Lesson 3 of 12
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 physical things of Moses that he sprinkled with the blood of an animal (Ten Commandments, tithe, principles, Jewish feast days, etc.) are no longer accepted for faith and cannot join you to God.
Know this: We cannot use the things of Moses that there were sprinkled with the blood of an animal. Only the blood of Jesus now stands for our righteousness.
He is the one establishing a testimony for us in Himself. But Jesus is no longer on earth, He is in heaven. Paul wrote, “Though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more (after the flesh),” (2 Corinthians 5:16).
Tokens of the Spirit: How do we know Christ now? And when I say “know Christ” I mean partake of Him, fellowship with Him, and experience the life of Christ to free us from the bondage of sin and setting in us His nature. How shall we partake of Christ? We partake of Christ by the Spirit. The tools of the Second Covenant are tokens of the Spirit whereby we become partakers of Christ. The Spirit continues to witness to Christ as we use His tools.
Jesus said, “God is a Spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in truth.” He also said, “It is the Spirit that quickeneth,” (John 4:24)(John 6:63). Jesus was pointing out this important fact: “My tether is in the Spirit.” Hence, Jesus’ invisible, spiritual tools.
The Tools Represent Jesus Perfectly: Because the tools are tokens of Jesus Christ they represent Him perfectly. Jesus is the design of the tool because He is our faith. When God said that we must be perfect, He was speaking of our faith, that it must reflect Christ perfectly. God made this possible by giving us the invisible, spiritual tools of Christ. James wrote, “Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?” (James 2:22)
The Tools are Tokens of His Might: God designed each tools to carry His grace and truth, hence the new Law of Grace and Truth gives confidence and substance to our faith. In every epistle the apostles wrote about being strong in faith, being strong in His grace, that we hunger after the sufficiency that only the work of grace provides. Although God provides His grace freely, we labor with the tools to partake of His grace. “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.,” (John 1:14) (John 1:17).
Grace and truth flow from Jesus through His tools to your soul. God calls upon our faith to labor with His knowledge and gave us the 9 tools of Christ to do this. The 9 covenant tools are: Government, Truth, Spirit; The Gifts, Callings, and Graces of God; Prayer, Preaching, and Prophecy. With these 9 spiritual tools each believer becomes a functioning member of the Body of Christ.
The Tools are the Weapons of our Warfare: Because the tokens of the Second Covenant are tokens of the Spirit they are also the weapons of our spiritual warfare by which we overcome ourselves, the world, and the devil. (2 Corinthians 10:4), “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.”
The tools of the New (Second) Covenant are given to us to express Christ: All 9 tools of the covenant are ways for you to labor with His knowledge to express Him. Two major things happen when you use Jesus’ tools to express Him:
By the shedding of Jesus’ blood, God laid upon believers their responsibility of faith. The tools of the New Covenant now dictate our faith because they represent the responsibility of our faith.
When Moses had spoken he took the blood of calves and goats and sprinkled the people and the tools, thus preaching that what the blood touches God empowers for faith. But, with each sacrifice of the beast, sin was brought to remembrance.
When Jesus taught His apostles, He then went to the cross to shed His blood upon Himself and upon all the spiritual tools of His New Covenant to empower our faith in Him. We can trace the Law of Grace and Truth through each of Jesus’ tools. This is now the work of the Spirit to bring Christ to remembrance.
By looking at the change in the sacrifice, from a beast to the Son of God, we understand that the covenant transitioned from Moses to Jesus. When the covenant transitioned from Moses to Jesus the tools changed as well:
Tokens of My Blood: By shedding His blood, Jesus sanctified a pattern in Himself to remove you from the wrath of God. The blood removes the wrath. Where the blood of Jesus is present, God’s wrath is absent. Knowing that God sprinkled the blood of Jesus upon His tools we can then say that where the tether (tools) is present for faith, wrath is absent. When you exercise your faith with Jesus’ tools, you preserve your own soul from the wrath of God.
Instead of going to the altar of Moses, we now go to the altar of grace. “For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein. We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle,” (Hebrews 13:9-10). And, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need,” (Hebrews 4:16).
These invisible TOOLS are things that represented God to the people and keep us in remembrance of Christ. These things represent our faith to God, that He would be in remembrance of us. As long as we honor God by restricting our faith to the terms of God’s covenant, using only those tools sanctified by the blood of Jesus to worship God, we will remain tethered (joined) to God.
This is the blood of the NEW Testament which God has enjoined to you. After Moses spoke to the people, giving them knowledge for faith, he sprinkled them and the tools with blood. After Jesus spoke to His apostles, giving them knowledge for faith, He shed His blood, which is now of force. After His resurrection, Jesus spoke to His apostles many things concerning the kingdom of God: Government, Truth, and Spirit; the Gifts, the Callings, and Graces of God; Prayer, Preaching, and Prophecy. My blood was forced from my side with water to give unto you these new tokens. These are tokens of My blood. These things enjoin you to Myself. These tokens join you to Me.
I am your ark
I am your mercy seat
I am your tabernacle
I am your altar
I am your priesthood
I am your steward
I am all these things.
When you speak in tongues, when you offer spiritual sacrifices of prophecy, when you labor with the knowledge of Christ, you are using the divine power that expresses Christ. The tool is an activity that expresses the name of Jesus.
Did you know: The blood of Jesus now defines your righteousness and identifies the tools your faith must be active with.
Did you know: The Law of Grace and Truth establishes Christ in the heart.
Did you know: The tools of the Second Covenant are our lifeline to God.
What Did We Learn?
1. The things (tokens/tools) of the Second Covenant reflect Christ in invisible things.
2. These invisible, spiritual TOOLS are things that represent God to the people and keep us in remembrance of Jesus Christ.
3. These things also represented our faith to God, that He would be in remembrance of us.
4. God calls upon our faith to labor with His knowledge and gave us the 9 tools of Christ to do this.
5. As long as we honor God by restricting our faith to the terms of God’s New Covenant, using only those tools sanctified by the blood of Jesus to worship God, we remain tethered to God. Our lifeline to God is secure.
6. The tokens dictate the responsibility of our faith to God.
7. The tokens is Christ. Our labor of faith now reflects Jesus Christ.
8. Grace and truth flow from Jesus through His tools to our soul.
9. Only the blood God sanctifies stands for our righteousness.
10. God not longer sanctifies the blood of an animal.
11. We cannot use the things of Moses that were sprinkled with the blood of an animal.
12. When the covenant transitioned from Jesus to Moses the tools changed.