Under the old order mechanical instruments were required in praise to God (Psalms 150). In the new covenant we find “harps of God” (Rev. 15:2) which would be one’s heart as explained as "singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord (Eph. 5:19) and “singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Col. 3:16). In Heb. 13:15 we are told to offer the sacrifice of
praise to God with the fruit of our lips. Paul’s statement in Acts 17:25 that God is not “worshiped with men’s hands” rules out mechanical instruments in worship for it is practically impossible to play an instrument without using one’s hands.
As priests, Christians are to be a “peculiar people zealous of good works” as spiritual sacrifices (Titus 2:14, i Peter 2:9).
Under the old covenant the priests were to offer their sacrifices at thetent and then later at the temple. In the new covenant the temple is spiritual. The scriptures speak of the church as a whole as the temple of God “built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone.”(Eph. 2:20-22). Paul also spoke to the
congregation at Corinth saying, “ye are God’s building” (I Cor. 3:9). Paul also explained that each Christian’s body is a temple of the Holy Spirit in I Cor. 6:19. In Acts 17:24 he stated that God does not dwell in temples made with hands. The temple at Jerusalem was designed for animal sacrifices with the old system of worship. By AD 70 the church, the true temple of
God, had been established and the old was not longer needed, so God removed it by use of the Roman army. Since the true spiritual thing replaced the physical or material thing, we find no temples or “church buildings” either
in scriptures or history for the next two hundred years. Where then did Christians come together on the first day of the week to remember the sacrifice of Christ? In Acts 20:7 it was in the upper room of a private dwelling. Romans 16:5, I Cor. 16:19, and Philemon 2 also speak of home churches. Webster’s New World Dictionary defines a temple as, “A building for the worship of a god or gods.” Under the new covenant true temples
Earthly Jerusalem is of interest historically, but it no longer has a place in our salvation. In Heb. 13:14 we find, “For here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come.” Abraham looked for a city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. (Heb. 11:10). In Gal. 4:26 Paul says, “But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.” It is the church complete that we see in Rev. 21:2 coming down from
God to settle on the new earth. Physical decent from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Israel) is no longer important. In Luke 3:8 John the Baptist set the tone for the new covenant when he
told the Jews not to trust in Abraham as their father for " God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham." God also tells us that he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, but inwardly (Romans 2:28), Again in Romans 9:6-8 Paul showed that true Israel is not decided by fleshly descent by saying “They are not all Israel which are of Israel” and “They which are
the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God”… Also, in Revelation 2:9 and 3:9 Jesus spoke of those who claimed to be Jews but were “of the synagogue of Satan”. Paul sums it up in Gal. 3:29, “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise.” Under the old system David took a metal sword and killed the enemies of
God. Under the new covenant Christians use the “sword of the spirit which is the word of God”(Ephesians 6:11-15, II Cor. 10:4)… When a person is converted and becomes a Christian, he is no longer an enemy of God. In Matt. 26:52 and Rev. 13: 10 we are told that he that takes the sword shall perish with the sword and “Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.” Our warfare is real but gentle. We are to love our enemies. In Romans 13:10 we find that love works no ill to its neighbor.