Under Covenant, Israel received God's blessings by obeying the law.
Exodus 24:12 And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.
Deuteronomy 28:1-2 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.
Under Grace, we receive God's blessings apart from the law.
Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
Romans 7:6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
According to God, who did the old covenant belong to?
Exodus 6:5 And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my covenant.
The old covenant was made with "the children of Israel," for the purpose of setting them apart as holy and "peculiar" nation to be God's mediator to all nations. -A conduit if you will.
A natural question one might ask is, if the old covenant was for Israel, who will the new covenant belong to? Let us again go to God and not man for our answer:
Jeremiah 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
So regardless of popular teaching, the prophet Jeremiah says the "new covenant" will be made with the same people the OLD covenant was.
You and I are in neither house. There is no "house of Israel" in the body of Christ, and no "body of Christ" in the house of Israel.
Furthermore, Jeremiah was a prophet of Israel (Jeremiah 2:4) and not of the body of Christ.
Fact: There was no such thing as the body of Christ church during the days of Jeremiah. Fact: The "church, Which is his body," is a "new creature" that was not even formed until after the finished-cross-work when Paul was called out to be an apostle.
Now back to Jeremiah 31. So the Lord said "I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:". And in verse 33 he said, "I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people."
Just who do you know that has the law "in their inward parts" and written "in their hearts"? Listen, if this described us, we would NEVER walk where we shouldn't walk, NEVER say what we shouldn't say, and never DO what we shouldn't do.
If that sounds like perfection, it's because it IS!
The new covenant is for Israel and is precisely why John told them, Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. (1 John 3:6).
He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8).
Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. (1 John 3:9).
John could honestly say this because during Israel's new covenant after they get their sins blotted out (Acts 3:21) and are born again, (1 Peter 1:23) God will write his law "in their hearts" causing them to walk in all his statutes and they will not-commit any-sin.
If you're intellectually honest with yourself you know this is not talking about you. It's not talking about you or anyone you know.
---And John's not done---
1 John 5:18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.
The "born of God" that "sinneth not;" and "keepeth himself," so that the "wicked one toucheth him not." is simply not-you.
Both the old and new covenants were written TO and ABOUT the nation Israel, and the quicker we get this the quicker we can begin to understand who we are in Christ. No more identity theft.
Israel's old covenant was about their law written on tablets and the new covenant is about their law written in their hearts.
Whereas they failed to obey the first they will succeed in keeping the second.
There are 613 laws and we can't even recite the ten commandments without reading them from a list, so why do we think the new covenant is about us?
Because that's what tradition taught us. Tradition taught it and we've been parroting tradition for all these years.
Listen, for me to even recite the ten commandments I would have to study and put them to memory but the bible is clear in that those who get the new covenant will have all 613 laws written in their mind and hearts.
What need would they have to study?
In your mind and on a list is different: not the same. So lets stop playing church and get real for a change.
Today "the fellowship of the mystery" that we have has nothing to do with Israel's old or new covenant and is why we still sin. We do not walk perfectly in his laws and statutes and often fall short and fail to miss the mark no matter how hard we try.
Again, who do you know that has Gods laws "in their inward parts" or written "in their hearts"?
The reason this doesn't fit you or anyone you know is because its not ABOUT you or anyone you know. This is about Israel, and just as John said, they will "not commit sin;" because they "cannot sin". They are the "born of God." "born again" Israel of the "new covenant".
Old Covenant: God was the law-giver. New Covenant: Christ was the law-keeper. The Mystery of Christ: Christ is the law remover (Colossians 2:14).
The bible is clear in that the new covenant is for the same people the old covenant is for, and is why God plainly said "the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:".
Then why is it that so many make the claim that they are a new covenant Christian?
The bible is not confusing - it is mans private interpretation we must watch out for.
If we are the "new creature" that makes no distinction between Jew nor Gentile, (Galatians 3:28) and the new covenant is promised to "the house of Israel, and... "the house of Judah:", which is obviously made up of Jews, how could the new covenant have anything to do with us?
What some fail to realize is that the new covenant is a law covenant (Hebrews 8:10) and "the law is not of faith:" (Galatians 3:12) and "whatsoever is not of faith is sin." (Romans 14:23).
James tells the new covenant "twelve tribes" of Israel that "faith without works is dead".
They, unlike "their fathers" will continue in the new covenant law and work righteousness because God will supernaturally "cause" them to "walk in" his "statutes," and "keep" his "judgments, and do them."
Ezekiel 36:26-27 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
However, under the old covenant their fathers failed:
"Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord." (Hebrews 8:9).
Now that we have established that the old and new covenant are BOTH for the nation Israel, where does this leave us?
If the old covenant (past) was how God blessed through Israel, and the new covenant (future) is how God WILL bless through Israel, how are we blessed today considering Israel has fallen? (Romans 11:11).
Our blessings are found in what the bible calls "the fellowship of the mystery".
"And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:". (Ephesians 3:9).
"If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to youward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)" (Ephesians 3:2-4).
Today we are not blessed with Israel's earthly blessings, but rather something far greater. We've been blessed with "all spiritual blessings in heavenly places" (Ephesians1:3).
A good way to get your bible in order is to look at it this way:
Old Covenant: for Israel in Time-Past. New Covenant: for Israel in Time-Future. The Mystery of Christ: for Us in Time-Present
“time past” “ages to come” “but now”.
Ignoring these three distinct ways God chose to bless humanity has caused great confusion. Today the three have been reduced to only TWO. Most see the distinction between the old covenant and new covenant but fail to see "the fellowship of the mystery" which is "the mystery of Christ,".
Ephesians 3:1-4 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to youward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
Thank God for the apostle Paul who was willing to go through a bit of hell on earth to preserve this message for us:
"Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:" (Colossians 4:3).
Paul was chained and imprisoned for preaching the "the mystery of Christ" a message of grace that most pay little to no attention to today.
Romans 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,
To find our truth, one simple exercise would be to Compare The Verses. Compare Israel's "new testament" news with our "mystery" news.
To Israel: "For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins." (Matthew 26:28).
To us: "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time." (1 Timothy 2:5-6).
Did you catch it? Don't miss that Israel's new-testament, promises the "remission of sins" "for many" while in contrast our "mystery" promises "a ransom for all".
MANY and ALL are not the same.
Israel's new covenant includes a promise to take away their sins in the future: "And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins." (Romans 11:26-27).
...God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them;... (2 Corinthians 5:19).
When we let logic carry the day, it becomes clear that if there are no sins being imputed, then there are no sins to "take away" when "the Deliverer" "shall come out of Sion".
When we rightly divide the word of truth, we allow Israel to be the recipients of their new covenant.
The world being reconciled and our sins no longer being counted against us (2 Corinthians 5:19) was mystery information not known prior to Paul receiving it from Christ.
We are complete NOW (Colossians 2:10) and have already received our atonement (Romans 5:11). Whereas Israel will not receive their day of atonement until their kingdom comes and Christ returns.
The old covenant has past and the new covenant is future, but what we're interested in is what's going on now with the body of Christ mystery church.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15).
A failure to rightly divide the word of truth and see these three divisions has lead many to stake their claim on someone else's blessings, and also caused them to have a weak and beggarly prayer life. --> Praying for things never promised to them.
Sadly, this has resulted in some giving up on prayer and others giving up on God all together.
Our "fellowship of the mystery" is not old or new covenant prophecy, but rather "the mystery of Christ". Paul called it "the unsearchable riches of Christ". Unsearchable because it was not mentioned or written outside of Paul's epistles. Before being revealed to Paul it was "hid in God".
In closing consider this. Hebrews 8:7 speaks of the new covenant that God will make "with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:" And as a part of that covenant will come a change in the law:
"For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law." (Hebrews 7:12).
We are told that we were never under the law "For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace." (Romans 6:14).
So would someone please tell me how that Hebrews and Romans could be speaking to the same people about their same doctrines?
Listen, if the new covenant people get their law changed, but we were never under the law, we simply can not be new covenant people.
If we are "dead to the law" (Romans 7:4) there is no-law-to-change.
"Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?"