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A New Covenant Experience

A New Covenant Experience
The Holy Spirit Empowers (John 1:12-13, Romans 8:14-16)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A New Covenant Experience

By Dionne Sabbay Thompson June 13th, 2008


Writer's Corner

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In order to keep God's laws we must have God's laws written in our hearts. Christ is our example, whom the Father gave us, displaying how we should live a Christ-like life; Christ had the "New Covenant" experience. "The glory of Christ is revealed in the law, which is a transcript of His character, and His transforming efficacy is felt upon the soul until men become changed to His likeness. They are made partakers of the divine nature, and grow more and more like their Saviour, advancing step by step in conformity to the will of God, till they reach perfection" (SDA Bible Commentary Volume 6 page 1096.4). Psalms 40:10, 11 Human beings must understand that sacrifices and burnt offerings is not what the Lord prefers, God wishes that we would be victorious over sin and be obedient, living sinless lives. Whenever burnt offerings are offered, it means that one of God's creatures has to "die", and the Lord would rather us and his creatures live rather than have to die. Unrighteous human beings’, tasting the second death was not God's intention. In order for the sinner to go free, a sacrifice has to go up in its place, yet it's not that the Lord delights in sacrifices:

1 Samuel 15:19 Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the LORD, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the LORD?
1 Samuel 15:20 And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, and have gone the way which the LORD sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.
1 Samuel 15:21 But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God in Gilgal.
1 Samuel 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

"The Lord has a great work to be done, and He will bequeath the most in the future life to those who do the most faithful, willing service in the present life. The Lord chooses His own agents, and each day under different circumstances He gives them a trial in His plan of operation. In each true-hearted endeavor to work out His plan, He chooses His agents not because they are perfect but because, through a connection with Him, they may gain perfection" (Christ Object Lessons page 330.1).

When we remember Adam's sin, we remember Christ's sacrifice for our sins, becoming the last Adam. God takes no pleasure in the death of his creatures.

Psalms 40:6 -- Sacrifice and offering thou did not desire, because it means death to the Lord's creatures. We must open our ears and then sacrifice does not become necessary.
Psalms 40:8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. Christ was able to keep the law of God perfectly.

Hebrews 1:9 explains how we can have a love for righteousness and a hatred for iniquity, only if the law of God is written in our hearts. We must love righteousness because of the "New Covenant Experience", for this is how God intended for his Creatures to live. Adam had that experience as did Lucifer and his angels prior to falling; however, they gave it up with disobedience. Christ is the new reproductive line through Adam because Adam gave up his "New Covenant Experience". Therefore, Adam's reproductive line was written off, so God had to start over with the 2nd Adam and Last Adam, Christ, which is the "quickening spirit" and that is what will make us a part of the family of heaven (1 Corinthians 15:45). That is what happens to us when we are genuinely converted. Christ, once we are reborn of God, transforms us into new creatures. Christ went through all the steps that are required of us to be "Victorious over sin".

Christ preached righteousness by faith. For us today as God's people, teaching the loud Cry of the Third Angel is essential, sharing the message of "Righteousness by Faith", must continue. The reason why the gospel lost its power was because the Holy Spirit of God was not flowing through many who were professing the Word. We must have the law of God written in our hearts. If we have not personally experienced it, how can we teach it? Christ was born of the Spirit and the Holy Spirit flowed through Him. That is why Christ was so effective. We must be born of the Spirit, following Christ only as our Divine Example. Wherever Christ went, the message of truth and righteousness was flowing out through Him. We are to let the Fruits of the Spirit flow through us, once we have the spirit of God flowing through us, making us "New Creatures" we become willing vessels of God.

Iniquity and Sin is very dangerous. Our sin was placed on Christ, making it necessary for Christ to constantly be in submission to the Father. With Christ's righteousness, we can resist sin, thus overcoming this sinful world and our sinful flesh. Christ had the new covenant experience:

John 1:9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
John 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
John 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
John 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Since 1888, The Spirit of Truth revisited the Adventist Church with the precious message of "Righteousness by Faith" (Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers page 91, 92), even after being endorsed by God's Prophet, Mrs. Ellen White, it was not received by many.

In order to be God's children, the "good seed" we must be born of the Spirit (Matthew 13:38; 1 John 3:9). We were born of the blood and will of the flesh and the will of man, but we need to be born of the will of God, keeping the commandments and the testimony of Jesus Christ (Revelation 14:12).

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth

Galatians 4:4 But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
Galatians 4:5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

Christ was made of a woman and made sin to redeem us so that we might receive the adoption of sons. We are flesh and Christ became flesh, so that we can become Spirit. We become sons of God through the Spirit of God.

Luke 1:26 - 38 is Illustrative of the reproductive process from Christ, we can be born of the Spirit, having the law of God written in our hearts. This is the process by which Christ was conceived. Christ received His humanity from his mother, Mary, and His Divinity from the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit is what gave Christ Divinity and that is what gives us the "New Covenant Experience". Although it seems impossible:

Luke 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible!!!

Abraham's New Covenant

By Dionne Sabbay Thompson August 1st, 2008

All beings created by God begin in a New Covenant Experience, angels and Adam were created in perfection, unfallen beings. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new Creation (2Corinthians 5:17). Galatians 4:21-31 highlights this need for a New Covenant Experience. The Everlasting Gospel, Righteousness by faith, was sent by the Lord to revise Adventism in 1888. Beginning with the first angel Revelation 10:1 this mighty message commenced. Revelation 18:1-4 is the message of Righteousness by faith designed by the Lord, addressing the Laodicean condition, to restore the Advent Movement. If the message of Righteousness by Faith is not received we will never resolve our problem of such a Laodicean state. The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16, 17). Joel 2:23-25 expresses that the purpose of sending this message is to restore us from a state of that which was lost, a falling away from Truth.

All generations will fall away with the lack of the Gospel; however all will be healed and restored by receiving Righteousness by Faith, which is the Loud Cry of the third angel's message (Revelation 18:1-5). Revelation 10:1 commenced the call for Advent recovery. Revelation 3:14, 15 is the message of Laodicea, identifying that we will not be accepted by God if we are in a lukewarm state. However, once we accept this message of Joel 2:25 we can be reformed. God's people will never be ashamed of the Everlasting Gospel (Romans 1:16, 17). The absence of the Gospel will be restored once we accept the Righteous by Faith message. As the spiritual seed of Modern Israel, our God, Christ the Messiah, wishes that we should not be ashamed of the Gospel. If we are in a shameful state, we are not God's people. We must have the New Covenant Experience in order to be regarded by God (Hebrews 8:1-13). Shame manifested by Adam and eve entered into the world after transgression occurred, suggesting that our shameful condition as a people is synonymous with being in a Laodicean condition, as exhibited in Revelation 3:18. Joel 2:25 explains that when we have the New Covenant Experience, we are restored as Seventh-day Adventists, praying for the Latter rain (Joel 2:23, James 5:7). Adam and Eve were provided with a covering in their fallen state, unrighteousness results in shame. Today we are provided with a covering of Christ the Lamb for our shame, an Old Covenant sinful, worldly, fleshly experience.

Galatians 4:21-31 explains both the New and Old Covenant Experience. Mount Sinai's message of Hagar and Ishmael represents bondage. Sarah and Isaac represent the freewoman, a New Covenant. Both covenants are identified by Paul as two different situations, absent from a dispensation. Such highlights explain that Hagar's child as the solution to Sarah's problem produced bondage. Even before Ishmael was born bondage developed, as problems emerged between Sarah and Hagar. When Isaac was born a promise was established. The work of Hagar and Sarah was outside of the Promise of God. Hebrews 8:8 explains that God found fault with Israel, found in the Old Covenant, with Israel as disobedience causes a falling away. Similarly, the fault was with Hagar and Ishmael; a fault of disobedience, thus not of God.

Israel's act of not believing God's promise was found to be filled with fault. Spiritual freedom exists when we are born of God. Symbolically Hagar, being a bondmaid and her son could only spiritually reproduce ungodliness. In such likeness, Adam’s sin could only produce an Old Covenant Experience, ungodliness, shame, nakedness, LAODICEA (Revelation 3:14-21). Galatians 4:27 explains concisely that we can only be children of promise by partaking in the Divine Nature, through the Promise of God, Isaac's birth symbolically. Sarah and Abraham's reproduction of Isaac symbolized how we can partake of the Divine Nature of God, righteously by faith.

Those who are not born again will always persecute those who are born again: "And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ" (Revelation 12:17). Genesis 16:12 explains the beginning of the persecution of God's people, as Ishmael mocked Isaac. The passing of the forthcoming Sunday Law will usher in the persecution of God's remnant seed, the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:12, 13, Revelation 12:17, 14:12). The Most High's sealed servants will acknowledge and keep the Seventh-day Sabbath, rejecting the Sunday, Pagan, False Sabbath, Satan's disguised mark (seal) from the Roman Catholic Church, The first Beast (Revelation 13:11-18). Satan will fuel the Roman Catholic Church, (manifested as Elitist and Corporate America, False Protestantism, the Lamb-like Beast) to attack God's remnant's purchasing power, disallowing them from buying or selling without the acceptance of this Nationalized Sunday Pagan Law. God however will have resources for His remnant and by "Faith"; this will be revealed to His chosen (Psalms 37:25, Isaiah 33:16-17).

Divine Nature is demonstrated as peaceful and obedient nature of God's people, a New Covenant Experience. Old and New Covenant Experiences can not dwell together. Laodicea is the result of the co-existence of Old and New Covenants. In order for us to be righteous by faith we must be born again. We are either in an Old Covenant or a New Covenant, there is no neutral ground, as God is not an author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33). Therefore the Laodicean condition represents solely the Old Covenant Experience. Paul emphasizes that we must cast out the bondwoman and her son, as spiritually we can not serve two masters (Matthew 6:24).

Genesis 21:8-11 explains that Abraham's seed should be called from Isaac, a man of peace, a soft answer turneth away wrath (Proverbs 15:1). Conditions of a True New Covenant, spiritual-filled heart, demands for us to cast out our Old Covenant Experience. Thus we should not be holding on to ungodly practices, even if it is "grievous" we must abandon them. God can make us His children, causing us to be free indeed, doing the will of the Most High. God will allow us to be tested by various obstacles, similar to the experience of Abraham (Genesis 21).

Romans 4:13-25 explains that the Jews were children of the law. Gentiles having been grafted in are now also spiritually fathered by Abraham, empowered by the Word of God, for those who believe (Romans 1:16, 17). Abraham, a Father of many nations, and His seed will be Children of the Most High by faith; righteously. Abraham's weak faith produced bondage, Hagar and Ishmael. It is a matter of faith in God and we must depend on the Word, complying with all of its teachings. Dependence on the Word of God strengthens our faith. We can only glorify God when we depend on His Word, allowing us the opportunity of spiritual direction. Abraham's staggering was caused by a lack of faith. Once we believe God that which is imputed to us will be of Christ, our spotless Lamb. Righteousness is a gift from God. "But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;" (Romans 4:24). We must refrain from attempting to work spiritually, allowing God to work for us. Grace was given to us because of a debt caused from transgression; the wages of sin is death (Hebrews 4:16, Romans 6:23). Romans 4:22-23 explains the goodness that one born of a New Covenant Experience can receive from the gift of Christ's righteousness. Abraham received the promise of Isaac in old age. Abraham saw Christ when he offered Isaac his only son, an example of Righteousness by Faith. Similarly we too can receive righteousness through faith, allowing God to govern our lives. The scriptures were written for us, yet during the life of Abraham scriptures were not available. Abraham was indeed righteous by faith, believing without visualizing the written WORD (Hebrews 11:1).

God's remnant, Spiritual Israel, the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:12, 13, Revelation 14:1-5), need to believe and receive the Lord as did Abraham. Tests may emerge however; we must understand that the same principles of righteousness apply today. Complete faith in God is RIGHTEOUSNESS BY FAITH (Philippians 3:9-11).

Isaac, A Man of Promise

by Dionne Sabbay Thompson July 11th, 2008

Isaac a man of promise, a child bore of Sarah and Abraham, born of old age. Circumcision was given as a sign of Righteousness by faith (Philippians 3:9).

The old and new covenant can not dwell together. Within our daily life we must cast out our old covenant, worldly ways, accepting the new covenant, faith in God. The Most High requires a new covenant experience. (Genesis 21:12):

“And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called” (Genesis 21:12).

An internal struggle signifies that one has not let go of their old ways. God said unto Abraham let it not be grievous, for in Isaac thy seed shall be called.

Some of us may be going through a struggle regarding an old and new covenant experience. Both old and new covenants existed during the time of Abraham, later highlighted and amplified by Paul in Galatians 4. The son of the bondwoman, Ishmael was not heir with the son of promise, Isaac. Symbolically we can look at the characters of both Isaac and Ishmael. Ishmael was a man with his hand against every man’s hands. Yet, the character of Isaac was one of submission and peace, as he moved away from contention, turning the other cheek:

"But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also" (Matthew 5:39).

Isaac possessed divine nature. "A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger" (Proverbs 15:1), this is the character that God’s people must possess. If we find ourselves causing strife and contention, we have stepped out of the new covenant experience. We must not step out of the divine nature of God.

Ishmael was a wild man, epitomizing an old covenant experience fueled by the works of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21). They that are born after the flesh will persecute, as evidenced by all the fallen Kingdoms of Babylon (Revelation 18:1-4). Thus, the character of Christ, as evidenced in Isaac must radiate from inside our hearts outwards, manifesting the fruits of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).

Galatians 4 explains that the majority of the world’s population will manifest an old covenant experience; the new covenant will be observed in only a few, found without guile (Revelation 14:4,5). Ishmael was mocking Isaac, epitomizing the spirit of Satan. Abraham’s spiritual seed must then cast out the old covenant experience completely. If we have the new covenant experience, we will be peaceful, children of God, displaying God’s character with whom we encounter, sharing the goodness of the Everlasting Gospel (Revelation 14:6,7; Romans 1:16,17):

"So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free" (Galatians 4:31).

We must surrender to God completely.

"And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations" (Genesis 17:9).

A Spiritual Sacrifice

by Dionne Sabbay Thompson August 8th, 2008

"But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification" (Romans 4:24,25).

Galatians 4 has examined the two covenants, one of faith the other of carnality, proving that a NEW COVENANT EXPERIENCE is not dispensational; it's based on conditions of the heart. Galatians 4:21 - 31, illustrates that because of disobedience without Christ’s righteousness, there will be no deliverance for the seed of bondage.

Within Genesis 15:6 we can identify God's promise to Abraham and his seed, thus our belief in Christ is counted for righteousness. Without complication, our disbelief in God's promises relate to our burdens and works of flesh. Abraham was brought back into a New Covenant Experience, as evidenced by Genesis 17. Abraham's name was changed, through righteousness, as he became a father of many nations.

Abraham believing Sarah, thus disbelieving the Word of God, lost his New Covenant Experience, resulting in an Old Covenant Experience. Genesis 17:17, Abraham and Sarah's solution to their problem was not acceptable to God. God will do things his Way, ONLY. God, communicated to Abraham, as he communicates with many of us today. God will have nothing to do with an Old Covenant Experience. The Lord ignores the Old Covenant and pleads for us to function in a New Covenant Experience, acting righteously by Faith. Our righteousness is as filthy as rags (Isaiah 64:6). It is only through our faith that we can PLEASE GOD (Hebrews 11:6). God promised Abraham and Sarah a son, Isaac, establishing a covenant with them.

The Word was spoken and fulfilled with the birth of Isaac a child, as a result of Abraham's heart condition, not a dispensation. Genesis 18:13-14, asks "is anything hard for the Lord...". We as believers, doubting a New Covenant Experience; will fail if we do not believe that God can accomplish things in our lives. By studying the WORD and believing, we can learn that NOTHING is too difficult for the LORD. Genesis 21 exhibits the child of Promise being Born, Isaac. Thus, we must stand on God's promises as did Abraham, embracing a New Covenant Experience.

Abraham and Sarah's faith weakening illustrated the need to be brought back, manifesting God's promises in the WORD, RIGHTEOUSNESS BY FAITH. Genesis 22, illustrates that Abraham was truly an example of a man, Righteous by faith, following the directives of God. This test of faith emerged because Abraham doubted the ways of God. This test, found in Genesis 22 was necessary to bring Abraham back to his New Covenant Experience. The first test involved the production of a son in their old age. The Power of God's Word was received and a child was produced. The second test involved Abraham's directive to "cut off" the birth-line, a test of his righteousness. This test came upon Abraham because of his failing faith from the very beginning. Such a test was presented to him, as the heavenly beings watched, saddened by his lack of dependence on God; a lack of trust.

Abraham was brought back by the WORD, strengthening his faith through God's test of cutting off his spiritual birth-line. A man of faith, knowing that God had blessed him with Isaac, knew also that his only son could be raised up from the dead. Consequently, Abraham's faith grew, believing in the Lord, entrusting that if he sacrificed his only son; God would bring Isaac back from the dead.

We too spiritually, can be brought back from the dead after losing our New Covenant Experience. Genesis 22:18 illustrates that the seed which Abraham was promised brought us to CHRIST. Galatians 3:8 examines the ongoing subject of RIGHTEOUSNESS by Faith. The birth of Isaac led us to the bloodline of Christ. The LORD had to wait for Abraham to reach the point of FAITH after which, Isaac was born. Genesis 22:18 and Galatians 3:9 illustrate that we become children of the promise through the seed of CHRIST. The Word and Christ's gift of righteousness is available for us today, allowing us to learn from the mistakes of Abraham.

Abraham saw God by faith when he saw what He could provide only through FAITH. John 8:39 illustrates the DIVINE character of Christ. All Ten Commandments must be KEPT within this NEW COVENANT EXPERIENCE, as God's HOLY finger written laws exemplify His unchanging Character (Exodus 31:18):

"And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ" (Revelation 12:17).

If we are not children of Christ then we are children of Satan, there is no middle ground (Matthew 13:38, 1 John 3:8-9). Laodicean conditions are not acceptable in the sight of God (Revelation 3:14, 15). John 8:54-56 exemplifies that Abraham saw Christ by faith when he was told to offer up his only son, Isaac, leading into the completion of our redemption plan. Abraham was shown God's plan and purpose in offering his only son Isaac, manifesting RIGHTEOUSNESS by Faith. Similarly, spiritually, we will be tested through various sacrifices in our own lives. However, we can be faithful, rejoicing that Christ was born, lived righteously without spot or blemish, fulfilling it all at the cross; providing us a gift of Righteousness (John 19:30, Ephesians 2:8-10, Philippians 3:9-11):

We must trust God and Believe, receiving His promises through COMPLETE FAITH.