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". . . At that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world" (Ephesians:2:12).

Note that Paul calls them "the covenants of promise." Through them God offered great promises and blessings to the Israelites. If they obeyed, God promised to make of them a great nation and to protect, prosper and provide for them (Leviticus:26:3-13Deuteronomy:28:1-14)

"'Behold, the days are coming,' says the Lord, 'when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah . . . This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel: After those days,' says the Lord, 'I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people'"(Jeremiah:31:31-33; compare Hebrews:8:10; 10:16).

Romans 11 7And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, 18do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.

Romans 2 28For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that whichis outward in the flesh; 29but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.

The New Covenant is God's commitment to give His people His Spirit so they can obey Him. Notice in this passage that God's law is included in the New Covenant. His law has not changed. What God commits Himself to change is the human heart . He will enable those entering the New Covenant with Him to willingly and wholeheartedly obey His laws.

Remember, God did not find a fault in His law under the terms of the Old Covenant. The fault was in the self-centered and rebellious thinking of the people. God's law and way of life remain an integral part of the New Covenant. The New Covenant requires a genuine change in the heart and mind that can be accomplished only through the transforming power of God's Spirit.

Once a young man asked Jesus, "What good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?" Jesus responded, ". . . If you want to enter into life, keep the commandments '" (Matthew:19:16-17

). Rules are involved in any relationship. God's laws were part of the Old Covenant. They are also part of the New Covenant. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can have a heart able to respond much differently from those ancient Israelites who rejected God's way of life.

The nature of God's law is fundamental to the understanding of biblical covenants. The laws of God endure forever (Psalm:119:89, 160). He established them to last forever (verse 152). The notion of a covenant without rules that define the relationship simply makes no sense.
The Greek word AIAOHKC G1242 was translated Covenant not Testament There is the Old Covenant written in Hebrew and the new Covenant written in Greek the new Covenant started at Jesus death not in the beginning of Matthew

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