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May 9, 2023

A Transfer from the Old to the New

Hebrews 8:7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, no place would have been sought for a second. (8) For finding fault with them He says, "Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, and I will consummate a new covenant upon the house of Israel and upon the house of Judah (10) For this is the covenant which I will covenant with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will impart My laws into their mind, and on their hearts I will inscribe them; and I will be God to them, and they will be a people to Me. (11) And they shall by no means each teach his fellow citizen and each his brother, saying, Know the Lord; for all will know Me from the little one to the great one among them. (12) For I will be propitious to their unrighteousnesses, and their sins I shall by no means remember anymore." (13) In saying, A new covenant, He has made the first old . But that which is becoming old and growing decrepit is near to disappearing.

In chapter ten of Acts we see an important matter related to God's economy--the need for a dispensational transfer. In the Old Testament, God's economy was in a dispensation of figures, types, and prophecies. There was no accomplishment at all of God's economy in the Old Testament. Eventually the Triune God came in to accomplish everything required by God's righteousness, holiness, and glory to carry out His economy. It was not only the Son who came but the Son with the Father and through the Spirit. The carrying out of God's economy is the dispensing of Himself into His chosen people so that He may be mingled thoroughly with humanity to build up an eternal habitation for Him and His chosen people in order that He may have a full expression of Himself in eternity. Since God in His Trinity came to accomplish everything necessary that He might carry out His economy, there was a dispensational transfer. On the one hand, God could not avoid using the Jewish people for this transfer. On the other hand, Judaism was the foremost obstacle to this transfer. We can see in the four Gospels that there was a struggle, a confrontation, between Judaism and the Lord Jesus. The Lord came to initiate the transfer, that is, to initiate the change. But Judaism tried to frustrate this change. This struggle that began in the Gospels continued in Acts.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Acts, p. 240. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: comment@emanna.com.

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