A covenant is a contract, an agreement between two parties. When God
is one among them, it is a very serious contract, a sacred agreement.
God’s existence was revealed to the world through this agreement. Many
believe that the old covenant refers to a harsh Ten Commandments law,
while the new covenant pertains only to grace and promises not based
on law or obedience.
Yet, the Bible reveals the true meaning and significance of these
divisions, known as the Old Testament and the New Testament. When
God created man, He made him appear as a spiritual image of Himself.
Man was physically and spiritually complete. But for his regular
sustenance as the physical man needs to eat; the spiritual man was to
depend on God for the spiritual food for his soul.
When the first man was to make a choice between God and devil as the
source for his spiritual food, he willfully chooses the devil, as the present
day world. It was not just a simple disobedience, but it was a deliberate
choice of evil over good, and the evil spirit got embedded onto the
human soul afflicting the entire human race.
In this condition, the spirit, which is the life force for the soul (Genesis 2:7
The Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into
his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Job 32:8, But
it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him
understand), lost its sustenance from God and got suppressed, and the
devil took almost full control and authority over the human soul, thus
making them carnal or devilish.
THE OLD COVENANT
It is the Law of the flesh Rom 7:5; Law of works Rom 3:27; No
mercy Heb 10:28; Many sacrifices Heb 9:12-13; Aaronic
priesthood Heb 7:11; Temporary priest Heb 7:23; Yearly
atonement Heb 10:3; Priests have sin Heb 5:1-4; Remembers
sins Heb 10:3; Carnal ministry Heb 9:9-10.
The Ten Commandments were the constitution of the
theocracy and the other laws were the bylaws. All of these
ordinances and regulations together constituted the Mosaic
Law. The Mosaic economy and the ordinances targeted
chiefly the carnal being. Their meats and drinks concerned
the body; their ablutions and washings sanctified to the
purifying of the flesh; their circumcision was outward in the
flesh; all the rituals of the law consisted in outward things,
hence those that trusted in them trusted in the well-being and
purity of the flesh.
THE OLD COVENANT Contd.
And their spiritual activities were centered around the temple because God
was present in the temple. They were supposed to visit the temple for
celebrating feasts and festivals and offer first fruits, tithes and sacrifices for the
forgiveness of their sins. Only the High Priest could come before the very
presence of God in the Holy of Holies once a year. A veil separated the
people from their God. Similar veil can be seen in many of the Indian temples
In addition, the Old Covenant containing a single unified law code was a
legal, conditional covenant requiring perfect and complete obedience of all
those who are under it. Deut 28:1-2,15, If thou shalt hearken diligently unto the
voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments, then
the Lord thy God will set thee on high and all the blessings of Deut 28:3-14 shall
come upon thee. But if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy
God, the Lord shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies and the
entire curse of Deut 28:16-45 shall come upon thee.
All such instructions and the failure of Israel to live up to what they had
promised to do, are documented as a lesson for the benefit of the later
generations. Such a lesson could not have been condensed into one proverb
or even one episode. These lessons had to be written in blood, so to speak,
requiring many books of the Bible, with the experiences of many generations
interwoven with God’s commands and counsel.
Carnal or Unregenerate Man
In spite being instructed by God’s servants and witnessing numerous
divine miracles from God, the Israelites could not keep the Law, much
less overcome weaknesses of the flesh. Joh 7:19, Did not Moses give you
the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Their experience
demonstrates that man cannot obey or please God in his carnal or
unregenerate state. So all of them slowly drifted towards the rituals,
formalities and traditions set by their priests and elders.
Unfortunately this is what most of the people around the world,
irrespective of any religion are practicing scrupulously even today,
thinking that they are fulfilling the will of God. They are not only
disobeying God, but also making others to do the same, proving
themselves to be enemies of God.
Rom 8:6-7, For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually
minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against
God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
Nothing short of God’s miraculous divine intervention is required to open
the mind and grant the willpower to begin keeping God’s laws; to deeply
desire to be in harmony with every aspect of His will.
THE NEW COVENANT
These carnal men who could not keep the Old Covenant
were all condemned to Hell. But God in His mercy did
not want all of them to be lost forever. So He decides to
revive the spiritual being in man through Jesus Christ,
and makes the New Covenant with this spiritual man. This
was predicted by prophet Jeremiah 31:31, Behold, the
days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new
covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of
Judah. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you
to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments,
and do them (Eze 36:27).
The New Covenant is the Law of the Spirit Rom 8:2; Law of
grace and faith John 1:17; Complete mercy Heb 8:12;
One sacrifice for sin Heb 10:12; Melchisedec priesthood
Heb 5:5-10, 7:17; Eternal priest Heb 7:21; Eternal
atonement Heb 10:14; Sinless priest Heb 7:26; Forgets sins
Heb 8:12, 10:17; Spiritual ministry 2Co 3:6.
THE NEW COVENANT Contd.
The New Covenant is modeled after the old, with its basic laws like the
Ten Commandments which are not only retained in all its force and
wisdom, but Jesus makes it plain that He added intent to the scope of the
laws so that it is now stricter under the New Covenant.
Mat 5:38-40, 43-44, Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an
eye, and a tooth for a tooth: 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.
And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him
have thy cloak also. Ye have heard that it hath been said, thou shalt love
thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, love your
enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and
pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.
Mat 5:17-19, Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets:
I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, till heaven
and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till
all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least
commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in
the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the
same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
THE NEW COVENANT Contd.
Moreover this New Covenant is also called Covenant of grace
because we are not penalized then and there for all our
misdeeds. This grace gives us the freedom and power to obey
Jesus Christ so that we do not continue to live in sin. And
because of Christ’s perfect obedience to the law, as well as His
bearing of its curse on the cross, the New Covenant promises
only blessings to all those who belong to it.
Mat 5:3-11, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the
kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall
be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the
earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after
righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful:
for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for
they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall
be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are
persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of
FULFILLING THE OLD AND NEW COVENANTS
The New Covenant fulfills the promise that God made to
Abraham in Gen 22:18, “in thy seed (which is Christ Gal 3:16)
shall all the nations (Jews and Gentiles) of the earth be
blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice”. Through
whom alone all God’s blessings of providence, mercy, grace,
and glory have been conveyed to the nations of the earth.
2Pe 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and
precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the
divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the
world through lust.
God can be pleased only with that which resembles Himself;
and those who are made partakers of His own divine nature.
To attain this divine nature, first and foremost the spiritual
being has to be revived through faith in Jesus Christ, who shed
His own blood to atone for the sins of the world and then get
strengthened by the Word with the help of the Holy Spirit.
FULFILLING THE OLD AND NEW COVENANTS Contd.
Jesus Christ promises in John 14:16-17,26, I will pray the Father, and he
shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever;
Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth
him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you,
and shall be in you. The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the
Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all
things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
With the help of this Comforter we can meditate upon the word of God as
Joshua and David did. Joshua 1:8, This book of the law shall not depart
out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night. Ps
119:97,99, O how love I thy law! It is my meditation all the day. I have
more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my
meditation. Through this meditation we learn to feed the spiritual being
with the spiritual food, so that the spiritual being becomes stronger than
the physical being.
Daniel (Dan 1:8-20) preferred to eat this spiritual food rather than feeding
the physical being with the best possible physical food (the portion of
king’s meat), which in turn helped him get spiritually strengthened to
glorify God. Phi 4:13, I, can do all things through Christ who strengthens
me. Thus the New Testament believers are taught by the Holy Spirit
according to the word of truth and by the ministry of it, they can fulfill all
the Covenants of God. That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled
in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit (Rom 8:4).
LEARNING THE WORD
Amos 8:11, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine
in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the
words of the Lord. As it was foretold we have the written word, the Bible to read,
but no ministers with revelations, but they have all become full of greed, self-
indulgent, deceit and sinful (Mat 23:25, 28). Unfortunately most of the believers
are heavily dependent on these pastors or preachers for their spiritual food, not
knowing that they are all adulterated and eating such food results in decay
and death of their spiritual beings. As much as a math’s lesson has to be taught
by a mathematician, the spiritual lesson has to be taught by the spiritual Master
Jesus Christ only.
Jesus declares that no one can claim to be a rabbi, spiritual father or a master
because all are equal. We have only one Rabbi, one Father and one Master
who is our Messiah Jesus himself (Mat 23:8-10). 1John 2:27, But the anointing
which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man
teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things. Rev 7:17, For
the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead
them unto living fountains of waters.
Gal 1:11-12, I certify you, brethren that the gospel which was preached of me is
not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the
revelation of Jesus Christ. Likewise the believers are to depend only on Jesus
Christ for the revelation or the heavenly manna which is the one and only
spiritual food for the spiritual being because the commandments of the Lord
are pure, sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb (Psa 19:8,10).
Ever since the creation of Adam and Eve, the devil has demonstrated himself
to be a literalist preacher. In Genesis 3:4, the devil through the serpent says
to Eve, Ye shall not surely die! This appears to be correct if we interpret the
word literally because they did not physically die immediately after their
rebellion. But this is contrary to what God had said to Adam and Eve in Gen.
2:17, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shall not eat of
it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shall surely die. If we
understand these words that God spoke to be spiritual in their reference, then
both of them did die spiritually, immediately as per God’s warning.
If we study Jesus’ temptation in Mat 4:1-11 for example, the devil’s message
was about literal bread, while Jesus’ concern was spiritual bread. The devil
again tempts Jesus Christ with the mutilated quotation of (Ps 91:11-12) that he
would be safe in casting himself down from the pinnacle of the Temple;
which actually referred to spiritual protection. Even the last temptation was
an attempt to interest Jesus in the literal kingdom, rather than the spiritual
kingdom Jesus was setting up (Joh 18:36). Hence, it is clear that the devil is a
Paul taught in 2Co 3:6 that the letter (in Greek letter means literal) killeth, but
the spirit (spiritual) giveth life. In John 3 : 4, Nicodemus thinks that being born
again is a literal, fleshly rebirth, and in John 4:15, when Jesus offers the
Samaritan woman the water of life, she means literal water.
Heavenly (Hidden) Manna
Bible is a unique book, because it is given by inspiration of God (2Ti 3:16).
Apart from the prophesies, it contains portions of scripture that indicate only a
literal meaning, which is meant for the non-believers to understand, but the
remaining are all having both literal and spiritual or pure spiritual meanings,
which are meant for the spiritually growing and spiritually matured believers
respectively. The spiritual meanings contained in this book, if they should be
written everyone, even the world itself could not contain the books that should
be written (John 21:25). In other words, our Spiritual Bible is Jesus Christ Himself.
He is an unfathomable and inexhaustible treasure house, from where, He will
give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely (Rev 21:6,
Isa 55:1-2, Jer 2:13).
Deut 8:3, And He humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee
with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he
might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every
word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live. The manna
typified Christ, the bread of life. He is the Word of God; by Him we live.
Joh 6:53-55, Then Jesus said unto them, verily, verily, I say unto you, except ye
eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.
Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will
raise him up at the last day. His flesh is the literal word and we are required to
eat His flesh with His blood. This blood is the life in the Word. Therefore, it is a
must to eat the Word with life which is the real spiritual food (hidden truth or
manna) for our spiritual being.
Only for His Children
Luk 8:10, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the
kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they
might not see, and hearing they might not understand. The
word mystery, in the Bible, properly means a thing that is
concealed, or hidden. Rev 2:17, To him that overcometh will I
give to eat of the hidden manna. “Hidden manna”, as the food
of the righteous, the very phrase used here is being the food of
the children of God. This manna was hidden, but Christ
promises to give it to him that is conqueror.
Ps 25:14, The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and
he will show them his covenant. Col 1:26, Even the mystery
which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now
is made manifest to his saints: Col 2:2-3, That their hearts might
be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of
the full assurance of understanding, that they may know the
mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ, in whom are
hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
The Gospel is the wisdom of God, mysterious, hidden, ancient wisdom, and
hence the more we eat the Word of God, the more spiritual wisdom we
get. It is also the direct measure of our spiritual growth. This spiritual growth
is a must for us to get transformed to His image. 1Co 2:6-7, Howbeit we
speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this
world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to naught: But we speak
the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God
ordained before the world unto our glory.
We know that the world’s wisdom is literal, physical understanding of things
which will come to nothing. However, there is a mystery or spiritual wisdom
that is of God. Jam 3:17, The Spiritual wisdom is pure in itself, it is free from
everything that is earthly, carnal or sensual or devilish; it produces purity of
heart, of life, and conversation; and is the means of keeping persons pure
and chaste, and free from impure lusts, lusts of uncleanness, pride, envy,
wrath, etc. which prevail in carnal and unregenerate men.
Dan 12:3, And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the
firmament. 1Co 2:12-14, Now we have received not the spirit of the world,
but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely
given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom
but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.
2Co 4:3-4, But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In
whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which
believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the
image of God, should shine unto them. The natural (carnal)
person does not see or understand them because their spiritual
eyes are blinded, but can be understood only by spiritual people
with the spiritual wisdom.
1Co 2:8-11, None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if
they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it
is written, what no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of
man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him,
these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit
searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a
person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him?
So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the
Spirit of God.
God is not merely eternal. He is supreme in every quality of
goodness, and in Him absolutely no evil dwells. In the Bible, this
goodness is called holiness, which is transcendent purity. It
permeates every aspect, every attribute, of God-life. God’s
character is holy, and it flows out from Him in acts of love, making it
impossible for Him to do anything evil. This is the state towards
which He is drawing us.
Unfortunately very many believers are being led to go astray by
taking spiritual shortcuts, without going through the process of
growing spiritually and instead of giving spiritual fruits, they only
long to have spiritual gifts. Mat 7:13-14, Enter ye in at the strait
gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to
destruction, and many there be which go in there at: Because
strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life,
and few there be that find it.
Mat 7:21-23, Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall
enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of
my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day,
Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name and in thy
name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many
wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never
knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
SPIRITUAL SHORTCUT Contd.
Iniquity means crookedness, or perverseness. Primarily, it
denotes “not an action, but the character of an action”. “I never
knew you”; for as the omniscient God, He knew their persons
and their works, and that they were workers of iniquity; He knew
what they had been doing all their days; He knew the principles
of all their actions, nothing is hid from Him. But He never had any
love, or affection for them; and He never made any account of
them because they never exalted Him, nor His righteousness or
Ps 1:6, For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the
way of the ungodly shall perish, in the day when God shall
judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my
gospel (Rom 2:16). 1Co 3:13, Every man’s work shall be made
manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be
revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what
sort it is.
These people, who have been casting out the demons, prophesying and
doing many other wonderful works, were definitely by the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Hence, they were all gifted people, but still God could not approve of their
actions. There is nothing wrong with these gifts, but the way in which they were
used, or the purpose for which they have been used is what matters to God.
It can be seen that these gifts are being given to the people even before they
have learnt anything from the Word of God. Acts 10:45, And the believers from
among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the
gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. Being spiritually
immature, these people are likely to misuse their gifts. When they start
exercising their spiritual gifts, they will have no strength to resist the devil and
his temptations, and become an easy prey to his wiles. Hence, they start
glorifying themselves rather than glorifying God who had bestowed them with
all these gifts.
This is what we see in the life of many of the Old Testament believers like
Samson, Saul, Solomon and many others. King Solomon had the gift of the
worldly wisdom, but was unable to keep the commandments of God, as
required by Deut 17:17, Neither shall the king multiply wives to himself, that his
heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold;
but he did and fell into sin (1King 11:5-10). Jonah 1:1-3, Now the word of the
Lord came unto Jonah, saying arise, go to Nineveh that great city, and cry
against it for their wickedness is come up before me. But Jonah rose up to flee
unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. They were all anointed and gifted
with special gifts, but not spiritually matured.
SPIRITUAL GIFTS Contd.
It is evident from the scriptures that there are different types of spiritual gifts which God
wants to bestow upon His people. We also should know that these gifts are given to His
servants or those who are engaged in His work without their asking. It is like a company
employing lots of people for different types of work, and for each and every one of them
the employer provides the required machinery, material and tools in addition to their
salaries and allowances, to help them produce the best product.
Similarly when we join God’s army as faithful soldiers we are provided with all the
required tools (spiritual gifts) to fight His war efficiently and effectively. God knows
exactly what types of gifts are required for the type of job which we are going to do.
Since it is a gift and it is to be used only as a tool for furthering His Kingdom and to bring
glory and honor to His mighty name, there is no reason why anyone who has these gifts
should think themselves superior to others and why struggle throughout life for getting it,
without ever using it or misusing it? Those who are influenced by the devil are likely to
utilize their gifts to gratify their own lusts.
Eze 47:3, And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he
measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to
the ankles. It is perfectly natural that as soon as one reaches this stage of spiritual growth
and starts working for God, we can see the manifestation of the Holy Spirit in the form of
miracles. This is because, God says, He will discriminate between him that serveth God
and him that serveth Him not (Mal 3:18).
At this stage if the miracle worker starts broadcasting (self-glorification), he is not only
destroying himself, but also misleading large number of gullible people. It is only at this
depth one can jump, dance and advertise, but will not and can not do the same after
SPIRITUAL MATURITY AND FRUITS
Eze 47:4-5, Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the
waters were to the knees. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through;
the waters were to the loins. Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I
could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not
be passed over.
If only we follow the conducting Holy Spirit, the minister of the Gospel, not only we
come to know the Lord intimately, but also we find a continual increase of light and life,
till at last we are carried by the streams of grace to the ocean of eternal mercy; then
plunged and lost in His immensity. This is the essence of spiritual growth and it is a long-
long way to go.
Eze 47:9, And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth,
whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude
of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every
thing shall live whither the river cometh.
Joh 14:23, Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words:
and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
Joh 7:38, He that believeth on me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow
rivers of living water.
Joh 14:12, Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall
he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. If
we grow spiritually, we will be able to give spiritual fruits for God as soon as we reach
spiritual maturity; similar to a tree as it grows normally, it gets matured, and starts giving
fruits which cannot be stopped, but it continues to grow giving more and more fruits.
SYMPTOMS OF SPIRITUAL MATURITY
First and foremost the worldly desires and longings
will disappear one by one along with our carnal
nature. Secondly, we will be able to differentiate the
right interpretation of the Word of God from the
wrong. Thirdly, we will be getting the revelation from
the Word of God on a regular basis which is the
spiritual food for our spiritual being. Now our spiritual
being will be able to resist the devil in every walk of
our life and overcome him and we will become a
blessing to many by being His living witnesses.
Fourthly we will be progressing in the transformation
process of becoming like Christ, which will continue
till our life in this earth as well as into the next life
which will be with Christ in Heaven.
OLD COVENANT TEMPLES
In the Old Testament there were two temples. One was built by king
Solomon and the other was built by king Herod. Solomon got the
instruction from his father David, who in turn was directed by God to build
the temple, to worship and to glorify Him. God Himself was present in the
Holy of Holies where the Ark of the Covenant was also present, and from
there God blessed Solomon and his people (Israel). But later on they
became a sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers,
children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord, they have
provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away
backward (Isa 1:4).
Now God had to leave the temple, and the Ark of the Covenant was also
taken away before the temple itself was destroyed by the Babylonians in
586 BC. This destruction signifies that the Most High dwelleth not in
temples made with hands anymore (Acts 7:48), and humans themselves
are the temples of God and the Spirit of God dwelleth in them (1Co 3:16),
once they accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Svetasvatara
Upanishad 3:18 also says, it is He who resides in the body, the city of 9
gates. Contrarily, not only this man made temple worship system
continues, but also the reverence for these temples is growing everyday,
in every religion.
In addition, the Old Testament people were relatively illiterate, ignorant
and above all the comforter (Holy Spirit) was not given to them. Hence,
priests were appointed and made responsible for preserving and
conducting all the affairs of the Temple, like offering sacrifices etc. They
were even acting as agents between God and men in fulfilling their
OLD COVENANT TEMPLES Contd.
It is the most abominable thing that the pastors, priests and mullahs are
continuing to act as God’s intermediaries even today. 1Tim 2:5, For there
is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ
Jesus. In the present day church, the pastor conducts the worship
service, collects offerings and gives benediction to the congregation.
Similarly in a Hindu temple priests chant some Vedic mantras and blesses
the gathering after collecting thakchana, and a mullah in a mosque
preaches from Koran and after collecting gifts blesses the people and
sends them away.
The second temple, built by Herod (a non-believer) was neither under the
instruction from God, nor was there the presence of God either, and only
a stone was kept in the Holy of Holies in place of the Ark of the Covenant.
It was built only to glorify Herod himself and to establish his own name.
This temple actually represents the present day religious system.
Where, most of the religious people around the world are still practicing
their own traditional worship. Jesus Christ Himself preached in this temple
on many occasions to try and correct the people, and went on to the
extent of whipping them, but was crucified by the very same temple
priests and worshipers because they were unwilling to get rid of their
OLD COVENANT TEMPLES Contd.
This is exactly the same situation even today in all the present day religions,
where Jesus Christ is being crucified everyday, every hour and every minute
because of the unwillingness of the priests, pastors, preachers and mullahs to
give up building their own kingdoms. And those who have built one already,
are trying desperately to preserve the same, as it could be seen in 1Kings
12:26-31, fearing that people might turn again to their Lord, king Jeroboam
made two calves of gold and made Israel to worship, instead of allowing them
to go to Jerusalem to worship their true God.
These teachers are the locusts spoken of by Joel 2:3-5 and Rev 9:3-11, who
keep their own traditions and reject the commandments of God. And as when
there is a locust plague, huge numbers of locusts are involved, and vast
quantities of crops (souls) are destroyed. Their appearances are like the army
of horse and horsemen with the breastplates of iron; and the sound of their
wings are as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle; and their
teeth were as the teeth of lions, and their tails are like unto scorpions, and their
power was to drive men and women to hell.
Mar 7:9, 13, And Jesus said unto them, full well ye reject the commandment of
God, that ye may keep your own tradition, making the word of God of none
effect through your tradition. Jer 12:10-11; 23:1, Many pastors have destroyed
my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my
pleasant portion a desolate wilderness. Woe be unto the pastors that destroy
and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the Lord. This present day church is
exactly the Laodicean church in Rev 3:14-22, which is the only church of the
seven in which the entire church will be spit out (rejected), because it is
described as lukewarm, indifferent, not concerned with right and wrong, or
with good and evil.
OLD COVENANT TEMPLES Contd.
As it is written in Joel 2:31, the sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon
into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come. The sunlight
(Gospel truth) is being blacked out during a total solar eclipse, when the
moon (present day religious system) passes over the disk of the sun, and when
the earth’s shadow passes over the moon a lunar eclipse occurs, the moon’s
appearance becomes “as blood” because of the refraction of sunlight in the
earth’s atmosphere (the filth of the present day religious people). 2Ti 4:3-4
says, for the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after
their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto
Hence this present day religious system, which is the antichrist or the
abomination of desolation, will be thrown down like the second temple which
was thrown down by Romans in 70 AD, as it was foretold by our Lord in Mat
24:2 (there shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be
thrown down), by the remnants which keep the commandments of God, and
have the testimony of Jesus Christ (Rev 12:17). Rev 12:11, And they overcame
him (the dragon) by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony;
and they loved not their lives unto the death. These remnants are the women
in travail of Rev 12:2, who ultimately will bring forth (establish) the Kingdom of
God and His Rule on this earth.
NEW COVENANT CHURCH
When a child is born in-to a family, the parents become the
custodians, and are also responsible for the protection, comfort
and wellbeing of the growing child. While the child is growing, it is
also the responsibility of the parents to send them to school and
then to college, where it gets qualified and then made to settle.
Similarly when we accept Jesus Christ as our Personal Savior, we
become His spiritual children, and Christ hands us over to the
church, and the church takes on the role of the foster parents, for
our spiritual upbringing.
Hence this church will have, only these spiritually growing
believers, and its responsibility is to protect, help and guide them
to get the appropriate spiritual food from God, so that they grow
spiritually and get spiritually matured to be handed over to the
bridegroom who is none other than our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ. These spiritually matured believers, not only become the
brides of Christ, but also become His co-workers in gathering the
souls for His Kingdom. Hence, the church becomes a fountain of
gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon (Song
All those who got spiritually matured can take on the role of
ministers and shepherds in the church since they are a chosen
generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar
people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath
called you out of darkness into his marvelous light (1Pe 2:9).
Rev 1:6, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his
Father. Mat 5:13-15, Ye are the salt of the earth to preserve it
from putrefaction and destruction; and ye are the light of the
world to illuminate the souls of men.
1Pe 2:5, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house,
an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable
to God by Jesus Christ. Eph 2:21, In whom all the building fitly
framed together groweth unto a holy temple in the Lord. Since
the great sacrifice has been offered, and there is no expiation
now to be made; it has become the primary responsibility of
the New Testament believers to bring the souls and offer them
as living sacrifices to the Most High God.
Isa 6:9-10, God said, Go, and tell this people, hear ye indeed, but
understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. And make
the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut
their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears,
and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed. God
repeats these words, in Jer 5:21, in Eze 12:2, in Mat 13:14, in Mar
4:12, in Luke 8:10, in John 12:40, in Acts 28:26-27 and in Romans
11:8, which shows His deepest concern for the souls of the people,
and He expects the same to be ours as well.
Dan 12:3, Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the
firmament, and he who wins souls is wise (Pro 11:30). As everyone
has got a longing to multiply and spread his or her own literal
family, each and every believer should have the longing to
multiply and spread his or her spiritual family. But Zec 4:6, says,
not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of
hosts. The work of grace on the soul is expressed by a
regeneration, which is not of the will of man, nor of the will of the
flesh, but of the Spirit of God (1Co 3:7). His power can manifest
through His children only when they keep His commandments
and serve Him. Joh 12:26, If people serve me, the Father will honor
NEW COVENANT WORSHIP
Worship consists of two parts. One part of it is praising God and
the other part is doing what God’s Word says and not to get
deceived by being listeners only (Jam 1:22). Rom 2:13, For not the
hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law
shall be justified.
Joh 4:23, But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true
worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the
Father seeketh such to worship him. To worship the Holy God in
spirit and in truth with contrite heart, we should be worthy and
wholly acceptable to Him. These worthy people can gather any
time, anywhere and any longer in any number to worship Him.
Worship in spirit is reverential or respectful to God. Ps 89:7, God is
greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had
in reverence of all them that are about him. Also, worship in spirit
is sincere and springs from a holy life. 1Pe 1:16, Because it is
written, be ye holy; for I am holy. As the God who is the object of
the Christian’s worship is perfectly holy, the character of His
worshipers should also be holy. Heb 12:14, Without holiness no
man shall see the Lord.
NEW COVENANT WORSHIP Contd.
For if men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud,
blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural
affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of
those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures
more than lovers of God (2Ti 3:2,4); then they are not spiritual, but carnal
and cannot worship God. 1John 3:4, 9, Whosoever committeth sin
transgresseth also the law: whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin.
In order for our worship to be in truth, it must be in harmony with His Holy
Word. Joh 17:17, Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. This
sanctification consists in their becoming more like God and less attached
to the world; to see that life is short, that death is near; that the pride,
pomp, pleasures, wealth, and honors of this world are of little value.
Ex 34:20, …And none shall appear before me empty (1Ch 16:29). Deut
16:16, In the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in
the feast of tabernacles: they shall not appear before the Lord empty.
They will come with the offering of the souls that they have gathered unto
His Kingdom. They will also share their revelations, their experiences, their
burdens and will pray for each other and for the establishment of His
INDIVIDUAL COMMUNION WITH GOD
Commune means to converse; to talk together familiarly; to impart
sentiments mutually in private. And there will I meet and commune with
thee (Ex 25:22). While Jesus Christ was on this earth, either day or night He
was in communion with God in person. Without this communion one can-
not live a Christian life; which is in and through Jesus Christ who is the
author and finisher of our faith.
Prayer: Prayer is to ask for the Giver of blessing Himself. For those who
hunger and thirst after His righteousness, He reveals Himself to them. This
revelation includes the abundance of His Love, His Power, His Mercy, His
Grace, His Will, His Guidance and the Mysteries of the Bible. These
revelations help us to live in Him and for His Glory.
Listening to God: In order to listen to God and to receive His instructions,
we must have the longing to do His will. David was able to do it because
he says in Psalm 40:8, “I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is
within my heart”.
Meditating His Word: Mat 6:11, Give us this day our daily bread. In this
verse Jesus taught us to pray for our daily spiritual food and not for the
literal food. Mat 7:9-11, Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask
bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks a fish, will he give him a
serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your
children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good
things to them that ask him?
INDIVIDUAL COMMUNION WITH GOD Contd.
Though this spiritual food is assured, we will have to earnestly
beseech God, for it is hidden in the Bible and God’s children will
be able to get it by waiting on Jesus Christ for a long time or even
fast before we get it. Ps 25:5, Lead me in thy truth, and teach me:
for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.
Joh 6:27, Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food
that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you.
This spiritual food is called, the ‘nectar’ or ‘amruth (prasadam)’ in
Hindu mythology and it is believed that, if any one drinks or eats
will get eternity. The Hindu sages are meditating for years, for the
purpose of realizing self, which is actually trying to get the spiritual
being revived, which we know is possible only by accepting
Jesus Christ as our Savior.
Interceding for the souls: Ps 106:23, Therefore He said that He
would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him
in the breach, to turn away His wrath, lest He should destroy them.
This is that intercessory prayer which Moses, Jesus Christ and
many other servants of God prayed for the sake of the multitudes
of souls going astray from God.
NEW COVENANT OFFERINGS
In the Old Testament, people were required to give very many
offerings like sin offering, meat offering, first fruit offering, peace
offering, thanksgiving offering, Sabbath offering, beginning of
month offering, Passover offering, feast offering and for the
morning and evening sacrifices in addition to tithes. And all their
festivals were not a time of celebration, but were a time of
remembrance, thanksgiving and a time of special offering.
But in the present day Church, only tithes is being insisted upon;
because the sacrifices have been stopped. Hence, most of the
affluent christians spend the rest of their earnings towards
entertainment, extravagant food and clothing, etc., not knowing
that the Lord is the fountain of goodness, and Father of mercies
and all was owing to the goodness of God to them, and the
efficacy of His grace upon them. 1Ch 29:14, For all things come of
Furthermore Exodus 13:2 tells us, “Consecrate to me all the
firstborn. Whatever is the first to open the womb among the
people of Israel, both of man and of beast, is mine”. Num 8:17
“For all the firstborn among the people of Israel are mine, both of
man and of beast. On the day that I struck down all the firstborn in
the land of Egypt I consecrated them for myself”.
NEW COVENANT OFFERINGS Contd.
This right to the first-born was that, God sanctified to Himself all the
first-born of the Israelites from the stroke of the destroyer through
the atoning blood of the paschal lamb because of their faith and
obedience to His command. If it were to be the firstborn of clean
creatures they were to be sacrificed, if unclean to be redeemed
with a price, and the firstborn of men, because it was not lawful to
sacrifice them; the money for the redemption of them was given
to the priests and they became a living sacrifice to the Lord.
This sanctification of them to the Lord signifies the separation or
devoting of the first born of their entire generations for the service
of God. If it is so, then how much more it is necessary for all those
who have been redeemed by the atoning blood of Jesus Christ,
are to offer to God, who had sacrificed His own precious Son for
the deliverance of their souls.
Hence we are liable to offer ourselves as a living sacrifice to His
glorious service with all our time, all our energy, all our talents, all
our earnings, all our gifts and all our belongings including our own
life. This is the perfect offering, which is expected from each and
every one of His children.