The Christian Faith is Defined by Covenant
The Second Covenant Was Sealed by the Blood of Jesus Christ
Lesson 4 of 13
“For this is My blood of the NEW TESTAMENT, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”
The good news is that God came in the flesh to shed His own blood for the sins of the world. The simple truth is that Jesus shed His blood for the forgiveness of sins, to establish in Himself a new covenant, and to set the terms of the covenant in Himself. That means that the Second Covenant has new knowledge and new tools that are different from the First Covenant.
Just as in Hebrews 9:18-20 we learned that Moses sprinkled the blood of an animal upon the things of the First Covenant to sanctify the people and join their faith to God, so also God sprinkled the blood of Jesus upon the commandments and tools of the Second Covenant to sanctify and join our faith to God.
1 Peter 1:2
Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ.
Have you ever wondered, “How do I get in sync with God?” God engages us on the grounds of covenant. And this is why He commanded us to come into covenant with Him; in essence saying, “This is the rhythm of My kingdom, this is the system I will rule by, this is the name you are sanctified by, these are the tools you will be saved by.”
Jesus is now the blood of the testament God hath enjoined unto you. Again, the word enjoin means, to direct or impose upon. This means that Jesus shed His blood to provide new terms and conditions, which you are required to observe. He is now directing your faith in a new and living way whereby He IS the contact point for faith. The word enjoined means three things to those who are under the Second Covenant:
1. Responsibility of faith: God is directing your faith by His new covenant knowledge and tools. God is laying upon you the responsibility of this knowledge and these tools that you might show your love for Him by these things, which He sanctified by the blood of Jesus Christ.
2. God’s commitment: God has committed Himself to engage your faith on the grounds of this new covenant. As long as you keep this new charge, you remain joined or tethered to God, and His promises are sure to you.
3. Validation: God has to validate faith as real and as meeting His approval. We are not free to join ourselves to God on the grounds of our own passions or our imagination. Our salvation must be represented by Jesus Christ. Christ represents us through the priesthood He has provided for us.
Without the covenant, your salvation is without representation—you have nothing to represent you. Without the covenant we do not walk in the endurance of His promise, but in expectation of the imagination. All we are doing is playing out the scenarios of our imagination, which is a false grace. We must carry the yoke of God’s commandments through Jesus Christ and His priesthood, and then God will validate our faith by His virtue.
Many people say they “trust” in the blood of Jesus to wash away their sins, yet they continue to use the things of Moses to express their faith. They still try to please God by tithing laws, Sabbath observation, the 10 Commandments, observation of Feast Days, and many other principles found in the Old Testament writings.
Let us be clear on this point: If you use the tools of Moses to express your faith in God then you are “trusting” the blood of an animal and asking Moses to stand for you. And he is your accuser, not your justifier.