Covenant World pt.1
Covenant is the legal structure God has set in place to be able to bless mankind.
Deut. 29:9 God says: ‘Therefore keep these words of this covenant and do them, that you may deal wisely and prosper in all that you do.’
God intent has always been to get the blessing back into the earth and covenant is the legal structure God set in place to be able to do just that. God limited Himself to the legal channel of covenant but covenant itself does not limit the blessing of God. The Old and New Testaments or Covenants which we have, are the writings of God that set out this legal framework and inbeded within it are practical expressions and testimonies of men, women, families, tribes and a nation who obeyed an disobeyed the covenant God had with them. We talk about God being a just God, a God of righteousness, that He is and therefore works in a just and legal manner. Covenent is the basis for this legal manner.
Jesus said: ‘Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (right way of doing and being right) and all these things (blessings) will be given you.’ Matt. 6:33.
The passage is dealing with Jesus telling us not to be anxious about our daily provision. In v.32 He states that the heathen (Gentiles) wish for, crave for and diligently seek after these things, in other words it consumes them, that is all they think about, how am I going to get by today, tomorrow and when I retire? Jesus spoke directly to his disciples and said…’and your heavenly Father knows well that you need all these things.’
Notice first He said: ‘and your heavenly Father.’ You have a Father, the pagans do’nt have a Father. Secondly he said that your heavenly Father; ‘knows that you need all these things.’ They are a need not a want, they are the basics of life. But just because your heavenly Father knows you need these things it does not mean that you automatically receive them just because God is your heavenly Father.
There is a legal structure in place through which you receive these things. Its called faith. Faith that is tied to the understanding of the structure of the covenant.
In Britain there is a legal social system that provides those who are legally eligable to receive tax rebates and other benefits. However they are not automatically provided. Each individual has to apply for them. The government goes to great lengths to actually advertise that these benefits are available. They estimate that millions of pensioners particularly are missing out on hundreds of pounds each year. Without knowledge of these ‘promises’ they miss out. Are you missing out on the promises God has for you?
Eph.2:11-12 Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh (who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands) at that time you 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.
Are you still functioning as a stranger to the covenants of promis, hoping God will show up and being disappointed that He does’nt seem to? Thereby falling prey to the enemy who whispers all the time words such as ‘ where is this God of yours now? etc.
Salvation is just the entry point into the covenant world. Its then that you have to renew your mind, your thinking to develop a covenant mindset.