The Third Covenant
Read Hebrews Chapter 12
Heb 12:24 to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. 25 See to it that you do not refuse Him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from Him who warns us from heaven? 26 At that time His voice shook the earth, but now He has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” 27 The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.”
No, there is no third covenant. But that is what men are looking for today. After carefully investigating the scriptures and seeing that there were two covenants, most men have decided they don’t like either one. Therefore they have begun carving out a covenant they like, by twisting scriptures, reinterpreting scriptures, and dismissing some scriptures as not relevant to today’s society.
The new “third covenant” contains some theories and notions which “can” be gleaned from scriptures by the methods mentioned above.
- God is love. His love is so powerful that He overlooks sin in all cases, without any reservations.
- God will always forgive, unconditionally. He does not require repentance.
- We are no longer under the law. Since the law required repentance, that has been dismissed under the new covenant. Also, homosexual behaviors, perversion, and adultery are no longer sinful.
- The Old Testament no longer has any value to the Christian.
Those ways of thinking sound good, but the ideas are repeatedly rebuffed in scriptures.
- His love does not give mankind the right to ignore any scripture passages that describe His wrath.
- The Lord still requires repentance, losing one’s life in order to gain true life, and striving for obedience.
- If that were the case, there would no longer be such a thing as sin. The New Testament says otherwise. The unrepentant sinner is still under the law. Only the true believer can claim any freedom from the law, and that freedom does not give him license to willfully sin.
- Jesus said that He didn’t come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it. He paid the penalty for sin, but did not diminish its obvious harm to mankind.
The remnant of believers who adhere to the traditional interpretation of scriptures must stay strong. No matter how inviting the third covenant sounds, it is a false covenant, leading many men and women down the pathway to destruction. We must be more careful than ever, because the message that we hear more and more every day is growing louder each day. It may be very soon that our message will be drowned out by a world which refuses to believe the simple truths from God’s holy word. Dear SSA friends, be strong. Hide yourselves in the words of our bibles. They have not been misinterpreted and misunderstood for 2-4 thousand years, while God stood idly by allowing mankind to spread an incorrect gospel.
Prayer: Lord, deliver our friends and loved ones from the false teachers of today. Keep us strong, staying true to You and Your word, giving us the ability to speak Your truth with an Agape love which cannot be misunderstood.