Modern day differentiation between a Christian and a Saint. 

Most Christians (the religious) do not know Christ personally. They merely know ABOUT him. They worship the idea of Jesus Christ, but do not know Him.

In my years of “Christianity”, I endured the torturous endeavour to be holy. To be righteous. To be found without spot nor blemish. And oh, how I laboured to “draw closer to God”.  Little did I know, that the mindset in which I was groomed, had nothing to do with Jesus. As a matter of fact, I was innocently brainwashed into “a system of faith” that was no system at all. Nor was it faith. It was rather, a selective concoction of religious beliefs mixed with the opinions of the founders of the respective religious denomination, that in light of 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22, was evil.

Modern day Christianity has found itself squarely in the dilemma of Jesus’ analogy concerning the destruction of mixing the old and new covenants (i.e apart from the blindly followed traditions based on nothing but very subjective opinions).

Jesus said:

No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse. Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved. Matthew 9:16‭-‬17 KJV

Brief explanation

This analogy was, in fact, spoken to Jews, whom the bible references as, the circumcision. Do you know that a Jew was someone circumcised on the eighth day from birth (the initiation rite to Moses’ Law)?

Let’s look at the Pentateuch:

1 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a woman have conceived seed, and born a man child: then she shall be unclean seven days; according to the days of the separation for her infirmity shall she be unclean.And in the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised.And she shall then continue in the blood of her purifying three and thirty days; she shall touch no hallowed thing, nor come into the sanctuary, until the days of her purifying be fulfilled.But if she bear a maid child, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her separation: and she shall continue in the blood of her purifying threescore and six days.And when the days of her purifying are fulfilled, for a son, or for a daughter, she shall bring a lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, and a young pigeon, or a turtledove, for a sin offering, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest:Who shall offer it before the Lord, and make an atonement for her; and she shall be cleansed from the issue of her blood. This is the law for her that hath born a male or a female.And if she be not able to bring a lamb, then she shall bring two turtles, or two young pigeons; the one for the burnt offering, and the other for a sin offering: and the priest shall make an atonement for her, and she shall be clean. Leviticus 12:1‭-‬8 KJV

Are you aware of the fact that even Jesus Christ had undergone this initiation rite?

Luke’s gospel:

21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesus, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord;23 (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;)24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons. Luke 2:21‭-‬24 KJV

Almost all of the Christian community (in their respective denominations) refer to the Law of Moses as their guide to ‘please God’ (from tithing to the ten commandments, and the ‘whole nine yards’), -some denominations more than others-, whilst NOT ONE person has undergone ceremonial circumcision to qualify them as, in contract?

This circumcision, said the Lord, was in fact an external symbol of [Old] Covenant commitment:

Just as ritual circumcision cuts away the foreskin as an external symbol of dedicated covenant commitment, you must genuinely dedicate yourselves to the Lord and get rid of everything that hinders your commitment to me, people of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem. If you do not, my anger will blaze up like a flaming fire against you that no one will be able to extinguish. That will happen because of the evil you have done.” Jeremiah 4:4 NET

Clearly, with regards to the old covenant, if you have not been ceremonially circumcised, you are in no covenant at all. Every contract comes with terms and agreements. In our modern day western legal system, to assume the benefits of a contract without meeting its respective requisites, is considered fraud. A punishable offense. In the biblical context, you may be simply a victim of the mass delusion that you are in contract, with the continual whim of “claiming the benefits” to which you are definitely not entitled. In the modern day christian community, there are many who spend their entire lives, “keeping the faith”, “claiming Abraham’s blessings”, “buffeting the soul” via fasting, and at the end of it all, they die without seeing their prayers and supplications answered. And in light of the fact that believers live forty, fifty, sixty, even seventy years, or more of their lives without any form of results to their endeavours to “access the Grace of God”, their fellow brothers and sister and the succeeding generations voluntarily labour to waste their lives in the same fruitless existence without stopping and asking, “what is wrong here?”. I refer to 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22.

1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 Amplified Bible (AMP)21 But test all things carefully [so you can recognize what is good]. Hold firmly to that which is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil [withdraw and keep away from it].

Do you know that the uncircumcised in the bible are referred to as foreigners/strangers/ gentiles?  Even, dogs?

The Apostle Paul in his letter to the Ephesians related that the uncircumcised (with regard to the old covenant) are aliens and strangers to the covenant, without hope and without God:

11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: Ephesians 2:11‭-‬12 KJV

Didn’t the Lord Himself say that if you were to participate in the Law, you must be circumcised?

Again, the Pentateuch:

43 And the Lord said unto Moses and Aaron, This is the ordinance of the passover: There shall no stranger eat thereof:44 But every man’s servant that is bought for money, when thou hast circumcised him, then shall he eat thereof.45 A foreigner and an hired servant shall not eat thereof.46 In one house shall it be eaten; thou shalt not carry forth ought of the flesh abroad out of the house; neither shall ye break a bone thereof.47 All the congregation of Israel shall keep it.48 And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the Lord, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof.49 One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.50 Thus did all the children of Israel; as the Lord commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they. Exodus 12:43‭-‬50 KJV

Even the Apostle Paul said it in his letter to the Galatians,

For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. Galatians 5:3 KJV

The whole law is in fact a grand total of six hundred and thirteen commandments (613), which is known as the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Holy Bible).

And yet, amongst the Christian community, there are even those that take the liberty to hold only a few as more important than the others. Such as, the ten commandments (specifically Exodus 20). This of course, in blatant disregard for the covenantal stipulations.

The Lord Himself with reference to the (whole) Law said this:

Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.

Deuteronomy 4:2 KJV

In light of this (old covenant), Christianity has in fact comfortably fallen into the category of blasphemers, by merely referencing the stipulations of the old covenant. The deluded uncircumcised (some denominations more than others) demanding the rights and privileges of the circumcised, without completely meeting the requirements of the first/ old covenant i.e ceremonial circumcision.

Every covenant/ contract has its particular conditions/ criteria. With regards to the First Covenant, the Law of Moses, the initiation rite was external (physical) circumcision. And, to the Second Covenant, Grace/ Christ the rite is internal (spiritual) circumcision, through faith in Jesus Christ. Hence, it is quite erroneous as well as contradictory to hold to a confession of Jesus (requiring faith) and use the Law as a reference point (requiring works) for justification.

In view of all this, it is of extreme importance to identify the covenant to which you desire to live in and deliberately and actively engage, respectively.

Both these covenants were ratified by blood.

The old covenant was ratified as follows:

And Moses took half of the blood, and put it in basons; and half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar.And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the Lord hath said will we do, and be obedient.And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the Lord hath made with you concerning all these words. Exodus 24:6‭-‬8 KJV

Jesus made it very clear in the last supper, with his twelve disciples, that His blood ratified the new:

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

So, if the new covenant began by the ratification of Jesus’ blood on the cross, then by logical deduction, Jesus’ entire ministry, was in fact, under the old covenant. And if He was under the old covenant, it would be very prudent for the post-cross believers to study Jesus’ ministry through the lens of Paul’s gospel, in light of the the fact that the Apostle Paul was given the revelation of the gospel to be preached to the gentiles/ the uncircumcised. (You can refer to his letter to the Galatians chapters one and two).

The initiation requirement of the old covenant was physical circumcision followed by the obedience to the commandments (to which Jesus was obviously subjected to).

The initiation requirement of the new covenant is made clear by the Apostle:

Through him we have received grace and our apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles on behalf of his name. Romans 1:5 NET

In essence, to have faith in the finished works of Jesus Christ (new covenant requirement) and simultaneously refer to Moses’ laws as the reference point by which one lives justified (old covenant stipulations) is doing exactly what Jesus’ analogy explained:

16 No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, because the patch will pull away from the garment and the tear will be worse.17 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the skins burst and the wine is spilled out and the skins are destroyed. Instead they put new wine into new wineskins and both are preserved. Matthew 9:16‭-‬17 NET

You are benefitting from neither!

Thus, the modern day christian is lost with ‘his wine skins destroyed and the wine lost’. He holds to Moses’ Law with a profession of Jesus Christ. The adherence to the Law for the purpose of justification is in reality working toward the reward of righteousness. The person that lives by the Law, is in fact, a convicted sinner attempting to prove themselves righteous to God.

On the other hand, the person that lays hold of Christ in him, in faith, benefits from the gift of Grace, freely justified, and declared the righteousness of God. {2 Corinthians 5:21} by the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus Christ. That person receives the status of saint i.e a Holy One (without conditions/ commandments, OF ANY KIND).

All benefits of the new covenant are accessed through FAITH and not by keeping commandments nor any type of rule keeping!


So then you are no longer foreigners and noncitizens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of God’s household, 20 because you have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. Ephesians 2:19-20 NET

God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we would become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21 NET.

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