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Two is a number of unity. Two unite as one. When we think of Scripture we see two testaments, old and new. Testament means covenant and covenant means a formal agreement. Another words, it is a contract laying out the terms of an agreement. And the parties in the agreement,  the contract, bind themselves to the agreement. When it comes to the scriptures, God Almighty made a contract with man, mankind.

We have God’s contract with Israel in the Old Covenant, the Old Testament and we have God’s contract with the world, everyone, in the New Testament. Because this blog tries to focus on the triune nature of man, spirit, soul and body, we will consider man’s nature when looking at the contracts God made with man.

Old Testament people had flesh – their physical body. They had a soul – their mind, will and emotions. And they had a spirit – the breath of life and praise and  worship towards God. When God created Adam and Eve he created them with a live spirit. Another words, their spirit man had fellowship with God. But when Adam and Eve sinned, they died – their spirit man died towards God. They still had the breath of life but their fellowship with God was broken because of their sin.

That means everyone in the Old Testament born after Adam and Eve was born with the breath of life but a dead spirit man towards God. So God makes a contract with the people. First, God calls out a group of people to be the chosen people to teach the world about himself. God chooses Israel to write down the contract, the testament in books.

Then God sets up a bunch of laws, rules and regulations and he tells Israel they are to keep these rules, laws and regulations to find favor with God. And Israel was to teach the world these laws, rules and regulations. The world would see, by watching God deal with Israel, the blessings of God on Israel when they obeyed and kept the contract with God. The world would also see when Israel failed, the chastisement from God.

God called out prophets to teach Israel and the people and the prophets would report to Israel what God said about specific issues at that time. God called out prophets like Samuel, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel and many, many others to help the people understand.

God made the contract with Israel and he gave his rules, regulations and laws to Moses to teach the people. God was promising, in writing, if you will do this, then I will do that. It was promised to Israel and delivered to the people through the prophets God chose as his messengers. The promises were all based on the flesh doing specific things at specific times. Their spirit man was still dead towards God. Their contract was all based on their flesh.

Move forward. Jesus comes. Jesus is a Jew from King David’s lineage. The prophets in the Old Testament foretold of a time when Messiah would come. A Deliverer. But unlike Moses who delivered Israel from physical bondage in Egypt, this prophesied Messiah would deliver Israel from spiritual bondage. Another words, not only would he rule and deliver Israel physically but he would deliver them from a dead spirit towards God. Jesus would fix the dead spirit issue so man could be restored to spirit life with God.

God had set a time when man would no longer have to serve laws, rules and regulations to have favor with God. That time was when Jesus came and established the new covenant, the new contract God was making with Israel. So God sends a Jew, born under the law, from the seed of David according to the flesh, to Israel to proclaim that he is the Messiah they had been waiting for.

And because the Jews require proof of things, signs, Jesus did all kinds of miracles including raising the dead (Lazarus). But the Jews rejected him. Oh some believed, but most rejected him. Think about it for a minute. You have thousands of years of doing rules, laws and regulations and now this guy shows up saying he is who they have been looking for and he is going to set them free. Jesus was speaking of restoring their spirit man and the Jews claimed they had never been in bondage in John 8:31-33 KJV
” Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
[32] And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
[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?”

As we know, the religious leaders rejected Jesus and told the Romans to crucify him but many of the people believed. Now put yourself in God’s shoes. Here you send Jesus to your chosen people to set them free and restore the dead spirit that Adam and Eve caused through their sin. What would you do? God told them you are stiff necked.

So God calls out a Jew named Saul who knew the law, knew the scriptures and knew the God of the Jews. God calls Saul, appears to him, changes his name to Paul and sends him to Gentiles, Jews and kings ( Acts 9:15 ) to make the Jews jealous that Gentiles were taking their God. Then God establishes a new contract, contract number 2, the New Testament.

This new contract would be how people could restore their spirit man. How people could have a relationship with God again, something Adam and Eve lost. This new contract was based not on the laws, rules and regulations the flesh had to perform but based on Jesus and his perfect blood payment on the cross to pay for all of mankind’s sin. And to prove it, Jesus rose from the dead, fulfilling the law. Matthew 5:17 KJV. “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.”

Jesus, as God manifest in the flesh (according to John chapter 1 and 1 Timothy 3:16 and many other scriptures) knew the Jews would reject him. Jesus knew what he had to do and it was Jesus who introduced the Holy Ghost, the Holy Spirit to us in John chapters 14, 15 and 16. Jesus was laying the ground work for mankind being restored unto God.

And when God saved and called Saul / Paul, Paul’s message and teachings  focus on our spirit man, the spirit life, growing in the spirit.

Ephesians 2:1-22 KJV  ” And you hath he quickened , who were dead in trespasses and sins;
[2] Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
[3] Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
[4] But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
[5] Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
[6] And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
[7] That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
[8] For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
[9] Not of works, lest any man should boast.
[10] For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
[11] Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
[12] That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
[13] But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
[14] For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us ;
[15] Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
[16] And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
[17] And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
[18] For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
[19] Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
[20] And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone ;
[21] In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
[22] In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”

God handled Israel’s rejection of Jesus by offering Gentiles salvation. Why? To provoke Israel to jealousy. And now, with the 2nd contract, Jews and Gentiles are saved the same way, grace through faith. And this new contract is all about living in the spirit and not the flesh. Until next time.

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