Originally posted by KSoze
Another example of someone using scripture to support their OPINION.
[Edited on 21-5-2004 by KSoze]
This is what the Apostle who wrote the book of Hebrews taught. It's not just my opinion.
6 But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He(Jesus) is also Mediator of a better covenant
, which was established on
7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second.
8 Because finding fault with them, He says: "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--
9 "not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt;
because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the Lord.
10 "For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write
them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
11 "None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the
greatest of them.
12 "For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more."
13 In that He says, "A new covenant," He has made the first obsolete.
Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish
First off there is a distinction between the two covenants, being referred to as ‘First’ and ‘Second’, ‘a better covenant’, ‘new’ and ‘old’. Plus it
says in the Jeremiah quote, “not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers”. So yes it is a different covenant. Not simply renewed.
The word ‘new’ in Jeremiah is as follows:
H2319 From Jeremiah 31:31
1) new, new thing, fresh
Part of Speech: adjective
A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number: from H2318
Same Word by TWOT Number: 613a
The word which is related to châdâsh(H2319) is châdash(H2318). Notice the accent on the ‘a’ in the second word is not there, but is
in the first one, they’re two different words. The second word(H2318) can mean renewed, but not the one used in Jeremiah 31:31(H2319), which means
new, new thing, fresh.
1) to be new, renew, repair
1a1) to renew, make anew
1a2) to repair
1b) (Hithpael) to renew oneself
Part of Speech: verb
A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number: a primitive root
Same Word by TWOT Number: 613
And the word used in Hebrews for ‘new’ covenant tends to support my answer:
1a) as respects form
1a1) recently made, fresh, recent, unused, unworn
1b) as respects substance
1b1) of a new kind, unprecedented, novel, uncommon, unheard of
Part of Speech: adjective
A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: of uncertain affinity
Citing in TDNT: 3:447, 388
Plus Hebrews 8:13 testifies to the fact that “In that He says, "A new covenant," He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and
growing old is ready to vanish away.” How could Jesus make the first covenant obsolete if He didn’t usher in the second new covenant.
So my original answer is still correct.