Which covenant are you under?

One covenant is from Mount Sinai, the other is from the New Jerusalem. Which one are you from? Which one do you follow?

Symbolic of these two covenants are the two son’s of Abraham, Ishmael and Isaac. Ishmael was born by a bondwoman named Hagar. Isaac was born by a freewoman named Sarah.

Ishmael was born after the flesh. Isaac was born by promise. In the Spirit, this makes all the difference in the world. The flesh verses the Spirit.

The Law given by Moses on Mt.Sinai is the old covenant which gives birth to bondage. Just as Hagar was the bondwoman, she is also symbolic of the bondage found in the old covenant. Many today still want to be under the bondage of the Law which is the old covenant. Man has always felt comfortable under bondage. There is something attractive that caters to the flesh. It requires no faith to live under bondage.

Hagar is symbolic of Mt.Sinai where God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses.

The “New Jerusalem” which is spiritual, is above all and is freedom. It is the mother of us all.

Those who have been “born of the spirit” answer to a new covenant from New Jerusalem, not Mt. Sinai. They experiance freedom in the Spirit. This is not a licence to sin, but by God’s grace they conquer sin. They strive to not live a life of sin and bondage.

Spiritually speaking, those who have been born of The Spirit and follow The Spirit, are the “children of promise”.

Just as Ishmael was born of the flesh, all those who stay under the old covenant bondage, they want to “persecute” those who have been “born according to the Spirit”.

“Nevertheless what does the Scripture say? “Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.” It’s one or the other. Either you are under the old covenant bondage, or you are free in the Spirit of Christ. It just that simple.

So then, we should not be children of the bondwoman, but of the free.

(This lesson was taken from the book of Galatians, chapter 4. In the book of Galatians, Paul was addressing the Galatians that “blessings come from God on the basis of faith, not Law. The Law declares men guilty and imprisons them; faith sets men free to enjoy liberty in Christ. But liberty is not a license. Freedom in Christ means freedom to produce the fruits of righteousness through a Spirit-led life-style.”)

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3 Responses to “Which covenant are you under?”

  1. Robert Says:

    My dear bro,
    In Galatians Paul is talking about being under the “Mosiac Law”. How do I know? After Paul discusses about not having to be under the “law” in chapter 4 he continues chapter 5 as follows : “Standfast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, and not entangled again with the yoke of bondage”. Now this is very important and KEY to understanding “what” law Paul is talking about. Verse 2 clearly explains his whole purpose in discussing this “bondage”. Here it is: “Behold, I , Paul, say unto to you THAT IF YOU BE CIRCUMCISED, Christ shall profit you nothing. Verse 3 continues the fact that the Mosiac Law is what he’s talking about, he says ” For I testify again to every man who is circumcised, that he is a debtor to THE WHOLE LAW. There it is! He’s not talking about the great Moral Law (ten commandments) He’s telling people don’t be in bondage to all the customs and rituals of the Mosiac law. A different law from the great Moral Law. Which by the way is ONLY about LOVE for our God and our fellow man. Study them and you’ll see.

  2. Richard Says:

    Robert,
    In Galatians, certainly “circumcision” is addressed. However, you can’t make a blanket statement that the only “law” Paul was addressing was the “Mosaic Law”. I know that those who adhere so strongly to the “ten” want to divide up the law into Mosaic and Moral. But, we must see that in the New Testament, both are addressed, usually back to back. An example of this would be in Gal.4:24. Here he addressing the “two covenants”. One from Mt.Sinai. What was given on Mt.Sinai? You can read about it in Ex.19 and 20. Also in 24:12-17. Paul finishes this verse with, “this gives birth to bondage”. Although they are different, you can’t separate them. They are Law anyway you cut them. You can’t pick and choose. This is typical of those who want to push their doctrines and prove that they are right.
    In the “Old Testament”, His Laws were called, “His Commandments”, “His Judgements”, “His Statutes”.
    I know it is hard to simplify things that we believe so strongly in. But, all “law” is fulfilled in one word, and that is “Love”. Christ made a point of this on several occasions. It is also in Galatians 5:14.
    In closing, the ten commandments should be obeyed. But not to the point of legalism. An example of this that divides is, saying that one has to worship God in a building, and it has to be on Saturday from sunset to sundown. This is old testament bondage. We should have a “Sabbath” day once a week to rest and honor our God, I agree. But, not to the point of legalism. That divides and destructs, and it is very evident wherever you go.
    I hope this gives you understanding as to the freedom in the spirit of Christ.

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