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The definition of the New Covenant from Wikipedia:
“The phrase “a new covenant” is used in the Bible (both in the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament) to refer to an epochal relationship of restoration and peace following a period of trial and judgment. It is often thought of as an eschatological messianic age or world to come, and is related to the biblical concept of the kingdom of God.”
According to Hebrews 8:13 (below), The New Covenant will at some point replace the Mosaic Covenant and dissolve the Torah (Law / Commandments) that are contained therein. Most of our churches today teach that the New Covenant went into effect at the cross. Some go as far to say the Church Age, derived from Dispensationalism Theology is the establishment of God’s Kingdom here on earth. Instead of taking the time here to discuss the issues related to Dispensationalism, please review this teaching by 119 Ministries.
Let’s examine the scriptural evidence on the New Covenant establishment and study the findings together.
This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
~ (Matthew 14:24)
In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.
~ (Hebrews 8:13)
I have been doing this teaching for a while, but I think it is important to list resources to fully understand the context of Galatians 5. Paul was battling a group of Pharisees who believed in Yeshua/Jesus, but these Pharisees were troubling the converts with a law that Paul describes as bondage and slavery, and a circumcision that makes Messiah’s blood of no benefit. The topic of this chapter is salvation, and the proper path to it. We must be careful to give Paul our undivided attention, because Peter warns us that there are some things in Paul’s letters that are hard to understand, and if we misunderstand them, it could lead to destruction, mainly, lawlessness (2 Pet. 3:15-18).
For background, it is important to understand what the Pharisees believed was the proper path to Salvation, and also understand what the Torah says the proper path to Salvation is to fully grasp what Paul is trying to convey. What I have found in my personal experiences, is if we understand the doctrines and beliefs of both parties involved, a very clear picture is painted in a seemingly contradictory chapter of Galatians. Here is Galatians 5, I will add questions in the ( )’s to provoke a thought pattern, and it will help with the terms Paul is using to convey his points.
You’re cruising down the freeway on a beautiful day. The windows are down, the wind feels cool and crisp as you wave your hand through the air. The road is clear, for the most part, and you’ve taken advantage of it. Then suddenly, you see the flashing lights no one wants to see in your rearview mirror. You’re being pulled over by the highway patrol.
You safely make your way to the side of the road and the officer keeps you waiting in anticipation for what seems to be hours. Finally, he makes his way over to your rolled down window. “Good afternoon”, he begins, “you know why I’m pulling you over?” Of course you know. “Yes, sir. I believe I was speeding”, you admit. He begins to inspect you and adds, “You’re also not wearing your seat belt. Proof of insurance and license please.”
Your heart sinks. “This has never happend. I left my wallet at home! I don’t seem to have them with me”, you say in dispair.