The Everlasting Covenant
Hebrews 13:20-21 “Now the God of Peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
Make you perfect (complete) in every good work to do His Will, working in you that which is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ; to Whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
The Everlasting covenant was entered into by God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit……before He created the world.
Before anything that is, was….God saw all that was going to happen because of sin, to this world….and made provision for the salvation of man in the Everlasting Covenant.
God the Father agreed to draw all the elect to God the Son (John 6:44, Isaiah 54:13). If……
….God the Son agreed to come to earth as man, born of a woman. (Not man and woman…but woman. God made Jesus a body Hebrews 10:5)
Live a perfect life, and die; taking all of our sins upon Himself….to save us from them, and bring us into peace with God.
His precious sacrifice and blood was the price of redemption (John 1:29, Revelation 5:6)…
…Then God the Holy Spirit agreed to come and dwell within us, when we are born again (John 14:16-17)…….molding us into the character of Christ from with in us….to bring us to spiritual liberty from sin and self.
Revelation 3:14 “Unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the beginning of the creation of God.”
Here it plainly says that Christ Jesus when He came as a Man, (as promised in the Everlasting covenant) was the first act of Creation.
Without the promise of salvation for man, God would not have created.
But He did create…..and our salvation in Christ was “before the world began” (2 Timothy 1:9)
He is the Amen. Christ alone can say, “So be it”…..and it will be.
We must say, “If God wills…”
Since He is the Amen….and He has purposed our salvation, and our life with Him, surely He will bring it to pass.
But what He asks….is our willing cooperation in the process….for He has provided the Holy Spirit to guide us, and empower us…..if we will.
He has purposed, that our wills must will with Him.
He does not force His way into our hearts….no, He stands at the door of our lives and knocks…..and speaks, for it is His Voice that we hear…”Open to Me”.
Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock, if any man hear My Voice, and open the door, I will come into him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.”
If is always a life, open and receptive to Him, that He claims.
Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not by works, lest any man should boast.”
This is how we were born again….by grace, through faith….not of works or of ourselves……lest we boast we helped God, somehow.
It was His gift, through Christ Jesus.
But then He shows us His purpose:
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
His purpose is that we, under the power of the Holy Spirit within, are molded into the character of Christ Jesus….that we might do the good works He has set aside for us to do.
And He has made full provision for them….for when God ordains something, full provision is already made for it.
We are to “walk” in these good works. That means that they are our everyday activities.
That is where He wants us to serve Him,……with Him.
For we should be a willing manifestation of His presence….a positive witness of His presence and power.
1 Peter 3:15 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear:”
We should be able to give a reason for why we do what we do….and can’t do what He has said not to do.
(We bow our heads and give thanks over our food; whether at home, in public, or in other people’s houses…we give thanks. They may do it or not, but we do.
We are not loud or commanding others to do this….but we do, because it is what the Lord wants us to do)
(I can not cut my hair….and it was funny when I had chemo and lost my hair….all but two strands. I wore a scarf, but when it would fall off, some people asked me why I did not just cut those off. (It did look funny, as I said)
But I couldn’t. And I told people the “reason”.)
Jesus is the Amen….He will see His Will done in us:
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 “And the very God of Peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Faithful is He that calleth you, Who also will do it.”
Jesus is the Faithful and True Witness….seeing how we are…”Peter, lovest thou Me?”. (John 21:15-17). Are we doing out of love for the Lord?
And He sees what we do…..are we doing the good works each day, in fellowship with Him?
Jesus is the beginning of the creation of God….because the first thing God wanted was the salvation of those He created….through the receiving of His Beloved Son.
John 1:12 “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name:”
(The first promise ever given in scripture is concerning the coming Christ as Man, to save us:
Genesis 3:15 [Notice the “I will”] “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it will bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel.”
And the last promise in scripture is concerning His coming again as King, to reign eternally in joy and peace.
Revelation 22:20 “He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly: Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”)
The Everlasting covenant is about our Salvation….formed before times eternal.
God’s thoughts have always been toward us,….He has given (ordained) provision for us,….let us walk with Him in all the good works He has for us to do and say.