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The Love Covenants of Yahuwah's Kingdom | Part A

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Divine Contract to Save Your Soul

The terms of the New Covenant are the same as the terms of the Old Covenant:
obey and live; disobey and die.

With the simple act of purchasing a house, Mary and James Hurd forever changed American history. After the Hurds bought the house May 9, 1944, their neighbors, Lena and Frederic Hodge, brought a lawsuit against them in an attempt to keep them from owning or living there, arguing that it would diminish the value of the Hodge’s home to have a black family living in the neighborhood. When the house was built in 1905, there was a covenant in existence “prohibiting the sale of the house to anyone of the Negro race.”1 The fight went all the way to the United States Supreme Court.

In an ironic twist, two of the chief justices had to recuse themselves because they, too, lived in neighborhoods with established covenants forbidding the sale of their homes to persons of a specific race or religion. Almost four years to the day later, after a contentious fight, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of the Hurds, paving the way for the abolishment of other covenants that restricted the sale of property to not only blacks, but many other nationalities and even some religions.

Such legal battles are becoming more common in the United States where Homeowner’s Associations seek to control everything from exterior painting schemes, landscaping and more. A legal covenant is simply “An agreement, contract, or written promise between two individuals that frequently constitutes a pledge to do or refrain from doing something.”2

Scripture presents a legal covenant, too. It’s the most important legal contract ever entered into. It is the agreement between the Most High and every individual who has ever lived for the salvation of the soul. A great deal of confusion exists over what the agreement is precisely, and what conditions are required in order to benefit from the agreement. Scripture refers to both the “old covenant” and the “new covenant.” The very terminology seems to suggest a difference between the first, “old” covenant and another, “new” covenant.

This misunderstanding has brought in a whole host of errors. The primary error that has arisen is the belief that under the terms of the “new covenant,” the “law was nailed to the cross” and is no longer binding. Many sincere Christians argue that with Yahushua’s death, all are “freed” from the divine law so none are required to keep it anymore. Such a belief contradicts Scripture.

The law of Yahuwah is a transcript of His character of love. John wrote: “He that loveth not knoweth not Yahuwah; for Yahuwah is love.” (1 John 4:8) The Creator declares through His Word: “I am Yahuwah, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” (Malachi 3:6) It is the Father’s character of love that bears long with His sinning children. If humanity were no longer required to keep the divine law, there would be no cause for Him to say that it is His unchanging character of love that preserves sinners from being “consumed.”

Laws are necessary

No earthly kingdom can exist without laws; neither can the divine kingdom. If law were set aside, the entire kingdom would descend into anarchy. It was the breaking of the divine law that brought the chaos of sin to earth. The divine law is perfect and shall stand throughout all eternity as the only means to happiness and holiness. The terms of inheriting the promises of the New Covenant are the same as the terms for inheritance under the Old Covenant: obey and live; disobey and die.

The word translated “covenant” comes from the Hebrew word beriyth (#1285). It means:

(in the sense of cutting) . . . (because made by passing between pieces of flesh): -- covenant, league, confederacy, . . . The first occurrence of the word is in Gen 6:18 . . . The great majority of occurrences of beriyth are of [Yahuwah’s] “covenants” with men . . . [Yahuwah’s] “covenant” is a relationship of love and loyalty between [Him] and His chosen people . . . (Ex 19:5-6)3

The covenant agreement between Abram (and his seed) and Yahuwah and His seed (Yahushua) was ratified when Abram divided the sacrifices and he and Yahuwah passed between them. It was an ancient legal ratification that said, in essence, “Thus shall it be done unto me and more also should I break our covenant agreement.” The rite of circumcision was given at that time as a sign of their covenant agreement.

The old covenant looked forward to the death of Yahushua on the cross. It promised forgiveness and cleansing for all who accepted by faith the sacrifice on their behalf of the promised Messiah. The blood sacrifices taught in type what would be fulfilled in the great anti-type: the Lamb of Yah that taketh away the sins of the world. Thus, all who lived and died before the coming of the Saviour could still be justified by His blood shed on their behalf.

A new legal covenant can have many of the same terms as the previous legal covenant. It does not necessarily set aside everything in the previous covenant or agreement. This is the case with the new covenant in Scripture. The new covenant looks back to the death of Yahushua on the cross. Like the old covenant, it promises forgiveness and cleansing for all who accept by faith the sacrifice made on their behalf. Whether a person lived before the death of the Messiah or afterward, the terms of the covenant remain the same. The provisions also remain the same: one must accept by faith the sacrifice made in his/her behalf. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of Yahuwah: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9) Yahushua’s death is sufficient for all, under either covenant.

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3 The New Strong’s Expanded Dictionary of Bible Words, p. 383.

4 Diatheke, #1242, Ibid., p. 1036.

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