Covenant // Finale
We have been talking about our relationship with Jesus. The Bible defines our relationship with God as a covenant. Covenant is a relational term that describes the seriousness and the permanence of the relationship. The New Covenant contains a five-fold promise for us as believers. Let’s look at the promises again:
- Sin: God has forgiven the sin of His people – past, present, and future. God’s Spirit works within His people to bring about their destiny which is to transform them into the image of Jesus.
- Healing: God has given His people the promise of healing – body, soul, and spirit.
- Presence: God has promised the “never ending” presence of God in the lives of His people. His presence brings His people peace.
- Victory: God has promised victory for His people over death, hell, and the grave. Every power of darkness is defeated in the Name of Jesus.
Tonight, we look at the final promise of the New Covenant: Success. You remember that the covenant God has with us as His children reflects and reveals who He is. The promise of success for us is no different. Abraham was commanded by God to take his son Isaac to a place that God would show him and to sacrifice him as an offering. Most see this command as severe. In fact, it gives the prophetic picture of the sacrifice of Jesus. God tells Abraham to sacrifice his son on Mt. Moriah. This is the exact mountain upon which the future temple of Israel would be built. Abraham goes up the hill carrying fire (an agent of purification and consumption) and a knife (an agent of death). At his side is the son of promise, Isaac. Upon Isaac’s back is the wood for the fire. Isaac asked his father on the way up, “Look, here is the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a sacrifice?” Abraham answers, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for sacrifice.”
Everyone say, “God will provide!” Genesis 22 tells us the story. We know that before Abraham could sacrifice Isaac, God stopped him and showed him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns. Abraham sacrificed the ram in place of his son.
And Abraham called the name of the place, “The Lord Will Provide”. /// Genesis 22:14
Let’s flesh this out a bit: Jesus told us to pray — “Give us this day our daily bread.” The Bible tells us:
His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness. /// 2 Peter 1:3
My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. /// Philippians 4:19
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. /// Matthew 6:33
This scripture comes with the qualifier: we must ask in faith. Faith includes belief and action. We are a people of belief and sacrifice. Like Abraham, the original man of faith we give to God what He asks us to in honor of Him. Before we know Jesus, we live under the curse of failure, inferiority, and falling short of the glory of God. This has nothing to do with worldly definitions of success.
Kingdom success: Doing the will of God.
The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. /// 1 John 2:17
God will provide everything we need for doing His will.
We are not failures or people who continually fall short of the mark. God has delivered us from our “falling shorts!” Jesus took the curse of my insufficiency on the cross. Everyone say: “I am not a failure! I am not going to fall short! I am not afraid of the future! I am not going to be left behind! I am God’s child! I have all I need in Him!”
- Genesis 22:14
- 2 Peter 1:3
- Philippians 4:19
- Matthew 6:33
- 1 John 2:17
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