You Talking to Me? – Part 32

If you can’t handle aYou talking to me? moment from Father, they may be rare for you.

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Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 21, 24, 26, & 28 – And God said . . .

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Not all “You talking to me?” moments come from the Lord.  Most folks I know have had those moments come from a cruel and insulting world.  But here, I’m writing about those moments that come from the Father.  In the final analysis, it should be an honor for any believer to hear a “You talking to me?” evoking word from Father, either from Him (His Spirit) directly, or through the mouth of one of Father’s chosen vessels.  But be warned.  There are times when that “You talking to me?” moment from the Lord may not be very comforting. 

Think about this for a moment.  When Jesus was 12-years old, He was already confounding the religious leaders of the temple.  He already knew He was the only begotten Son of God.  He already knew why He had been sent to the earth.  Now consider how that knowledge could play on the mind of a child, and later a young man as He entered into His earthly ministry.  Though He was a man acquainted with sorrows, He was also a man of peace, wisdom, joy, and life.  Children loved Him, and children don’t enjoy being around grumpy people, or people laden with cares. 

Now think of the Apostle Paul.  Here is the man who wrote more than half of the New Testament.  Here is the man who wrote of the fruit of the spirit; love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.  Here is the man who wrote, “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again, I say to you, rejoice.  How could a man who lived his full time in ministry knowing what he would suffer remain faithful through it all.  In 2 Corinthians 11:16-33, we see the Paul’s litany of things he suffered.  Take time to read it.  He knew all this was coming before it came, yet he pressed forward, faithful, diligent, and unswerving.  Don’t you know that when Ananias spoke these things to him, when the Lord revealed them to him, that for Paul (Saul), that was a “You talking to me?” moment?

Make up your mind today that you will be as Paul was; ever pressing forward, faithful, diligent, and unswerving.  If Father has called you, He has equipped you, He has made promises to you, and I can assure you, He that called you is faithful.  Be faithful to Him.  He will not subject you to surprises.  As I look back on my own life and ministry, I can honestly say that my God has never allowed me to be blind-sided.  He has always been faithful to warn me when needful, always strengthening me, never leaving me, ever upholding me in His strong arm.  Oh, how He loves you and me.  Though fore-knowledge of difficult times may be a “You talking to me?” moment, stay faithful.  He is faithful.  And, yes, I’m talking to you.

Manna for Today – Genesis 1; Psalm 119:89; Proverbs 4:20-23; Mark 11:22-26; Romans 3:4

Covenant – Seed of Abraham – Part 9

Walking in your anointing and enjoying your walk in covenant with God is, in effect, one-and-the-same.

Luke 4:18-19 – The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,  To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

I’ve a question for you today as we begin.  Do you know what you are anointed to do?  if you know, and you are assured of your knowing by deep conviction of Holy Ghost AND the power and demonstration of Holy Ghost, then do what you are anointed to do.  Do it faithfully, do it joyfully, and do it with all your might as unto the Lord.  If you are in some way unsure, please allow me to offer you some sound counsel.  What I am about to share with you is a Biblically tried and tested precedent for victory in your life.

Do you suppose Noah knew his future when he was a mere 300 years old?  Do you believe Joshua knew his future role as he was departing Egypt under the leadership of Moses?  It is likely Elisha knew what was before him when Elijah smote him with his mantle as he plowed?  Don’t you believe it improbable that Apostle Paul knew the great work that was before him at his conversion?  How likely is it that any great man or woman of God knew at any true level the conclusion of the work the Lord had anointed them to do?  I believe the answer to all these questions is “NO.” 

What I DO know of each of these scenarios, while amazingly simple, is profound in its outcome.  Noah, Joshua, Elisha, Apostle Paul, and any other great man or woman of God who has ever graced the body of Christ with their highest in obedient service, did so by growing in the wisdom and knowledge of the Lord in their calling as they yielded themselves to leaders going before them, waiting on the anointing God had placed upon them to teach them, and faithfully obedient service to the vision of those they served, and ultimately to the vision God gave them.  Even Jesus Himself “grew in wisdom and stature, and if favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52).  He did not start out at the top of His game.

Neither shall any other man or woman of God.  If you are not concretely assured of the anointing in which God will use you, begin where you are in serving someone who is, working in a church whose vision is from the Throne, or aiding a ministry that is timely, effective, and fruitful.  This is a wonderful application of the laws of reciprocity, that being, give, and it shall be given unto you.  In your faithfulness is a wonderful place of revelation from Father’s heart to you, the seed of Abraham..  Selah

Manna for Today – Genesis 17; Galatians 3:13-29; Hebrews 1:3; Joshua 1:6-9; 3 John 2; 1 John 2:20-27

Covenant – Seed of Abraham – Part 7

There is an uncompromising need of the anointing in our lives.

Luke 4:18-19 – The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,  To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

If you are being true to the Word of God, you cannot do a study of what it means to be the seed of Abraham and not enter into a deep study of the anointing, what it is, how it works, and how we are to flow with it.  While I’ve already talked about it to some degree, today I want us to enter into it much more deeply.  To accomplish that, let’s begin by examining our Text for Today.  This is likely one of the best known passages of Scripture speaking directly to the power, work, and method of the anointing in the life of a son of God.  It is of course, speaking primarily about Jesus, but it is yet deeper. 

First of all, pay close attention to the tenses of the first two verbs used in this passage.  “The Spirit of the Lord IS upon Me, because He HATH ANOINTED Me to preach the Gospel.” 

  • IS – passive verb indicating a state of being; present tense
  • HATH ANOINTED – active verb indicating action; past perfect tense

Understanding this is very important to establish the position of anointing in the work of Holy Spirit in the believer.  The simple truth is this.  For the anointing to be upon someone in an active sense, that person must be anointed.  In other words, the anointing ALWAYS precedes the manifestation of Holy Spirit.  Jesus declares in these two verses that He was anointed before the manifestation of Holy Ghost came upon Him and His ministry.  He was anointed to do all the things He did before Holy Ghost empowered Him to do them.  He was called the “Christ child.”  That means the anointing to do the works He did starting at age thirty had been on Him for thirty years.  .

Then when we read 1 John 2:20-27, a clear image of the divine connection between the anointing and the manifestation of Holy Ghost begins to be seen.  The anointing teaches us how we are to walk in the power of the Spirit.  I am convinced that the Father used the first thirty years of Jesus’s life to teach him how to walk in the power of the Spirit.  It was not something that just happened.  There was a divine preparation.  If it was needed for Jesus, the seed of Abraham, shall it not likewise be required of you and me, the seed of Abraham belonging to Christ?  Do you desire to walk in the power of Holy Ghost as the seed of Abraham should?  Then expect to be trained, to be taught, to learn, and to grow before that happens.  Selah!

Manna for Today – Genesis 17; Galatians 3:13-29; Hebrews 1:3; Joshua 1:6-9; 3 John 2

Covenant – Seed of Abraham – Part 6

Our connection with “the Anointed One” is much more important than any of us realized.

Galatians 3:29 – And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Once again I remind you of the need to accurately read our Text for Today.  Stated in a more modern manner of the English language, it says, “If you belong to the Anointed One, then you are the seed of Abraham, and an heir of every promise God made in His covenant with Abraham, and His seed.”  We need to recognize that the Scriptures declare in Isaiah 10:27, “And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.”  We must also recognize the truth of John 10:10 concerning the work of the enemy in our lives.  He has come to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.  Add to that God’s declaration that His people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6), and things begin to fall into place.  As long as Satan can keep our minds in the least bit muddied concerning the work and power of the anointing, and our connection through covenant in the Anointed One, he can steal from us, kill us, and destroy our work and influence.  My dear brother and sister, we MUST awaken!

The yoke that traps us and keeps us from the full enjoyment, power, and authority of our place in Christ as the seed of Abraham MUST be broken, especially at this point in the kingdom of God.  Father God made His covenant with Abraham and his seed, and He made that covenant FOREVER.  As we have read in our Text for Today, if you belong to the Anointed One, you ARE Abraham’s seed.  That means that the fullness of the covenant God made with Abraham belong to you, in full.  Nothing Father promised to Abraham is left out, and even better than that, for you and me, it is no longer a promise, but a settled truth.  Father has “given us all things that pertain to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3) through the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, or through the knowledge of the Anointed One.  It is through that knowledge of and cooperative function in the Anointed One that we gain full access to, function in, and joy of Father’s covenant with Abraham and our position in that relationship.  I urge you with every fiber of my being, go to the Word of God.  Engage it.  Study the covenant Father made with Abraham.  Begin to see more fully through that study all that has been provided for and to you in that covenant.  Open your heart, and come to a growing understanding of how you are connected through the Anointed One, and the depth of that connection.  Enjoy it.  Selah!

Manna for Today – Genesis 17; Galatians 3:13-29; Hebrews 1:3; Joshua 1:6-9; 3 John 2

Covenant – Seed of Abraham – Part 5

It requires more than casual observation to understand the term, “seed of Abraham.”

Galatians 3:29 – And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Before you go any further, take the time to read our Text for Today a few more times.  Make sure you see what it really says before jumping any conclusion  Today, I seek to shake up your thinking so you will see this verse with the mind of Christ, and not the mind of religious tradition.  Please, do not be offended if I momentarily disturb the way you have seen things in the past.  Rather, read what I say in the light of the Word of God, exercising the forethought to use properly defined terms, and then allow the Word to speak to you what it wants you to see, and to break away from viewing your position in Christ from our traditional viewpoint.  So, here goes!

I have been a Christian now for more than 62 years, and am coming to the conclusion of 51 years in the five-fold ministry.  God has always been, is now, and forever will be faithful, and in all those years, I have constantly learned and grown in my faith and God’s Word.  I am so thankful that that growth.  One of the things I have noticed from the beginning of those years until now is that most Christians seem to use the Name of Jesus and the title of Christ synonymously, that is, they take them to be the same thing.  “BUT, my friend, that is not the accurate way to view them. 

JESUS is the earthly name given to that human being who was born as the Word of God made flesh.  CHRIST is the word used to describe Jesus as “the Anointed One.”  For instance, consider Acts 13:6.  There we read, “And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus.”  Look closely at the last name written in that verse; “Barjesus.”  The letters “Bar” is a Hebrew precedent for the name “Jesus,” and when joined to it mean, “son of Jesus.”  In other words, this man was the son of a man named Jesus.  The name Jesus would have been known to the Hebrew people as Yeshua, or Joshua.  That was not an uncommon name.  What held the great difference was the title our Jesus held.  He was “the Christ,” “the Anointed One.”  With that in mind, look again at our Text for Today.  It does NOT say, “if ye be Jesus’s,”  but “if ye be Christ’s.”  So, we should receive this verse, understanding that, if you belong to “The Anointed One.”  It is so easy for us to forget that our Jesus IS the Anointed One, and that our connection to Abraham in Him seals us to the blessing of the Abrahamic covenant.  Every blessing God promised Abraham is no longer a promise to us, but is a settled fact.  It is ours NOW!  Enjoy it!  Selah!

Manna for Today – Genesis 17; Galatians 3:13-29; Hebrews 1:3; Joshua 1:6-9; 3 John 2

Covenant – Seed of Abraham – Part 4

What does the Scripture say to us?

Seed of Abraham – Part 4

Genesis 17:7 – And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

In our Text for Today, we read that God established His covenant between Himself and Abraham, and He included the “seed” of Abraham in every aspect of that covenant.  Furthermore, He said it is “an everlasting covenant.”  Knowing that God’s covenant is “everlasting,” and that it is fully extended to “Abraham’s seed,” the believer has only one true alternative in life.  It is the Word of God.  If God said it, that settles it.  There is no other way.  If the child of God is to walk in victory in this life, if the child of God is to live in health in this life, if the child of God is to live fully and abundantly provisioned (rich) in this life, there is but one choice.  It is the Word of God.

As the seed of Abraham, you have full access to every element of covenant God established with Abraham.  That can be seen, perhaps as clearly as possible, in 3 John 2.  This verse, in the New Testament, is a clear confirmation to what God made available to Abraham from the moment He established His covenant with him.  in Genesis 17:1-10, we see God’s commitments in that covenant.  God made promises in this covenant to Sarah, too, but let us look only at what He committed to Abraham and his seed forever.

  • A change in name – Abram became Abraham; you and I were formerly known as sinners, now we are known as the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ
  • To make Abraham exceeding fruitful – we have an added element of that that Old Testament saints could not produce, that being the fruit of the reborn, recreated human spirit
  • To make nations of Abraham – as the seed of Abraham, we still hold that promise
  • To bring kings out of Abraham – as the seed of Abraham, men and women of great power should rise from you, too
  • The covenant will be with Abraham and his seed – if you belong to Christ, you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise
  • The covenant will be throughout all the generations of Abraham’s seed – if you belong to Christ, you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise
  • The covenant will be FOREVER – it is still in effect at this very moment for you and me
  • To give him land – see the following …
    • Authority
    • Wealth
    • Great possessions
    • Controlling power
    • Influence
  • OBEDIENCE ABSOLUTELY REQUIRED – this is the love walk fulfilled in which faith works at its highest level
  • Circumcision required – for Abraham, it was the circumcision of the flesh; for us, it is the circumcision of the heart, the new birth

All this still belongs to all the seed of Abraham today.  Lay hold it by faith NOW!  Selah!

Manna for Today – Genesis 17; Galatians 3:13-29; Hebrews 1:3; Joshua 1:6-9; 3 John 2

Covenant – See of Abraham – Part 3

Stop being held back.  You are the seed of Abraham.

Genesis 17:7 – And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

So, what’s holding the seed of Abraham back?  Yesterday I wrote to you that it was “lack of faith.”  Then is shared a number of key Scriptures addressing that answer.  Remember, if God said it, that settles it.  I am not denying that Christians have faith.  If you’re born again, you have been given the measure of faith (Romans 12:3).  But it appears that so many Christians have allowed their faith to become ill-defined, misguided (misdirected) , or weakened from insufficient feeding of the knowledge of the Word of God. 

  • Ill-defined faith – ask most Christians to define faith, and see how many give you a truly Biblical answer (Hebrews 11:1).  They can use a lot of pretty words, even encouraging words, but are they truly accurate?
  • Misguided  (misdirectedfaith – this is faith that has been built upon the traditions of men, making the Word of God of none effect. It is a belief system built upon wrong teaching, either deliberately or through the ignorance of the teacher and the system he/she follows.
  • Weakened faith – this is the faith in Christians who have little if any teaching of the Word of God at all; unchurched, undiscipled, and disconnected from the church body. 

Once again, I stress to you that we have a faith problem.  It’s not a sin problem, though sin does indeed exist, and many fall prey to it.  But Jesus conquered sin, and has made us the righteousness of God in Christ.  It’s not a sickness problem, though sickness does claim many as its prey.  But Jesus conquered sickness, for by His stripes we were healed.  It’s not a lack problem, though poverty and lack seems rampant among many believers.  But Jesus conquered all lack, and supplies all our needs according to His riches in glory.

I’ll say it again.  Our problem is a faith problem.  We must get back to the Word, to our covenant our God has made for us.  This is the covenant that Father established with Abraham and his seed forever.  This is the covenant that established Jesus the Christ as “the seed” (singular, not plural) of Abraham.  This is the covenant that carries a note of ratification in Galatians 3:29, that “if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” This is the covenant that establishes Jesus as the heir of the world (Romans 4:13), and that the seed of Abraham are “joint-heirs with Christ,” heirs of all that Jesus received, and in equal measure with Him Who is the “heir of all things” (Hebrews 1:2).  Welcome to God’s covenant family.  When you know and believe this, your faith is positioning you to be the recipient of all you believe.  Selah!

Manna for Today – Genesis 17; Galatians 3:13-29; Hebrews 1:3; Joshua 1:6-9; 3 John 2

Covenant – Seed of Abraham – Part 2


Again, I ask, What is holding the seed of Abraham back?

Genesis 17:7 – And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.I believe the answer to my opening question today is simple.  Yet knowing the answer, the solution cannot be quickly or easily attained.  It takes work, diligence, integrity, and a determined will.  So, what is holding the seed of Abraham back?  And the answer is, LACK of FAITH.  Now don’t jump ahead of me and try to make that statement one of the often heard cliches that has arisen from shallow mining of the faith movement.  It is this shallow mining of the Word of Faith that has brought a bad name to it, deceived many, and allowed some to use it for self-enrichment.  But the mining of the deep truth concerning faith in God can and will transform your life.  Let’s take a deeper look.

First, we must accept some basic truths set forth in God’s Word.  As we examine these truths, never forget that if God said it, that settles it

  • Without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).  Do you want to please God?  If you will walk in the fullness of His blessings, you must.  Therefore, faith in God is expected, and demanded if we are to please Father.  God said it, that settles it.
  • Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17).  Please note these words and never allow them to be taken from your thinking.  Faith DOES NOT COME by seeing, by feeling, by fasting, by praying, by fellowshipping, or any other means than HEARING.  God said it, that settles it.
  • Now faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1).  Faith is not about tomorrow; it’s about today.  Faith was not yesterday, it IS today.  When faith calls something into existence, whether it can be physically experienced at this moment or not, changes nothing.  If faith has called it into existence, IT IS.  God said it, that settles it.
  • Faith calls things that be not as though they were (Romans 4:17).  Light as we know it did not exist before God said, “Light be.”  But the moment He spoke it, using His faith to call it into existence, it was.  He called something that was not as though it was, and it was.  We are to be imitators of God as dear children, and the faith we use in that imitative work was authored and finished by Jesus.  There is nothing wrong with our faith.  What is wrong is what we know about it, how we use it, and whether we choose to develop it.

We’ll continue here next time.  Selah!

Manna for Today – Genesis 17; Galatians 3:13-29; Hebrews 1:3; Joshua 1:6-9; 3 John 2

Covenant – Seed of Abraham – Part 1

What’s holding the seed of Abraham back?

Genesis 17:7 – And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.Let’s take a moment to consider what it means to be the “seed of Abraham.”  That is no small consideration.  In order to simply begin to grasp that concept, we must first learn about who Abraham was, with whom Abraham was connected, and what Abraham possessed.  To that end, I encourage you to begin reading in Genesis 12, and continue reading, even beyond the point of Abraham’s death, so you can clearly see the results of Abrahamic covenant.  He came from Ur of the Chaldees, being known at that time as Abram.  Abram had many encounters with the Lord before his name became Abraham in Genesis 17.  Because he followed the leading of the Lord, God was already blessing him in great measure, making him a man of great substance.  But when the Lord changed his name to Abraham, it seems that everything changed.  He was 99-years old, and Sarai was 90.  But when his name was changed, so did the aging process in his body (and Sarah’s).  Isaac was born to them when Abraham was 100-years old.  So, let’s consider the power in the name change

Abram is a Hebrew name meaning exalted father.  Abraham is a Hebrew name meaning father of many nations.  AbramExalted Father, had one son by Hagar (Ishmael), but none the Sarai.  So, the name Abram was fitting.  But God changed all that when He called him Abraham, changing his name to Father of Nations.  Making that change when Abraham was 99-years old put the Lord in a position of having to exercise miracle-power in the bodies of Abraham and Sarah.  That alone would have been worth of covenant establishment between God and Abraham.  But let us not forget, for nearly a quarter of a century before God changed Abraham’s name, renewing his strength and youth, and increasing him in every way possible, He had already been enriching him (while known as Abram).  What I would desire you to understand is that God wants those who covenant with Him to prosper.  I remind you again that in Joshua and 3 John, the Lord specifically addresses the prosperity issue in stating His desire to prosper His covenant partners, and in both cases, He puts prosperity at the head of the list.  He said He would “make your prosperous, and have good success,” and that He wishes above all else that His covenant partners “proper and be in health, even as your (their) soul prospers.”  And allow me to add one more wonderful note to that Biblical harmony.  It is found in Isaiah 55:11.  There we read, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”  The point here, God’s Word is God’s Covenant.

Manna for Today – Genesis 17; Galatians 3:13-29; Hebrews 1:3; Joshua 1:6-9; 3 John 2

Covenant – Biblical Covenant Defined – Part 5

There is more meaning in covenant than a mere agreement.

Genesis 17:1-2 – And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.  And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.

In Matthew 18:19-20, Jesus said that where two believers agree (make a symphony) on earth (in this life) as touching anything (within the will of God) they shall ask (this is not one party speaking and the other nodding his head), it shall be (no stronger word of absolute purpose than the words “shall” or “will”) done for them of My Father which is in heaven (God WILL do it).  He added that in His Name, He would be in the midst of any two or three who gathered in such an agreement. (parenthetical insertions are mine)

When God came to Abram to establish His covenant, He required of Abram, who became Abraham by God’s command, blood.  Abraham had to circumcise himself, as well as every other make in his household, and from that day forward, every male born into his household when they were eight days old.  Because God could not at that moment offer His Own blood, He used the blood of an animal (sheep, goat, ram, dove, oxen) as a substitute for His blood until Jesus came, the Word made flesh, and could shed His blood once, for all.  But from the very beginning of God’s covenant with Abraham, it was not just God and Abraham involved in that covenant.  There were four parties directly involved in that covenant.  Allow me to explain so we can better understand covenant.

God the Father came to Abraham, calling him “father of nations.”  This was a Father-to-father encounter.  Years later, when Isaac was likely a teen, or even a young man, Father told father Abraham to take Isaac to Moriah (Calvary, or Golgotha), build an altar, slay Isaac, and burn him.  He also showed Abraham in a vision Isaac being raised from the dead.  Remember, the plan of salvation, that is the crucifixion, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus was already God’s plan, and Jesus was already a willing participant.  But for Jesus to have legal entry into the earth to become that sacrifice, there had to be a covenant partner who was willing to do the same thing.  That was Isaac, raised by his father to be an obedient son, honoring God and the covenant.  Because Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son, God could legitimately sacrifice His Son.  And because Isaac was fully compliant with Abraham, and willing to be sacrificed, Jesus could do the same thing.  And He did.  You see, covenant demands mutual engagement in every arena.  Unless all parties are in agreement, the covenant will not work.  Thank God for father Abraham and Isaac.  Selah!

Manna for Today – Genesis 17; Psalm 119:89; Matthew 5:18; Matthew 24:35; Mark 13:31; Luke 16:17; Luke 21:33; Romans 3:4; Hebrews 1:3

Covenant – Biblical Covenant Defined – Part 4

I’ll say it again.  God made it (covenant).  He is eternal.  So is His covenant.

Biblical Covenant Defined – Part 4Genesis 17:1-2 – And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.  And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.

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Today, let’s look directly at God’s covenant with Abraham.  When God made covenant with Abraham, because He could swear, or make an oath by no one greater than Himself, He took it upon Himself as our changeless God (Malachi 3:6) to make a covenant that would include His unchanging Son (Hebrews 13:8), and would require the shedding of His blood for ultimate confirmation.  But until the fulfilling of the time for the brining forth of His Son into the earth, blood was still required.  For man, it was the shedding of blood through circumcision when an infant son was eight days old (or for an adult if he entered the covenant later in life).  But until God Jesus came in the flesh, God used the sacrifice of a selected animal as a representation of His blood.  Because it was an animal’s blood, that sacrifice had to be made again and again, year after year, and sometimes more often, in order to keep that covenant in a fully operational and valid form. 

But, when Jesus came, all that changed.  When Jesus was the sacrifice, all other blood sacrifices came to an end.  Jesus’s sacrifice was “once for all” (Hebrews 10:10).  I should note here, this did not destroy the law, but rather fulfilled the law.  His flesh was ripped and torn apart.  His blood flowed.  Jehovah God accepted that blood as from the spotless Lamb of God.  The covenant, the New Covenant was established and settled forever.  Settled forever in heaven before the foundation of the world.  Settled forever in the earth by Christ at Calvary.  And settled forever in me June 17, 1959.  I don’t know your date of settling, but the moment you were born again, it was settled forever in you.

One of the greatest undertakings to which you can give yourself is to come to a place of knowing how the Abrahamic covenant has been applied to you, and to at least begin to see how complete that covenant is in your life.  It covers every arena of your life; spirit, soul, body, domestically, professionally, financially, and socially.  God’s covenant with Abraham was established more than 400 years before the law of Moses was given.  In fact, the covenant of the law of Moses was set in place as a school master to give guidance to God’s people in a soulish, sensory-perceived manner until it could be fulfilled through the work of Jesus to reveal the spiritual truths of the New Testament.  Open your heart and learn it.  Selah!

Manna for Today – Genesis 17; Psalm 119:89; Matthew 5:18; Matthew 24:35; Mark 13:31; Luke 16:17; Luke 21:33; Romans 3:4; Hebrews 1:3