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All of the Old Covenant commands are obsolete (Hebrews 8:13)

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The only commands from the Old Covenant that are binding on the Christian are those that have been repeated in the New Covenant.

 

 

Hebrews 8:13

When He said, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear. (NASB)

 

The Greek word for "obsolete" is palaioō.

 

1. BDAG (3rd Edition): treat the first covenant as obsolete Hb 8:13a (palaioō, page 751).

2. J. P. Louw and Eugene Nida: to cause to become old and obsolete, and hence no longer valid -'to make old, to make out of date.' 'by speaking of a new covenant, he has made the first one out of date' He 8.13 (Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament: Based on Semantic Domains, 67:103, palaioō, page 643).

3. NIDNTT: Heb. 8:13 takes up the promise of the new covenant of Jer. 31:31-35: "In speaking of a new covenant he treats the first as obsolete [pepalaōiken]. And what is becoming obsolete [palaioumenon] and growing old [gēraskon] is ready to vanish away." This is entirely God's work. Seeing that God in Christ makes a new covenant, the old covenant of the law has become obsolete. In Christ the first can be regarded only as old and fulfilled (2 Cor. 3:14) (2:716, Old/One, H. Haarbeck).

 

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The only commands from the Old Covenant that are binding on the Christian are those that have been repeated in the New Covenant.

 

 

Hebrews 8:13

When He said, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear. (NASB)

 

The Greek word for "obsolete" is palaioō.

 

1. BDAG (3rd Edition): treat the first covenant as obsolete Hb 8:13a (palaioō, page 751).

2. J. P. Louw and Eugene Nida: to cause to become old and obsolete, and hence no longer valid -'to make old, to make out of date.' 'by speaking of a new covenant, he has made the first one out of date' He 8.13 (Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament: Based on Semantic Domains, 67:103, palaioō, page 643).

I agree that the Old Covenant is obsolete for believers in Messiah Yeshua. However, do not confuse the OC and Torah as one and the same. The OC contains Torah, but it is not Torah. The OC was a covenant, not a law. The Torah that existed externally under the OC is now internalized under the NC since it is now written on hearts and minds (Jeremiah 31:33). The English word "law" in Jeremiah 31:33 is "Torah" in the Hebrew text.

 

3. NIDNTT: Heb. 8:13 takes up the promise of the new covenant of Jer. 31:31-35: "In speaking of a new covenant he treats the first as obsolete [pepalaōiken]. And what is becoming obsolete [palaioumenon] and growing old [gēraskon] is ready to vanish away." This is entirely God's work. Seeing that God in Christ makes a new covenant, the old covenant of the law has become obsolete. In Christ the first can be regarded only as old and fulfilled (2 Cor. 3:14) (2:716, Old/One, H. Haarbeck).

You are correct in that Hebrews 8:13 takes up the promise of the new covenant of Jeremiah 31:31-35. One of the primary promises in that passage is writing Torah inwardly.

 

BDB definition for "Torah":

1) law, direction, instruction

1a) instruction, direction (human or divine)

1a1) body of prophetic teaching

1a2) instruction in Messianic age

1a3) body of priestly direction or instruction

1a4) body of legal directives

1b) law

1b1) law of the burnt offering

1b2) of special law, codes of law

1c) custom, manner

1d) the Deuteronomic or Mosaic Law

 

Strong's Definition:

From H3384; a precept or statute, especially the Decalogue or Pentateuch: - law.

 

Even though you understand the OC to be obsolete, you still keep many of the laws that were part of it. You are mistaken to believe any particular law is no longer binding simply because it is not repeated in the NT. For example, are NC believers permitted to have sex with animals? I don't see that command repeated in the NT.

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You are mistaken to believe any particular law is no longer binding simply because it is not repeated in the NT. For example, are NC believers permitted to have sex with animals? I don't see that command repeated in the NT.

 

You are mistaken because the New Covenant does forbid such action.

1. NIDNTT: In the Pauline writings the word-group pornē denotes any kind of illegitimate sexual intercourse (1:500, Discipline, H. Reisser).

2. TDNT: The NT is characterised by an unconditional repudiation of all extra-marital and unnatural intercourse (6:590, pornē, Hauch, Schulz).

3. Louw/Nida: to engage in sexual immorality of any kind (Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament: Based on Semantic Domains, 88.271, porneuō, page 771).

4. William Mounce: The word group to which porneia belongs generally relates to any kind of illegitimate sexual intercourse - that is, sexual immorality or fornication (KJV) (Mounce's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, Sexual Immorality, page 638).

5. Joseph Thayer: prop. of illicit sexual intercourse in general (Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, porneia, page 532).

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The New covenant command is to love one another as Christ loved us.

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The law came by Moses but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

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You are mistaken because the New Covenant does forbid such action.

1. NIDNTT: In the Pauline writings the word-group pornē denotes any kind of illegitimate sexual intercourse (1:500, Discipline, H. Reisser).

2. TDNT: The NT is characterised by an unconditional repudiation of all extra-marital and unnatural intercourse (6:590, pornē, Hauch, Schulz).

3. Louw/Nida: to engage in sexual immorality of any kind (Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament: Based on Semantic Domains, 88.271, porneuō, page 771).

4. William Mounce: The word group to which porneia belongs generally relates to any kind of illegitimate sexual intercourse - that is, sexual immorality or fornication (KJV) (Mounce's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, Sexual Immorality, page 638).

5. Joseph Thayer: prop. of illicit sexual intercourse in general (Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, porneia, page 532).

So you are allowing for specific commands to fall under the category of a single word. I have no problem with that. It simply verifies that bestiality is still forbidden as are all the OC laws related to sex. I can do the same thing by using the word "law" in Romans 3:31 and Hebrews 8:10 as including all laws under the OC.

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The New covenant command is to love one another as Christ loved us.

Yes, that is one of the NC commands.

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The law came by Moses but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

I agree. The one does not negate the other.

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So you are allowing for specific commands to fall under the category of a single word. I have no problem with that.

 

Thus proving it is forbidden in the New Covenant.

 

 

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Thus proving it is forbidden in the New Covenant.

 

 

Hi Faber,

 

You keep bringing up Hebrews 8:13: Saying this tells us the law was done away. Let's get the context of what Hebrews is saying:

 

Hebrews 8:10: “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:”

 

Hebrews 8:11: “And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.”

 

Hebrews 8:12: “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.”

 

This is addressing a time after Christ comes back and rules the nations with a rod of iron. The iron rod will only be needed for a season. After the people start receiving the blessings of living according to God's will, they will joy in it. Eventually Hebrews 8:11 will become fact. Hebrews 11 has never been true in the history of mankind, and it still is not. Thus it is the millennial reign.

 

Think and pray about it.

 

Yours,

 

Deade

 

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It refers to the time when the New Covenant began (cf. Acts 2:4) and onwards.

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Thus proving it is forbidden in the New Covenant.

 

 

Hi Faber,

 

You keep bringing up Hebrews 8:13: Saying this tells us the law was done away. Let's get the context of what Hebrews is saying:

 

Hebrews 8:10: “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:”

 

Hebrews 8:11: “And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.”

 

Hebrews 8:12: “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.”

 

This is addressing a time after Christ comes back and rules the nations with a rod of iron. The iron rod will only be needed for a season. After the people start receiving the blessings of living according to God's will, they will joy in it. Eventually Hebrews 8:11 will become fact. Hebrews 11 has never been true in the history of mankind, and it still is not. Thus it is the millennial reign.

 

Think and pray about it.

 

Yours,

 

Deade

Sorry, that can't be true. It's for now, and today. See Hebrews 8:6. The better covenant which is built on better promises is for "now".

 

This new covenant is all Grace, it's All Jesus. The old covenant is, Thou Shall Not, Thou Shall Not, Thou Shall Not.... But this new and better covenant is God saying, " I will, I will, I will" and notice no mention of us keeping the 10 Commandments.

 

Paul compared the two covenants to marriage in Romans 7:1-3 and trying to start a new before ending the OLD is adultery. This is specifically talking about the 10 commandments.

 

Mixing the two covenants is like mixing new wine into old wineskins, Jesus said you'll be left with nothing. Or it's like mixing cold and hot getting lukewarm, and He said He'd spit you out.

 

The new covenant DOES NOT pertain to the OLD. It's not built on the OLD, has nothing in common with the OLD. Hebrews 8:9 the trouble comes when watering down the 10 Commandments by saying, " do your best to keep them" No where in Scripture does it say to try your best. It's says you must keep them perfectly.

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I beg to differ with you Ransol. Hebrews 8:11 is a prophetic reference to the following: Jeremiah 31:33,34: "But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more."

 

Now, you go read Jeremiah chapter 30 and read through 31: you will see the time frame is after the Day of the Lord. Remember during Jeremiah's time Israel (the 10 Northern tribes) were long gone, carried away captive. If you pay close attention, God was talking about a different people than the Jews. God always call the Jews: Judah. The name Israel belongs to Ephraim and Manasseh (see Genesis 48:1-16). Israel is not lost to God, He knows exactly where they are. This all has to do with prophecy of our time.

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I beg to differ with you Ransol. Hebrews 8:11 is a prophetic reference to the following: Jeremiah 31:33,34: "But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more."

 

Now, you go read Jeremiah chapter 30 and read through 31: you will see the time frame is after the Day of the Lord. Remember during Jeremiah's time Israel (the 10 Northern tribes) were long gone, carried away captive. If you pay close attention, God was talking about a different people than the Jews. God always call the Jews: Judah. The name Israel belongs to Ephraim and Manasseh (see Genesis 48:1-16). Israel is not lost to God, He knows exactly where they are. This all has to do with prophecy of our time.

Sorry, still don't see it that way. Jeremiah 31:23 -34 is all one Prophesy. "After those days" in verse 33 is talking about what will happen AFTER verses 23 thru 28. The sour grapes mentioned in 29 and 30 is in reference to the curse of the law being passed on to the children for their fathers sins. Remember the wine vinegar they touched to Jesus' lips while hanging on the cross? That's where He broke that curse. Now, He will REMEMBER OUR SINS NO MORE.

 

Jeremiah 33:1-8. Same thing.

Jeremiah 23:1-8. Same thing. But notice in verse 8, that it happened about 70 years ago and is still happening.

 

 

Besides all that, Hebrews 8:6 says that NOW (that was 2000 years ago) He obtained (past tense) a more excellent ministry.

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I beg to differ with you Ransol. Hebrews 8:11 is a prophetic reference to the following: Jeremiah 31:33,34: "But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more."

 

Now, you go read Jeremiah chapter 30 and read through 31: you will see the time frame is after the Day of the Lord. Remember during Jeremiah's time Israel (the 10 Northern tribes) were long gone, carried away captive. If you pay close attention, God was talking about a different people than the Jews. God always call the Jews: Judah. The name Israel belongs to Ephraim and Manasseh (see Genesis 48:1-16). Israel is not lost to God, He knows exactly where they are. This all has to do with prophecy of our time.

Jer. 23:8 was talking about Israel not Judah. 70 years ago Judah was reestablished. Read the last paragraph of my post, God does not mix up the two.

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Yes, I'm sure God thinks just like you do, but what's your point in saying it was Israel and not Judah? How does that make it still a future happening and not current?

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Yes, I'm sure God thinks just like you do, but what's your point in saying it was Israel and not Judah? How does that make it still a future happening and not current?

If you knew who Israel really is, you would know.

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The Children of promise are Israel, which are us, here and now. Still don't see your point.

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God is not talking to spiritual Israel here. Like you pointed out in the comment above, this is physical Israel.

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God is not talking to spiritual Israel here. Like you pointed out in the comment above, this is physical Israel.

How do you figure that? Esp. sense Hebrews referred to the prophecy as being fulfilled NOW.

 

Do you not believe we are in a new covenant? Are we still under the law?

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God is not talking to spiritual Israel here. Like you pointed out in the comment above, this is physical Israel.

Ransol, this is what you wrote in comment 12: "Jeremiah 23:1-8. Same thing. But notice in verse 8, that it happened about 70 years ago and is still happening."

 

In Jeremiah's time Israel was long gone. God was speaking to a physical Israel in that prophecy. It is not hard to understand. It is important to get the time frame of all prophecy.

 

Yes, I agree we are under a new covenant and not under the law.

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Yes, but in verse 8, "all the countries I have driven them..." never in history did They go to multple countries until after Second temple destroyed, then they were driven all over. Before they were taken to Egypt or Babylon but never scattered all over. And so they have not been coming back from every country He has driven them until just for the past 70 years.

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The Children of promise are Israel, which are us, here and now. Still don't see your point.

 

We are the children of promise now but what will happen after the rapture, when we are taken out of the world?

 

So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Acts 1:6-8 ESV

 

The disciples wanted to know when the kingdom of Israel would be restored. Jesus didn't say they were wrong in expecting this. He only said that we are not to know or be concerned about when this will happen. Our job is to preach the gospel to everyone.

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We are the children of promise now but what will happen after the rapture, when we are taken out of the world?

 

So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Acts 1:6-8 ESV

 

The disciples wanted to know when the kingdom of Israel would be restored. Jesus didn't say they were wrong in expecting this. He only said that we are not to know or be concerned about when this will happen. Our job is to preach the gospel to everyone.

 

I'm not too sure about this passage. On one hand it seems that He was saying that someday the Kingdom would be restored to Israel because He said it is not for you to know when. On the other hand it seems (by verse 8) He is saying The Kingdom inside you (Luke 17:21) when the Holy Spirit comes on you.

 

maybe He is saying both. I know the tribulation is for the Hebrews and many will be saved thru it, and He did promise if they overcame, they would rule with Him 1000 years. Also in Revelation we are told the New Jerusalem will come down at the end of the 1000 years.

 

interesting stuff.

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Actually the when the disciples wanted to know when the kingdom of Israel would be restored, from Acts 1:6-8; was the prophecy in Ezekiel.

 

In Ezekiel 47:13 on through Ezekiel 48:29, it lists how the Holy Land will be divided among the 12 tribes of Israel. This prophecy was what they were pointing at. This is the real Israel, not just Judah. I have Judah blood in me, so I have nothing to gain but setting the record straight. Judah is of Israel, but not all of Israel. Just like bears all are mammals, but not all mammals are bears. :RpS_thumbsup:

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