Differences of the Old and New Covenant
This post was made in reference to a comment posted to me concerning the video on WorldNetDaily by Richard Rives – JUST THE FACTS – dated November 11, 2014 “How Do You Know if You Know God?”
You are right, the Old Covenant was obviously not the exact same administration as the New Covenant because its operation was the ministration of death because it brought forth death (the animal sacrificial system).
Nevertheless, the earthly sanctuary was still based upon the pattern in the heavens of the True Tabernacle which the LORD pitched and not man which would be established with better sacrifices and offerings – The ministration of the Spirit; as you mentioned above.
(Exodus 25:40; Hebrews 8)
Even so, there is a core Covenant which exists from Adam to the last soul.
It is the gospel of Jesus Christ. We were to obey God’s commandments (Cain didn’t) and we are to confess and repent in order to receive the hope of the promises of the inheritance by being God’s children, heirs of eternal life through “the blood of the Everlasting Covenant” which is Jesus’ blood (Hebrews 13:20).
We have not received all of the promises of the Everlasting Covenant either, but that wouldn’t negate what’s expected of us by God in the keeping of His holy covenant. We are still bearing the burdens of the effects of sin in this world and in our own bodies.
The Old Testament people received the blessings and the curses of the Everlasting Covenant and we do also.
Enoch was translated into heaven.
Elijah was translated into heaven.
Moses was raised from the dead and rose up into heaven.
Jesus Christ mentions that those under the Old Covenant will inherit the promises. He speaks of the heathen nation of Nineveh too.
“The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.”
We should consider that:
A. This was a heathen nation which God said, “…persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand;…”
B. They were not Israel.
C. They did not have the Laws of God as Israel did.
D. God still required that they obey His righteous laws.
E. God was going to destroy them for their wicked works.
F. God sent a warning in His great mercy and compassion, but He still required their confession and repentance which means they had to stop sinning in order to receive His mercy and grace. We do too.
G. They obeyed the Everlasting Covenant and the LORD turned their damnation into salvation due to what they did (based upon their own actions/works they received the grace and salvation of God. They became righteous by their faith = believing and obeying what Jonah told them to do! When the Lord Jesus Christ ascended up He ratified all the obedience of those under the Old Covenant.