God Is In Control of This Earth

The Apostle by Rembrandt van Rijn 1633

The Sovereignty of God

 

The Bible claims to be the very Word of God (Ps 119; 2 Tim 3:16-17 etc.). As such it also gives a picture of God as being in complete control of all things on the earth and in heaven. What do we mean by the expression, God is in control of all things?

The dictionary defines God as being the creator and ruler of the universe, regarded as being eternal, infinite, all-powerful, and all knowing. This Supreme Being has special powers over the lives and affairs of people and the course of nature.[1] Arthur W. Pink provides one excellent definition:

The Sovereignty of God. What do we mean by this expression? We mean the supremacy of God, the kingship of God, the god-hood of God. To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that God is God. To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that He is the Most High, doing according to His will in the army of Heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth, so that none can stay His hand or say unto Him what doest Thou? (Dan. 4:35). To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that He is the Almighty, the Possessor of all power in Heaven and earth, so that none can defeat His counsels, thwart His purpose, or resist His will (Psa. 115:3). To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that He is “The Governor among the nations” (Psa. 22:28), setting up kingdoms, overthrowing empires, and determining the course of dynasties as pleaseth Him best. To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that He is the “Only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords” (1 Tim. 6:15). Such is the God of the Bible.[2]

The Bible itself provides many verses showing God Himself proclaiming His authority and control over the affairs of all creation. Some are provided here as an illustration.

Here is a vivid description of God controlling life as well as ones economic status in this world.

The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up.The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, [and] lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set [them] among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth [are] the LORD’S, and he hath set the world upon them.( 1Sam 2:6-8)

 God owns the earth and everything in it because He created it.

The earth [is] the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods. (Ps 24:1)

For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof. (Ps 50:10-12)

 God knows all things and controls all things whether through His causative will or His permissive will. That is, He creates and He also allows His children to suffer the consequences of their sin.

Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure (Isa 46:10)

Yet ye have forsaken me, and served other gods: wherefore I will deliver you no more. Go and cry unto the gods, which ye have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your tribulation. (Judg 10:13-14)

As God is in control of all affairs on this earth He is also in control of the origin, development and destiny of the Jewish Nation.  It is also important to realize that God does not move counter to what He has revealed in Scripture as “His will.” As we move closer to the end and await the rapture of the Church be strong and always waiting our Lord to take us Home.

The Attitude of Believers Toward Jesus’ Second Coming

As we notice the world  spinning out of control it is important to remember what God’s Word says about our attitude. First, we must without any reservation believe that Christ will come for us as He promised. Next we look to Scripture for our direct instructions as we wait for our Lord to come for us. We have the blessed assurance that what the Bible tells us will come to pass and we must follow its instructions to achieve its blessings.

  1. Believers Should be Watchful and Alert

Matt 24:42-44; Mark 13:33-37: Luke 12:35-40; 1 Thessalonians 4:4-6; Revelation 16:15

  1. Believers Should be Motivated to Godly Living

Matthew 24:45-51; 1 Peter 31:13-15; 2 Peter 3:11-14; 1 John 2:28

  1. Believers Should Consider His Coming Very Soon

Romans 13:11-12; Philippians 4:5; James 5:8-9; 1 Peter 4:7

  1. Believers Should Eagerly Await It

1 Corinthians 1:7; Phil 3:20; Titus 2:11-13

  1. Believers Should Encourage One Another

Rom 8:23-25; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

  1. Believer Should Long for It

2 Timothy 4:8; 2 Peter 3:12; Revelation 22:20

  1. Believers Should Persevere

Matthew 24:12-13; 1 Corinthians 1:7-9; 2 Thessalonians 3:5; 1 Timothy 6:12-14; James 5:7-8

Daniel E. Woodhead


[1] Webster’s New World Dictionary. Cleveland, OH: The World Publishing Company, 1960, 620.

[2] Pink, Arthur W. The Sovereignty of God. (n.c.) I.C. Herendeen. Reprint Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book Publishers, 1984, 19.

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MANKIND’S RELATIONSHIPS – POST FALL

MANKIND’S RELATIONSHIP TO GOD AND EACH OTHER POST FALL (Genesis 3:15-19)

Expulsion from the Garden of Eden by Thomas Cole 1827-28

 

The new post Fall status is what God declared to Adam states what man’s life would be like now that sin is in the world.  The conditions of this new status exist from the Fall in the Garden of Eden until the Kingdom Age (Romans 8:21).  There is no appeal and there are no human conditions or responsibility involved. The outcome of the arrangement is entirely based on God and His sovereign control. Mankind has no personal activity immediately assigned such as “if you do this then I God will do that.” Elements of the status are the cursing of the serpent used by Satan (Genesis 3:14; Romans 16:20; 2 Corinthians 11:3, 14; Revelation 12:9), and the promise of a Redeemer (Genesis 3:15).  We see in both of these prophecies in the advents of Christ.

Prior to the fall, woman’s position in comparison to the man’s was subordinate due to Adam’s divinely ordained headship. After the fall stronger headship was invested in man due to woman’s responding to the serpent. The multiplied sorrow and pain of women in childbirth and motherhood is also mentioned.  Man would henceforth earn his living by sweat (Genesis 2:15); man’s life would now be filled with sorrow and ultimate death (Genesis 3:19; Ephesians 2:5).  The most significant curse was the spiritual death, which Adam and Eve experienced “on the day they ate of the fruit.”  A flaming cherub was placed as a testimonial to the restriction of the covenant.

Genesis 3: 14 And Jehovah God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, cursed art thou above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

This begins the new status. It has four sections. Each section is a direct statement by God directed to:

 

  1. The Serpent
  2. Satan
  3. The Woman
  4.  The Man

The serpent, which allowed itself to be used by Satan and caused the downfall of mankind, is now held responsible for its actions. It is cursed above all cattle and above every beast of the field. In fact this curse continues into the Kingdom Age (Isaiah 65: 25).

Following this the Lord said that the serpent would be destined to crawl upon its belly. This means that it was at one point upright. There is no mention of any legs though. Finally the Lord states that the serpent would eat dust all the days of its life. Since the serpent does not have an actual diet of dust we see a Hebrew idiomatic phrase in place here. The term “eat dust” is one used by the vanquisher over his enemies. In a contemporary setting we see this in automobile races. The winner states that the loser has “eaten his dust.”  The Old Testament uses this term in much the same way in Micah 7: 17; Psalm 72: 9 and Isaiah 49: 23).

Genesis 3: 15 and I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed: he shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

This verse is called the Proto-Evangelium since it is the first appearance of the Gospel. Conversely it is also the first prophecy the Lord gave us of the Antichrist.

The supernatural origin of Antichrist is by means of a counterfeit virgin conception. The supernatural origin is found in Genesis 3:15. There are two pairs listed here.

  1. Enmity between Satan and the woman
  2. The second pair is the seeds of the Woman and the seed of Satan.

The fifteenth verse, which is directed at Satan, has four provisions. The first provision is a special animosity between the woman and Satan This provision is persistent and brought about because of women’s special redemptive role, which we will see in subsequent text. The first satanic attack of women is shown in Genesis six where demons intermarry with human women attempting to stop the Messiah from coming. A worldwide flood stopped this attempt. It is important to note though that the second pair is the enmity between Satan’s seed and the woman’s seed. Women do not have the seed for procreation, men do. However since Jesus was born of a virgin (Isa 7:14) the expression “her seed” represents a miraculous conception.

The reference in this verse to Satan’s seed implies a supernatural, miraculous conception too. From this passage and Daniel 9: 26-27 then it can be deduced that Satan will someday impregnate a Roman woman who will give birth to Satan’s seed who is going to be the Antichrist. The woman might not be a virgin because Scripture does not affirm this but he will be conceived through supernatural means. Consider II Thessalonians 2:8-9.

2Th 2:8-9 And then shall be revealed the lawless one, whom the Lord Jesus shall slay with the breath of his mouth, and bring to nought by the manifestation of his coming; [even he], whose coming is according to the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders

The Greek word translated working is energeo, which means to energize. So then the coming of Antichrist will originate by the energizing that comes from Satan. The counterfeit Son of the unholy Trinity will be brought about by a counterfeit virgin conception. A time is coming when the events of Genesis six will be repeated.  The fallen anointed Cherub Satan (Lucifer) will impregnate a Roman woman to give birth to Satan’s son. The product of this conception will be a counterfeit god-man. This will be expanded in Genesis chapter six.

The second provision states that the provision will continue as the text states “between your seen and her seed.” The seed of the woman is The Messiah Himself, The Lord Jesus. In the Bible genealogies are traced through the males lines. It is not until Isaiah 7: 14 that Bible explains this as the Messiah coming from the womb of a virgin. The seed of the woman also implies a supernatural conception. The Lord Jesus had no human father. Joseph was his stepfather.

The third provision promises a curse, which is: “he shall bruise your head.” The woman’s seed, Jesus, gives the bruising to Satan by His death and resurrection (Hebrews 2: 14-18). The word bruise is harmful but not fatal. Satan is still alive but has a terminal condition due to Christ’s finished work. Because of Romans 16: 20 and Revelation 20: 10 we know that Satan’s final demise will be in the Lake of Fire. This will be a “crushing” of the head of the serpent. In which case his demise will be eternal.

The forth provision in Genesis 3: 15 is: “You shall bruise his heel.” Satan bruised the heel of the Woman’s Seed, which represents the crucifixion. The bruising of the heel while painful is not terminal. The bruising and crushing can be best understood with imagery regarding the Hebrew’s method of dispensing of poisonous snakes in Israel. They must crush its head in order to completely eliminate its threat. As the heel of Messiah comes down on the serpent (Satan) the serpent rises up to bite His heel causing pain but not pain leading to an eternal pain (death). As the heel of Messiah continues to descend on Satan even though it has been bitten (the crucifixion) He is not dead so the heel continues down to finally crush the serpent’s head ending in his demise.

The fact that the Messiah had to come is well attested to in Scripture which starts with this foundational verse, Genesis 3: 15. One unique aspect of the Scriptures of Christianity is the prophecies and validated fulfillment at later times in the long chronology of the Bible’s story. These alone attest to the Scripture’s validity. Christ, after He was risen explained many of the prophecies in the Bible and the fact that He had to die in order to accomplish the task He was to sent to do (Luke 24: 25-27). Christ’s first advent is well prophesied in Scripture. Some of those are:

He would be born in Bethlehem in the region of Ephrathah.

Introduced in Micah 5: 2 and fulfilled in Matthew 2: 1-5

He would be the Son of God

Introduced in Psalm 2: 7 and fulfilled in John 3: 16-17

He would be born into the Hebrew tribe of Judah

Genesis 49: 10 and fulfilled in Hebrews 7: 14

He would be born of a virgin

Introduced in Isaiah 7: 14 and fulfilled in Matthew 1: 18-22

He would be a prophet like Moses

Introduced in Deuteronomy 18: 15 and fulfilled in John 7: 15-17

He would be the king of Israel

Introduced in Zechariah 9: 9 and fulfilled in John 12: 12-15

He would be rejected

Introduced in Isaiah 53: 3 and fulfilled in John 1: 11

He would be beaten

Introduced In Micah 5: 1 and fulfilled in Mark 15: 19

He would be silent during his interrogation

Introduced in Isaiah 53: 7 and fulfilled in Matthew 27: 12-14

He would be betrayed

Introduced in Psalm 41: 9 and fulfilled in Mark 14: 17-20

He would be tried and condemned

Introduced in Isaiah 53: 8 and fulfilled Matthew 27: 1-2

He would be crucified

Introduced in Psalm 22: 16 and fulfilled in John 19: 17-18

His garments would be divided

Introduced in Psalm 22: 18 and fulfilled in John 19: 23-24

He would be given gall and vinegar

Introduced in Psalm 69: 21 and fulfilled in John 19: 28-29

His bones would not be broken

Introduced in Exodus 12: 46 and fulfilled in John 19: 31-36

He is our sacrifice

Introduced in Isaiah 53: 5-6 and fulfilled in I Peter 2: 24-25

He was raised from the dead

Introduced in Psalm 16: 10 and fulfilled in Luke 24: 1-7 and 47

The resurrection of Christ is the most significant event in all of world history. It provides a remedy for the Fall that we have seen which came into all the earth as a result of the sin of our first family Adam and his wife. If one truly believes in the historical facts of the Gospel and is regenerated (Titus 3: 5) one is granted eternal life through the finished work of Jesus of Nazareth (Romans 6:23). The gospel is clearly presented in several places in Scripture. None are clearer than I Corinthians 15.

1 Corinthians 15: 1-4 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures (KJV):

This is why the celebration of Christ’s resurrection is the highest holiday in the Christian’s year. It is the most important. If there was no resurrection, Christianity is a deception, and we are wasting our time. But the truth is, the event of Jesus’ resurrection is unquestionable. It is historical fact.

 

Daniel E. Woodhead Ph.D.

 

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THE FALL of MANKIND PART II

The Fall Part II

Michelangelo’s Original Sin and Banishment from the Garden of Eden 1475-156

Genesis 3: 7-8 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig-leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of Jehovah God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of Jehovah God amongst the trees of the garden (ASV 1901).

The result of the Fall was that death entered the pristine earth and more specifically the Garden of Eden where Jehovah God has placed Adam and his wife. Even though the earth became corrupt as sin entered and caused death to reign over the creation (Romans 5: 14, 17, 21) the more serious result was spiritual death. All physical matter became a prisoner to the Laws of Entropy. Decay began at the point of their Fall. Immediately after eating the forbidden fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil the “eyes of both of them were opened.” This means that their awareness expanded but not what the Devil had led them to believe. The duping by the Devil did not lead to divine enlightenment as promised. Instead it led to a sense of shame. They also suddenly realized that they were naked. The very fountain of procreation, their genitals that the Lord God had given them to enjoy, became a source of self-consciousness and shame. Their relationship was permanently altered for the worse. They became uncomfortable with each other, which was manifested through mistrust and alienation. Satan promised wisdom, which he cannot provide. Only the fear of God can bring wisdom (Proverbs 1:7). The world seeks Satan’s promises and they always fail. Disobedience of God’s Word will never bring any benefits only grief and lack of spiritual blessings.

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THE FALL of MANKIND PART I

The Fall Part I

Temptation scene, Sistine Chapel Ceiling – Michelangelo, 1508-12

Genesis 3: 1-5 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which Jehovah God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of any tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, Of the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat: but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of  it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as God, knowing good and evil (ASV 1901).

The serpent (Hebrew nachash) is here introduced into Scripture for the first time as the one who brings temptation. The serpent is an actual serpent which Satan the adversary of God and mankind indwelt to communicate with the woman. We see the same intimate pairing of Satan and the serpent in the New Testament in at least three locations (II Corinthians 11:3; Revelation 12: 9 and 20: 2). Rabbinical theology affirms the truth of this actual pairing of Satan and the serpent. This is not some quaint myth. This further instructs us to the Wiles of the Devil. He comes in disguise to tempt. In Hebrew, words are formed from a root of three letters. The foundation of the “root” for many Hebrew words yields words that are similar in nature. For example the Hebrew words to rule malach, king, melech and kingdom, malkoot all have the same three-root letters  Mem, Lamed and Kaf Sofiet. The word nachash is the same with the following three letters as the root נָ חָ שׁ: Nun Chet and Shin. From these three root letters the Hebrew language morphs into many words that have a similar nature in addition to the exact same root. The Hebrew word for bronze is nechoshet. In Numbers 21: 9 Moses made a bronze serpent to put and end to the snakes that were killing the children of Israel because they spoke out against Gods plan for them. The Hebrew word nechoshet nachash means a bronze serpent. Jesus referred to this life saving nechoshet nachash in John 3: 14-15 when He identified with it was as Himself being the savior of the world. We see how the various terms have multiple ties to different passages in the Bible. The serpent is no different. It has the quality for the etymology of the Hebrew words as being shiny or luminous. The Hebrew word for the bronze serpent became nechushtan in II Kings 18: 4, which also has the same three root letters. This idea is carried out into the New Testament where Satan is cast as an angel of light (II Corinthians 11: 14). The root letters (word) also morph into a verb meaning, “to practice divination” or “observe astrological signs” as in Genesis 30: 27, 44: 5, 15; Leviticus 19: 26; Deuteronomy 18: 10). This gives us further insight of the nature of the serpent and Satan first introduced in the plain text. Ancient pagan Near Eastern divination frequently made use of a serpent.

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The Law

THE LAW

 There are four aspects of the Law that the Christian needs to understand in order to form a sound basis for understanding what the Law is and what its intent was as given by God.

  1. There are a total of 613 Laws

The first 10 that commonly are referred to as the Ten Commandments are not the Law. The Law is a singular word and it is used in Scripture to refer to this unit of 613.

  1. The Law was given by angels to Moses.

The angelic delivery was not revealed in the O.T. but was always in Jewish lore. It does appear in the N.T in three places.

Act 7:53  Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept [it].

 Galatians 3:19 b [and it was] ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

 Hebrews 2:2  For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward;

  1. The Law had five purposes.

We will examine each in light of the Scripture that explains the purposes to us.  First we must fully understand that the Law was never a means of salvation. If that were true then salvation would be achieved by works and not by grace through faith. (Ephesians 2:8-9) Scripture is very clear on this point. Further if one in any dispensation could perform some human act to achieve salvation there would be no need for Christ to have come to earth and shed His blood. Now the content of faith changes from dispensation to dispensation or administration to administration. By content we mean that the level of revelation that God has made available to the particular dispensation. The individual’s faith can only be up to the level or content of what God has revealed within that dispensation. We believe in progressive revelation whereby God has chosen to reveal increasingly more about Himself as human history advances over time. The person who believes then is responsible to the “content” of faith that is available to him in each dispensation. We call them saints.

When an Old Testament Saint died, his body went into the ground and his soul went to Abraham’s Bosom because the sacrifices required by the Law were insufficient to get him into Heaven. They were sufficient to keep him out of Hell. Sin in every dispensation have to be removed by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Old Testament unsaved who died went to Hell. When Christ died he went to Hades (side 1), not Hell to free the captives. Today when a New Testament saint dies his body goes into the ground and his soul goes straight to Heaven. The unbelievers go straight to Hell. After the thousand-year reign of Christ on the earth (Millennium), the inhabitants of Hell, Tartarus, and the Abyss will be cast into the Lake of Fire. (The Greek word for the Lake of Fire is Gehenna, which means a burning garbage dump)

The Five Purposes are:

    1. To reveal the holiness of God and the standard of righteousness that God demanded.
    2. To Provide a conduct of life for the Old Testament Saint. The Law then was give to those who loved God and wanted to keep His commandments as much as humanly possible. Those who did not love God would have no desire to keep the law and fulfill its obligation. Eli’s sons are an example of this. The outward demonstration of a believer’s faith in the O.T. was to keep the Law.

Romans 3:20  Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law [is] the knowledge of sin.

Romans 3:28  Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

    1. To reveal sin.

 Romans 3:19-20  Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law [is] the knowledge of sin. Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

 Romans 7:7  What shall we say then? [Is] the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

    1. To make one sin more. The sin nature uses the Law as a basis of operation. So as the Law becomes known humans have a tendency to want to challenge the Law by increased sin. One statement that helps to clarify this is when one it told to follow the Law that person will say, “Oh yeah? Well make me!’ Therefore the level of sin grows and becomes more evident.

Romans 4:15  Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, [there is] no transgression.

Romans 7:8  But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin [was] dead.

Romans 7:9-13  For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. And the commandment, which [was ordained] to life, I found [to be] unto death. For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew [me].Wherefore the law [is] holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.

 I Corinthians 15:56  The sting of death [is] sin; and the strength of sin [is] the law.

    1. To lead us to faith. It did this as our tutor or teacher as the Apostle Paul tells us in Galatians 3:24.

Galatians 3:24  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster [to bring us] unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

 

4. THE LAW HAS COME TO AN END

We must realize that the Mosaic Law has come to an end. It is no longer operative and it has fulfilled its purpose. Some believe that there are three sections of the Law; the ceremonial, the moral and the civil; and the moral is continued in the New Testament. The moral aspects of God’s desire for us have been restated in the N.T. It is not a rehashing of the Law nor has the Law passed through to the N.T. We must realize that the Law expired and is no longer operative at all. As mentioned earlier the Law had 613 individual components but they were regarded as one unit. Therefore if one of the 613 was broken then the entire Law was violated. Because the blood of Christ fulfilled all the requirements of the Law it provides the believer all that is necessary for righteous behavior and salvation as well.

Romans 10:4  For Christ [is] the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

So Christ give us His righteousness at the moment of salvation.

Of the various components of salvation there are two that need to be noted.

Justification and Sanctification

The Law justifies no one.

Romans 3:20  Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law [is] the knowledge of sin.

The Law also sanctified no one. It made nothing perfect.

Hebrews 7:19  For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope [did]; by the which we draw nigh unto God.

The Law was temporary until the Seed would come. (the seed of the woman is Christ)

Galatians 3:19a Wherefore then [serveth] the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made;

 With the change from the Law of Moses to the Law of Christ came a change in the priesthood.

Hebrews 7:11-14  If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need [was there] that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron? For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law. For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar. For [it is] evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.

 The O.T priest had to be of the tribe of Levi and the Kings all had to be of the tribe of Judah. Since Christ is of the tribe of Judah the New Covenant accommodates this by annulling the Law. Christ is a King and a Priest after the order of Melchisedec.

 Hebrews 7:18-19  For there is verily an (annulling) of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope [did]; by the which we draw nigh unto God.

 The Law was a wall of separation between the Jews and the Gentiles.

Ephesians 2:11-15  Wherefore remember, that ye [being] in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition [between us]; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, [even] the law of commandments [contained] in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, [so] making peace;

 Ephesians 3:5-6  Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:

There are four unconditional covenants that God made with the Jews.

  1. The Abrahamic
  2. The Land (Palestine)
  3. Davidic
  4. New Covenant

Each had spiritual and material blessings. As long as the Mosaic Covenant was in effect there was no way for Gentiles to enjoy the blessings of the Covenants. The only way for them to join in these blessings was to become proselytes. This was the legal separation between the two groups.

Daniel E. Woodhead

 

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