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 are we to be spiritual people, what does the Bible say about spiritual growth? These questions come up when people do not know about the Second Covenant (New Covenant) tools. So we are going to spend some time learning about what tools are and why God uses them.
The tools or tokens of the covenant represent God in your faith, and as you exercise your faith with them, they represent you before the throne of God. The best way to understand this is to look at the token God gave to Noah after the flood. Notice how the token was joined to God’s covenant.
11. And I will establish my covenant with you, neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there anymore be a flood to destroy the earth.
12. And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:
13. I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
14. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:
15. And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.
16. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.
17. And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.
God speaks very plainly in these scriptures that He represents Himself in covenant by a token when He says, “I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.” In this case the rainbow is the token, and it represents God’s promise not to destroy the earth by water.
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The token represents God to the people as if to say, “This rainbow represents My promise to you.” The token puts man in remembrance of God; upon seeing the rainbow, people were to reflect upon God’s faithfulness and trust in His word not to flood the earth again. The token also represented the people to God. The token put God in remembrance of us and His promise.
By this token God established a tie or tether between Himself and the people concerning His promise. God’s tether to us is much like an umbilical cord. Just as a baby needs a life line to the mother while it develops in the womb, so we need a life line to God as we develop in Christ in the womb of His covenant.
The tools of the covenant are our life line to God. As we grow in Him we need the constant nourishment that comes from Him alone. When the Bible talks about being “rooted” in Him and being “grounded” in Him, it is talking about this tether or connection that God established with us so that He can care for us. So then, just as the baby is tethered to the mother through the umbilical cord, we are tethered to God through the tools of the covenant.
People are always looking to be lifted out of the ordinary into the extraordinary, so we might hear it preached that “we need throne room experiences”. You will notice how vague that is to you. What does that mean, to lift one out of the ordinary? What are throne room experiences? The problem is that the church has tried to paint a picture of what it would be like to serve God without having had the experience, and what is being taught is then from the standpoint of longing rather than the understanding, which is born of the spiritual processes that take place with God’s spiritual tools. The purpose of this course is to establish God’s meaning for the tools of Jesus’ covenant. Once the purpose of the tools is established you will know what to expect when you begin to use them.
Always remember: We are justified by the oath we are tethered to. The sinner uses the lifestyle he has chosen to justify the oath he is tethered to (Satan). This is why the just shall live by faith. We are justified because we are tethered to God. If you are to remain joined or connected to God and stay connected to God’s throne and receive His blessings, then you must remain tethered to Him by His covenant and the tokens (tools) that represent Him.