THE CHURCH OF CHRIST THE KING

Christ in you - His Kingdom in the world

COVENANTS


I was raised a religious person in denomination with an old testament slant.
We seldom heard of the old covenant even though we lived in the old covenant as though it was normal. I did hear ‘the covenant’ mentioned once when a theology lecturer referred to it as, ‘new covenant theology.’ That remark revealed the common misunderstanding in our culture - a failure to realise what Jesus actually accomplished through the cross. But we were not Robinson Crusoe in this. Many in the churches have small knowledge of the covenants and many live in a mixture of the old and the new. This mixture is the engine that drives much of the Christian Industry and sustains so many Believers in the Christian a culture of the knowledge of good and evil. As mentioned previously, this can leave us with the impression that Christianity is a moral crusade. It is not. But it is a life: Christ’s life as ours.

FOR ORDINARY FOLKS

The new covenant is not a theology. It it is what God has done in Christ. It is who you have become as a result and what (who) the church now is in Christ. His church is the manifestation of Himself in ordinary folks. Ordinary folks who become extraordinary as sons and daughters of God. Let’s be clear. Jesus’ church is Himself writ large in His people. It’s not something we should attempt to manufacture. This is what He has already made us!

Christ our life is the hinge and the essence of the new covenant. In the old we lived in Adam’s self-chosen separation. In the new we live in Jesus’ self chosen union with God. This is now our union and available to all - if we agree to possess it. The two halves of the hinge are separation on the old side and union on the new. By living on the second half we receive the oneness with God that is ours because Christ is our life. The essence of the new covenant is Christ as us and Christ through us to become the new creation society and regenerated earth. This is the Kingdom of God.

NOT OF THE LETTER

For many Christians their life is doing good and avoiding evil. But what a parody! Kingdom life is His life as ours by the Spirit.

You won’t find a definition of the new covenant. This is because it’s not a formula or another kind of decalogue. It’s the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus referred to it as ‘This is my body.’ His body was not only for us and as us but came into us after pentecost. Jesus said, ‘Those who eat me will live because of Me.’ This is more than eternal life. This means Jesus manifests as our life every day. Hebrews speaks of a superior covenant and Paul defines it in the simple words, ‘Christ our life.’ If there is a scripture that captures the new covenant it may be this one. But notice the scripture that follows it.
‘I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!’ Gal 2.20,21 NIV.

I have an excellent definition of what the new covenant is, that I found in J Baxter Kruger’s book, ‘Patmos.’  “Jesus has united human life, the life of God, the life of heaven and earth in Himself.” What this means is that you and our Father are one!