As born-again believers, we have a covenant with God. The word “testament”, as in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, means “covenant”. The Old and New Testaments are binding documents God has given to His covenant people. They reveal His will and what He has provided for us.
2 Peter 1:3-4 (WEB) says, “…seeing that his divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and virtue, by which he has granted to us his precious and exceedingly great promises; that through these you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world by lust.”
All the great and precious promises of God in His Word He has provided for us through the covenant blood of Jesus, shed on the cross. What is a blood covenant?
In Genesis 15, God made a blood agreement with Abram. God had promised Abram he would inherit the Promised Land and he asked God how he could know he would inherit it. God told him to prepare for a blood covenant.
“Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon. And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not” (Genesis 15:9-10).
A blood covenant in Abram’s day was very important. It signified an unbreakable and absolute guarantee of a man’s word. God cutting a blood covenant with Abram convinced him of God’s desire to bless him.
What is involved in cutting a blood covenant? In Abram’s day, when two families made a blood covenant together, the following happened.
Romans 4:21 tells us that after God cut a blood covenant with Abram, Abram got the message and became fully persuaded God was able to perform what He had promised. And God changed Abram’s name to Abraham, meaning “father of many nations”.
How does this apply to us as believers in the 21st century? In the Old Covenant, in Deuteronomy 28, you will find the blessings of those who keep the terms of the covenant. You’ll also find the curses for those who break it.
In the New Covenant, Jesus NEVER broke the terms of the covenant. But when He went to the cross, He bore the penalty for breaking it so we could go free. “Yet, Christ paid the full price to set us free from the curse of the law. He absorbed the curse completely as he became a curse in our place. For it is written: “Everyone who is hung upon a tree is cursed.” Jesus Christ dissolved the curse from our lives, so that in him all the blessings of Abraham can be poured out upon gentiles…” (Galatians 3:13-14 TPT).
What happened at the cross?
We have a covenant with Almighty God, through His Son, Jesus. May we be like Abraham, who became fully persuaded that what God promised, He would perform. And like David, who stood on that covenant and whipped the uncircumcised giant standing in his way. Today, my friend, whatever you’re facing, stand on God’s unshakable covenant, written with the precious blood of Jesus.
Acknowlegement - Kenneth Copeland of Kenneth Copeland Ministries provided many of the insights for this posting.
In this Blog, I want to share with you some of the things I've learned from many years of following Jesus.