understand the call to unity based on the truth of the Word of God.

“No one puts a new piece of cloth on an old garment, for whatever is put on to fill it takes off the garment, and the tear gets worse. Men don’t put new wine in old bottles either; otherwise the bottles break, and the wine runs out, and the bottles perish; but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved ”- Matthew 9: 16-17.

Most people have no idea what this scripture means or how to apply it. Jesus begins here to give analogies to the Old Covenant and the New Covenant. Jesus did not come to mend the Old Covenant with new teaching or to put new teaching in old bottles. His teachings are a complete new garment and also His teachings require new bottles. The new teachings of Jesus are completely separate from the Law of Moses and the Old Covenant. He gave us new teachings contained in the New Covenant or New Testament.

“Jesus, when he had cried aloud again, gave up the Spirit, and, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in two from top to bottom; and the earth trembled, and the rocks were rented: ”Matthew 27: 50 -51.

God has left the building or the temple! Fifty days later, on the day of Pentecost, we have Luke recording the first gospel sermon preached by Peter, Acts chapter 2. There are several great scriptures which serve as proof of this fact that God is no longer in the temple. of Jerusalem accepting animal sacrifices offered in the name of the sin of the people.

“Blot out the writing of the ordinances that was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to her cross:” Colossians 2:14.

Jesus did away with the Old Covenant. He was taken up on the cross of Calvary. It is completely deleted. The Jews continued to worship under the Old Law for the next 40 years until the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70. During this time, Christianity was developing but was mainly persecuted by the Jews. We are not part of the Old Covenant. Neither circumcision, nor the keeping of the Holy Days, nor the Law of Moses, nor any part of the Old Testament is part of the New Covenant under Christ.

“And how great is his power over us who believe, according to the work of his great power, which he did in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and has him? placed at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above principality, and power, and power, and rulership, and any name that is named, not only in this world, but also in this world that is to come; rule over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all, ”Ephesians 2: 19-23.

Jesus is the head of the church. No group of people is above the church. Jesus leads the church by his unchanging word. Jesus directs, controls and governs the church throughout the New Testament. Those who are in positions of bondage to the church should first serve Jesus to keep the church and its teachings faithful and pure to the word. Jesus is Lord and King over his kingdom, the church.

“But the Scriptures put everything under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. But before faith came, we were kept under the law, locked in the faith that would then be revealed. This is why the law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, so that we would be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ, ”Galatians 3: 22-27.

In these verses, the conclusion of the Old Covenant is that we are all sinners, but it brings a message of hope through Messiah Jesus and through our faith in Him. Once the Messiah comes, there is no more need for this schoolmaster (Old Covenant). Now, we are justified by our faith in Jesus Christ. There is no longer the need to offer animal sacrifices or anything other content under the schoolmaster. These scriptures are difficult to misunderstand. They are easy to accept and apply to our lives. I know I use a lot of scriptures today. I hope you will find them on your own and study them. The Old Testament is important to us for human history and the creative power of God. We also learn a lot about God, such as his forgiveness, his generosity, his righteousness and his destructive power, and many more. The Jews were God’s chosen people for the purpose of the Messiah to come through the seed of Abraham. Today Christians are God’s chosen people. This might be my next topic.

“But now he has obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better alliance, which was established on better promises. Because if this first alliance had been flawless, then no place would have been sought for the second. Because he reproached them, he said: Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah ”, Hebrews 8: 6-8.

“In that he said: A new covenant he made the first old one. Now that which decays and ages is ready to disappear ”, Hebrews 8:13.

The Bible speaks for itself. God left the temple and now we are designated to worship God through the church. God will never return to the temple in Jerusalem again. Come worship with us, please.

Larry Graves is the pastor of Riceville Church of Christ. He can be reached at 865-300-0642.

Larry Graves is the pastor of Riceville Church of Christ. He can be reached at 865-300-0642.


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