Surely you shall not be moved forever; the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. Psalm 112:6
We remain in everlasting remembrance based on the relationship established by the everlasting covenants that exist between God and His creation. After the flood, righteous Noah and his family stood as witnesses to the first blood covenant recorded in Genesis 9. We begin to understand the need for Christ to shed His blood for our sanctification and redemption beginning with the terms of this covenant.
After six hundred years man had corrupted his ways upon the earth to bring God’s first judgment by water. On the first day of the six hundred and first year Noah exited the ark along with all the animals that were delivered from destruction. Gen 8:13. God then blessed Noah and his sons giving them commandment to go replenish the earth. Gen 9:1. It was at this time that man was granted permission to eat the flesh of animals with one critical restriction.
But you shall not eat the flesh with the blood. Gen 9:4. The apostles at Jerusalem confirmed the gentile churches and aligned with Paul in not requiring circumcision and the keeping of the Levitical laws. They did demand four ordinances be kept by all believers; that they abstain from pollution of idols and fornication and things strangled and from blood. Acts 15:20. The everlasting covenants are blood covenants and the basis for understanding this is Genesis 9.
And surely your blood of your lives will I require at the hand of every beast will I require and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man. Whoever sheds man’s blood shall his blood be shed for man was made in the image of God. Gen 9:5 & 6.
God then gave the rainbow to be the token of an everlasting covenant with not only man, but all of the earth. I do set my bow in the cloud and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. Gen 9:13. And the bow shall be in the cloud and I will look upon it that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. Verse 16.
It is time for the church to fully grasp the nature of this perpetual agreement in order to have a right understanding of the covenants that form the basis for their relationship with God. Consider the serious nature of God’s covenant with the earth from Isaiah’s horrifying vision of judgment.
The land shall be utterly emptied and utterly spoiled for the Lord has spoken this word. The earth mourns and fades away, the world languishes and fades away, and the arrogant people of the earth do languish. The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinances and broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore the curse has devoured the earth and they that dwell therein are desolate; therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned and few men are left. Isaiah 24:3-6.
And how has the earth been defiled? By pollution? By waste? By radiation? Think again. By the spiritual principles of the Bible the earth is defiled by fornication, sacrifices to idols and false gods and the shedding of innocent blood. Man can clean up a toxic waste site, but only by blood can a land be cleansed of blood. This is the terms of the everlasting covenant; that God would require blood for blood. Only by the shed blood of the Messiah can man be redeemed from the curses of a covenant violation.
The judgment is foreshadowed in the way God dealt with Israel in the time of Jeremiah. This same standard of judgment awaits a church that turns from the everlasting covenants, for judgment must begin with the house of God. (1 Peter 4:17.) Trust not in lying words saying the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord…Jeremiah 7:4. Simply being a church member is no more insurance than having the temple of the one true God in your capital city. Will you steal murder commit adultery and swear falsely, and follow other gods and come stand before me in this house which is called by my name… which has become a den of robbers…therefore pray not for this people. Jeremiah 7:8-16. There comes a time when true intercessors can no longer pray for the church in general because the curse of another gospel is being taught within her buildings.
And nations are angry and your wrath has come and the time of the dead; that they should be judged and that you should give reward unto your servants the prophets and to the saints and them that fear your name small and great; and that you should destroy them which corrupt and destroy the earth. Revelation 11:18.
The second everlasting covenant became the most controversial and divisive issue for the New Testament congregations. In Genesis 17 God changed Abram’s name to Abraham to establish His everlasting covenant with him. God commanded that circumcision of every male be the token of that covenant. He that is born into your house and he that is purchased must be circumcised and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. Gen 17:13.
The apostle Paul was tasked by the Holy Spirit to set this issue in order for the church and is addressed extensively in his letters. The key to a right understanding is in the verse I just included: my covenant shall be in your flesh. The Law of Moses included commandments pertaining to circumcision, while also acknowledging there was a spiritual component to a full understanding of the covenant law. Jesus used this as a point to illustrate the greater spiritual truth in understanding the Word of God.
Moses gave unto you circumcision, not because it is of Moses but of the fathers, and you on the Sabbath day circumcise a male. If circumcision is performed on the Sabbath day that the Law of Moses should not be broken, why be angry with me for healing a man on the Sabbath? Judge not according to appearance but judge righteous judgment. John 7:22-24.
The need to ultimately be circumcised in the heart is addressed in the book of Deuteronomy. Circumcise the foreskins of your heart and be no more stiff necked. Deuteronomy 10:16. And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your children to love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul that you may live. Deuteronomy 30:6. With this in mind we will skip Paul’s in depth arguments and go directly to his conclusions.
Circumcision or uncircumcision is not what matters, but obedience to God. 1 Co 7:19.
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working by love. Galatians 5:6.
For we are the circumcision which worship God in the spirit and rejoice in Christ Jesus and have no confidence in the flesh. Philippians 3:3.
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