Lesson 8 of 12
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 faith represents Jesus, and the grace of God is transferred to you).
Understanding that the tools are endowed with God’s grace, it is therefore, now easy to understand that when faith is not joined to these (Second Covenant) works, faith is void of grace and is dead. God expects you to labor with Jesus’ tools because it is through this labor that He issues grace to you. This is what the Spirit works with, these tokens of Christ. This brings us back to the point of sanctification. There are a lot of ways in which a person is encouraged to be “active” and show their Christian heritage. God keeps making a distinction for you so that you will not expend your labor in vain. Labor with the tools I sanctified with the blood of Jesus Christ, that is the true activity of faith. The activity of faith by the covenant of Jesus Christ allow us to:
• See Him
• Remain joined to Him
• Touch Him
• Partake of Him
When truth is set in order it expresses God’s design and is called the Doctrine of Christ. Doctrine has to do with this form of knowledge that expresses His virtue. The doctrine of Christ includes all these things: government, truth, and Spirit; the gifts, callings, and graces of God; prayer, preaching, and prophecy. These are the virtues of His light that carry His grace to the soul, being sanctified for this expression, and by this labor of faith we grow in Him. Many Christians make efforts to build a relationship with God, but don’t join their efforts to God’s plan, and therefore, do not experience His salvation through Jesus Christ. Someone may ask, “Are you saying that I am not saved if I do not use the tools of God’s Second Covenant?”
Remember what salvation means. Salvation is defined as: God is saving you from the kingdom of darkness by translating you into the kingdom of His dear son (Colossians 1:13). Herein you will daily experience the healing and deliverance of your soul from those things Satan sowed into it, AND daily experience Christ being formed within.
By giving us the spiritual tools of His covenant, Jesus is keeping us tethered to Him by His knowledge. We carry His likeness in faith and His virtue in regeneration by the tether of His knowledge.
This is a work of the Spirit. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that this happens just because we want it to, or just because we talk about it and try to do the right thing. I cannot stress to you enough the importance of the tools of the covenant. Faith must be joined to the things of Christ to be living. Your faith must be active with the tools God sanctified with Jesus’ blood. Why? Because God’s mercy is in the tools.
The Mercy of God is in the Tools
God wants us to make a connection between His mercy, the tools of the covenant, and our labor of faith. We are saved by God’s mercy and God’s mercy is upon the tools of Christ. God teaches us this in the First Covenant, when He instructed Moses to place the “mercy seat” upon the ark. Let’s read those scriptures from Exodus.
17. And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof.
18. And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat.
19. And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubims on the two ends thereof.
20. And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be.
21. And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee.
22. And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.
Notice where God placed the mercy seat. He placed it on the ark. What was inside the ark? God’s testimony. God’s testimony was in the golden pot that had manna, Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant (Hebrews 9:4). God said, “There I will meet with you, and I will commune with you from above the mercy seat.” So, that is a type and shadow of Christ, who is now our testimony and ark.
Christians today are misled to believe that the dispensation of grace means that God will speak to us anytime, anywhere. If you are talking about grace for salvation, then yes, God’s grace draws all sinners to repentance. God’s grace can be issued anywhere at any time for the sinner. But we are talking here about the issuance of grace AFTER you are saved. This is called grace for growth.
God’s mercy is His active involvement in your faith and in your life AFTER you come into covenant with Him. God’s mercy is not found anywhere and in every place. It is found ONLY in Jesus Christ—in His testimony.
The golden pot that had manna is symbolic of sustaining power of the Spirit, to continue to give witness to Christ as we dine daily on His grace and truth. Aaron’s rod that budded is symbolic of Jesus’ new priesthood. In this we see the tool of prayer and prophecy. And the tables of the covenant is symbolic of the righteousness and justification that we now experience under the Law of Grace and Truth. Jesus is our sanctification. Jesus is our holiness. Jesus is our life. He is our testimony. In this we see the tool of truth.
God made this plan to fellowship with you, to communicate with you, and to sustain your faith in Him. God’s mercy is in the tools. He already showed this to us by showing us where He placed the mercy seat—on top of the ark of the testimony. Isn’t that amazing to see how Christ was so clearly preached in the First Covenant and to now live the reality of this hope now in the Second Covenant?
The Spirit affirms this through Paul who wrote, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost,” (Titus 3:5). When you embrace Jesus’ testimony in His tools by using them you will then experience the mercy of God.