Light To The Nations
By Pastor G. Reckart
A Study On The AbrahamicCovenant
2.) Real Estate & The National Right
3.) Promises& Conditions
4.) JewishEternal Security
5.) Messiah & The New Jerusalem
6.) TheChurch Replaced Israel
What is the Abraham Covenant? Who all may receive and benefit fromit? Is it strictly a Jewish thing? Was Abraham a Gentile? Is the AbrahamicCovenant confined to Jews through circumcision? Is the AbrahamicCovenant fulfilled in Jesus Messiah?
All these questions are valid. They cannot however be answered apart fromScripture and Bible Prophecy. They cannot be interpreted apart from the doctrineof Messiah. And most assuredly, these issues cannot be settled except weconsult with the Apostle Paul who was taught the Scriptures and the Revelationby Jesus Messiah himself.
MAT 3:9 And think not to say within yourselves,We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of thesestones to raise up children unto Abraham.
MAT 8:11 And I say unto you, That many Gentilesshall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac,and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.
MAT 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all Gentiles,baptising them in my name.
GEN 22:18 And in thy seed shall all the Gentilesof the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
GAL 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that Godwould justify the Gentiles through faith, preached before the gospel untoAbraham, saying, In thee shall all Gentiles be blessed.
GAL 3:9 So then they which be of faith are blessedwith faithful Abraham (Above text from BJV Version).
What may we conclude? 1.) That Messiah required of Jews more thanflesh and blood inheritance from Abraham, he required faith in him asMessiah. And should any reject him, he could raise up children to Abrahamnot of their flesh and blood but from the stony hearts of the Gentiles; 2.) Jesus specifically taught that the Gentiles would be beneficiariesof the Abrahamic Covenant along with Isaac and Jacob and sit down in theKingdom of God with and equal to them; 3.) The great commissionto the Apostles was to go to all the world and make disciples of all theGentiles and their conversion would be accomplished through baptism in hisname; 4.) That these Gentile converts would be the people of the nationsblessed under the same Covenant of Abraham; 5.) They that are Messiah'sare the children of Abraham. We may conclude then, that all who are graftedinto the olive tree are full beneficiaries of the Abrahamic Covenant. Allwho are severed out of it have no inheritance to the blessings or thereal estate regardless of how hard some lie to try and make it so.
RealEstate & The National Right
Many Jews and Gentiles in sympathy with the Jews, think that the AbrahamicCovenant is the national right to real estate without any merit or need tobe holy or live by any certain religious values.
It is alleged that it is God's faithfulness to perform his oath to Abraham,not the faithfulness of Jews who must live by religious values, that guaranteesall Jews the inheritance or promises of Abraham as beneficiaries.
The Jews slammed this into the teeth of Jesus. They claimed unconditionaleternal security by the works and faith of Abraham, not their own:
JOH 8:33 They answered him, We be Abraham's seed,and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say untoyou, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham isour father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye woulddo the works of Abraham.
Even if real estate was the fulness of God's promise to Abraham (whichit was not), and even if this real estate was exclusive tonatural Israel(which it was not), WHERE IS THERE SALVATIONin a deed, a land-grant, or an inheritance in real estate?
If there is no salvation provided in the land-grant to those who may claiman undivided interest in the title, by what method will these Jews be saved? The choices are simple: ...Old Torah (Covenant), or the New Torah(Covenant). And if the Law was fully ended at Calvary and not after sevenyears taken down from the nail-scared hands of Jesus for the alleged timeof Jacob's trouble in the great tribulation, salvation is only in the NewTorah/Covenant as Jesus prophesied.
If Jews do not obey Acts 2:38 by faith toward the object of Abraham'sfaith and circumcision, then their circumcison is counted as non-circumcisionand the real estate has become nothing but an abominable pig stye for theungodly:
Jeremiah 2:7--And I brought you into a plentifulcountry, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness; but when ye entered,ye defiled my land, and made mine inheritance an abomination.
Jeremiah 16:18--And first I will recompense theiriniquity and their sin double; because they have defiled my land, theyhave filled mine inheritance with the carcases of their detestable and abominablethings (KJV).
The doctrine that the Jews have unconditional eternal security in Abraham'scovenant of circumcision and that salvation is without conditions is false.The following texts of Scripture will clearly demonstrate that election isnot hyper-predestination with eternal security:
It is obvious that if any Israelite for whatever reason apostated fromthe Covenant they did not continue to possess the promise or the covenantsof Abraham or Sinai. The point has been made several times by Jewish religiousleaders, that if a Jew converts from the Torah to the New Covenant ofJesus Messiah, that Jew is no longer to be consider a Jew and has forfeitedall the blessings and promises of Abraham. This one fact proves thatJews believe there exist conditions that terminates the Abrahamic Covenant. And this being true, then any other provision that cancels the AbrahamicCovenant is just as valid.
However, Jews and Noahides practice a double standard. According to them,those Jews and Gentile converts to the Messianic Judaism of Jesus are damnedfrom the Abrahamic Covenant but Jews who are atheists, agnostics, Buddhist,Hindu, homosexual or lesbian, witches, astrologers, tarot readers etc. etc.are considered still beneficiaries of the Abrahamic promises and covenant?
I ask all Messianic Believers who possess knowledgein these matters: Where is the Scripture where Jesus says he will give backthe vineyard to those who killed the King's Son, and for which he took itaway from them and gave to others (Matthew 21:38-41)?
The doctrine is now circulating in denominational circles and from Jewishsources, that the Jews do not need a blood sacrifice for their sins, becausethey are eternally secure by God's oath to Abraham.
This is not a new doctrine. It was believed by Jews during the time ofthe early Church and now by a large majority of Gentiles, that the CovenantGod made with Abraham is superior to all other Covenants, including the NewCovenant of Messiah. In fact, to deny the Gentiles entry into the NewCovenant, it is alleged that it was postponed until the Millennial when Abraham'sCovenant is said to be finalized without Gentiles. Gentiles are said to besaved by a new Noahide Covenant called Grace. The Gospel of Grace issaid to be Law-keeping that brings the Gentiles under the Law until theNew Covenant comes in the millennial. In this manner the eternal securityof Israel is said to be a fact. Is this not actually a heresy?
What is that Covenant? Is itunconditional?No!
Genesis 17: 11 And ye shall circumcise the fleshof your foreskin; and IT SHALL BE ATOKEN of the covenant betwixt me andyou.
13 He that is born in thy house, and he that isbought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall bein your flesh for an everlasting covenant.
14 And the uncircumcised man child whose fleshof his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people;he hath broken my covenant (KJV).
Circumcision was then the outward token of the Covenant, BUT NOT THECOVENANT.
Abraham had already been saved and imputed righteousness prior while hewas uncircumcised and while he was still a Gentile. Abraham, Isaac,and Jacob were all Syrian by race stock (Genesis 26:5).
GEN 15:6 And he believed in the LORD; and he countedit to him for righteousness.
This salvation was prior to the birth of Ishmael and prior to the birthof Isaac. Circumcision did not come about until the very year that Isaacwas born. At that time Ishmael was about thirteen years old. Isaacwas born when Abraham was a ninty nine, so the salvation of Abraham by faithwas prior to his eighty-sixth birthday. Abraham left his family atthe age of seventy (Genesis 12:4). Abraham had the Covenant for nearlyfourteen years prior to circumcision that became a token of the Covenant. Both Ishmael and Isaac were conceived in uncircumcision. Abraham'ssalvation Covenant of Righteousness was not sealed by circumcision sinceit pre-dated it by many years. The moment he was justified by righteousnessbeing imputed to him, that is the moment his object of faith procured forhim salvation. Circumcision was only a *type* that was later fulfilledin repentance (circumcision of the heart), in water baptism. And Jesusand John referred to apostate Jews as being uncircumcised in heart. Thus,these had no Covenant of Abraham, regardless of how much they erroneouslylay claim to it.
The Covenant was founded upon the religious values of Abraham, calledFaith. God said he had chosen Abraham to make this Covenant with, becauseAbraham had OBEYED HIS VOICE, KEPT HIS CHARGE, COMMANDMENTS, STATUTES, ANDLAWS.
GEN 26:5 Because that Abraham obeyed my voice,and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.
The idea that God makes a Covenant with a sinner is false. The idea thatGod gave circumcision *as* the Covenant is false. God made the Covenant "BECAUSE"of the object of Abraham's faith and because he believed and obeyed him byfaith. God set forth five points upon which Abraham qualified to come intoa Covenant.
Since Moses wrote this history, it would obviously mean that all theearly Jews knew that their election stood in KEEPING THE FAITH OF ABRAHAM(circumcision was the token). Why claim the God of Abraham, and not approachthis God with the same religious consecration as Abraham?
By "FAITH" we mean not only a belief in God, but a system of righteousnessin which paganism and the philosophies and religious beliefs of other peoplesand nations do not find welcome. In other words, no MIXTURE. What the Jewswere to be as a people, SEPARATE, ...so their religious beliefs and valueswere to be separate without mixture with paganism. Even as circumcision wasan outward token given to Abraham as a sign of his inward religious valuesand faith, so circumcision of later generations was to be an outward signof the SAME FAITH AND RELIGIOUS VALUES OF ABRAHAM in them.
Without this faith their circumcision was counted as uncircumcision.Circumcision without the same object of FAITH and RELIGIOUS VALUES of Abraham,is not COVENANT at all.
Most Jews believe that God will do a circumcision check on all malesbefore allowing them to enter the alleged exclusive Jewish Millennial [thegolden communistic socialist utopia], and later, the pearly gates of heaven.Righteousness, holiness, faith toward Messiah, and salvation are never qualifyingfactors by these new Judaistic and Noahide interpreters of Scripture?
The Apostle Paul, holding to the ancient traditions of the orthodox Jews,believed that circumcision without righteousness was counted as uncircumcisionif a Jew apostated and did not live by the Faith of Abraham.
When liberalism crept into the Jewish fabric of theology, the idea cameabout that the Covenant by which circumcision was a token could not be disanulledby the way a Jew chose to live his life (somewhat the Calvinist and Baptistdoctrines of unconditional eternal security today). The Babylonian, Egyptian,and Hellenistic Jews, who totally abandoned the essential aspects and theobjects of Abraham's Faith still considered themselves the elect and chosenof God Jews.
Philo, Josephus, and Akkiba three of the most nefarious Jewish philosophersof Babylonian and Greek subculture, chief apostates of all evil, were andare considered great Jews of their day and today. The daughter of Philo,...Bernice, married Herod Agrippa a Gentile pagan. Together Bernice and Agrippamade sport of the Apostle Paul as he pleaded for his life with the testimonyof the Faith of Abraham that was revealed afresh by Messiah.
Philo, Josephus, and Akkiba, totally apostated the true interpretationof the Covenant of Abraham and the Law, giving them a mystical interpretation,[said to have been concealed in oral traditions], that totally destroyedthe original testimony and intent of the Covenants to provide and securea holy Godly people for Messiah and his Kingdom.
On the other hand, a Jewish male that believed upon Jesus Messiah asthe object of Abraham's faith and became a Messiahian by obeying Acts 2:38,was cut off by parents, family, and the Jewish community. His circumcisionwas and is today counted as uncircumcision and he is damned to hell for hisfaith in Jesus. He is treated as if he was outside of the Covenant of Abrahamwhen he is actually the only one IN IT!
Why is this rule not practiced among the Jews for those who sin out ofthe Covenants of Abraham and the Law with authentic perversion and apostasy?Why are only Christian Jews and their circumcision counted as non-circumcision?Based upon these double-standards and schemes, why do Gentiles think thatall other Jews are entitled to claim the promises of Abraham, if by theirsins and refusal to live by the conditions of the Covenants, their circumcisionis counted by God as uncircumcision? Gentiles have been deceivedby the very people who have so long deceived themselves.
What Jews and many Gentiles fail to understand, is that sin and abomination,by failure to keep the conditions of the Covenants of God, caused all oftheir circumcisions to be counted as uncircumcision. Any Jew today who iscircumcised and who does not come to salvation in Messiah, his circumcisionis counted as uncircumcision by God.
Remember, the object of Abraham's faith was Messiah and the city thathad foundations whose builder and maker was God, is the new Jerusalem, notthe old Jerusalem or even the alleged Millennial Jerusalem! Abraham neversaw or looked for the two earthly ones.
Messiah& The New Jerusalem
Circumcision then was an outward seal of that faith pointing toward theNew Jerusalem. Circumcision, afterward called the Covenant of circumcision,was valid until Calvary only with the objects of faith being Messiah andthe New Jerusalem. Detract either of the objects, and circumcisionis ritual without faith and works without reward.
The circumcision stood for the Covenant. The Covenant was an agreementhaving for consideration the future Messiah and the heavenly Jerusalem asthe objects of faith. The breaking of this Covenant by rejecting faith inthe coming Messiah, made circumcision a work of the flesh with no rightsto the Covenant blessings or promises in the New Jerusalem. The Covenantbecame of no effect unto these. The Covenant becomes null and void. God couldrescind all of his Covenant provisions and cut off all of those whom he judgedto be the same as if they were uncircumcised.
JER 6:10 To whom shall I speak, and give warning,that they may hear? behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken:behold, the word of the LORD is unto them a reproach; they have no delightin it.
JER 9:26 Egypt, and Judah, and Edom, and the childrenof Ammon, and Moab, and all that are in the utmost corners, that dwell inthe wilderness: for all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the houseof Israel are uncircumcised in the heart.
EZE 44:9 Thus saith the Lord GOD; No stranger,uncircumcised in heart, nor uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into mysanctuary, of any stranger that is among the children of Israel. ACT 7:51Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist theHoly Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
ISA 24:5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitantsthereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance,broken the everlasting covenant [religious faith that circumcision was thetoken of].
JER 11:10 They are turned back to the iniquitiesof their forefathers, which refused to hear my words; and they went afterother gods to serve them: the house of Israel and the house of Judah havebroken my covenant [which circumcision was a token of] which I made withtheir fathers.
GAL 6:13 For neither they themselves who arecircumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they mayglory in your flesh.
COL 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with thecircumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of theflesh by the circumcision of Messiah.
The point of these Scriptures is to demonstrate that circumcision of theheart, a cutting off of sins in true repentance and life-styles of the paganworld, was just as essential as the outward cutting off in circumcision.The outward was to be a token of what has taken place on the inward. In thesame sense, the outward holiness of the Saints is not bondage or legalism.It is the token outwardly of what has taken place on the inward. If no changetakes place on the outward no change took place on the inward!
Messiahianity without outward holiness is spiritual nakedness. This ismanifest outwardly in the lives of those who claim salvation but their outwardtells us differently. Both Judiastic and Christian claims of eternity securitywhile sinners are both perversions of the right ways of God.
In this regard, all uncircumcised in the heart, but circumcised in theflesh sinful Jews, COULD NOT lay claim to an exclusive right to be consideredthe elect of God. Paul brings this out rather clearly:
ROM 2:25 For circumcision verily profiteth, ifthou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcisionis made uncircumcision.
26 Therefore if the uncircumcision keep therighteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted forcircumcision?
27 And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature,if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dosttransgress the law?
28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly;neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; andcircumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter;whose praise is not of men, but of God.
It is here that the Messiah brought to Israel and the world a new andliving way. A New Covenant in the heart where circumcision is of theheart and not of the outward flesh by Commandment. It is here thatthose under the New Covenant replace those who had forfeited their rightsin it by refusal to have faith in Messiah and the New Jerusalem which hewent away to prepare. The flesh looks after the natural Jerusalem andreal estate, when these were only tokens and shadows of better things tocome.
The ChurchReplaced Israel
That the Church replaces old Israel is seen in the fact that the verylanguage used to describe Israel when she loved and followed God, is nowused of the Church. Such words as "Saints, Church,Children of God, Elect, Chosen, Holy Nation, Peculiar People, Called, Faithful,Sons of God," etc. etc. prove this.
It proves that outward circumcision was a sign of inward circumcision.As Paul so rightly teaches, a true Jew is one inwardly and circumcision isof the heart, in the spirit, NOT IN THE LETTER, or claims by letters writtenby men verse 29, or even the Hebrew alphabet letter that is said to standfor circumcision.
The point here is that circumcision without obedience to the Faith ofAbraham, is counted as uncircumcision. This is why, Jesus confronted theJews and challenged their claim, that being circumcised children of Abraham,did not save them. THEY MUST DO THE WORKS OF ABRAHAM AND BELIEVE ON MESSIAH,AS ABRAHAM DID, OR THEIR CIRCUMCISION WOULD NOT BE COUNTED AS CIRCUMCISION.
What happened among the Jews, is precisely what has happened among manyChristian denominations. There is an EXTERNAL image only. There is an outwardclaim and no inward Godly validity to back it up. Jews in the days of Messiahand today, believed that circumcision by itself without need of any otherreligious requirements, is what saves them. They believe it is thereforeimpossible for a circumcised Jew to commit any sin that could break the Covenantof Abraham. They believe that even a circumcised atheist Jew, a homosexualJew, in fact all apostate Jews [except alleged Christian ones], are stillBible Jews and under the protection of Abraham's Covenant.
To these, the Covenant was unconditional. That is without any need ormerit or work on their part to deserve it or to be a beneficiary of it. Tothese, the only Jews who would be damned and without salvation would be thosewho refused to be circumcised, or who are alleged to have apostated theircircumcision by becoming a follower of Jesus Messiah.
Additionally, it was considered a grave sin to have a procedure donethat would make it appear a Jewish male had not been circumcised. This wasdone by a number of Jews who sported with the Greeks and Romans in theirgymnasiums naked. One such gymnasium was located next to the Temple in Jerusalem.Why is there little said of this abomination?
Jews and Greeks resorted there until it was destroyed in 70AD. It wasnot a great thing then for Messiah and the Apostles to count those Jews whowere apostates and sinners, not to be Abraham's seed except in flesh andblood. They could hardly call them serpents and vipers if they were not inreality, apostate in religion and morals. This would have made their circumcisioncounted as non-circumcision. This would have placed them outside of the samebody and group as Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. These apostates would then seeAbraham, Isaac, and Jacob sit down in the Kingdom of God and they themselvesTHRUST OUT! I ask the simple question? WOULD GOD POSTPONE THE KINGDOM FORTHOSE HE PURPOSED TO THRUST OUT?
Pastor G. Reckart
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