Jeremiah 31 teaches that Christianity is NOT the New Covenant

Jeremiah 31 Teaches that Christianity is NOT the New Covenant

Christians point to the passage in Jeremiah as the foundation for their faith. Jeremiah speaks of a New Covenant, and Christianity insists that it is a fulfillment of Jeremiah’s prophecy.

A thoughtful reading of the relevant passage in Jeremiah will reveal that Christianity is the very antithesis of the New Covenant predicted by Jeremiah.
The prophet describes the New Covenant as something that is unique to the Jewish people. It will set them apart from other nations (Jeremiah 31:32, 35, Ezekiel 37:28). In sharp contra-distinction, Christianity claims to have broken down the barrier of separation between Jew and gentile (Ephesians 2:14).
The prophet describes the New Covenant as a positive development in the history of Israel (Jeremiah 31:25, 27). The advent of Christianity ushered in a period of darkness for Israel.
The prophet describes the New Covenant as something that is impossible to disobey (Jeremiah 31:32, Ezekiel 36:27). The Church’s version of the new covenant is easily disobeyed.
Finally, the prophet describes the New Covenant as a time when it will no longer be necessary to teach the knowledge of God amongst the people of Israel (Jeremiah 31:33). The advent of Christianity launched the most intense missionary campaign that the world has ever seen.
Moses (Deuteronomy 30:1-10), Ezekiel (11:17-20, 34:20-31, 36:22-38, 37:15-28) and Jeremiah (31:26-39, 32:36-44, 33:4-26) clearly described the New Covenant. It is not Christianity.

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23 Responses to Jeremiah 31 teaches that Christianity is NOT the New Covenant

  1. Q says:

    There is strong new testament evidence that Jesus only preached to the Jew, but “lost sheeps” does not necessarily mean Jew.
    Also sacrifice was really a primitive way which prevented and still prevents man from killing off ourselves worse then we already do.
    This is the RESTRAINER, which is sometimes spoken of.

  2. Naaria, Reform Messianic says:

    1st -‘Q says’ does not speak truth plus he makes little sense. Sacrifice doesnt prevent violence and sacrifice is meant as a token or as a gift of love by “puny”, powerless man to the Almighty powerful God. God doesn’t need sacrifices & God does not sacrifice to man nor God.
    They (Greeks, Roman, future Christians) didn’t like God’s covenant with Jews, the “old covenant”, so their replacement theology required them to peruse the Jew’s bible to find any passage (even if out of context) that they could use to create a new myth (to add a “Jewish” god to their pantheon of 30,000+ gods) and in an attempt to give Jews (who they believed were “atheists”, according to Platonists & pagan philosophers) a new god or to destroy them spiritually as they almost destroyed them militarily and economically. Jewish prophets gave us a promise of a marvelous new covenant. The NT still only can promise a future new covenant. No gain, but a lot of regression to heathen ideas like human or man-god sacrifice, drinking blood and eating flesh (which the “Old God” in “Old Testament” always spoke of as a curse or a punishment and not as some type of “holy” ritual), god manifested in the flesh (just like idols, golden bulls, asherah poles, Epiphanes IV Antiochus, Caesar, etc).

  3. cpsoper says:

    Thanks for directing me here. I appreciate time may forbid detailed response.
    Some questions from a Gentile Christian:
    Yes, the New Covenant is cut with the Hebrew people, but does that preclude the members of other nations altogether? What about the Gibeonite woodcutters and waterdrawers of Deut.29.11-12 (Heb.10-11). – they were not strictly proselytes, or else they would have been treated differently, not as the servants they are. The switch from pl to singular 2nd person suggests they too are invited into covenant. What about the nations of Ishmael offering sacrifices in the New Temple (Isa.60.5-7) or strangers building up the walls (v.10)? How else will the Gentiles also offer up incense (Mal.1.11)?
    Can times of light not also be times of darkness, or at least times of a future hope in present darkness (Dan.11.32-35)? – Who would say the times of the Maccabees were easy or untainted by some shame, as well as glorious triumphs of faith?
    We also believe that the rule and work of God cannot ultimately be broken or fail at all, Dan.2.44, but that doesn’t mean that there is not horrible disappointment and failure on the way to its fulfilment, and was this not also Ethan’s experience, Ps.89.38-49?
    How can perfect knowledge and love be attained without the intensive teaching and preaching of the Divine Law (Isa.49.6,9,Isa.42.1,4,6) by Israel – the embodiment of the nation in her surety the Messiah and His own once estranged true flesh and blood?

    The key question to me is not whether but why did the old covenant fail? Was it not because its venerable and holy mediator failed – he was most reluctant to accept his mission, Aaron was appointed as a ‘failsafe’, and yet so soon heartbreakingly shaped the rebellion, the decalogue being smashed even upon receipt, and had afterwards to be shielded and carried by a frail and all too fallible priesthood (- itself needing outside refining (Mal.1.8;3.1-3)), in an ephemeral Ark (Jer 3.16), mysteriously sealed by the high priest’s own death (Deut.10.4-6), several times dear Moses despaired of his terrible commission until consoled, ultimately the Lawgiver himself was refused entry – no wonder this holy and blessed, yet sinful, man longed for and looked for another Prophet to mediate with the all consuming Fire, One who would see Hashem face to face, and not from His back only. Was this not heavenly pattern Moses foresaw with joy?

  4. Cpsoper
    The Old Covenenat did not “fail” – Leviticus 26:44. The Christain position which claims that the “Old” covenant that allows for disobedience, still “fails” on account of disobedience – how then can they believe that the Christain version of the new covenant – a covenant that does not allow for disobedience – is still valid after the history of the Church?

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  9. The context of the New Covenant in Jeremiah 31 tells us that the Nations will witness and hear the word of the Lord and proclaim the Salvation of Jacob (31:10-11). When did such a Gentile ministry break out and join to the Jewish revival? After the return of Jews from the Babylonian Exile? maybe not. Isn’t it around 1 century of Yeshua’s time? and the around 1948 when Jews are gathering into the land of Israel upon which So many Christians celebrate and proclaim what God has done for Jews? I guess Jeremiah 31 specifically prophesies of the age of revival among the Messianic Jews in both 1 century and I believe the New covenant revival will prevail among all the Jewish people in the near future when God pour out His spirit, the Holy Spirit upon them.

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    • hello ,

      one thing which one must try to answer is where does the jewish bible say that
      “yhwh” the invisible being became visible and offered himself as an animal sacrifice for humans. all throughout tanakh we see that god does “saving” “to save” and “saviour” through divine combat , not through ritually allowing death to take his life.

      i believe christianity is a very weird and pagan religion and no matter how much “concerned reader” interpretation one does, one cannot find one place that “yhwh” allowed death to knock him out and put him in 3 day coma.

      if a boxer knocks out an opponent everybody would say “he defeated”
      “he tkoed”

      “he koed”

      how can one preach in torah times “yhwh shall be tkoed”

      does it make sense?

      christianity is a very strange religion. we find gods battling with nature in greek religions, in the torah nature is under gods control.

      sacrificed flesh gods don’t come from torah, they come from greece and italy.

      no matter how much “concerned reader” spin one does nature/death does not tko god.

      • Mr. heathcliff! Nice to meet you and thank you for your comment. I also feels weired when i hear Gospel is all about crucifixion and we are saved by crucifixion..?? But! Listen!
        “but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness – for us who believe in Him who raised Yeshua our Lord from the dead. He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification” Romans4:24-25
        “For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His LIFE!” Romans 5:10


        • Mr. heathcliff! Nice to meet you and thank you for your comment. I also feels weired when i hear Gospel is all about crucifixion and we are saved by crucifixion..?? But! Listen!”

          look, yhwh doesn’t have memorial day.
          romans is like a memorial for some unknown pagan god.
          can you find one place in the torah where yhwh the invisible being said that one day death would defeat him ? yhwh doesn’t get sacrificed .

        • “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification”

          “For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His LIFE!”

          very strange . was jesus teacher of jewish bible? did he ever come across these verses

          Exodus 32: 30-35
          Deuteronomy 24:16
          Jeremiah 31: 29-30
          Ezekiel Chapter 18

          he would know that pauls sacrificed god was absolutely not required. do you know paul does not call jesus “teacher” even once?

          • Let me ask you a simple but the most important question in your life. The word of God in the Old testament says “We will die according to our own sins” then have you never sinned? Do you keep the Law 100% to be righteous? If you say, “no but i was forgiven by repentance and prayer and mercy” Then, people will say “you make God lier because it contradicts to what He said in Jeremiah31:30, Deuteronomy 24:16.” Now, only Christianity can answer: “God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate His JUSTICE, because in His forbearance He had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished-He did it to demonstrate His JUSTICE at the present time, so as to be JUST and the one who justifies those who have faith in Yeshua.” Romans 3:25-26

          • “Do you keep the Law 100% to be righteous? If you say, “no but i was forgiven by repentance and prayer and mercy”

            you see the problem? when god gave the law to moses did he not think of asking your questions? before your god gave moses the law, none of the questions about sincerity and how well one could keep it came up?

            if it were all about perfectly keeping the law god would have never revealed it.

            5 In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.
            6 They were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord. (Lk. 1:5-6 )

            if the commandments are making these people closer to god and god is seeing them as people who are walking blamelessly , then it is in gods SIGHT they are walking blamelessly. sacrificed god is redundant and useless because gods SIGHT is enough.
            there is no demand for perfection in your own text.

          • “then have you never sinned? Do you keep the Law 100% to be righteous?

            Now, only Christianity can answer: “God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement,
            through faith in his blood.”

            but christians sin everyday and wash themselves in blood. christians get away with sin and breaking the laws of torah. it makes no sense that human sacrificial ritual has made one closer to god. yhwh is a god who sends rituals and laws so that you become closer to him. you never showed anywhere where yhwh’ justice is made for his own death. you never showed this. you never showed where in tanakh invisible being called yhwh made punishment for punishing himself.

  10. Fred says:

    Moreover, the book of Hebrews teaches that Jesus died “once for all” so that by the indwelling of his spirit we would walk in complete obedience, negating the need for another sacrifice. That is the entire gospel in a nutshell.
    I don’t know any perfect Christians. Every one of them admits they “sin every day”. The gospel doesn’t deliver on its promise. The rest of the debate is peripheral. That is the bottom line. The New Covenant has not come yet. End of story.

    • hello fred

      one thing i don’t get fred is that they say with passion “we all break the law of god”

      but hold on a second, you tell yourself at the same time with great joy that “we are free from divine consequences and that unseen and invisible god punished himself for all future sins”

      this leaves one scratching his head and ask , “what the hell is going on here? ”

      what does such thinking do to the psyche?

    • hello fred

      where is this belief that invisible and unseen god said that he would die as sacrifice FOR the humans?
      i ask God to forgive me for asking such thing about Him .

      • I agree with you mr.heathcliff. As far as i know, there is NO, not one verse in the Christian Scriptures that says “GOD died as sacrifice for the humans.”

    • Hi, Fred. I’m glad you read the NT as much as i do. Yes, NT negates the need for another sacrifice but it means THE sacrifice for our justice before God’s judgment. but Romans 12:1 says, “… to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship” which means we must continue to die to the world but live to God on a daily basis. Indwelling of the Spirit does not garantee our perfect life. It is the process of sanctification. Galatians 5:16 says, “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” NOtice it says “WALK” by the Spirit. It is not “indwelling of the spirit” but “walking by listening to the voice of the Spirit” makes us walk in obedience. Isn’t Isaiah 30:21 saying too- ” And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.” If the indwelling of Spirit automatically makes us walk in complete obedience, it is not Spirit. it is medicine that programs us like a robot.

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