When we truly understand the principles of why we are cursed with disease, we can then acknowledge the number one principle of good health. That is trust in God and His word.
Proverbs 3:1-8 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: for length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: so shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
This is the number one principle to good health: trusting the word of God rather than men. Men have many potions and pills that they claim will cure your disease, but God’s healing power is the only true cure, in connection with our faith and cooperation. Now I am not saying to discard all your medications at the drop of a dime, but I am saying that people become dependent on them for a reason. One step leads to another, until the sick find themselves completely dependent on man’s way to keep them from death. But what many don’t realize is that health is possible.
This woman had a serious disease for many years. There are many object lessons to be learnt in this story. This poor woman had put her trust in what physicians could do rather than what God could do. This is the same mistake most people today make. She had spent all of her money on drugs and other means in an attempt to regain health, but all of this did not help her in the least. In fact in the book of Matthew we are told that she only got “worse.”
Mark 5:25-26 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse.
Doesn’t this sound like today’s medical system? Visiting the doctor, being made to suffer, depleting your income in the effort to stay alive, and meanwhile growing worse as time passes on. Yet when this woman began to trust in God’s word, Jesus Christ (1 John 1:1-3, John 1:1-3, 14), she learned that the word could do something that man could not. By her faith in the word, she was healed at last.
Matthew 9:21-22 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.
Faith makes one whole. Faith in the word of God. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17). Then if it is by faith that she was made whole, and faith is trusting the word of God, then it could only be unbelief, or lack of faith in the word, that made her ill. This woman was listening to the word of God when He went about preaching and doing good works, and therefore she recognized the cause of the disease, and she also came to accept the cure.
Sometimes we don’t know the cause of our disease. Some sickness is caused before birth, by the faults of one’s parents. Some is caused by toxic infant formula, or other harmful substances that have led the child down the slippery slope of poor health. Some have been affected by a toxic environment of emissions, gases, and mould in the home or even outside of the home. And many in ignorance sustain harmful habits as a young person or adult which continue to degrade their health to this day.
“…the cause which I knew not I searched out.” Job 29:16
Many today are not searching for the cause of their problems. Instead of finding the cause, they merely seek to remove the symptoms. It’s like driving a car down the road and the oil light comes on. A person without knowledge of how their vehicle works might put some tape over that light and keep driving. Is that solution going to fix the problem? Of course not, although it may mask the problem for a little while, this individual obviously doesn’t understand what the true problem is, or if they do, they aren’t very interested in maintaining their vehicle so that it can continue to run and be in the best condition possible.
When you get a headache, it’s definitely not caused by a Tylenol deficiency. Just as cancer was not caused by a lack of chemotherapy. The problem was likely caused by a lack of trust in the word of God, ignorance of what that word says, and as a result, failure to maintain the body in good condition.
One thing I have noticed is that even people who know these principles often don’t trust in God. So it is not sufficient to simply know how to maintain health; that knowledge must be carried out by living faith and trust in our Creator and Redeemer.
The Everlasting Covenant/Promise
Misunderstandings on this subject are so common that I cannot just write a few lines about it. The reason I believe this issue is important is that it has to do with the promises of God. There are two covenants: one based on man’s promises and painstaking efforts, and another based on the promises of God. And I would like to make it clear that both covenants have been available from the beginning.
Deuteronomy 7:11-15 Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which I command thee this day, to do them. Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the LORD thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers: and he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee. Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle. And the LORD will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee.
It’s interesting to note that God promises to bless the womb, and the land, if we trust in His covenant with the fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The curse comes upon the land when the soil has no rest. God specified that the land must rest every seven years.
Leviticus 25:4 But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the LORD: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy
What is the purpose of this law? Was God being arbitrary by making such a requirement? Not at all. The Lord cares for the land, and He knows what it needs in order to produce an abundance of healthful food. He also gave laws for crop rotation and other gardening practices that, if practiced, would enrich the soil, producing a plentiful harvest. But today we don’t rest the land, and it has been scientifically proven that the land does not yield its strength to produce good food, and because the soil doesn’t produce good food, it becomes infested with insects and weeds. Therefore man began to use herbicides and pesticides, which destroy the soil’s nutrients, and genetically modified many crops to make them more resistant.
Did God not create the corn “very good?” (Genesis 1:31) Yes. So why must man “improve” it with genetic modifications? Because of the downward slope started by neglect of the vital instructions given in God’s law. And now, instead of beginning at the root of the problem and finding real solutions, we are making great and futile efforts to manage the symptoms of the problem. The modern healthcare system is doing this same thing. And because of this the curse comes.
Now remember that God promised that in the land where His principles are applied, the women will not be barren. Yet one third of women today cannot have a child.
The website www.naturalnews.com states that “An Austrian study uncovered similar harm in mice that consumed GM corn. An immediate consequence among the mice eating the ‘Frankencorn’ was that their offspring weighed less than normal, and overall litter size became smaller. After three or four generations, mice who came from GMO-eating parents and grandparents became completely infertile.”
GMO corn and soy are being tested in num-erous experiments as I write. Several studies suggest that GMO foods have one major downfall. Some of these
foods have been modified to produce natural pesticides, which cause the stomach of the pest to explode after eating the plant. Can you imagine what those foods are doing to your stomach? Is it any wonder that children today are experiencing leaky gut syndrome which is linked to autism?
God did not design the food this way. And this food, because it is cursed, brings with it the curse of disease. Care must be taken when buying food today, especially when the supermarket offers a wide variety of packaged foods that are loaded with genetically modified high fructose corn syrup and genetically modified soy products.
God’s Promise to Abraham
God made a covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This covenant would last forever: an everlasting covenant. The Bible says, “God is faithful” 1 Cor 1:9, 10:13. God cannot lie.
Hebrew 6:13, 18 “For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself…That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us.”
We can trust the promises of God that were made in covenant with Abraham.
The Land of Promise – The Inheritance
Romans 4:13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
Abraham received “the promise” when he came out of Babylon. He was told of another city, an inheritance. But though he was told of this promise he died in faith not receiving “the promise” (Heb 11:13).
Hebrews 11:8-10 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: for he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
Abraham was to receive an inheritance, “something better.” Though he walked through the promised land, he never received the promise while on this earth. He was looking for another city: a city prepared by God. The New Jerusalem.
Heb 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
So these all “received not the promise, God having provided some better thing.” What is the better thing?
Heb 11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
Now this better promise was given to all of the patriarchs and prophets who would accept the promise of His Spirit by grace through faith. It was called “a better covenant.”
Heb 8:6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.
And this covenant and promise was “the promise” given to Abraham “that he should be the heir of the world” (Rom 4:13). This promise includes eternal life. And the only way by which Abraham could have eternal life is by the resurrection. And the only way that Abraham could be resurrected is by accepting that Christ died to take his sin, by the blood of the new covenant. (Matt 26:28)
Heb 11:39, 40 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.
Two Covenants Before A.D. 31
Deuteronomy 5:2-3 The LORD our God made a covenant with us in Horeb. The LORD made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day.
In this verse we are told of two covenants: one with the fathers (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) and another covenant with Israel at Horeb, or Mount Sinai.
The covenant with Abraham was good. When the covenant at Sinai was made, that could not change or disannul the covenant with Abraham one iota. The covenant with Abraham had already been made, and it was an everlasting covenant that could never change.
Galatians 3:16-17 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.
The covenant made at Sinai 430 years later did not change or disannul the covenant with Abraham at all. Moses said of the covenant made at Sinai, “The Lord made not this covenant with our fathers” (Deu 5:3). Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were not under the old covenant at Sinai.
The Covenant at Sinai – Promises Not Good – Fault with the Covenant
Looking at the covenant given at Sinai, we find that there was something wrong with this covenant:
Hebrews 8:6-7 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.
But there was fault with the first covenant made at Mount Sinai. God had another covenant He wanted to give to Israel. The terms of the new covenant included God writing His law on their heart. But fault was found with them:
Deuteronomy 5:29 O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!
The fault was in their heart. They didn’t have the “new heart.” They didn’t accept the word of God by faith. The law was written on tables of stone, but it wasn’t written on the heart. The promise of the old covenant was, “we will hear it, and do it.” (Deu 5:27) But the heart wasn’t in harmony with this declaration.
This is the promise of most of Christianity today. “Yes LORD, we hear You, all that You said, we will do it and be obedient. We will try our best and work as hard as possible to keep the commandments.” Three weeks later they are worshiping the golden calf, or they are out reveling at parties, or they are indulging appetite and bringing disease and death upon themselves. They are hiding from God’s word while trying to re-invent it according to their own interpretation. In other words, they are trying to establish their own definition of righteousness, and make themselves righteous in their own eyes.
The reason for the failures of most Christians is that they don’t trust the promise of God to perform in their hearts and lives what He said He is able to accomplish. The word has power; it is “not of yourselves.” (Eph 2:8) Trust in God is the number one fundamental principle of good health. It is a misunderstanding of the new covenant that causes us to fail to place our trust in God. Instead we place our trust in ourselves, and because we are helpless to overcome our natural inclinations, we fail to achieve victories over not only harmful habits that destroy health, but over sin itself.
Hebrews 8:8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.
The fault wasn’t with God at Mount Sinai. The fault was with the people. The fault wasn’t with the promises of God; the fault was with the promises of the people. The new covenant is “established upon better promises” (Hebrews 8:6). God’s promises are good, faithful, and true. He cannot lie. Failing to understand this is failure to recognize the power of the gospel, which is life eternal.
The New Covenant is the Everlasting Covenant with Abraham
Some have thought that a new gospel dispensation started at the time of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, which they call “the dispensation of grace.” This view, that faith in Christ didn’t exist until A.D. 31, is based upon a few verses of the Bible which have been misinterpreted. It does not reveal the full goodness of the gospel, but portrays God as a hard taskmaster whose character is subject to change over the course of time. Sadly, this is the view that has colored most of today’s Christianity.
Satan has worked very hard to destroy the character of God. He is certain of his success in ruining souls if he can cause people to think that God is double-minded and unreliable, an exacting taskmaster who changes the way of salvation from time to time and makes it difficult to be saved. And if that is the case, the question is suggested: who knows if the way of salvation will change again tomorrow? It is insinuated by the enemy of souls, that God’s standard changes from one day to the next, and from one dispensation to the next. This makes it impossible to trust God, impossible to truly have faith in the word of God, because those who hold this view cannot be sure that God won’t change His mind again tomorrow and require us to come to Him in some new way in order to be saved.
But God has an everlasting covenant that is offered to all, that is based upon His own goodness and power. No man is justified by his efforts to keep the law, nor ever was, nor ever could be. In fact, according to Paul, the same gospel that he preached after the cross, was the very gospel that Abraham received many years before the covenant made at Sinai. So the “new” covenant of faith in God’s promises was the covenant that justified all of the fathers.
Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
“No flesh” includes Abraham and Moses. No man has ever been justified by the works of the law. Most Christians today, even those who accept the law, do not understand this. Therefore they make the same covenant that was made at Mount Sinai, promising to do all of the law themselves.
Galatians 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
Abraham was a Gentile, a heathen, and God preached the gospel to him so that all nations would be blessed—not just the Jews. That is, all the Gentiles or the heathen were to receive the gospel through Abraham, who was himself a Gentile. And this gospel dispensation, whereby men might be saved by the grace of Christ, started at the fall of Adam.
Speaking of Israel, Paul writes:
Hebrews 4:2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
The Everlasting Covenant to Abraham
Ratified at the Cross
Genesis 17:7-9 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession.
This covenant was established with Abraham and his seed. We are Abraham’s seed. Therefore, the everlasting covenant was established with us. How and when was this covenant ratified?
Hebrews 13:20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant…
This is the same “everlasting covenant” that was given to Abraham, and it was ratified by the blood of Christ. So why, if it is a covenant that was made before Sinai, is it called the new covenant? It is called “new” because of the time at which it was ratified. This everlasting covenant was ratified by the blood of Christ after Sinai and in this sense it is “new.”
The covenant at Sinai was ratified by the promises of the people and the blood of an animal sacrifice (Exodus 24:8). The promises of the old covenant made at Sinai were not good; fault was found in them. Even the sacrifice was insufficient. (See Hebrews 10:11)
Ratified by the Blood
Matthew 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
The “blood of the everlasting covenant” (Heb 13:20).
Daniel 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease.
The ceremonies and Levitical priesthood signified the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. Thus they were intended as a temporary provision, to cease at the cross. A new ceremony, the Lord’s Supper, was instituted in commemoration of the cross. Many today teach that the sacrificial system was a system of works. This is an error, for the Bible says that “By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain.” (Hebrews 11:4) Abel was “justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law.” (Gal 2:16)
All sacrifices were but a shadow of the reality. A cloud in the sky casts a shadow. The existence of a shadow testifies to the reality of a light needed to create that shadow. The sun is the light; the cloud casts the shadow. The reality of the cross was in ancient times evidenced by the existence of its shadow of types and ceremonies. The sacrifice of Christ was to be as real to ancient Israel as it is to us today. Yet their minds were blinded by Satan, just as the minds of many are blinded in our day (2 Cor 3:14, 15, 4:4).
The sacrifices were nothing but the expression of faith in the coming of Jesus Christ to take away the sins of the world. There are many today who teach that everyone who lived before the cross was “under the law” and that the system of sacrifices was not by faith at all, but was demanded by God as a means for man to justify himself. By these teachings they make the cross of Christ of no effect.
No Longer Under the Condemnation of the Law
However, the Bible does teach that before faith came we were kept under the law, and once we have faith we are no longer under the law. Abel was a man who offered a sacrifice by faith (Heb 11:4). Consider that if he did so by faith, then it is logical to assume that Abel was not “under the law,” as Paul put it.
Galatians 3:23-25 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
If the above passage is true, then Abel, who offered a more excellent sacrifice by faith, was not “under the law.” Furthermore, Abraham who “believed God” was not “under the law.” And even Moses who “Through faith… kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood” (Hebrews 11:28) was not “under the law.” But “before faith came” they were “kept under the law.”
When we are no longer “under the law,” this merely means that once faith has come, we are no longer under the condemnation of the law. Some interpret the phrase “no longer under a schoolmaster” to mean that we are no longer under obligation to keep the law, and of course, being carnal, they run with that interpretation as fast as they can because “the carnal mind is at enmity against God, and is not subject to the law, neither indeed can be” (Romans 8:7).
Two Women– Two Children
Abraham had two children. One was a child born through faith in God’s promise of a son. The other was a child which was born through disbelief of God’s promise, and man’s efforts to produce the promised son through Sarah’s bondservant, Hagar.
The Lord had made an “everlasting covenant” with Abraham. Yet in this instance Abraham trusted his wife’s advice more than God’s promise, and at her suggestion, he decided to make the promise good by taking Hagar to wife. He acted in spite of the word of God, which had said, “For this is the word of promise, at this time will I come, and Sara shall have a son” (Romans 9:9). The promise was not that Hagar would have a son.
Genesis 17:7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.
Abraham for a moment swerved from his faith in the promises of God, thinking to fulfil the promise and covenant of God by his own works. He made his own covenant based on works, and not faith. Abraham’s faithless plan was very similar to that of Israel on Mount Sinai, who thought they were able to fulfil the promise of God. Abraham himself, by his actions, said, “All that the LORD has promised, I WILL DO.” (See Exodus 19:8) That is Mount Sinai. That is the old covenant.
But God promised a child through Sarah and promised that His covenant would be fulfilled through her. Isaac was a miracle child; he could only have been born by faith. Sarah was ninety years old, much past the age of bearing children, and furthermore she had always been barren. But God is able to bring forth life from the dead. This is what He does each time a soul is born again. We are dead in trespasses and sins, and we cannot live except we are born again of the Spirit.
Isaac was a child born after the Spirit; Hagar’s son Ishmael was a child born after the flesh, since it was trust in the flesh that led Abraham to take a second wife in hopes of producing the promised child. Therefore Abraham’s two children became representatives of the old and new covenants.
Galatians 4:21-29 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband. Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.
Hagar and Ishmael represent the old covenant: children born after the flesh. The covenant at Mount Sinai. Sarah and Isaac represent the new covenan: children born after the Spirit. The covenant based on the promise of God to perform His own word. And these covenants have run parallel since the fall of man. Since Cain and Abel.
We have learned that the covenant given to Abraham is the new covenant ratified at the cross by the blood of Jesus Christ. We have learned that this is the everlasting covenant that God has made with all His people since the beginning. We have also seen that it is established only by the promises of God and by grace, through faith in the word of God.
We have learned that the covenant that was made at Sinai was established on the promise of the people that they would do the works of God, and that this covenant was easily broken. We have learned that when God accepted the covenant made by Israel at Sinai, He had already pointed them to the covenant which He had established with Abraham many years before. We have seen that God had an everlasting covenant already in place, and that it was not necessary for them to establish a covenant of their own, but rather to merely say “Amen” to God’s covenant. It is clear that God offered Israel His own promises to make them law keepers, and they need not have answered, “All that the LORD has said WE will do.”
New Covenant with the Spiritual Seed
There is no new dispensation covenant with the Gentiles. This new covenant was made with Israel and Judah, and after the cross it was still established with the true Israel of God who accepted the sacrifice of Christ as the ratification of this covenant. Therefore, in order to enter this covenant, you must become a Jew in heart and spirit. This is the way it has always been, even in the days of Abraham, as we learned from the lesson of Isaac and Ishmael.
Romans 2:28-29 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
The covenant is not with Jews of the flesh. The covenant is with those who are Jews “in the spirit.” Spiritual Jews. This is not to say that a fleshly Jew cannot enter into the covenant (Romans 3:2), but he must be a spiritual Jew.
Romans 9:6-8 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.
To be the fleshly seed of Abraham does not make one the true seed. Abraham had two children and only one was “born of the spirit” (Gal 4:29). It is the spiritual seed, or the seed of promise, who have accepted the promise of the Holy Spirit through faith, believing that God will perform in them what He has said He will do. This is the true people of the covenant. And that covenant is the everlasting covenant. That covenant was in effect well before Jesus Christ walked the earth.
Ephesians 2:8-22 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh… That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise… Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; in whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: in whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
Many churches today feel they are the covenant people, the church, the household of God, the temple, the building, the tabernacle, Abraham’s seed, Israel,
Jews, and Christians. But even in the time before the cross, though a people may enter into a covenant with God, it is the spiritual children, those who accept the promises of God, who are the children of God. And when we who were once Gentiles become the children of God, we are no longer called Gentiles, for we are Jews inwardly. We become fellow citizens of Israel, and are no longer strangers to the covenant of promise. It becomes ours by faith. This has always been true.
Many today have made an “old covenant” with God. But only those who believe by faith, who do not presume to say, “All that the LORD has said WE WILL DO,” but rather accept that it is “not of yourselves…lest any man should boast,” have come to Jerusalem which is above and is free from the bondage of self and sin, and to the “mother of us all” (Gal 4:26).
Hebrews 12:22-24 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.