If you look up the definition for covenant in the dictionary, it means an agreement, usually formal between two or more persons. In the Bible, covenant means a coming together. Did you know that you are in a covenant with God. When you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and personal Savior, you entered into a covenant with God. God’s way of being in a relationship with you I, is to be in a covenant.
Covenant relationships cannot be broken. When you live in a covenant culture, you understand the absolute sacredness and power of a covenant relationship. A covenant is a relationship, but it’s a relationship that has been formalized and brought under sanctions. There are blessings that come if the relationship is kept and there are penalties that come if the relationship is broken.
Everything that God does is based on covenant. The Bible is full of examples of God cutting covenants. What is cutting covenants? If you look at the root word for covenant in Hebrews, it means “to cut”- suggesting incision where blood flows. You find an example of a covenant God made with Abraham in Genesis 15:18. Which says, On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, ” To your descendants I have given this land. From the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates.”
The covenant between God and Abram was cut long ago, and the influence of that covenant was scattered throughout the earth. But that was not the first covenant God made. The concept of covenant began with God and Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:21, where he made garments and clothed them. The Lord God killed an animal to cloth them and the first covenant in blood was made.
It is not until you make Jesus Christ the Lord of your life and make covenant with Him that you become a joint-heir with Him.
Jesus did not go to the cross and bear our sickness and diseased so He could withhold healing from you. He didn’t redeem you just for His own sake, He did it for you. By covenant, you are a caretaker of Jesus’ Blood, His name and His calling. His heavenly home is your heavenly home, and everything He has we receive. You become a beneficiary of the covenant by receiving Jesus as your Savior. Begin to exercising the rights and privileges you receive in the covenant and thank Him for what He has given you.
Because God is a covenant-making, covenant-keeping God, faithfulness is of great importance to Him. He is absolutely faithful, and He expects His covenant partners to be faithful. He is absolute truth and expects you to be truthful. Exodus 34:6 says, “The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, ‘The Lord, The Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow not anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.'”
Covenant make requirements of both parties. God has graciously made many promises to us, and in return he requires that we respond obediently to Him in particular ways. A covenant involves blessings for keeping it, and curses for breaking the terms of it. You either accept the covenant and are subject to grace as saints ad sons of God through obedience faith, or violate the covenant and are subject to wrath as enemies of God through disobedience and unbelief.
You must be covenant minded! The book of Hebrews is about the priesthood of the covenant. Jesus ratified the covenant with His Blood and become the High priest to administer the covenant. Because Jesus overcame death, Hell and the grave, the devil no longer has any power over death. Through the blood you carry the anointing to overcome satan and the bondage that he tries to put you in. The most covenant minded you become, the more dangerous you become to the enemy. You must put God’s Word first a believe that it is the final authority.
Jesus was and is the covenant gift of God to the world. John 3:16 says, For God so loved the World that He gave His only begotten Son. Jesus is the gift to the world, and the Holy Sprit of God is the gift to the church. Because boy the covenant you have God’s power living in you. The more covenant minded you become the more you will operate in that power and authority.
God is a covenant keeping God, and Jesus is all you will ever need. You are in a blood relationship with the covenant keeping God and the covenant keeping Savior. Jesus is more than enough, He’s the same yesterday, today and forever. He is the High Priest!
As you celebrate Resurrection Sunday, remember all that Jesus has done for you. The new covenant that He cut for you by being the sacrificial Lamb of God. Meditate on John 13-17. Be thankful that God is a covenant keeping God and sent His only Son so that we no longer have to live under the curse. When you start to fully understand the dynamics and the power of the gospel of the Blood of Jesus Christ, you will understand who you are and whom yo9u serve.
Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what really happened when Jesus became the sacrifice that ratified your covenant with God. Let Him show you what it meant when He gave you His Name (John 16:233), His authority (Matthew 28:18-20), His armor and weapons (Ephesians 6:10-17). Once you realize what Jesus meant when He said, “This is the New Covenant established in My Blood,” your life will never be the same.