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Tithing

  Is It  Scriptural for New Covenant Believers? 

 

Under the Law or Led by the Spirit

 

Part 2

The Prophesied New Covenant

 
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As prophesied by Jeremiah, God declared at a certain point He would make a New Covenant with Israel, which would be a different covenant than the one He had with 'the fathers,' which 'they broke.'

Jeremiah 31:30 But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge. [see [*36] [Ga 6:5-7

31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: 33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Matthew 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

That New Covenant prophecy is referenced to by the Apostle Paul in Hebrews 8:

7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.
8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith 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 continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
...13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

Gentiles at this time had not entered into any covenant with God, as had the Hebrew people. However, before Christ, if a non-Jew sojourned with the Jews and wanted to follow the God of Israel, he was expected to live under their law. With the advent of Christ, a change came about. Non-Jews who followed Christ were grafted in through Him, and no longer needed to join themselves to the Jews in order to follow the God of Israel. Romans 11 tells us that the Gentile believers were grafted into the Root, and sadly it also tells us that the unbelieving Jews, those that deny Christ, were broken off.

Romans 11:1 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, 3 Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.
4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. 5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. 6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. 7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded 8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day. 9 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompense unto them: 10 Let their eyes be darkened that they may not see, and bow down their back alway. 11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. 12 Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness? 13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: 14 If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. 15 For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?  16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. 17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; 18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. 19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in. 20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: 21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. 22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again. 24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?

All Gentile believers should remember that not only the Word of God, but the Messiah came through the Jews by God's will and for His purposes, and should not be high-minded or boastful. Pride is not to be found in any of God's people, which is why the warning of God having not spared those who were 'natural branches.' We are saved by grace because of His love for us. Our focus is to be Jesus Christ, giving Him the honor and the glory and the preeminence. As Jesus stated, "salvation is of the Jews".[*37] [Joh 4:21-24] It should be noted that the Jewish people did not extend the invitation to be grafted in, nor did they provide salvation, this was done solely by God.

The Jewish people were given a great honor to have been given "the oracles of God." They were also privileged to have had communion with God as His chosen people, and some such as Moses and Elijah were filled with the Holy Spirit. [Nu 11:17,29; Ju 3:10, 6:34; 14:6; 1 Sa 10:6, 16:13; 2 Kings 2.9-10;Eze 11:5; Isa 63:11; Dan 2:47, 4:9]

The documentation of their struggles, obedience and disobedience is recorded to be appreciated and learned from. They were also privileged to have had prophecies throughout time, that revealed the coming of the Messiah which culminated in the truth of Jesus Christ, who is God come in the flesh. All those who have accepted Him are part of the Body of Christ, regardless of heritage, because Almighty God declared it. Those who reject Him, struggle with the concept of who He is. God has not forgotten His people and anxiously awaits to re graft them into Christ, who has always been the Root. All in fact can become grafted into Christ regardless of race, and part of the New Covenant promised by God. [*37b] [John 3:1-18]

That is why in the book of Hebrews, that is, written specifically to the Jewish believers, Paul explained the purpose of the Temple, the Levites, the need for the priests and the sacrifices and why it was no longer valid, or the way of dealing with sin. And who our High Priest is, who made "the way into the inner sanctuary", once for all. [Heb. 7, 8, 9, 10]

Hebrews 6:20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
7:1 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;
2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;
3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
4 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.
5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:
...11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?

Note verse 7:12, "For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law." Paul explained very clearly that the priesthood changed and also the law and the covenant that God originally gave the Hebrew people.

...7:15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest, 16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life. ...
18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. 19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.
...22 By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.
23 And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:
24 But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. 25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

Perfection could never come by the Levitical Priesthood and keeping of the Law, and the covenant therefore needed to be amended, as God had declared through His prophets and their prophecies and through the Apostle Paul in Hebrews 7 v18 "...verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof."

Notice that the word "disannulling" <athetesis>, means from 114; cancellation (literally or figuratively):--disannulling, put away. [Strong's #115]

The Law, while perfect, was weak because people were weak in the flesh and struggled to keep it and many were reaping the consequences of disobedience and some were even stoned. The Levites, while living to the Law, could not save their own souls or bodies from death, nor anyone else's. In the order of Aaron and the Levites there were many priests and high priests one after another, due to death, and we know that the priests had to offer daily sacrifices and yet could never make anyone righteous or forgive sins in themselves.

In the priesthood of Christ there is only One High Priest. The better and promised covenant came through Jesus Christ by God's decree.

Heb 5:3 And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins. 4 And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron. 5 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.
6 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

Our High Priest, who was sinless, gave Himself willingly once for all and for those who believe on Him, we have forgiveness of sins and the hope and promise of eternal life. Many who reject Christ have stated that this cannot be true because, "God can not die." They are correct, He didn't. Scripture tells us that death could not hold Him, and that He is currently seated at the Right Hand of Majesty.

See:  [*38] [Mt 22:44; 26:64; Mr 12:36; 16:19; Lu 20:42; Ac 2:24,25, 32-35; 4:33; 5:31; 7:55,56; 8:34]

[*38b] [Eph 1:20; Col 3:1; Heb 1:3; 8:1, 10:12; 12:2; 1Pe 3:22; Ac 3:15; 4:10; 10:40; 13:30,33,34; 17:31]  

[*39] [Ro 4:24; 8:11; 1Cor 6:14; 15:15; 2Cor 4:14; Ga 1:1; Col 2:12; 1Th 1:10; Heb 13:20; 1Pe 1:21; Ps 16:8]

Others have said that this could not be true because God is not a man. They are correct. The Scriptures tells us that all men sin and fall short of the glory of God. He did not sin. The Scriptures also tells us that God is true and every man is a liar. Christ did not lie and did no sin. He experienced many of the temptations that we have and will encounter throughout our life.[*39b] [Heb 2:18; Heb 4:15]. He suffered physical pain as well as emotional pain. He wept over Lazarus [*39c] [Joh 11:35] and was saddened at the beheading of John the Baptist. He was despised, mocked, unappreciated, unloved, and misunderstood, even though He did nothing to warrant this treatment, and still loved those who rejected Him as He was hanging on the cross. [*39d] [Lu 23:24, 1 Pe 2:22-23]. He was perfect and was God manifest in the flesh.

We are told that Jesus, as God the Son, dwelt among us in the likeness of men so that He might commune with His creation, but did not always exist in this fleshly form from eternity. This is important to understand since the Scriptures also state that no man in his sinful state could look upon the face of God as Spirit and live [*40] [Ex 33:20], and that no man, but only Christ, has seen Him[*41] [Joh 1:18], but in Genesis 18 we find God [Adonai] appearing as a man [iysh] and talking with Abraham. In Genesis 32:29-30 we find Jacob face to face with God in the flesh as well. Jesus Christ, who came as God in the flesh, stepped down from Glory and took on a form in which He could be seen, experienced, heard and comprehended by us in our human condition.[*42] [Joh 1:14]

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

Colossians 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

Philippians 2:6 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

1 Timothy 1:16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. 17. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, [be] honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

We should not find this hard to believe, since the Scriptures tell us that we as humans were created in the Image of the invisible God:

Genesis 1:26-27 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Genesis 9:6 Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

We are told in Scripture, that it was to be this way:

1Tim 3: 16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

Luke 1:67 And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, 68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, [*43] [Ex 3:16; 4:31; 1Ki 1:48; Ps 41:13; 72:18; 106:48; 111:9; Lu 7:16]

69 And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; [*44] [Ps 132:17; 1Ki 11:36; 15:4; 2Ch 21:7; Eze 29:21; Lu 1:69]

70 As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: [*45] [Jer 23:5-6; 30:10; Da 9:24; Ac 3:21; Ro 1:2; Ps 72:2;         [*45b] [Isa 4:2; 9:7; 11:1; 32:1,18; 40:10-11; Jer 33:14-16; Zec 3:8; 6:12]

71 That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; 72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; [*46] [Le 26:42; 98:3; 105:8-9; 106:45; Lu 1:54]

73 The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,[*47] [Ge 12:2,3; 17:4; 22:16-17; Heb 6:13,17; Ex 2:24; 6:5; Ps 106:45; 136:23; Eze 16:60]

74 That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, [*48] [Ro 6:18,22; Heb 9:14]

75 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.[*49] [Jer 32:39-40; Eph 4:24; 2Th 2:13; 2Ti 1:9; Tit 2:12; 1Pe 1:15; 2Pe 1:4]

76 And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; [*50] [Isa 40:3; Mal 3:1; 4:5; Mt 11:10; Lu 1:17]

77 To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, [*51][Mr 1:4; Lu 3:3;Ps 98:2; Isa 52:10; Lu 2:10]

78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, [*52] [Nu 24:17; Isa 11:1; Zec 3:8; 6:12; Mal 4:2]

79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. [*53] [Isa 9:2; 42:7; 49:9; Mt 4:16]

 80 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his showing unto Israel. [*54] [Mt 3:1; 11:7; Lu 2:40]

Our Lord Jesus Christ is our minister of the spiritual sanctuary in heaven, not on earth. While noting that every high priest on earth was required to "offer gifts and sacrifices", our High Priest had to offer something slightly different or be required to offer according to the Law, if he remained on earth. With that, Paul wrote in Hebrews 8, that those earthly priests, with their sacrifices, "5 Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern showed to thee in the mount. 6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises."

What Paul declared to the Hebrews, was that all those who belong to Jesus Christ have such a High Priest as they needed. He appeared on earth, and gave Himself as a sacrifice for the sins of all people.

The very excellence of the priesthood of Christ, was above that of Aaron and the Levites, and is from God's new covenant which was promised would come, according to the prophets of the Old Testament. The Law not only made all subject to it and condemned for sin, but it was unable to remove the guilt of sin. In attempting to keep it, even with all the sin sacrifices, serving the Law could never eliminate the fear of violating some part of it, and receiving the prescribed consequences. By the shedding of the blood of Christ, the only perfect and sinless sacrifice, a full remission of sins was provided, so that God would remember our sins no more. Almighty God had already declared that it was the giving of blood upon the altar, that made the atonement for souls.

Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.

Mark 14:24 And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.

Heb 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

Hebrews 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

Where before the children of Israel could never approach the inner sanctuary of the Temple, we can now through the mediation of Christ, and only because of Him, have access to the Father where only the high priest once had access in the earthly temple. Christ was the Mediator of the New Covenant of grace and His righteousness.[*55] [Heb 8:7-13, Joh 1:17] As shown above as the correlation to the prophecy in Jeremiah:

8:7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.
8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith 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 continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
...13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

Note: the first <protos> old <palaioo> From Strong's 3822. palaiow palaioo, pal-ah-yo'-o  from 3820; to make (passively, become) worn out, or declare obsolete:--decay, make (wax) old. See Greek 3820 (palaios) >3820. palaiov palaios, pal-ah-yos'  from 3819; antique, i.e. not recent, worn out:--old.

God once wrote His Laws to His people on tablets of stone, and with the sacrifice of Christ it was declared by Him that He would instead, write His laws on their hearts. This is the very foundation of the promised New Covenant, and those who love Christ will act in fulfillment of the New Covenant, including loving Him and their "neighbors".

In Hebrews 9, Paul explained the purpose of the law and the tabernacle, its utensils, the rituals and their meanings, all in relation to Jesus Christ, how they were fulfilled in Christ, and the necessity of and power of His Priesthood and sacrifice. Our High Priest entered into heaven once for all, obtaining eternal redemption for us. Being sinless, Christ's offering of Himself and with the shedding of His blood, cleanses the most sinful soul. And because of that sacrifice, Paul noted again that Christ was Mediator of the new testament, also called the new covenant. Hebrews 9:15-22

15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. ...22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

the mediator <mesites> of the new <kainos> testament <diatheke>,

From Strong's >the mediator <mesites> 3316. mesithv mesites, mes-ee'-tace from 3319; a go-between, i.e. (simply) an internunciator, or (by implication) a reconciler (intercessor):--mediator.

new <kainos> 2537. kainov kainos, kahee-nos' of uncertain affinity; new (especially in freshness; while 3501 is properly so with respect to age:--new.

testament <diatheke> 1242. diayhkh diatheke, dee-ath-ay'-kay from 1303; properly, a disposition, i.e. (specially) a contract (especially a devisory will):--covenant, testament.

that were under the first <protos> testament <diatheke>

first <protos> 4413. prwtov protos, pro'-tos >contracted superlative of 4253; foremost (in time, place, order or importance):--before, beginning, best, chief(-est), first (of all), former.

4253. pro pro, pro a primary preposition; "fore", i.e. in front of, prior (figuratively, superior) to:--above, ago, before, or ever. In the comparative, it retains the same significations.

testament <diatheke> 1242. diayhkh diatheke, dee-ath-ay'-kay >from 1303; properly, a disposition, i.e. (specially) a contract (especially a devisory will):--covenant, testament

Matthew 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Christ died, not only to obtain salvation for us, but to forgive sin. All are guilty before God because of sin but, God showed His incredible love and mercy, by proclaiming a covenant of grace. Nothing could make a sinner clean, not even his religious duties, except with full dependence upon the death of a sacrifice of sufficient value. Hebrews 9:23-28

9:23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: ... 28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

Paul continued in Hebrews 10 to explain why there was insufficiency with the sacrifices for taking away sin, and reiterated the need for the sacrifice of Christ.

If the sacrifices for sin and keeping of the Law continued in the manner required while under the Law, for those who believe Christ, then the very purpose for Christ dying is annulled.

The Apostle Paul noted that those who continued in the Laws of Moses had a veil over them, and they could not see the redemptive and complete work of Christ until that veil was removed by Him.

2 Corinthians 13:7-10, 11 For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious. 12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech: 13 And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:
14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which veil is done away in Christ.
15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their heart.
16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away.

The essence of all that Christ has done for us is by the sovereign will and grace of God. The righteousness and sacrifice which needed to be offered by Christ only once, are because of God's eternal power, and His Salvation shall never be done away with. Paul reiterates that God will now write His Laws in the hearts of those who accept the New Covenant through Christ. Through this new covenant, or as many call it, gospel dispensation, there is full and final pardon for all sins, and God remembers our sins no more. This is what makes the vast difference between the new covenant and the old covenant.

Again making his point with reference to the Temple and Law, the Apostle Paul asked:

10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. 3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year...5... Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: 6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure...
8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;
9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;...
14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,
...18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21 And having an high priest over the house of God;
22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

The need for sacrifices for sin was done away with, with that final sacrifice. There was no more need of the sacrifices for sin and the Levite priesthood could no longer bear the sin for the people. Christ did it all. That is why the need for the change of the priesthood and the law, and promised by God Himself, the New Covenant which was enacted with the shedding of Christ's blood.

Le 17:11  For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.

Heb 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

In order for someone to prove that tithing and in fact the tithe of the Law of Moses is still in effect for New Testament believers, one would have to provide Scriptural answers to the following questions or concepts:

1. Is the Law of Moses still to be kept by believers  

2. The Levite priesthood equals the clergy --they are the replacement for the Levites, therefore God commanded the tithe for their care and there is Scripture that shows that in the New Testament.

3 The priesthood and law did not change when Christ died.    

4. One can keep some of the Law but one does not have to keep all of it, according to the New Testament and Old Testament.  

5. Keeping the Law in part or 'as much as possible' does NOT cause "Christ to become of no effect" to the person being justified by keeping it and there is New Testament Scripture to prove that belief. 

 6. The tithe not freewill giving was commanded or required according to New Testament Scriptures.


 

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Previous Sections

Tithing Is It Scriptural for New Covenant Believers? Introduction

Tithing Part 1: The Purpose of the Tithe and The Priesthood

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 Tithing Is It Scriptural for New Covenant Believers? Introduction

Tithing Part 1: The Purpose of the Tithe and The Priesthood

Tithing Part 2: The Prophesied New Covenant

Tithing Part 3: Changes to the Covenant Through Christ

Tithing Part 4: From The Law To The Covenant of Grace

Tithing Part 5: Keeping the Words of Christ And Giving for The Love of Christ

 

 
 
 

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