Understanding Bible Covenants! Part 5 Until Death Separates Me from Thee!
This is now Part 5 in the series on Understanding Bible Covenants. If you have not read from the beginning, I would recommend that you go and start with “Part 1“. We have been discussing Bible covenants as being a marriage relationship between two individuals. We can see that these individuals can be either spiritual beings, natural beings or any combination of them both. Covenants with God always result in God being the husband and the people in covenant as being the wife in the relationship. We know that Jesus is the initiator of the New Covenant. Jesus is therefore the Bridegroom and the church is the bride. Many have agreed with the scriptures in the New Testament that declare the church to be the body of Christ without understanding how the church became the body. This transformation was accomplished by marriage, when God declares that the man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife and they two will become one flesh. One flesh is a synonymous term for body. Therefore one flesh refers to one body. A body consists of flesh and bones. Adam was opened up and his wife was taken out of him and Jesus the Last Adam was opened up and His wife was joined to him on the cross. The Bible actually says we were crucified with Christ, yet none of us hung on the cross physically as he did.
So in the eyes of God a covenant is a marriage and a marriage is a covenant. I gave you many scriptures that confirm this reality. As a marriage God provided us natural things to help us to understand spiritual things. Marriage covenants are a complex system of many dependent and interrelated aspects. Sex is one aspect of a marriage that demands and expects faithfulness of those in the relationship. Faithfulness is another aspect of marriage that applies to a covenant relationship with God. As your spouse trusts and expects you to be faithful to them, God expects and trusts you to be faithful to Him. We can clearly see that the natural nation of Israel was not faithful and as a result had spiritual intercourse with other gods, religions and idols. This unfaithful infidelity resulted in God divorcing His Old Covenant wife. The net result of the divorce was a termination of the covenant relationship without any hope of reconciliation. I base that statement on the law of divorce given to us in Deuteronomy where it says the first husband is forbidden to marry his divorced wife again after she has been married to another. I then attempted to give you scriptures that showed that Israel according to established spiritual laws was in a covenant relationship to another spiritual being other than God.
These are all very deep things that God has taught me from the Bible and I know it will be difficult to get people to see them. It is not my responsibility to make you understand or to make you see the truth. I simply present the information found in the Bible the best that I can and it is up to you to accept it or reject it. That is the way God designed the system and I can’t improve on it. I have found that people can read the same verse of scripture and pull out whatever they want to hear and close their eyes to whatever they don’t agree with. It is funny that God wrote a book that allows people to be wrong. God will always enforce your right to be ignorant and stupid. God will never force you into knowing the truth. You are free to be a fool and God will not stop you. Ok, let’s get back to our subject.
I know there are many other aspects of marriage that also apply to the subject of covenants and perhaps someday I will expand to include them in this teaching. A marriage covenant is the establishment of a new family unit. Marriage always results in a new household, with a new head of the house. These two married covenant individuals enjoy a sexual knowledge that is only experienced between the two in covenant. Physical sex is just a pattern of a spiritual knowledge that Jesus desires to have with His wife. I showed you earlier that Adam “Knew” his wife and they had a son and I told you this was a pattern for the Last Adam, Jesus and his wife. These are all new concepts, new ideas and new thoughts based upon a new perspective from God’s Word. You can read the Bible and study it for yourself. All of this has been a review of stuff that I have already covered so I hope you understand them.
Today I want to explore another aspect of marriage and covenants and show you some new information based upon what we have learned about covenants so far. I alluded in a previous blog on this subject that the Heavenly Jerusalem was a free woman that came from an allegory given to us from Galatians 4 of Sarah’s relationship to Abraham. This relationship was a physical picture and representation of God’s spiritual relationship to the city called the Heavenly Jerusalem. I concluded that this free woman was the wife of God and therefore in covenant with God. In looking at other verses in Hebrews we can determine that this Heavenly Jerusalem consisted of the angelic beings. This means that Lucifer the top angelic being in the past was included in this relationship. So how does God terminate a marriage covenant relationship without the law? We know that the earthly Jerusalem is now in bondage with the law and God used the law to end the Old Covenant marriage relationship. But the heavenly Jerusalem was called the free woman or the woman outside of the law. We also know from verses in the New Testament that without the law there is no punishment for sin. So how does God terminate a marriage relationship with a group of spiritual beings without any law or legal precedence? It is a fascinating problem to consider and it is very perplexing puzzle to solve, but God always has a plan and an answer.
If you recall from my previous blogs, I gave you numerous scriptures from Galatians 4 that spoke about two women in covenant with God. The one bond woman (Hagar) was directly said to be the natural nation of Israel and corresponded to the earthly city of Jerusalem. Then the other woman was the free woman and she is called the heavenly Jerusalem. What we saw in Galatians was the presentation that the bond woman had a husband and the implication was given that free woman did not? That seems like a paradox or a contradiction to what I just said that both of these women were in covenant and married to God in the past. What happened to the husband of the woman in heaven? That is a really good question. Let’s figure it out by going back to the Old Testament. This verse in Galatians 4:27 was a direct quote from a verse found in Isaiah 54:1. We know that Paul got his revelations from what he taught directly from Jesus Christ. We also know that Jesus must have used the Old Testament as a foundation for whatever he revealed to Paul. Paul and other New Testament writers frequently quoted Old Testament verses and this one in Galatians is a very important one:
Isa 54:1 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.
We can see that these are the direct words of God himself spoken through the prophet Isaiah. We can see again this verse is speaking of two different women. We could conclude that only one of these women is now married by just reading this verse. However, we know from God’s explanation in Galatians that these women are Sarah and Hagar, and both were married to Abraham. If you recall from New Testament verses that I gave you, if you have sex with someone, God considers you to be married to that someone. Having casual sex has major consequences in the eyes of God. So far this has been more review, but as we read down the rest of Isaiah 54, we can see the answer to our question, of what happened to the husband of the Heavenly Jerusalem.
Isa 54:4 Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.
Here in verse 54:4 of Isaiah we see the answer to the problem. The heavenly Jerusalem who was called the barren and the free woman in Galatians 4, is now declared to be a widow. What exactly is a widow? This is not a trick question, a widow is a wife whose husband has died. Uh oh? That sure make life difficult for many ministers that I heard, who say God can’t die. What is death? That is of course the 64 thousand dollar question? We know from the book of Ruth that the only separation of Ruth from her mother-in-law was by death. We know Ruth said to Naomi, “until death part me from thee”. Without death we know that the wife is bound to her husband and if she marries another while her husband is alive then she is considered an adulteress.
Rom 7:3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.
We see in Romans that Israel can only be called an adulteress if while her husband is alive, she has sex with another man and becomes his wife. We can therefore conclude that based upon scriptures in Jeremiah, Isaiah and Hosea that Israel is called a whore, because she has committed adultery and become married to another man while God was alive and in covenant with her. The Living God then divorced Israel his wife, and ended that covenant using the law. We also know that this heavenly woman if she was married to God, she would be bound by the law of marriage as being one spirit or one flesh with her husband also. So if this heavenly Jerusalem consisted of angelic and demonic beings, how would you get rid of the demonic spirits, while keeping the good angelic spirits? Fascinating, isn’t it? By Jesus Christ being crucified, God accomplished a major conglomeration and combination of things simultaneously. This was God’s demonstration of His true power. Through the death of Jesus Christ, God multi-tasked salvation for us with the termination of His covenant relationship with Satan, simultaneously. Through this death, it resulted in the heavenly Jerusalem becoming a widow. She is now free to marry another. The heavenly Jerusalem was now the widow and that makes it legal for her to marry another by the definition from the Word of God. But by Satan becoming entangled with Israel under the law, we now see that his relationship with God has now completely ended by the separation of death. Because Jesus Christ was God in the flesh, God died in Jesus Christ. I guess I could say God experienced death through Jesus Christ hanging on the cross, since spirit beings do not actually die. Nevertheless, we can see that Satan’s future was sealed due to what transpired on the cross. So while it is technically impossible for a spiritual being to cease to exist, it is not technically impossible for a spiritual being to experience death. Through death, He destroyed him that had the power over death (Heb 2:14). This is why the Bible says if Satan would have known the consequences, he would not have crucified the Lord of Glory (1 Cor 2:8).
Many marriage vows today include a statement, “till death do us part” in the wedding vows. Wedding vows are covenant words of commitment to each other. We can clearly see from the Bible that death represents a termination of a covenant relationship. If one spouse dies, the other is said to be free to marry another. So death is a dividing point. It represents a separation of the two that were said to one when they were joined in covenant. We can therefore easily understand why the Heavenly Jerusalem is called a widow and why God did this. God would have been one with this spiritual city. So God could not have punished Satan without punishing himself along with Satan. When a husband abuses his wife, he is abusing himself because she is his body, they are one flesh. God found himself with a problem that needed to be resolved. Without the law of divorce how did God terminate his covenant marriage with Satan and his angelic beings? I really hope you are seeing this spiritual reality. Death is a legitimate separation for a covenant. Because Christ died, we died. Why was it necessary to be born again? To be born again represents another new beginning and an opportunity for a fresh start. Jesus was called the first born from the dead, so being the firstborn He is the head of this new family. Jesus now had preeminence over all other spiritual beings. Where Satan use to be one with the Father, he is no longer in covenant with God because of the death of Jesus Christ. Since we were also crucified with Christ, we are no longer in covenant with death or hell or Satan, either. The work of God was full and comprehensive. By Jesus being crucified on the cross, God accomplished salvation for us, payment for sin, reconciliation of our relationship with God and the termination of our and His relationship with Satan. God is so much smarter than we are and if you can see these things that I just described to you, you will increase your understand of the Word of God by leaps and bounds above where you use to be.
Jesus said if you continue in my Word, then you will be my disciples and then you will know the truth and then Jesus said the “truth” that you “know” will set you free. I pray that the eyes of your understanding will be enlightened in the knowledge of Him.
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