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Tools of the Covenant

This Bible study course is written to aid a Christian to have a basic understanding of the spiritual tools of Jesus’ covenant. Decades of Christian teaching about how to touch Jesus, the importance of proper worship, and the assurances of God’s involvement in our lives, yet according to a 2005 Christianity Today International/Leadership Journal, Pastor Zander is quoted as saying:

As pastors we’re doing what we’ve been told, but we’re preaching a very narrow gospel. We’ve been throwing a lot of seed, but it’s not taking root, it’s not producing fruit. We are not seeing people’s lives transformed. There is a growing sense of failure among the church leaders I talk with, and we are looking for something more meaningful. ["The Apprentices.” Christianity Today:  International/Leadership Journal (Summer 2005), vol. XXVI, no. 3, p.20. Retrieved August 16, 2005 at http://www.christianitytoday.com/le/2005/003/2.20.html]
 
Covenant theology and second covenant terms and tools.
 
I am sure that you would not be surpised to learn that this situation has not improved over the last 6 years since that statement was originally made. The questions is, why are pastors reporting failure to grow Christ in the hearts of the people? If the Bible is being taught, why aren’t lives being transformed? The answer is very simple: Christians have forgotten how to touch Jesus with the tools of His Covenant, and as a result, they are not experiencing a relationship with God, Jesus is not mediating the covenant on their behalf, and no regeneration is taking place in the soul.

If you feel as if the throne room of God has a “Do Not Disturb” sign every time you knock on the door, if you are frustrated with your Christian growth and feel as if you are not able to reflect the nature of Christ as you would like, if you feel you are going in circles and not really advancing in your personal growth, then this course is for you.

We are going to study the importance of the tools of Christ’s covenant, learn what they are, compare them to the First Covenant tools, and find how they are different, how they work the value of Christ in the soul, and what you can expect when you engage God with the tools He sprinkled with the blood of Jesus Christ. You know, many people desire a Christ-centered faith, but in reality their faith is not centered on the things of Christ. In many cases it is still centered on the things of Moses. This is why lives are not being transformed.     

This exciting course is divided into ten (10) lessons, followed by 2 additional Study Guides: Getting a Fresh Start and Summary Notes, both of which are packed full of information that will assist you in your faith. You can use the review questions at the end of each lesson to help you get the most of your studies. Even though several answer choices may be true, students must identify the choice which has the most support in the lesson.

I am confident that as you prayerfully study this course God will issue grace for your understanding and grant you an experience in Him for your spiritual growth. If you have any questions, please submit your questions in the contact form. A member of the coalition of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers of the Second 8th Week will reply as soon as possible.

All scripture quotations are from the King James version of the Bible.


Lessons in the Tools of the Covenant Study Course
  1. What are Spiritual Tools?
    The Bible talks about the tools that God has assigned to each covenant. These tools are tokens of God’s covenant. The word “tool” or “token” are not words we hear often in modern Christianity, but it is important for us to understand them. People always want to know what God expects of them. Are we to keep the Ten Commandments? Would that please God? How ...
  2. The First Covenant Tools
    Tools/tokens were explained by God in the book of Genesis and again seen when God told Moses to sprinkle the blood of an animal upon the tools of the First Covenant to sanctify them for the people to use in worship. We are going to see the connection between the blood and God’s sanctification. We are also going to see that even though God sanctified these tools for their faith, He was alr...
  3. The Second Covenant Tools
    The Bible says, “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood He (Jesus) entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. (Hebrews 9:12). God makes it clear, “Only the blood I sanctify stands for your righteousness.” God sanctified the blood of Jesus Christ. God no longer sanctifies the blood of an animal, and therefore, the...
  4. Spiritual Talents for Increase
    We learned that the things of Moses are called the articles of “divine service”. But now that Christ has come, we  cannot use the tokens of Moses to worship God. We must use the tokens of Himself (Christ) to worship God. When we do that we then increase the kingdom of God by the talent (tools) of Christ. The tools of the Second Covenant bear the image of Christ. We reflec...
  5. Proper Placement of the Ten Commandments
    Many teach that God intended the Ten Commandments to remain in force and to be studied even after Jesus Christ came. In other words, that God intended for Christians to mix the Law of Moses with the New Covenant tools. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is often necessary to reinforce the distinctions between the tools of the first and those of the Second Covenant before a person can g...
  6. Did the Apostles Talk About Spiritual Tools?
    The early apostles talked about the spiritual tools of Jesus in many ways.  In his writings, Paul called them “things”: “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those “things” which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God,” (Colossians 3:1). What are the “things” that came from above that we, as believers, are to seek aft...
  7. The Works of the Covenant
    We are the generation of which the Lord spoke and prophesied concerning the return of the church to the true order of faith and the true works of the Second Covenant, that believers may again experience the fulness of Christ. Jesus said it Himself in the book of Revelation, “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence th...
  8. The Activity of Faith
    You are now ready to make the connection between the tools of the covenant and the activity of your faith. Your faith must take the form of an activity to be living. As quoted in a previous lesson, Apostle James wrote, “Faith without works (of the covenant) is dead,” (James 2:20). When you use these tools (when your faith is active with the tools of Jesus’ covenant), then your...
  9. Jesus Our Contact Point
    What we will learn here is that Jesus Christ is the divine contact point for our faith and that when we exercise our faith with His tools, we are touching Him. If we look at the New Testament we find numerous examples of Jesus touching people, and as a result, they received healing and deliverance. By this God was establishing Jesus as our contact point. It should not be a surp...
  10. Why Grace is Called a Virtue
    Covenant theology is about understanding how the covenant of grace works. If you thought that the covenant of grace just meant that your are absolved of your sins and that you can now go your way, you are mistaken. The covenant of grace encompasses remission of sins as well as forgiveness of sins. Let’s define remission (From Second 8th Week Glossary): Just as the body r...
  11. Getting a Fresh Start
    Common words you read in the Bible now hold new meaning: “token”, “rainbow”, “promise”, “sanctified”,  physical & spiritual “things”,  “tether” , “ sprinkled with blood”,  “works”, “first love”, and “virtue”.  These are words God uses to describe the ...
  12. Summary Notes
    1.       The things (tokens/tokens) of the First Covenant reflected God in physical things. 2.      The tools of Moses’ covenant were physical and were used in an earthy temple. 3.      The tools of Jesus’ covenant are spiritual and are used in the temple of our souls. 4.   ...
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