Have you heard Christians say, "oh, that's old covenant"? Some Christians I know say, "everything prior to the "church age" is old covenant". They also say, "Jesus spoke to Jews, we are gentiles." Oh where do I begin? It is such an involved study to do this topic any justice and with the small capacity most Christians have to read anything about God I know my time is short to get my point across.
If you have any capacity at all for the truth found in God's word, grab a drink of water and sit and read and may your body be refreshed with water as your soul is replenished by God's word.
Why, if everything pre-cross is old covenant, do Christians smuggle sooo much old testament views into their mindset? Here's a couple passages that people smuggle into their mindset believing that these words pertain to them (even though they are old covenant, spoken to the Jews and pre-cross):
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
...choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15 (by the way the part at the beginning of the verse that most don't quote is "And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord," - people like to crop scripture a lot for their views)
God makes it clear that the promises were given to the house of Israel:
"Not one of all the Lord's good promises to the house of Israel failed; every one was fulfilled" Joshua 21:45
If we are willing to write off the uncomfortable words and warnings of Jesus, spoken to the "new testament (old covenant?)" hearer, why then are we so quick to feel that God's promises or prophetic utterances, spoken to Israel, in the old testament, under the old covenant would apply to us? Let's be consistent.
Am I saying that old testament promises or prophetic utterances don't apply to us today? No I am not (some belonged to Israel then, some belong to "natural Israel" now and some belong to all believers both jew and gentile new). Do I agree that warnings given to the "new testament (old covenant?)" hearer do not apply to us, no I do not. People mess with Jesus words and with words of the apostles, etc because they don't understand God's heart. They don't understand that God's wanted to create for Himself a "royal priesthood", "a holy nation", and "a peculiar people". That people is supposed to be those of us "called by His name".
The funny thing is that the Lord told us clearly:
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
Oh, but wait, that's old testament, that's old covenant, that's pre-cross, maybe God doesn't mean that anymore. Maybe God doesn't want His people to do that and Maybe God won't heal our land if we do. May be God isn't the unchangeable God. Or maybe all of this line of thinking is nonsense, since "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." Hebrews 13:8
Here's the full context:
12 And the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice.
13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;
14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.
16 For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.
17 And as for thee, if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, and do according to all that I have commanded thee, and shalt observe my statutes and my judgments;
18 Then will I stablish the throne of thy kingdom, according as I have covenanted with David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man to be ruler in Israel.
19 But if ye turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments, which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them;
20 Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for my name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it to be a proverb and a byword among all nations.
If God's people (who are called by His name) would learn the ways of the nations, would not follow God's statutes and his commandments, if they would worship other gods, he would cast them out and would make them a proverb and a byword among all the nations (as a sign to all that God will not be mocked).
Unless we want God to do the same to us, we must learn God's commandments and His statutes, we must put away the worship practices that we have received from paganism (Christmas, Easter, Lent, Valentine's Day, Thanksgiving, Halloween, etc) and we must walk in a way worthy of our calling. Jesus said, If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15
Jesus said a couple more things you may not be aware of (due to doctrines of men and the cropping of scripture)
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:16-20
People we have to know, grace does not give us license to sin, the grace of God enabled us to repent from sin and gave us power over dead (the wages of sin is death)
And for those of you who have read this far, I have news for you. Jesus said something else that's very important; if we do not abide in the Lord the Heavenly Father will prune us out as a branch from a tree and we will be gathered by the angels and thrown into the fire (the Lake of Fire - where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth).
1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
14 Ye are my friends, IF YE DO WHATSOEVER I COMMAND YOU. John 15:1-15
Jesus message is clear:
From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, REPENT: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matthew 4:17
I will leave you with the words of Paul to the Ephesians:
1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Ephesians 5:1-21