The Covenants of Promise
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Partner Letter – November 2015
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- Teaching - The Covenants of Promise
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Dear partners and friends,
This month we concluded a wonderful time of ministry in Japan with Kobe Full Gospel Church, Kobe, Japan. The Japanese Christians were hungry for anointed teaching, so we enjoyed a precious time in the Word of God. We taught a series over four weeks for the church entitled "Receiving the Love and Power of God" and also conducted a seminar on "The Gift of Righteousness". You may listen to these messages from my website (under teaching audio - Japanese). What was also very encouraging was the fruit of the Spirit I witnessed in the Christians of Kobe Full Gospel church who exhibited so much love, humility, respect and graciousness. It was truly a very blessed time. With love, Andrew
Teaching - The Covenants of Promise
Copyright © Andrew J. Shreeve 2015
But 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
The above verse includes five spiritual realities Gentiles (non-Jews, by implication pagan people (Strong's dictionary)) don't have: Gentiles don't have Christ, are aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, are strangers from the covenants of promise, they have no hope, and they are without God in the world. The obvious implication from this verse is that when a person becomes a born-again Christian they receive these five spiritual realities!
Christians, therefore, have the Spirit of Jesus Christ living eternally in their hearts; participate in, or belong to, the commonwealth of Israel; belong, or have access, to the covenants of promise; have hope; and have God in this world.
In this teaching we will focus on the third aspect of this verse "the covenants of promise". The Scripture says Christians are no longer strangers from the covenants of promise. The word stranger means: foreign, (literally alien, or figuratively novel); by implication a guest (or vice versa) entertainer: - host, strange (-r) (ibid). To put it simply Gentiles (i.e. non-Jews and non-Christians) are excluded from the covenants of promise. However, born again Christians are included, and have access to the covenants of promise.
Covenants of promise
The next obvious questions to ask ourselves are; what are the covenants of promise and are they valuable? Notice covenants is plural not singular. The word covenants means: properly a disposition, that is, (specifically) a contract (especially a devisory will):- covenant, testament (ibid). When we become a born again Christian we have a new outlook on life because we now have access to multiple contracts. These covenants, or contracts, are promises from the Lord to assist our lives on earth and guarantee us eternal security. These contracts are extremely valuable in terms of improving the quality of our temporal and eternal lives. What amazes me is the casualness and lack of attention many in the body of Christ give to these covenants, because by being slothful they miss out on tremendous blessing and power from the Lord (Hebrews 6:12). The covenants are the specific promises of the Lord. When all the promises are seen together they represent the good news, the Lord's gift to us in the gospel, attained for us through Jesus' work on the Cross of Calvary. The promises are our inheritance in Christ, and reveal to us the good news, or the gospel, of the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:18, Romans 8:17).
The apostle Peter refers to these covenants:
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature
2 Peter 1:4
The Greek words that Scripture uses to describe the promises are megistos and timios. Megistos means: greatest or very great: - exceeding great (ibid). Timios means: valuable, that is, (objectively) costly, or (subjectively) honoured, esteemed, or (figuratively) beloved: - dear, honourable, (more, most) precious, had in reputation (ibid). Certainly Scripture draws our attention to the extreme value and honour of these covenants of promise. We would be wise to give the covenants of promise our closest attention!
It is also interesting to note that when the apostle Paul writes about labouring in the Word of God, and building upon the foundation of Jesus Christ in a way which will survive the judgement of our works by fire, he also uses the word timios. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver and precious (timios) stones… (1 Corinthians 3:12). The word translated precious is timios. Precious stones are valuable because they will survive the trial by fire. When we labour with the Word of God's precious promises in our personal lives and ministry, we can be confident that our labour will survive the judgement of fire.
Paul's illustration of timios stones is interesting, not just because timios is used to describe the covenants of promise but, because in the book of Isaiah when prophesying about the New Covenant of Jesus Christ the prophet Isaiah also uses the concept of precious stones: behold I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires. And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones (Isaiah 54:11-12). The Lord is saying that in the New Covenant there are precious promises and through receiving these promises we are established and adorned with beauty. Jesus desires His bride (the church) to be adorned with the beauty of the power of His precious promises (Romans 7:4)
The covenants of promise are exceedingly precious and worthy of our utmost and first attention. The covenants of promise are foundational, and need to be added to our initial faith in the blood, and resurrection, of Jesus Christ.
We enter the kingdom of God through: faith in Jesus' shed-blood, poured out to remit our sins; faith in the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth from the dead and; submission to, and confession of, Jesus Christ as Lord over our lives (Romans 5:9, 10:9-10). Once we enter the Lord's kingdom our next step is to become aware of the covenants of promise. Each promise is a precious seed from heaven and needs to be planted and carefully cultivated in our hearts (Mark 4:14, 20, 26).
The apostle Peter writes that when we receive the revelation knowledge of the covenant promises we will receive multiplied grace and peace, and we will have access to the Lord's supernatural miracle power which can provide us everything we will ever need for life (2 Peter 1:2-3). Amazing! People work diligently their whole life to attain financial freedom when they retire, yet in the gospel a basic level of financial freedom has already been freely provided for us through the covenants of promise (John 8:31-32). The covenants of promise are indeed extremely valuable, as they liberate us to be free to work in the area of our gifting, rather than living under the bondage of financial slavery!
The Scripture say His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life (2 Peter 1:3). If we don't have money we will lose our life, as we will die of hunger and exposure due to lack of food, clothes and shelter. Therefore the gospel must include God's power for money! Spiritual power from God is available to provide financially for our lives and the lives of our family (Matthew 6:33, Philippians 4:19, Psalm 23:1)!
The covenants of promise don't just meet our financial needs but there are also covenants for our health and healing, our safety, divine leadership for our lives, and strength to lead a full and powerful life. The promises also give us all things that pertain to… godliness - which would include the holy fruits of the Spirit (2 Peter 1:3, Galatians 5:22-23).
Indeed the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is the answer for every challenge we can ever face. The Lord, in His great love for us, has made provision through the covenants of promise for our welfare and success in life. This is the true meaning of shalom - healing, prosperity, completeness, safety, and to be at peace in every area of our lives. Jesus is the Prince of shalom, and Jesus' gospel is the gospel of shalom (Isaiah 9:6, 52:7, Romans 10:15).
In Christ, we have been given access and right to the covenants of promise. These precious contracts from the Lord number in the hundreds. There are hundreds of promises which we qualify for in Christ (2 Corinthians 1:20). Every promise is received by faith (Hebrews 6:12). We, however, have been given the responsibility by the Lord to plant and cultivate the spiritual seeds of these covenants of promise in our hearts through meditation, to receive the faith, to draw the power of the covenants of promise into our lives (Mark 4:26, Romans 10:17). Be blessed, I love you, Andrew
Dear Lord, thank you that through faith in Jesus Christ we have access to the covenants of promise. Please open the eyes of our understanding to see the value in these precious promises. Please strengthen us to be more disciplined to meditate your spiritual seed / promises in our hearts so that we can receive your faith and power, so that our lives will reflect the glory of your covenant. We desire to bring you glory and honour. We pray this in Jesus Christ name, Amen.
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Kobe Full Gospel Church, Kobe, Japan
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