Secret of The New Covenant Unveiled! By Pastor F.M. Riley


Secret of the New Covenant Unveiled!
                                                                                                  By Pastor F. M. Riley
                                                                                              Revised March 18, 2012
     “Hear this, all ye people; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world:
     Both low and high, rich and poor, together.
     My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.
     I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying [hidden] upon the harp.”
                                                                                              Psalm 49:1-4

     “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter.”
                                                                                             Proverbs 25:2
Introduction

     “God who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
     Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
     Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the Word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
     Being so much better than the angels, as He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.”
                                                                             Hebrews 1:1-4

     The Book of Hebrews was written to and for the Jewish people living in this present “dispensation of grace,” Ephesians 3:2.  That is why it is specifically called “The Epistle to the Hebrews.”  This simple truth seems to escape many today who try to apply everything in this book to Gentile Christian believers.  But since this book, signified by the very title of the book, was written to and for the Jewish people, then the first application of truth in this book must apply to the Jewish people.  Is this too hard for God’s people to understand? 
     Now I have some questions for our readers…..

WHY?

     1.  Why did the inspired writer tell the Jews to whom he was writing that the Lord Jesus Christ who the Scripture explicitly states “was made a little lower than the angels” [Hebrews 1:9] has now been “made so much better than the angels, Hebrews 1:4?
     2.   Why was the inspired writer “persuaded better things” of the Jews to whom he was writing, 6:9. 
     3.   Why did the inspired writer tell the Jews that Abraham, regarded as “the father”of the Jewish people, was “blessed of the better, 7:7?
     4.   Why did the inspired writer tell the Jews that there is “a better hope” than any “hope” the Jews were promised under their Old Covenant of Law, 7:19?
     5.  Why did the inspired writer tell the Jews that there is “a better testament” [covenant] than the Old Covenant of the Law, 7:22?
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     6.  Why did the inspired writer tell the Jews that the Lord Jesus Christ is the “mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises” than the Old Covenant of Law with the promises that it contained, 8:6?
     7.  Why did the inspired writer tell the Jews that there are better sacrifices” than the sacrifices they were offering under the Old Covenant of the Law, 9:23?
     8.  Why did the inspired writer tell the Jews that there is “in heaven a better and an enduring substance” than anything they were given or promised under the Old Covenant of the Law, 10:34?
     9.   Why did the inspired writer tell the Jews that Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, and Jacob all desired “a better countrythan the land of Canaan in which they “sojourned,” 11:16? 
     10. Why did the inspired writer tell the Jews that there is “a better resurrection” than the resurrection promised to those living under the Old Covenant of the Law, 11:35?
    11.  Why did the inspired writer tell the Jews that “God” has “provided some better thing for us” [New Covenant believers], 11:40?        
    12.  Why did the inspired writer tell the Jews that “the new covenant…..speaketh better things than that of Abel,” 12:24?

If  I  were  to  ask the “average”  Christian  what  the  “key  word”  is  in  the  Book  of 
Hebrews they wouldn’t have the slightest idea how to answer the question.  I know this to be true, because I have asked this question many times previously before many different gatherings of God’s people.  Now do my readers know what the “key word” is in the Book of Hebrews?  Look at the questions listed above and read the verses of Scripture cited, and you will have the answer.  But do you know WHY the inspired writer used this word, “better,” 13 times in the Book of Hebrews?  No?  Well, by God grace…..

Let’s find out…..

     As one seriously studies this book, it becomes obvious that the inspired writer was specifically appealing to Jews in the first century of Christianity who had mentally “professed” to believe that Jesus Christ was the Messiah of Israel.  Yet these “professing” Jews had not gone on to truly receive Christ as their Savior and Lord.  This is made quite evident by the statements found in such passages as Hebrews 3:12-14, 4:1-2, 4:11, 4:16, 5:11, 6:1, 6:11-12, 10:22-23, 10:35, 12:1-2, 12:12-13, 12:25, 13:13, and 13:20-21.  Instead, they were “wavering” between two opinions just like their forefathers did in the days of Elijah, 1 Kings 18:21.  This was a grief of heart to the inspired writer, who was himself obviously a Jew.  He wanted so badly for his Jewish brethren to turn to the Lord with their whole heart during this present dispensation, and therefore he wrote this whole book appealing to them to truly receive Christ as their Savior and Lord and thereby become recipients of the “better things” promised to New Covenant believers saved during this present “dispensation of grace.”   
     What “better things” are promised to New Covenant believers, than were promised to the Jews living under the Old Covenant of the Law?  Why did the inspired writer of Hebrews have such a burden for his Jewish brethren to enter into those “better things”? I’m so glad you asked…..  
The New Birth

     Spiritual life for the truly repentant New Covenant believer starts with being “born again.”  In John 3:3 the Lord Jesus Christ told Nicodemus, “…..Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  Then in
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verse 5 the Lord said, “…..Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”   A third time in verse 7 the Lord said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”  Finally in verse 8 the Lord said, “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”
     The “new birth” is a supernatural act of Almighty God in which He is creating a new “kind” [species; race] of man, James 1:18. The expression, “born again,” literally means, “born from above.”  In other words, the “new birth” is a spiritual birth that comes from a direct creative act of Almighty God.  When a truly repentant New Covenant believer receives the Lord Jesus Christ as their own personal Savior, that person is instantly “born again” [born from above] transforming them into a “new man.”
      The “new birth” is strictly a New Testament [covenant] concept.  No where under the Old Covenant is the “new birth” ever found, mentioned, or even suggested.  There is not a single Scripture in the Old Testament stating that anyone under the Old Covenant was ever “born again.”  This doctrine and teaching of a “new birth” was unheard of before the Lord Jesus Christ Himself introduced it right at the beginning of His personal ministry, John 3:1-8. 
      But weren’t truly repentant believers “saved” in the Old Testament?  Indeed they were!  Then weren’t they “born again”?  No, they were not!  The righteousness of God was imputed to them by faith, Abraham himself being the chief example of such, Genesis 15:1-6.  But where is the Scripture in the Old Testament that speaks of anyone being “born again” or experiencing a “new birth”?   Well…?? 
     The “new birth” is the very first of those “better things” given to New Covenant believers, which those living under the Old Covenant never had and were never promised.  Further, there is no Scriptural evidence that they will ever have a “new birth.”    

A New Creation

     “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 
     Not of works, lest any man should boast. 
     For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
     Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
     That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
     But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 
     For He is our peace, Who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
     Having abolished in His flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in Himself of twain one new man, so making peace,” Ephesians 2:8-15.   
     Our readers should notice that the word “created” in verse 10 and the word “make” in verse 15 are translated from the exact same word in the Greek text.  Both occurrences are
translated from the Greek word, “ktizo,” which literally means “create; transform; change; to create in the likeness of God.”  See Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, page 363,
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Strong’s No. 2936.
       This is why the Apostle Paul was inspired of God to state in 1 Corinthians 15:49, “And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.”  In the process of the “new birth” the Lord is creating a whole new “kind”  [race] of men in His own likeness. Verification of this truth is clearly stated in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature [creation…ktisis]: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”   
      In Galatians 6:15 the Scripture states, “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature [creation…ktisis].” In Ephesians 4:24 the inspired Scripture states, “And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created [ktizo] in righteousness and true holiness.  It is interesting that this admonition to the Ephesian believers, in context, is conditioned on the statement made in verses 20-21.  Is it possible that some “professing church members” have never really been “born again”?  Think about it! 
     Then in Colossians 3:10 we find Scriptural proof that all New Covenant believers who have truly received Christ as Savior are “born again,” and do indeed bear “the image” of our Heavenly Father.  “And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him.”
     Our readers should again take note that there is not a single Scripture in the Old Testament that states or even suggests that any believer living under the Old Covenant was ever, is now, or ever shall be a “a new creature” [creation], Galatians 6:15.  Being a “new creation” is one of the “better things” given only to New Covenant believers. 

A New Man

     In James 1:18 the Scripture, when speaking of New Covenant believers, explicitly states, “Of His own will begat [begot; begotten; born] He us with the Word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures” [ktisma…2938…created thing; creature].  In other words, in the “new birth” the Lord is creating an entirely “new man.”
The Greek word translated as “kind” in this verse is the word, “tis.”  This Greek word literally means, “a certain one; certain class; kind; the greatest possible; one of eminent importance; extraordinary.” See Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, pages 625-627, Strong’s No. 5100.  Does this tell our readers anything?    
      This truth is plainly stated and therefore verified in 2 Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 2:15, 4:24, and Colossians 3:10. Each of these Scriptures plainly and explicitly state that the New Covenant believer is a “new man;” that is, an entirely new “kind” of man. 
     Further verification of this truth is set forth in Galatians 3:27-28, “For as many of you as have been baptized [immersed] into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek [Gentile], there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” 
      This same truth is set forth a second time in Colossians 3:10-11, “And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him:  Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcison, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.” 
      Folks, these passages plainly state that the New Covenant believer who has been “immersed into Christ” [born of God] no longer has a national identity, is no longer a “slave” to anyone yet is not totally “free” [independent or self governing], no longer has a “gender” [is neither male nor female], but does bear “the image of Him who created him.”  Praise the Lord!  Hallelujah!  These two Scripture passages make it very clear that the New Covenant believer is indeed a “new creation in Christ Jesus;” a “new man;” a
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different “kind” of man created by God for the special purpose that the Lord has in mind for us.  I suggest our readers compare the Lord’s explicit statement recorded in Luke 20:34-36.  Perfect harmony! 
     I am well aware that many of God’s people lightly read over these passages, regarding them as merely “figures of speech.”  In other words, they don’t really believe the passages mean what they say, so they explain them away as just “figurative speech.”  But is this just “figurative speech”? Since these Scriptures are in perfect harmony with everything else I have presented so far, just what is it that convinces any reader that these passages of Scripture are not to be taken as literal truth?  Well…??
      It is a fact that the statements made in these two passages in Galatians and Colossians are in perfect harmony with Philippians 3:20-21, “For our conversation [citizenship] is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; Who shall change our vile body, [new inner man; same body outwardly] that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself.”  We “born again” New Covenant believers are no longer citizens of this world, nor do we belong to this present world system in any sense of the word.  We New Covenant believers are citizens of the New Jerusalem, and are just waiting to be taken “home.”  This truth was verified by the Lord Himself in John 15:18-19 and 17:14-16.  Check it out for yourself.
      The fact that New Covenant believers are a special new race or “kind” of man is also why Romans 8:18-23 explicitly states that the whole “creation” is waiting for “the manifestation [unveiling] of the sons of God.”  The whole creation knows that at the time we New Covenant believers put off our present fleshly bodies at the resurrection and rapture, and are revealed to be “the sons of God,” then “the whole creation” within a very short time following “…..shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children [sons] of God,” 8:21.  Glory!  Glory!  Glory!    
     Folks, no Old Covenant believer was ever promised to be “created” as a new “kind” of man and thereby become a member of a new race of human beings.  So here is another of the “better things” that we New Covenant believers have been given that was not given to nor promised to those living under the Old Covenant.  Are my readers beginning to grasp these truths?  Just hang on!  It gets even “better”…..

Partakers of The Divine Nature

    Several times in this study I have pointed out that “born again” New Covenant believers are called “sons of God” in the New Testament Scriptures. Why are New Covenant believers referred to as “sons of God”?  I think it is time for God’s people [true believers] to study and learn these truths.
     Folks, the term, “sons of God,” is never used anywhere in God’s Word except when speaking of a created being.  [The single exception is in Hosea 1:10 where the context clearly indicates that the Lord is speaking of the restoration of Israel as His chosen people, and not of an actual creative act].  Check this out for yourself.  It is obvious to anyone who seriously studies God’s Word that all references to “sons of God” [ben-ha-elohim] in the Old Testament refer to angels; created celestial spirit beings.  This is easily proven by comparing Genesis 6:1-4 with Job 1:6, 2:1, and 38:7.  These are the only five references to be found to the “sons of God” anywhere in the Old Testament. Now why were angels called “sons of God”?  The simple answer is because they were created spirit beings, Hebrews 1:7.  This means that they were created by and came forth from
God Himself who is a Spirit, John 4:24.  It is explicitly stated in Hebrew 12:9 that God is “the Father of spirits…” This means all spirits.  Compare Numbers 16:22, 27:16, Job
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12:10, Ecclesiastes 12:7, Isaiah 42:5, 57:16, and Zechariah 12:1.  
     Bible believers who seriously study the Scriptures know that some of the angels followed Satan in his rebellion against God in eternity past and were cast down out of Heaven.  Those angels are now known as “fallen angels.”  Have you ever asked yourself why such beautiful and mighty beings as angels would follow Satan and thereby become fallen outcasts?  Let me tell you why…..
      All of the angels whom God created, apparently at the same time or in close proximity to His creation of “the heavens and the earth,” were created with a “free will.”  This allowed them to make their own choices. Therefore when “the anointed cherub” [Ezekiel 28:11-19...the one we know today as Satan] raised an insurrection against God, some of the angels made a choice to ally themselves with Satan in his rebellion against Almighty God.  Bad choice!  It is precisely because the angels did not have anything within them to prevent them from making bad choices, that those angels  were able to make a choice to follow Satan in his wicked rebellion against the Lord. 
     But unlike the angels, New Covenant “born again” believers have been given something that the Lord never gave to any angel.  We read about it in 2 Peter 1:3-4, “According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: [promises that excel any promises given to those living under the Old Covenant] that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”
      Wow!  Did you read this statement in God’s inspired Word?  “…partakers of the divine nature…”  Does this mean what it says?  Do you believe what it says?  In the context in which these verses occur, it is saying that other “born again” New Covenant believers “…have obtained like precious faith with us [the inspired Apostles] through the righteousness of God and our Savior Jesus Christ…,” [2 Peter 1:1] and therefore are “…partakers of the divine nature…”  This means God’s own nature!  This is then the “nature” that abides within the soul of the “born again” New Covenant believer.  Wow!  Praise the Lord!  Glory to God!  Hallelujah! 
     Yes, I am well aware that some of our readers won’t want to believe this.  Then let them in their lack of serious Bible study, call God’s Word a lie.  I won’t be guilty of doing such.  Folks, this statement in 2 Peter 1:1-4 is in perfect harmony with everything I have presented to our readers thus far.  So why should this statement be a lie?  Why should it not mean what it says?  Well…??
     Do the inspired Scriptures teach that the New Covenant believer is “born again” [born from above], or do they not?  Well…??   Do the inspired Scriptures teach that the New Covenant believer is a “new creation in Christ Jesus,” or do they not?  Well…??  Do the inspired Scriptures teach that the New Covenant believer is a “new man,” or do they not?   Well…??  Let’s go a little further…..Do the inspired Scriptures teach that the New Covenant believer has been “begotten” [born] of God, or do they not?  See James 1:18, 1 Peter 1:3, 1 John 5:1, and 5:18.  Do the inspired Scriptures refer to New Covenant believers as “sons of God,” or do they not?  Do the inspired Scriptures teach that the New Covenant believer has been given “the mind of Christ,” or do they not?  See 1 Corinthians 2:16.  Do the inspired Scriptures teach that New Covenant believers, as “sons of God,” are “heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ,” or do they not?  See Romans 8:14-17.  Well…??
     Now folks, who do people normally leave their estate to other than their own children?
Well…??   Let this soak in on you…..   This passage in 2 Peter 1:3-4 explicitly states that we New Covenant believers are “…partakers of the divine nature…”  This means that
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we are literally related to God Himself as His “sons,” by virtue of having believed on “His only begotten Son,” being “born again” [born from above], created “new creations in Christ Jesus,” and made “partakers” of His own “divine nature.”  Wow!  Glory to God!  Hallelujah!  Praise the Lord!  What a Great and Awesome God we serve!  What a wonderful and glorious Heavenly Father is our Father!  What a precious and mighty Savior, and elder Brother is our Lord!  Woweee!  Glory to God! 
     Folks, being a partaker of “the divine nature” is another of the “better things” that has been given to New Covenant believers that no angel was ever given, nor was it ever given to any believer living under the Old Covenant of Law.  Glory to God! 

The Divine Purpose

     Why did Almighty God choose one dispensation [the Dispensation of GRACE] in His great Plan of the Ages to create a special “kind” of man?  This “new man” would be “born again,” [born from above] created a “new creation in Christ Jesus,” and have implanted within him the Heavenly Father’s own “divine nature,” thereby literally and spiritually making him a “son of God.” Why did Almighty God do this? I think that most of our readers who truly believe God’s Word have probably already figured this out.  But for those who haven’t, let’s make it clear…..
     When God created the angels in eternity past, He placed His kingdom under their administration.  This is a position that the angels of God still occupy today.  The angels of God continue to administer God’s kingdom upon earth today as “principalities and powers in the heavenlies.” See Daniel 4:17, 4:25-26, 4:32, 5:21, Ephesians 3:10, Colossians 1:16, 2:10, Titus 3:1, and many other related Scriptures.  
     But the Scriptures also reveal that one-third of the angels, through their “free will” made the choice to follow “the anointed cherub” [Satan] in his rebellion against God, Ezekiel 28:11-19; Revelation 12:3-4.  In his wicked attempt to be “like the most High,” [Isaiah 14:14] Satan set up an opposing kingdom of “principalities and powers” to exercise his dominion upon the earth.  See Daniel 10:13, 10:20, Romans 8:38, Ephesians 6:12, Colossians 2:15, and many other related Scriptures.
      Therefore Almighty God, in order to guarantee that rebellion and sin will never again be introduced into His kingdom in all “the ages to come,” created “new creations in Christ Jesus” in His own “image after His likeness,” and placed within them His own “divine nature.”  These “new creations” will not rebel, lie, steal, cheat, lust, or sin in any way, form, or fashion, because the “divine nature” of Almighty God cannot do those things.  Right here our readers should notice 1 John 3:9 and 5:18.  See also Leviticus 19:2, 1 Peter 1:15-16, 1 John 1:5, Titus 1:2, Hebrews 6:18, James 1:13, and many, many other related Scriptures telling God’s people about the characteristics of our wonderful God and Father.  The administration of God’s kingdom will then be “inherited” by God’s “sons,” Romans 8:16-17; 1 Corinthians 15:49-53. 
     Now read and believe what the inspired Scriptures explicitly state about the “position” of New Covenant believers in the Millennial Kingdom and the Eternal Kingdom which follows the Millennium,

     “For unto the angels hath He not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak.
     But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that Thou art mindful of him?  or the son of man, that Thou visitest him?
     Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels; Thou crownedst him with glory and honor, and didst set him over the works of Thy hands;
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     Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet.  For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him.  But now [at this present time] we see not yet all things put under him. 
     But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
     For it became Him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
     For both He that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of One: for which cause He is not ashamed to call them brethren.” 

     Glory!  Glory to God!  Praise and honor and glory to our Lord!  Folks, we New Covenant believers have been “created in Christ Jesus” to rule and reign with Him over God’s kingdom for ever and ever. See Matthew 25:14-30, Luke 19:11-27, 2 Timothy 2:12, Revelation 1:6, 2:25-27, 3:21, 5:8-10, 20:4, and 21:24-26. Through the “new birth” we have been endowed with “the divine nature,” in order to replace the angels as the administrators of God’s eternal kingdom.  While we were “made lower than the angels” in our humanity, we are to be “crowned with glory and honor” and exalted above the angels in our “new” glorified bodies.  In “the ages to come” the angels of God will “minister” for us and to us, even as they do for our Heavenly Father today. “But to which of the angels said He at any time, Sit thou at My right hand, until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool?  Are they [the angels of God] not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” Hebrews 1:14. Praise the Lord! 
Over the Nations

     But who are we to rule over?  If, as is commonly taught, every true believer receives a “glorified body” at the end of the Millennial Kingdom and enters the “new earth” in that “glorified body,” then who are we to rule over throughout eternity?  Folks, I emphasize again, a little serious Bible study would be a big help to God’s people [true believers] today, and would go a long way towards pleasing the Lord whom we claim to serve. It appears that some of God’s people can’t even read, or else don’t believe what they read.  Check this out…..

     “And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth [that’s us New Covenant believers] do bring their glory and honor into it,” Revelation 21:24. 

     “And they [the kings of the earth] shall bring the glory and honor of the nations into it,” Revelation 21:26. 

     “In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing [health] of the nations,” Revelation 22:2. 

     All three of these verses in the context of “a new heaven and a new earth” [Revelation 21:1] explicitly state that there will be “nations” on this “new earth.”  But some folks deny these plain statements, claiming that everyone gets a “glorified body” at
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the time of the new earth, and there will be no more “nations” of people in the eternal age.  Well, whom shall we believe?  The Lord God of Heaven who gave this revelation to John? …or, these self-appointed “scholars” who claim to have all the answers?  Well…??
     Folks, is it or is it not explicitly stated in Galatians 3:27-28 and Colossians 3:10-11 that the “born again” New Testament believer no longer retains a nationality?  You know such is clearly stated in these two passages.  So if everyone is going to receive a “glorified” body at the time the “new earth” is brought forth, maybe some of these “super scholars” would like to explain to the rest of us believers where these “nations” come from.  Hello!  I didn’t hear you.  Speak a little louder…..

A Simple Truth…..

     It is a simple truth, easily discerned by serious Bible study, that those living under the Old Covenant of Law were given earthly promises with an earthly inheritance. They will always be an earthly people, for that is all God ever promised them. See Genesis 15:7, 15:18-21, 17:7-8, 26:3-4, 28:13-14, Deuteronomy 7:9, 2 Samuel 7:4-29, Psalm 89:3-4, Psalm 105:6-11, and many, many other related passagesThis stands in direct contrast to “born again” believers in the New Covenant “church” of the Lord Jesus Christ who have been given heavenly promises with a heavenly inheritance Is this truth really so hard to see and understand, or have some of our readers been so deceived by these so-called “scholars” that they now refuse to see and acknowledge the truth that is clearly set forth in God’s Word?  Well…?? 
About Those Questions…..

     Folks, having read this study go back and review the questions I placed at the beginning of the study.  Now do they make more sense?  New Testament [covenant] believers indeed have a “better hope” than the hope which was promised to those believers living under the Old Covenant.  The New Covenant is indeed a “better testament” than the Old Covenant of the Law.  The Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior, is indeed the “mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.”  We New Covenant believers do offer “better sacrifices” to God than any of the sacrifices the Old Covenant believers offered, for the sacrifices we offer come willingly and joyfully from our heart.  The Old Covenant believers offered what was required by their Law. We know that the things of this earth wear out and pass away, but we New Covenant believers also know that in Heaven we have “a better and an enduring substance” which shall never pass away.  The Old Covenant believers loved the Holy Land which God had given them, but we New Covenant believers look for “a better country,” even as did Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  Read Matthew 8:11-12.  We New Covenant believers also eagerly anticipate “a better resurrection” than was promised to the Old Covenant believers.  New Covenant believers are going to be resurrected and raptured into eternal “glorified” bodies made in fashion “like unto His glorious body,” Philippians 3:20-21; 1 John 3:2.  But Old Covenant believers are going to be resurrected back to natural physical life. Oh yes they will be!  There is plenty of Scriptural proof of this truth!  But that is another study for another time.
      Have our readers began to grasp the significance of these great truths?  Now tell me, why would any true believer in this present dispensation prefer to live under the Old Covenant?   Do you now see why the inspired writer of Hebrews wanted so much for his own Jewish brethren in this present dispensation to embrace the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior and thereby enter into the “better things” promised under the New Covenant?

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Conclusion

     Dear readers, by the grace of God I have been enabled to set before you the “Secret of the New Covenant,” which most of God’s people today have totally missed or ignored.   It is my fervent prayer and hope that this study will motivate all true believers to turn to a serious study of God’s Word, which so often today is sidelined and neglected.  I hope this study will bless the lives of every reader, and will fill their hearts and mouths with such honor, and glory, and praise to our God, as never previously given to Him.
      Truly, in the “new birth” the Lord “lifteth up” us Gentile New Covenant believers “from the dung hill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and He hath set the world upon them,” 1 Samuel 2:8.

     “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us,” Romans 8:18. 

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