[Jer 31:31-33 KJV] 31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day [that] I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: 33 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.
Another critical point of correct language in scripture, of correct application of names and identities, is the name “Israel”. The name was given to Jacob when he wrestled with God and prevailed. Because Jacob prevailed, he was called “Israel”, which means “to prevail as a prince with God”. A prince is an heir. He is in line to the throne. It is of note, that having said in Jacob, “Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed“, having said this, it is important to observe that the man Jacob was called Jacob many, many times in scripture. So, to whom did the Lord speak, in saying, “Israel shall be thy name”? Was it Jacob himself? or someone who was yet in his loins? Allow me to make an example. Abraham was blessed by Melchizedek before Isaac was born…Isaac in whom the Lord would say, “thy seed shall be called”. And Abraham gave to Melchizedek tithes. The apostle Paul would later write, that Levi, yet in the loins of Abraham, paid tithes to Melchizedek, testifying that Melchizedek was a priest of a higher and eternal order. Even so, this “Israel” to whom the Lord spoke, was yet in the loins of Jacob. Again, the Lord had said to Abraham: “He that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir“. And again: “And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only [son]: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which [is] upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice”. But again, what does the apostle Paul show us? “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“. Therefore this blessing available to all the nations is in one who came out of Abraham, and not all.
Let us examine the Gospels, the good tidings, the word of God which can not be broken, the gospel which records Jesus speaking to the subjects of the old covenant, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me”. Matthew 2 says this of the young child Jesus: “And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:
And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.” Let’s find the prophet and his words, of whom Matthew quotes. His name is Hosea, and in chapter 11, here is his prophetic word:
“When Israel [was] a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt”.
The unbroken word of God, in Matthew 2, tells you that these words of Hosea were fulfilled in Christ. If they were fulfilled in Christ, then they went unfulfilled UNTIL Christ, and Jesus Christ is declared and revealed to be the Israel of God, the prince with God, and the heir of all things. Therefore, Jesus Christ, yet in the loins of Jacob, is the one who was named Israel. Let there be no confusion about this.
So, when the Lord spoke by Jeremiah, of a new covenant with the house of Israel, let there be no confusion about the Israel to whom the Lord referred. Again, in the unbreakable word of God, we can search and read every place in scripture that the words “new covenant” appear:
[Jer 31:31 KJV] Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
[Heb 8:8 KJV] 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:
[Heb 8:13 KJV] In that he saith, A new [covenant], he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old [is] ready to vanish away.
[Heb 12:24 KJV] And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than [that of] Abel.
The days were fulfilled when Jesus rose from the dead and became the mediator of the new covenant. And the new covenant is in Him and all His house, whose house we are, as said said Paul:
[Heb 3:6 KJV] But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.
So, what again are the terms of this new covenant with Christ? 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 so, the new covenant is effectual in them in whom the Lord Jesus dwells by the Spirit of God. For the scriptures declare that He, the Spirit of God, The Teacher, is spread abroad in our hearts. And the new covenant goes on to say, “They shall no more teach every man his neighbor, 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: for I will forgive there iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more”.
And so, the Lord’s House are not “many teachers” , but we have, all of us, The One Teacher. The Spirit of Truth. And from this understanding of who the Israel of God is, and how we are made heirs with Him, by the indwelling Spirit that raised Him from the dead, and who now dwells in us by faith, from this knowledge can every one of us be brought to the fulfillment and highest place of the covenant, “they shall all know me”.
I strongly encourage everyone to read again, the things Jesus said in John’s gospel concerning the ratification of this new covenant in you, by the Holy Spirit. Also in John’s epistles, where he said that if the Spirit dwells in us, the knowledge of all things dwells in us.
[1Jo 2:20 KJV] But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
This is true, if so be the Spirit of God dwells in us, because in Him, is the knowledge of all things. The knowledge is ours for the asking.
God bless you, and blessings upon The Israel of God.
Amen! I love this: “Jesus Christ is declared and revealed to be the Israel of God, the prince with God, and the heir of all things. Therefore, Jesus Christ, yet in the loins of Jacob, is the one who was named Israel. Let there be no confusion about this.”