One of the difficulties most people have in understanding the Bible is that there are two covenants that need to be understood: the Mosaic Covenant and the New Covenant.
- Not that we are competent of ourselves to claim anything as coming from us; our competence is from God, who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not in a written code but in the Spirit; for the written code kills, but the Spirit gives life. Now if the dispensation of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such splendor that the Israelites could not look at Moses’ face because of its brightness, fading as this was, will not the dispensation of the Spirit be attended with greater splendor? (2 Corinthians 3:5-8)
When you understand that there is a difference between the two covenants—Mosaic and Spirit—you can understand that there are two kingdoms that were created by God. The old kingdom of Israel and the new kingdom of the Spirit—the Kingdom of God.
Israel existed as a nation on Earth with the purpose of demonstrating what God requires of people in this temporal world of existence. Israel was given every opportunity to prove itself a worthy nation.
- Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread forth the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it: “I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. I am the Lord, that is my name;my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to graven images. Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.”(Isaiah 42:5-9)
Death in the temporal world is not really an eternal matter. People who die physically are not dead, unless they have not been born again. Those who have been born again are alive for all eternity. Those who are not born again are termed “twice dead”—they are still dead spiritually at the time their physical death (Jude 1:11-13).
Leaving the womb in which they were given the opportunity to grow and become newborn breathing babies, alive and well, like stillborn children, those that enter the eternal realm unregenerate are eternally dead, even though they possess a spirit and a soul.
- And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew 10:28 )
- But if Christ is in you, although your bodies are dead because of sin, your spirits are alive because of righteousness. (Romans 8:10)
- Thus you will know them by their fruits. (Matthew 7:20)
- But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23 )
- Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God, and he who loves is born of God and knows God. (1 John 4:7)
- We know that any one born of God does not sin, but He who was born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him. (1 John 5:18)
- Any one who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. (1 John 3:15)
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