The New Covenant

God directed my focus to the term ” new covenant” the other day so I spent time meditating upon it and did receive revelation from the Lord, which I would like to share. I know that once your eyes are opened to receive this into your spirit, your relationship with God will drastically improve. Every Christian experience is preceded by revelation knowledge that we receive from the Holy Spirit individually through the Word of God. In our age we have spent many years receiving head knowledge but not revelation (heart) knowledge and thats why our experience has been shallow and does not match up with what we profess to believe.

The term “covenant” in the Scriptures is generally understood as a contract or agreement between God and man. I see, however, covenant as much more than just a contract or agreement, much more than just agreeing to a set of stipulations.

Covenant primarily involves a union, an inseparable union between God and man.

All of God’s being and all of man’s being is involved in covenant.

The covenant also involves agreement and stipulations but the primary focus of covenant is this union.

Malachi 2:14, 15 tells us that marriage is a covenant too – between a man a woman with God as witness. In the process of this covenant, God establishes a spiritual union between the man’s spirit and woman’s spirit and the two are then one in spirit. Thats why adultery or divorce does such damage – it tears at the very spiritual union between husband and wife that God established.

Lets look at the facts. While there will be some who will dissect this and list all that they disagree with or think is unbiblical and receive nothing in the process, my focus is on reaching the rest.

1. The New Covenant is one that has been established between God the Father and Jesus the Son.

Psalm 89 : 19-29 shows us that God makes a covenant with Jesus. Jesus’ part was coming to earth, taking on human flesh, living s sinless life, preaching, teaching and healing, destroying the works of Satan, going to the cross, bearing man’s sins, sicknesses and curse, shedding his blood and dying on the cross. The Father’s part was to be with Jesus all through his journey, to empower him with the Holy Spirit, to give grace to pass through suffering and death, not to leave him in Hell, not to allow his body to decay, to raise him from the dead and raise him to Heaven to the right hand of God, to give him all authority in heaven and earth and through him to provide for the salvation of man.

2. Since we are in Christ, we are part of this new covenant. This means that God has made a covenant with us too because we are in Christ.

Hebrews 8:8 shows us that God makes the new covenant with the house of Israel and Judah in the last days. The Bible tells us the following as to who comprises Israel –

Romans 9:6 – …”for they are not all Israel who are of Israel.

Romans 9:8 – “That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed.”

Galatians 3:7 – “Therefore know that only those who are of faith are the sons of Abraham,”

Galatians 3:29 – “And if you are Christ’s, you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

Philippians 3:3 – “For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.”

Roman 2:28,29 – “For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.”

We can see that we who are in Christ are the Israel that God is speaking of here and this new covenant involves us too for we are in Christ.

What is the implication of us being a party to the new covenant in Christ?

In return for our belief in and surrender to the Lordship of Christ, we get to enjoy every provision of the new covenant. We have a union between our spirits and God. All of God’s being is involved in this covenant and all of ours too.

All that has been provided for us through Christ’s death, burial, resurrection and ascension are available through this covenant – the forgiveness of sin, cleansing, deliverance from sin, sickness, curse and the devil, eternal life, assurance of Heaven, God’s indwelling, God working in us to satisfy his own demands of us, God working through us in signs, wonders, miracles and gifts of the Spirit, divine health, divine blessing, divine authority and power over all the power of the enemy, power to be witnesses of Jesus and many others.

Can you see the force of this covenant? Nothing can stand in its path, nothing can destroy it, nothing can break it, it is as if we are in the grip of a mighty force field, anything that comes in will be destroyed by the power thereof – it is an eternal covenant between God and Jesus and by extension, with us who are in Jesus Christ.

May we receive revelation as we meditate upon this. Believe and receive all the provision of this wonderful new covenant in the blood of Jesus. God be with you.

 

Salvation – man’s responsibility

The Bible teaches us that God himself is our salvation. Although I have no understanding of either Hebrew or Greek, I read that the name “Jesus” comes from the compound word, Jehovah-Sus, meaning “God is my salvation”. Indeed, glory to God, God Himself is our salvation; He came down to earth and took on flesh, lived a sinless life, died, was buried, was raised to life and ascended to Heaven. Through his life, death and resurrection, He has provided salvation for man. Man, by his own effort, can never earn salvation, it is a free gift from God.

Having said that, does man have a role to play in experiencing this salvation? Is there anything that man has to do? Or does he just sit back and let God do everything for him?

Lets look at what the Scriptures have to say about this. We will look at ten words and phrases that speak of man’s responsibility concerning salvation. While here, against each of the responsibilities, we will look at God’s role. Do note that I have not listed references here as I normally do; why don’t you look them up yourself?

1. Repent – “Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life.”

2. Believe – “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God”.

3. Work out your salvation – “….For it is God who works in you both to will and to do according to his good pleasure”.

4. Overcome – “They overcame Satan by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony and they loved not their lives unto death”. “You have overcome them, for greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world”.

5. Have faith in God – “God has dealt to each one a measure of faith”. The gift of faith is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

6. Deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, do not sow to the flesh – “If by the Spirit, you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live”. “Walk in the Spirit and you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh”.

7. Go into all the world and preach the gospel – .”….you seek a proof of Christ speaking in me……”

8. Works of ministry – “…….those things which Christ has accomplished through me, in word and deed……..in mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God……”

9. Produce fruit – “He who abides in me and I in him, bears much fruit; for without me you can do nothing”.

10. I laboured more abundantly than they all, always abounding in the work of the Lord – “To this end I also labor, striving according to His working, which works in me mightily”.

While we see these words or phrases that speak of man’s responsibility concerning salvation, we also see that in each of those, it is actually God who enables man to do what is required of him. Therefore, salvation is definitely of God, from beginning to end, so that no man can boast.

Do you remember God asking Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac? When God prevented Abraham from sacrificing Isaac, but provided the ram for the sacrifice, Abraham saw God as Jehovah-Jireh or “the God who provides”. What does this show us? It shows us that God provides what He demands of us. He either provides what is required OR lives within us, empowering us to do what He requires of us.

Having said this, I must emphasize that we will never enter into and experience Christ’s salvation in its fulness unless we fulfill our responsibilities. Although God provided the ram for the sacrifice, Abraham had to get hold of the ram and sacrifice it just as you and I have the responsibility to put to death the deeds of the body by the Spirit. The New testament has several references to this possibility of not experiencing all of Christ’s salvation unless we fulfill our responsibilities.

Why this seeming dichotomy? On the one hand, we see that it is God who enables man to do what is required of him. On the other hand, we see that we will not experience Christ’s salvation in its fulness unless we fulfill our responsibilities.

The reason for this seeming dichotomy is because of the fact that we have a free will – we can resist His promptings, quench His Spirit, rebel against His leading and feed the flesh, among others.

What should we do then?

We ought to simply be completely yielded to Christ so that He can live within us to do what He requires of us.