[WMSCOG] The Will Or Covenant Of God

Even though there was a very disobedient son, he would listen to the last words of his dying parents and try to accomplish them. Also, even though there was a person who was seldom listened to while he was living, people would pay attention to his last words. The last words left by a person are considered as something important or even sacred that we should listen to them even though the person who are giving those words might be a complete stranger to us. And the bible says that we also might have been a very disobedient son to our spiritual parents, but we must listen to the will of our spiritual parents to fulfill them.

Then what is the will of God that we must listen to?

Hebrews 9:16 In the case of a will, it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it, 17 because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living.

Here Paul explains about the meaning of a will and shows that it takes effect after the death of the testator. Another word for “will” is a testament and thus the bible itself can be considered as a will since it is called a testament, an Old Testament and New Testament whose testator is God himself. Just as Paul explains, a will or testament can take effect only when the testator died. In the same way, God gave his will with his blood or death to enforce the terms of his will.

Hebrews 9:18   This is why even the first covenant was not put into effect without blood.

God proclaimed his will or the covenant for his people to bless them and give them the Promised Land as inheritance. And to make his will set in force the one who made the will or the covenant, that is, God himself must die and to symbolize his death he ordered his people to shed the blood of animals, especially a lamb calling the blood as his own blood to represent his own sacrifice and death.

Exodus 34:25    “You shall not offer the blood of my sacrifice with anything leavened, or let the sacrifice of the Feast of the Passover remain until the morning.

To the blood of the Passover lamb, God said that it is not just the blood of a lamb, but his own blood he shed to put into effect his will or the covenant he made with his people so that they could receive the full blessings promised in the covenant. Therefore, we can say that the bible is a promissory note God wrote with his own blood and everything in it would take effect according to the terms recorded in it to his people who receives this promise. The Old Testament was the will given to the physical Israelites with the blood of animals to make it effective. But this will was not the reality, but a shadow to teach the reality, that is, the New Testament or the new covenant which would be established with his own blood, not through the blood of animals.

Hebrews 10:1     The law (or the old covenant) is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves.

 
And also it is written:
 

Colossians 2:16     Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. 17 These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.

 
The old covenant which was made with the blood of animals was only a shadow given to us to teach us the reality, that is, the new covenant which would be put into full effect through the death of Christ by shedding his own blood. The blood of the lamb in the past was given until the time when the Christ who is the reality of the lamb would appear and make a covenant with his people through his own blood. Therefore, the Old Testament was given as shadow to lead us to Christ who would come and give us a New Testament or the new will to give us the true blessings of the forgiveness of sins and eternal life.
 
Since the bible itself is the will of God, how much more we should listen to the words of God in the bible. Even when a man makes a will, people listens to it. Then how about the will of God? We must listen to his will and make every effort to make his will come true. That is the way we can also remain in the terms of the covenant to receive the blessings contained in the terms. Then what is the will of God that we should listen to and keep? As we have already seen above, another word which can represent “the will” is the covenant. The covenant and the will means the same in this context. The original Greek word for “will” in Hebrews 9:16 is “διαθήκη diathēkē,” which means covenant or will (or testament). Therefore, by looking at the covenant Jesus made we can know the will of God, his last wish that we must listen to and obey. Then what was the covenant he made with his own blood?
 
On the night of the Passover he made a covenant with his disciples and gave his words of promise so that they could receive blessings of the eternal inheritance in heaven. And to make his covenant or will come true, he sacrificed himself by his death on the cross.
 

Luke 22:15      And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.

 
And also he says about the Passover they were eating on the night:
 

Luke 22:19      And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.

 
Therefore, the covenant or the will Jesus made with his people was the new covenant of the Passover. After making his will, he died on the cross to put his will in force so that his people who kept the terms of the will would receive blessings promised in the terms. That is why Paul says that Christ was sacrificed as the Passover lamb to fulfill the covenant promised in the Passover.
 

1 Corinthians 5:7   Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.

Through all these things we can confirm that the will Jesus made with his people 2000 years ago is the words he promised in the Passover. The Passover was the last will of God he wanted us to keep so that we can be blessed by him. Let us confirm that the new covenant of the Passover was the will of God and through the Passover God’s people can receive the eternal inheritance of the heaven as heir of God.
 
The will is given to an heir in this world and the heir can inherit the estate in accordance with the terms of the will of the testator. It is the same with the will given by Jesus and confirmed through his death on the cross. His people were cast out from heaven to this earth because of their sins and were destined to die because of the wages of the sins. Their inheritance in heaven was taken away including all the positions given to them as heirs of God and the eternal life they could enjoy in heaven. On this earth, they were living a life of pain and sufferings and they were under the agony of death until the sentence would be carried out. And in this miserable life they had no hope for the eternal life.
 
To this gloomy and dark world, Christ came and he took up all our sins. And through his death on the cross he cancelled all our sins and gave us the forgiveness of sins and freedom from the slavery of death granting us eternal life through the new covenant of the Passover. And he opened the way for the heavenly kingdom again so that we could go back to our eternal inheritance as heir of God. All these blessings are promised in the new covenant of the Passover. Therefore, we can conclude that the new covenant of the Passover is the true will of God that we must keep. We must listen to his earnest voice for our salvation.
 

1 Corinthians 11:23   For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Again and again he is teaching us to keep the new covenant of the Passover and after giving us these words of covenant, he died on the cross right the day after the Passover to put the words of promise in effect. Therefore, the most precious truth that we must keep is the new covenant of the Passover. Even though Jesus gave his will through his death, the will of God was forgotten by his people by the deceptive works of Satan. Instead of keeping the Passover, Satan deceived people to follow the Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, and all other man-made festivals which contain no promise of God for the blessings. What blessings can we find in Christmas? Is there any promise of the forgiveness of sins or eternal life? No. But people’s eyes and minds are covered up and they do not realize that they are nothing but useless things made by man.
 
Now God is teaching us again to open our spiritual eyes and know the truth of the new covenant. To this dark and gloomy world, Christ Ahnsahnghong and Heavenly Mother came to us and now they are teaching us to listen to the terms of the covenant of God so that we can be blessed by God. Even at this moment they are shedding their own blood again to give us the forgiveness of sins and calling us to come back to God leaving the way of sins behind. Now we must gather again on Mount Zion and renew our covenant with God by keeping the new covenant of the Passover which God made with his own blood.
 

Psalm 50:1    1 The Mighty One, God, the Lord,
speaks and summons the earth    from the rising of the sun to where it sets.2 From Zion, perfect in beauty,
God shines forth.
3 Our God comes
and will not be silent;
a fire devours before him,
and around him a tempest rages.
4 He summons the heavens above,
and the earth, that he may judge his people:
5 “Gather to me this consecrated people,    who made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”

Those who want to be under the terms of covenant of God must gather together in Zion, the city of God’s festivals and must keep the festivals of God. This is the time of harvest when all the good seeds are gathered together into the heavenly barn. Only those who made covenant with God through the blood of Christ in the Passover can be considered as sons of heaven and they can go back to heaven. Come to Zion, to World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCOG), to the Heavenly Jerusalem, to the City of Living God, to the firstborns of the heaven, to the place where God Elohim grants eternal life to their children.
 
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