Biblical Answers to the World Mission Society Church of God

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.--1 John 4:1

Are you or a loved one struggling with this group? Do you need Biblical answers about the World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCoG or CoGWMS), their founder Ahnsahnghong (Ahn Sahng/Sang-Hong) or their current leader "Mother Jerusalem" (a.k.a. "Heavenly Mother God," Zang/Zahng Gil-Jah, or Chung Gil Cha)? Thank you for coming here. I hope my blog helps you. Questions and comments are always welcome.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

What is the Everlasting Covenant? - Part 2

What is the everlasting covenant broken in Isaiah 24:5?

That is the question the WMSCOG will ask and then proceed to explain why they believe it is the Passover.

The WMSCOG takes great pains to point out that they do not believe in "interpretations of men" but only what's written in the Bible.  So before stringing together a bunch of verses to support anyone's nice sounding idea, why not go straight to the Bible and see if it tells us directly what the everlasting covenant is?

I started with keyword searches to find a "covenant" that was described as "everlasting," "lasting," "eternal," or "forever."  There are actually quite a few, so I ruled out covenants where it was one-sided, a promise of God to do something and didn't include any requirement from the people.  You can't break the covenant if it requires nothing from you, right?  Then we can see if any of the ones left fit with Isaiah 24.  You can try this yourself and let me know if you found anything I missed....

I've narrowed it down to 3.  (I almost included God's covenant with David in 2 Samuel 7--see 2 Sam. 23:5; Psalm 89:28; and 2 Chron. 13:15 and 21:7 for descriptions of it as everlasting--but God said that even if the people turned away from Him, He would still keep His promise.  Therefore it's a one-sided promise.)

So here are the first one, and I'll address the others next time...

Everlasting Covenant Possibility 1
God's covenant with Abraham in Genesis 17:7
(This covenant is passed down to Isaac and Jacob, see 1 Chronicles 16:17 and Psalm 105:10)

In Genesis 17, God promises Abraham that He will make him into the father of many nations, that He will give them the land of Canaan, and that He will be their God.
Then, starting in verse 9, we see what God requires Abraham to do.  Here are verses 9 and 10:
And God said to Abraham: “As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. This is My covenant which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: Every male child among you shall be circumcised

The people's part of this "everlasting covenant" is circumcision.

Physical circumcision was an outward reminder to be circumcised in your heart. (Jeremiah 4:4 and 9:25)
Jesus was circumcised. (Luke 1:59 and 2:21)
Must we be circumcised today?  Not physically, it is circumcision of the heart that counts. (Romans 2:28-29 and 3:30)
So how can our part of this covenant be broken today?  By not having our heart circumcised.
What does it mean to have your heart circumcised?  Put off your sinful nature by having faith in Jesus.
Read Colossians 2.  The whole chapter is good, but focus in on verses 11-13:

In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.  And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses [sins],

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