New Covenant explained

It is not enough to define the New Covenant as a distinction between Law and Grace. Rom 6:14
The real distinction is between Law and Life.

God’s Grace has always been active, even in the Old Testament. Grace is simply the activity of God’s love. God is always active in His creation. The Life given by the New Covenant, however, is an altogether new way of living with God. Gal 3:21 Rom 7:6

The New Covenant is actually unique because of Life not Grace. Heb 9:15 2 Cor 3:6

 

Originally posted June 25, 2012

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Why Do It?

I have always liked to read and study topically, mostly nonfiction, about theology, apologetics, Christian life, church issues, church history, counseling, science and cultural issues.

When I read, I think and therefore, I am using this venue to record my thoughts.

In his book, The True Believer, Eric Hoffer quotes Montaigne, “All I say is by way of discourse, and nothing by way of advice. I should not speak so boldly if it were my due to be believed.”. That would also apply to what I have written here.

I consider myself a person of simple and pragmatic faith as opposed to any traditional religious superstitions, cliche’s or systematic theology. I like to think that I am like the Bereans, when I hear or read something, I measure it against how it seems to work in my life and I search the scripture to see if I think it is true. Not just to question authority, but to always verify authority. I hope young people will learn to always look for or ask for the “basis” for what people say and why.

I like to teach and discuss the difference between law and grace. In my opinion most churches are quite legalistic and preach, teach and motivate the flesh; rather than teach how to have a proper spiritual connection with Christ. Many churches focus on the believer “being a sinner saved by grace” and seem to focus on a current sin nature, rather than on the joy of “being a child of God” and letting that new nature work out their faith and belief. When I hear preaching, I always consider whether it is “good news”, the gospel, which speaks to my spirit or “bad news”, the law, which speaks to my flesh. As a believer, why would I want to hear the “bad news” sermons, isn’t that walking in the flesh? I know, it takes a certain amount of study and spiritual  musing to begin to understand the difference between our spirit and our flesh. This is why knowing the attitude of your heart is so important.

As most will be able to discern, I have not been to a seminary or a Bible school. I have a small library of hardbooks, on many Biblical topics, which I have selected to read. My wife and I frequently discuss our faith and the meaning of various passages of scripture.

I study Scripture to maintain a personal statement of faith and practice which is defined by God’s written Word, by my life in Christ and by the promise of the Holy Spirit. This site is that statement.

Acts 17:10-11

10 ¶ And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

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Why Me?

Snapshot_20081226_1This is not about an old-time-religion; it is not about a New Age spiritual experience based on someone’s imagination, nor is it about cultic kool-aid. As you can see, I have been around awhile and I want to share with you some of the things which I have learned from my personal Biblical studies which has opened my eyes to the truth about what the New Covenant Christian life is. If you are a Calvinist, or you like one of the denominational “isms”, or you think the New Testament and the New Covenant mean the same thing, then you probably wont read much of this. If you just read the Preface, you will get a little glimpse of what I think is important to understand concerning Scriptures about the New Covenant perspective.

I am Dan Boliek. I live in Tempe, Arizona with my wife Peggy. We have four children and nine grandchildren who are all as interested in this view of the Christian life as we are.

You will know, if you read many of my essays, that I have not been to a seminary or Bible college. My vocation has been in Accounting and Data Processing Administration which has led me to have developed some skills in and knowledge of computer systems and software integration.

My wife and I have been active in Baptist/Evangelical churches all of our married life. We met on the steps of a church. >>>

Several years ago, my wife and I had what many people would describe as an awakening or enlightenment by the Holy Spirit. This was no immediate external physical or spiritual event. It was simply a realization over time, and after much searching in scripture and contemplation, that the churches we have been in do not do a good job of teaching how to live our Christian life as a personal spiritual relationship. In other words, we realized that what we had heard taught and preached, generally did not line up with a New Covenant view of Christian life.

I think many people come to this understanding sometime during their life and simply quit church life. It is a mystery to me, why so many churches still mix law (performance expectations) and grace in their mostly motivational preaching and teaching; and why every scripture teaching is not explained relative to the New Covenant paradigm which Jesus Christ established. In my opinion, this old-time church-religion teaching should always be exposed for what it is. It seems like most Christians have a personal relationship with their church rather than with Jesus Christ.

In some way, for us, when we came to this New Covenant understanding, there was a significant release whereby we felt free to simply live our life as a child of God. Our identity in Christ was more important than performance in a church environment. Our personal relationship with this concept now guides all of our thoughts and actions, and our understanding of scriptures. It has motivated us to have better personal relationships with those around us, rather than having the institutional church and its activities be the focus of our Christian life and the motivation for what we do.

Why do I have this website?

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New Perspectives on Christiian Life

1.  The New Covenant is a new way of living with God based on Jeremiah 31:33 NIV
“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people”. (Christians are grafted into Israel.)
Philippians 3:9 NIV
and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.
2 Corinthians 3:6 NIV
He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

2.  The New Covenant law is love,
Mark 12:28-31 NIV
One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” [29] “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. [30] Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ [31] The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
Romans 13:9 NIV
The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Galatians 6:2 NIV
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

3. The NC is not about working to clean up our flesh and being righteous this is legalism. NC is about what we do in love.

4.  We can’t learn how to love by reading scripture. We can learn about love, but not how to love, that should be in our heart becasue of number one above.

We are Holy because God’s Spirit is in us. Holiness is the fruit of truth. We no longer live according to commandments. We live according to the love which God will put into our heart. We cannot love as a duty.

Christianity is not about making me a better person by obedience to laws, it is about helping somrone else have a better life because God and you love them.

This is what is written on our heart and should be taught as the result of our belief in God which brought the Holy Spirit into our heart and became our new way of living with God. We cannot read Scripture and learn to love.
Romans 8:2 NIV
because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

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The message of the cross is the message of the New Covenant. Yet when we preach the cross we very seldom talk about what actually happened on the cross, in the grave, through the resurrection, and when He was seated at the right hand of God to receive an inheritance. It’s amazing to me that the most central part of the gospel is virtually never preached in Christian churches around the world. There may be some vague reference to Jesus dying on the cross, and some vague reference to Jesus being raised from the dead, but none of that means anything if we don’t know and believe what Jesus did by His faith through the entire process.
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Numbers 6:27

Pulpit Commentary

They shall put my name upon the children of Israel. The “name of God is uniformly treated in Scripture as something very different from a mere arrangement of letters or an arbitrary vocal sound. All nations have bad names for the Supreme Being, but there was nothing sacred about them, except from association. The name of God was not of man, nor from man, but of his own direct revelation (Exodus 6:3), and was therefore of an unspeakable sanctity (Exodus 20:7; Exodus 33:19). Like the “word” of God, it cannot be dissociated from God himself. It is in some sense an extension outwards, into the sphere of the created and sensible, of the ineffable virtues of the Godhead itself. It stands in a real, though un-assignable, relation to infinite goodness and power, and therefore it comes fraught with untold blessing (or perchance cursing) to those on whom it lights. Hence, to put the name of God – the covenant name – upon the people had a real meaning. No one could do it except by his express direction; and when it was so done there was an invisible reality answering to the audible form; with the name pronounced in blessing came the blessing itself, came the special providence and presence of God, to abide upon such at least as were worthy of it. It is a fact, the significance of which cannot be denied, that the name which was commanded to be put upon the people was lost, and irrecoverably lost, by the later Jews. Out of an exaggerated dread of possible profanation, they first disobeyed the command by substituting Adonai for that name outside the sanctuary; and finally, after the death of Simeon the Just, the priests ceased to pronounce that name at all, and therefore lost the tradition by which the pronunciation was fixed. Our method of spelling and pronouncing the name as Jehovah is merely conventional, and almost certainly incorrect. It would seem to be the more devout opinion that the name itself, as revealed by God and uttered by many generations of priests, was forfeited (like Paradise), was withdrawn, and ought not to be inquired after. And I will bless them. Here is the precise truth of all effectual benediction: they shall put my name;… I will bless. The outward form was ministered by the priests, the inward reality was of God and from God alone. It is observable that the form of blessing is expressed in the singular; either

(1) because all Israel was regarded as one, even as the first-born son of God (Exodus 4:22, 23; Hosea 11:1), or

(2) because all real blessing must in truth be individual – a nation can only be blessed in its several members.

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