By: Norm Rasmussen
The more a Christian understands their covenant rights with God, the more joy, peace, faith, favor and effectiveness [blessings] they will have in their relationship with Him.
A Christian cannot wage very fruitful spiritual warfare against the constant attacks of Satan against them, until they understand and appropriate their covenant rights with God in Christ.
It is the burning desire of Godís heart that disciples of Jesus Christ understand their covenant rights with God the Father through Jesus Christ The Living Word. If they donít understand them Ö surely they wonít appropriate them!
Conversely Ö it is Satanís top priority to try to keep Christians blinded and/or confused about their covenant rights with God through Jesus Christ their Savior and Lord.
The way God expects disciples of Jesus Christ to appropriate their New Covenant rights is by faith - trust. Faith in WHAT? Faith in God's written Word. Faith in God's written Word wisely interpreted - wisely applied. Ever-increasing unwavering faith in the promises of God in His New Covenant Word to disciples of Jesus Christ eager to please God by walking in ever-increasing obedience to Him.
God the Holy Spirit gives illumination to followers of Jesus Christ about their covenant rights with the Father in and through the Written New Covenant (Testament) Word of Jesus Christ.
The Old Testament Bible was Godís means of communicating the Jewís exclusive covenant rights with Him. The New Testament Bible is Godís means of communicating to everyone now - Jew and Gentile - that they can be granted Godís fullest covenant blessings with Him in and through Jesus Christ exclusively.
God was the one who originated ďcovenant.Ē He originated covenant with the Jewish people. The covenant was basically a contractual promise from God to the Jewish people. Simply stated: If the Jewish people Ė especially the leaders Ė obeyed everything God commanded of them Ö God would bless them. If they didnít obey Him Ö God would withhold blessings from them (which essentially meant to bring judgment or cursing on them to various degrees). And the point for us today to make or understand of that? The nature and character of God doesnít change. God blesses obedience to Him. He withholds blessings for disobedience to Him.
For believers in Christ Jesus who purpose to function in the New Covenant, they are granted God's authority to do God's will. Here is an excellent video message explaining the fundamentals of walking in and under God's covenant authority: https://vimeo.com/62026976
To date, the very best way I know how to help Christians understand their covenant rights with God is expressed in this writing: http://www.precious-testimonies.com/Exhortations/k-o/WhoIAm.htm
An excellent understanding of covenant/s can be accessed by clicking on the following link: http://carm.org/covenant
This writing is a work in progress, and the content/wording is subject to change as time goes on.
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