Pristine Grace

The New Covenant
12 Articles
The New Covenant : Essay 12 : Jesus Christ: He Installs the One New Covenant Sign and Seal - Published on July 13, 2004
...The Bible contains what we might call a 'theology of wine.' After sacrificing to God and receiving his promise, the first thing Noah did after exiting the ark was to plant a vineyard and drink of its wine. Although this event ended in sin, it signified the promise of God in relation to future history. David also affirmed that wine gladdens the heart of man. Isa. 25:6-9 pictures the great eschatological banquet--when God will abolish death forever, remove the shroud of darkness, and provide the best wine and marbled steak for his people. The promise to remove the shroud of darkness is parallel to the New Covenant promise in Jeremiah 31:34. No person in the redeemed community of God needs to teach his neighbor to know the Lord. All have come to know him, whether new in the faith or mature....
Bob Higby
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The New Covenant : Essay 11 : Jesus Christ: The Fulfillment of all Sacred Times - Published on July 13, 2004
...After ascending to the peak of Grace Mountain (Isa. 25:6-10) in the previous studies of this series, why pause at this glorious moment to study the issue of sacred times? Well, it is a crucial step in understanding the covenants. We have been looking at all of the things that the New Covenant is 'not'. There are many elements of the law-covenant that people will fight like dogs to bring into the grace-covenant. No doubt there are other perversions that this series will fail to expose....
Bob Higby
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The New Covenant : Essay 10 : Jesus Christ: The End of the Tithe - Published on July 13, 2004
...What is a sacrament? This study will not discuss the debate on sacrament as 'mystery.' Instead, the focus will be on the main historical issue regarding the word 'sacrament.' It is proposed to be a visible, external means of grace. Most Christians are probably familiar with the controversy about how many sacraments there are. In the Roman Catholic tradition there are seven. Eastern Orthodoxy also proposes a multiple number of sacraments. Luther reduced the number to three (including confession) in his early years of ministry. But we know that the agreed number of sacraments in Protestantism quickly became two: water baptism and the Lord's supper....
Bob Higby
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The New Covenant : Essay 09 : Jesus Christ: The Last Sacrament - Published on July 13, 2004
...What is a sacrament? This study will not discuss the debate on sacrament as 'mystery.' Instead, the focus will be on the main historical issue regarding the word 'sacrament.' It is proposed to be a visible, external means of grace. Most Christians are probably familiar with the controversy about how many sacraments there are. In the Roman Catholic tradition there are seven. Eastern Orthodoxy also proposes a multiple number of sacraments. Luther reduced the number to three (including confession) in his early years of ministry. But we know that the agreed number of sacraments in Protestantism quickly became two: water baptism and the Lord's supper....
Bob Higby
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The New Covenant : Essay 08 : Jesus Christ: The New Sacrifice - Published on July 13, 2004
...Throughout the entire dispensation of mankind prior to the cross, the phenomenon of sacrifice was carried on. God instituted sacrifice immediately after the 'opening of eyes' in Genesis 3. It is a sign of the promise made in verse 15. The nakedness of man and woman in Genesis was not a matter of delight, as some would propose. There is no inherent beauty and innocence in the original state of being unclothed. In fact, the Bible never speaks of nudity in the positive. From the beginning of revelatory scripture until the end, redemption is always portrayed as the putting on of a garment or robe. For an example, study the allegory of Ezekiel 16. When Jesus hung naked on the cross, it was representative of his becoming sin for us. His humiliation was the purchase price of our shining white robes in eternity....
Bob Higby
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The New Covenant : Essay 07 : Jesus Christ: The New Priesthood - Published on July 13, 2004
...Although the priesthood of the former covenant is abolished, one might technically argue that the new covenant does have an earthly priesthood. What about the believers who are presently on earth and have not yet entered heaven? They are reigning with Christ and have dominion over this present age. Not in themselves--but through their connection with him....
Bob Higby
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The New Covenant : Essay 06 : Jesus Christ: The New Tabernacle - Published on July 13, 2004
...The next issue is this: how important is a building in the new covenant? Do we need to be concerned for building and reverencing 'God's house' like David and Solomon? The above scriptures give a clear answer to this question: absolutely not. In spite of this, all of Christian history is saturated with admonition on the requirement to build a house for God. We have great competition in the world as to which sect can build the most awesome temples. Is it Buddhists, Mormons, Jews, Muslims, or Christians? The sad fact is that Christians have often been the primary cause of such vanity....
Bob Higby
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The New Covenant : Essay 05 : Jesus Christ: The New Circumcision - Published on July 13, 2004
...As outlined in the above passage, the purpose of that covenant was to shut people away from faith by plunging them into sin. It was not to bring about faith. For the non-elect who entered into the law-covenant, their breaking it was the end of God's purposes toward them. They perished forever in their sins and Hebrews is clear that their damnation is a warning to all future generations. For the righteous in that era, it was an administration of grace only in the preparatory sense-as a schoolmaster. So how were people saved before the coming of Christ and the gospel?...
Bob Higby
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The New Covenant : Essay 04 : Jesus Christ: The New Sabbath - Published on July 13, 2004
...In the introductory study, we examined that only one of God's covenants was an 'agreement' between two parties--after the manner of ancient treaties. The above words can be spoken only of the covenant made at Sinai. All of the other covenants of God are wholly promissory. In reference to these covenants, the words 'they continued not in My covenant' are an impossibility. God alone fulfills the conditions of the promissory covenants....
Bob Higby
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The New Covenant : Essay 03 : Jesus Christ: The End of Works to Gain Blessing - Published on July 13, 2004
...Why would someone introduce a study about Grace with the title: 'The New Covenant Has No Works to Gain Blessing?' It is because truth must be contrasted with error. The gospel will continue to be light only if the darkness is extinguished. Some in this age would have us proclaim the truth and refrain from condemning error. None of the prophets and apostles chosen by God in the past followed that strange and fatal prescription. The test of whether someone really believes the gospel is whether that person unreservedly condemns all doctrine opposed to the gospel. Paul did it (Gal. 1:8,9)....
Bob Higby
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The New Covenant : Essay 02 : Jesus Christ: The End of Obligatory Covenant - Published on July 13, 2004
...he only bilateral covenant in scripture is the one mentioned in Exodus 19 that God cut with physical Israel. It is the one and only obligatory covenant. Jesus Christ was made under the law and fulfilled every aspect of this covenant (Gal. 3:10-13, 4:4,5). It is now dead and gone forever (2 Cor. 3). All other covenants established by God in the Bible are wholly promissory. The fulfillment of none is dependent on human action or faithfulness....
Bob Higby
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The New Covenant : Essay 01 : Introduction to the Covenants - Published on July 13, 2004
...For nearly all of the Christian era, many who claim to be God's messengers have attempted to dim the 'more glorious' light of the gospel (2 Cor. 3) with an abundance of legal requirements not ordained of God....
Bob Higby
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