Posted by: dhkrause | August 4, 2015

One New Humanity

A great prophecy is in process of being fulfilled in our day – the promise of “one new humanity”, of Jews and Gentiles being reconciled with God and with each other in Christ . Historically, God has welcomed people from all nations to become honorary citizens of Israel. Two outstanding examples are Rahab and Ruth, Moabites listed in the ancestry of Jesus.   Rahab was the mother of Boaz, who married Ruth, who became the great-grandmother of King David. (Matthew 1:5-6)

In Psalm 87, God declares his love for Jerusalem, and declares that those who believe in Him will be recorded as having been spiritually born there. This calls to mind Jesus’ statement to Nicodemus in John 3:3, “Most assuredly I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Those who are born again through faith in Jesus Christ, Yeshua the Messiah, will rejoice when he comes again to establish righteousness upon the earth, as described in Psalm 97:

Psalm 97 (NKJV)
The Lord reigns;
Let the earth rejoice;
Let the multitude of isles be glad!
The heavens declare His righteousness,
And all the peoples see His glory.

For You, Lord, are most high above all the earth;
You are exalted far above all gods.
10 You who love the Lord, hate evil!
He preserves the souls of His saints;
He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.
11 Light is sown for the righteous,
And gladness for the upright in heart.
12 Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous,
And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.

Paul writes in Ephesians 2:10, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” In Psalm 127, King Solomon likewise wrote of co-laboring and prospering with the Lord:

Psalm 127 (NKJV)
Unless the Lord builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the Lord guards the city,
The watchman stays awake in vain.

In Psalm 133, David describes the blessings of unity in the Lord:

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brethren to dwell together in unity!

It is like the precious oil upon the head,
Running down on the beard,
The beard of Aaron,
Running down on the edge of his garments.
It is like the dew of Hermon,
Descending upon the mountains of Zion;
For there the Lord commanded the blessing—
Life forevermore.

Paul describes in Ephesians 2 how the unity of the people of God will ultimately blossom into “one new humanity” of Jews and Gentiles reconciled with God and with one another in Christ:

Ephesians 2 (NIV)
14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

Many of the Gentiles described in this passage, whether they know it or not, are descendants of the dispersed northern tribes, called the “house of Ephraim” or the “house of Israel”. Jeremiah 31 describes the coming reunion of the house of Ephraim/Israel with the house of Judah, and the establishment of a New Covenant where His laws are written on our minds and hearts.

Jeremiah 31 (NKJV)
20 Is Ephraim My dear son? Is he a pleasant child?
For though I spoke against him, I earnestly remember him still;
Therefore My heart yearns for him;
I will surely have mercy on him, says the Lord.
21 “Set up signposts, make landmarks;
Set your heart toward the highway,
The way in which you went. Turn back, O virgin of Israel,
Turn back to these your cities.
22 How long will you gad about, O you backsliding daughter?
For the Lord has created a new thing in the earth—
A woman shall encompass a man.”
[Or, “Israel will embrace her God” – NLT ]

31 “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— 32 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. 33 But 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.

In the New Covenant, the people of God will fulfill the heart of the Law by walking in love by the power of His Spirit, as Jesus walked.

1 John 2 (NKJV)
5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. 6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
10 He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him.

David Krause, dhkrause@neteze.com, https://compellinglove.net/, 8/2/15


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