Covenant // Part 2
Tonight, we will continue our series called “Covenant.” Here are some points to review before we jump back in.
God relates to His people through His covenant.
- How serious God sees His relationship with His people.
- The nature of God.
- God’s promises to His people are inviolable.
Now tonight we will begin a look at God’s five fold promises found in His covenant. We’ll begin by looking at how His covenant relates to sin. You remember that one of the points we reviewed stated that God’s covenant with His people reveals His nature. God cannot institute a covenant or maintain one the violates His nature.
If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself. /// 2 Timothy 2:13
This tells us that God’s covenant will not change unless God changes and He told us that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. It also tells us that we cannot change God. No matter how we try to deceive ourselves into thinking God is okay with something we do outside His covenant – we lie. So, God’s covenantal promises reveal who He is and they are unchanging as His nature.
Now, back to the discussion about sin. How does God’s covenant relate to our sinful nature and our past? We must remember that God is a relational Being. His desire is for us to know Him. Knowing Him is the essence of eternal life. When we know Him, we begin to live in eternal life as we can on this earth. God revealed Himself to us as:
And this will be his name: ‘The LORD Is Our Righteousness.’ In that day Judah will be saved, and Israel will live in safety. /// Jeremiah 23:6 (NLT)
Even though we are born again, we are not perfected or you might say – we are not mature in our faith. We, like children, are learning and God understands that. To be able to have a relationship with a perfect, holy God, we must have righteousness given to us that is perfect or we cannot walk with Him.
But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. /// Romans 3:21-22
Jesus’ righteousness has been accounted to us by faith in Him so that we can abide in God! What does this mean for us practically? Say this with us: my sins – past, present, and future – have already been forgiven by the blood of Jesus. This does not give me a pass to sin.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. /// 1 John 1:9
My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. /// 1 John 2:1
He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar and the truth is not in him. /// 1 John 2:4
Those under the true leadership of the Spirit will agree with God’s truth about their sin – will desire to be like Him – will truly repent and forsake their sin. God knows that we are growing in Him. Therefore, the righteousness of God is necessary for me to have a relationship with Him. But, as we are covered in His righteousness, we are also being changed by being with Him. This also reflects His nature and His relationship with us.
I am the Lord who sanctifies you. /// Exodus 31:13
As we walk through life with God, He transforms us into the image of Jesus. This is a large part of our destiny. If someone says he knows Jesus yet is not being transformed to be like Him, it is evidence that he doesn’t know Him. Let’s summarize.
We will sin in our walk with God, but the power of sin to rule our lives and to stay in our lives has been broken by the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. When we sin, we will confess our sin and forsake it. We don’t have to fear God’s wrath as His child when we do sin. One of the powerful benefits of walking with Jesus is that we are being changed to be like Him in our character and actions. This is evidence that we truly are in Him. If we do not truly repent for our sin, the Lord will discipline us out of His love. This is intended to bring about our repentance and transformation. Hebrews 10:14 describes my position in Him as clearly as any: For by one sacrifice He has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
- 2 Timothy 2:13
- Jeremiah 23:6 (NLT)
- Romans 3:21-22
- 1 John 1:9; 2:1; 2:4
- Exodus 31:13
- Hebrews 10:14
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