The Covenants of God
Literally, a contract. In the Bible, an agreement between God and his people, in which God makes promises to his people and, usually, requires certain conduct from them. (Good conduct requires obedience to his Torah.)
A covenant is an agreement that God makes between himself and those who wish to enter into that agreement with him. Anyone who has a desire to have a relationship with God can enter into covenant with him. The covenants that God makes with his children are based on the promises he makes to his children in return for their obedience to his covenant requirements. In other words, if God makes an agreement with a person, or people, they are required to uphold their part of the agreement and, if they do, there is a reward for their obedience.
Many people think that if they say a prayer to God, they have entered into covenant with him. This may or may not be correct, as it depends on what was prayed and how much understanding a person has concerning making a covenant with God.
Many people think they have entered into a relationship/covenant with God by saying what is commonly called, the ‘sinner’s prayer’. Sadly, there is no such thing as a ‘repeat after me’ prayer that will attain a secure standing with the Father. When a person hears the Gospel (Good News) for the first time, they are required to repent of their sins and be baptized. This would be the start of someone who desires to enter into covenant with God.
The sad thing for many people who call themselves believers is that most never go beyond baptism. Many have the presumption that once you have repeated a prayer and were baptized, you could do whatever you deem as right in your own eyes and that is OK because you said the sinners prayer, have been baptized, and that means you go to heaven, guaranteed.
The reality is that many people forget that in order to enter into covenant with God, there is a great emphasis on being obedient to him, as disobedience without repentance will stop us from entering into a covenant with him. Consider the curses spoken of by God for disobeying God’s commands in Deuteronomy. God lists paragraph after paragraph of curses that will come upon a person for disobeying his commandments. One such curse is insanity or what we would call today, mental illness. Our desire to disobey God’s commands is making us crazy, literally! That is why God has sent his son to tell us the Good News.
So, what is the Good News? The Good News contains three promises that God makes with us when we enter into covenant with him; this occurs after hearing the Good News and immediately repenting of our sins and being baptized.
First, God promises to write his commandments on our hearts. Consider,
Jeremiah 31:33 “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”
Hebrews 8:10 “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”
Hebrews 10:16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,”
The next promise was that God would send his comforter after Messiah returned to Heaven. This comforter is the Holy Spirit who would teach God’s Torah commands to us.
The next promise that makes up the Good News was Messiah’s sacrificial death, burial and resurrection that meant God would remember our sins no more. He will not hold us accountable for our sin.
So, what is sin? Well, for starters, sin doesn’t mean resisting grace, nor does sin mean breaking God’s will. Sin occurs when someone directly violates a commandment of God from his Torah, or anywhere else in the bible. Consider,
Everyone who commits sin also breaks the law; sin is the breaking of law. 1 John 3:4
In a nutshell, sin is breaking any of God’s commandments from Genesis to Revelation.
Many people say it is enough to love God and love his Messiah and that is all we need to do. “I’m just loving God and Jesus!” Here are some scriptures that need to be looked at for naïve believers who state this:
For this is what love for God is: to keep His commands. Now His commands are not a burden, 1 John 5:3
And this is love: that we walk according to His commands. This is the command as you have heard it from the beginning: you must walk in love. 2 John 1:6
“If you love Me, you will keep My commands. John 14:15
The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” yet doesn’t keep His commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 1 John 2:4
Scripture is quite clear that we have to keep his commands in order to show God we love him. God doesn’t give rewards for disobedience, nor does he bless sin. We learned that sin is the breaking of God’s laws, or Torah commands.
When we enter into covenant with God we are making, in most cases, a verbal contract with the Father, telling him that we will keep our end of the agreement, just like the Israelites did at Mount Sinai. As stated, in most cases, this simply means to obey him, whether it is a commandment from Torah, or he tells us to do something for him or another person. God requires obedience to his commands from those who say they love him. If we say we love God and don’t keep his commandments, we make ourselves out to be liars and the truth is not in us. Liars do not inherit the Kingdom of God.
Entering into covenant with God is the most serious thing a person can undertake in their lives. It’s more important than getting married, having children or buying a house. Indeed, entering into covenant with God and keeping our end of the agreement through obedience is the greatest undertaking we can do to secure the success of our marriage, the well-being of our children and everything else pertaining to life.
If we have never entered into covenant with God, we are living outside the promises he has to offer us. Yes, he might give us scraps of blessings, but we will never be truly blessed until we find out what are the terms of his covenant and, reciprocally, we live according to those terms. I can’t emphasize enough the importance and gravity of entering into covenant with God.
God sent his Spirit to us as a deposit. We are marked by God when we enter into covenant with him. He places his Spirit deep within us thus guaranteeing that we will be taught all things by God himself. We no longer have to say to anyone, “Know the Lord”, because God will teach us all things pertaining to himself. Again, this teaching God gives us is only afforded to those who have entered into covenant with him. Outside the covenant we may only get scraps of insight or a little understanding. I say this because most Pastors in the churches I attended or talked to, told me that God nailed his Torah to the cross when he nailed Messiah to the cross. Thus, God made his Torah null and void. There is nothing from scripture that supports this notion. Yes, we can take the writings of Apostle Paul and twist them to mean whatever we want, but we forget that like Messiah, Paul taught and upheld the Torah.
The reason why this world is spiraling downward to anarchy in many countries has to do with two key things: first, we have forsaken the Torah commands of God and second, because of our disobedience, we have never entered into covenant with God. Consider,
Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 7:22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’
Matthew 7:23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’”
That last phrase in Matthew 7:23, “workers of lawlessness” can be translated as those who work at disobeying God’s Torah commands, they do not keep such commands themselves, and instead, teach others to break the commands as well. I have heard many people who call themselves believers say we don’t have to keep the Seventh Day Sabbath, that we can eat whatever we want, clean or unclean meats, and it is OK to lie to our children about a jolly old fellow who says “ho, ho, ho”.
Not only are we teaching heresy to our children, we are bringing the wrath of God upon us because of our willful disobedience to His commandments. There is nothing more I can say at this time except it is time to repent and be baptized. It is time to enter into covenant with our Father in Heaven.
Finally, when one enters into covenant with the Father, they are grafted into Israel. They now are now Israelis. As Paul states, we are grafted into the vine who is Messiah, Yeshua. This means that all the promises that are slated for an obedient Israeli belong to us. If we are from the USA or Canada, or any other country, we now have dual citizenship, however, our first and greatest love should be our grafted in Israeli heritage. Many forget that Yeshua was a Hebrew, a Jew who was born to a Jewish mother and father. He never converted to Christianity, nor did Peter or Paul and all the other Jewish fathers of the faith. God desired to have Israeli Torah Keepers having a relationship with him which included a relationship with Messiah Yeshua. He never wanted a Messiah (Jesus) who was stripped of his Hebrew heritage, who nullified the Torah, gave permission to eat unclean animals, and substituted man’s holidays for God’s Holy Days.
In a nutshell, here is what I believe people need to do to enter into covenant with God:
- They must hear the true Gospel that was preached by Messiah Yeshua.
- Upon hearing that Gospel, they need to get baptized as soon as possible.
- They need to be taught by God how to keep and observe ALL of God’s commandments from Torah.
- In doing this, they have entered into covenant with God, and a sign of keeping that covenant is that they are obedient to God’s word, from Genesis to Revelation.
- Some signs that will follow someone who has entered into covenant with God is that they will become Torah Keepers and share with others the need to keep Torah. They will start to keep the Seventh Day Sabbath, which is a sign to God and the world that they are in covenant with God. They must observe all the Rules and Ordinances found in the Torah that pertain to them.
In doing these things, a person has entered into covenant with God and, provided they are OBEDIENT to his Torah, they will find their life followed by many blessings. I’m not saying that there won’t be hardships, because the devil hates those who keep covenant with God. Those in Churches, Mosques and Synagogues who give him lip service, but whose hearts are far from him, who disobey God’s Commandments and teach others to do so, are not in covenant with him. In essence, such people are operating in darkness and may even belong to the devil.
I don’t believe that too many people have heard the Gospel, thus many people who call themselves believers, who twist Scripture to support their disobedience of keeping God’s Commandments, will find themselves at the end of time, looking at a very angry God. Will they enter into Heaven? I don’t know; that is not my call. All I can say is that if you erroneously taught others to break God’s Commandments, there may not be much of a reward waiting for you.
I hope you can see the importance of keeping covenant with God. He is a covenant keeping person who desires that all people hear the Gospel and upon baptism, repent of breaking his Commandments. The only way to the Father is through Messiah Yeshua, who was the word, that became flesh. What was that word? It was the Torah of God. God bless you.